Coming to class in a timely fashion is not always the easiest thing to do, especially with our busy schedules, traffic, and other distractions of life. Although distractions happen, it is important that as a dancer we come to class/rehearsal mentally ready. In order to be mentally ready, the distraction of "not being prepared" should be off the table and out of the mind. Every dancer should have a dance bag prepared to allow them to be dancer ready. This will ensure that no matter what time they arrive at class (although a good 30 minutes prior to class is appropriate) they will be ready to enter and start on the right foot.
Artistic Associate, Faculty Member, and Dancer, Michia Carmack, has put together a list to ensure you "Secure the Bag" and are ready to dance.
Step 1: Get the Bag
Make sure your dance bag/backpack it the right size for you and your needs. A bag too big might cause you to overfill it with unnecessary things causing problems carrying it safely and endless rummaging for important items you need for class. A bag too small won’t fit all the things you need and become a bulky nuisance to you.
Step 2: Identify your Necessities
What do you need to have in your bag to participate in class? What do you need in case of an emergency? Below I have a list of items you should carry in your bag to make your experience in the studio better:
Extra leotard (any color)
2 pairs of black tights
Ballet shoes/Pointe shoes
Black crew socks
Warmups (long sleeve black shirt, zip-up top, leg warmers, sweatpants)
Mini first aid kit
Icy Hot/Tiger balm/Bengay
Hair ties, hair spray/gel, hairs pins, headscarf
Lotion, lip balm, wet wipes, sanitizer
TheraBand, rollers, etc.
Step 3: Secure the Bag
Once you have all the items you need, place them in your bag strategically for better accessibility. Smaller items can be grouped and placed in labeled cosmetic or Ziplock bags. Make sure to check your bag bi-weekly to replace/restock items you are low on. Always make sure to put your name on your shoes, leotards any other items that may get confused for someone else’s.
There you have it; you have successfully secured your bag!
Make sure to share this with your dance friends and parents!