If you ever wondered, here are some of the things you would find if you were to dig into my dance bag!
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Always in my bag:
Supadance is my brand of choice when it comes to dance shoes, simply because they fit my feet beautifully! When I buy a new pair, I don’t have to spend any time breaking them in. If I want to take it a little easier, I’ll pull out my shorter-heeled practice shoes instead. I’m currently sporting Bloch, but I think I’m going to try International Dance Shoes once these wear out because they have a lot of fun prints on their practice shoes! The other things always in my dance bag are my shoe brush, some kind of massage ball to work out muscle knots (lacrosse balls are great for sitting/laying on!), extra heel protectors and, of course, my Solo Practice Guide!
On competition day, I add a few additional items. It can get pretty chilly in the ballroom, so a robe or some kind of coverup is always good to have when you’re not dancing. I totally geeked out on this Star Trek themed robe and knew it’d be the perfect fit for me on competition day.
For snacks, I like to keep things easy to eat (so I don’t need to worry about smudging my makeup) and easy to digest (light on the stomach and quick on the energy). Things like cut-up fruit, good old fashioned peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and granola bars that I can break into small pieces are go-tos. I really like the Nature Valley biscuits for the mix of carbs and protein, plus it feels more like eating a cookie than something healthy. 😉 Finally, this girl needs her tea. I carry my Contigo travel mug to and from work every day and it always comes with me to competitions. I will stick an extra teabag or two in a side pocket of my dance bag, in case I find somewhere that will refill my mug with hot water.
I also have a little bag of bandages, safety bins, hair pins, mini scissors and a mini sewing kit. And even though I still refuse to spray tan, I do have a bronzer compact to even out the areas of my skin that will be visible. I throw in extra contacts and a mini can of hair spray with my fake eyelashes, jewelry, and of course, my dress, and I’m good to go!
To be honest, most of the competition stuff stays in my dance bag all of the time. It doesn’t take up much room and I don’t want to forget to pack it again for the next comp! So I just leave it in there. 🙂
If you’re not sure what to pack for a competition, Ballroom Guide has a great pre-comp checklist to reference. You probably won’t need everything on the list, but it gives you a good starting place aside from a peek into my dance bag.