When it comes to assembling the ultimate dance
kit, what's equally as important as the perfect-fitting leotard
, ballet shoes
or jazz pants, is a well-packed dance bag
full of those extra
essentials. From school to the studio and everywhere in between, your bag basically becomes an extension of you — so it's important to pack it right.
While how your bag looks and feels are most definitely things to consider, it's what you pack inside that can really make or break a day of dancing.
So, what should you take to dance class? Here are eight BLOCH essentials we recommend keeping in your dance bag
at all times, so you're always prepared for whatever happens in class or rehearsal.
1. Hair accessories
First up on our dance class checklist – it’s all about the hair
. How many times has your hairband snapped mid-class? Probably more times than you can count, right? Loose hairs escaping and distracting you while working on your pirouettes is no fun at all, so having a hair kit with grips, bun covers
, hairbands and travel size bottle of hairspray or gel on hand to alleviate those hair emergencies is ideal. Plus, there is no such thing as having too many bobby pins
, so stockpile our sets to make sure you're always prepared.
2. Body fuel
Healthy snacks can be hard to come by if you're frequently on the move, so be sure to keep some nutritious food choices in your dance bag to keep hunger pangs at bay. A protein bar, some dried fruit or a pack of tasty trail mix are all foodie picks loaded with energy and protein, making them perfect on-the-go options and great dance bag essentials. An added bonus is that these snacks won’t perish overnight so can be kept in your bag for a week or two if you forget about them.
3. Stretching equipment
Just as your body needs to remain energized and hydrated to perform at it's best, maintaining happy, supple muscles is also key to peak dancer health. To tackle an unannounced bout of metatarsal cramp, make sure you always have the BLOCH Foot Roller
in your dance bag — these hero accessories will halt any pain in its tracks.
What's more, these dance and ballet bag essentials double up as the perfect tools for building foot strength too. Whether you're hopping between classes during a packed day or traveling to and from the studio, carry them with you and you'll always be able to squeeze in some important warm-up prep.
4. First aid
Your hard work training as a dancer will inevitably produce some blood, sweat and tears at some point, so keeping a first aid kit as part of your dance class checklist is a must. A pesky blister from hours en pointe or a scrape on your knee from an intense floor work combo are highly likely, but no need to worry because those bandages tucked away in your dance bag will keep you safe and comfortable. It's also good to invest in some accessories to help you dance safely such as Kneepads or our BLOCHspot Stickers which help prevent traction and sticking to the floor.
5. Spare dance outfit
Tights rip, shoes break and the studio’s temperature could change at any moment, so having an extra stash of dance clothes (including a few spare pairs of tights!) in your bag will come in handy. As you become more experienced, investing in an extra pair of pointe shoes and a classic ribbon kit or screws for your tap shoes will also be beneficial for those unforeseen mishaps.
6. Water bottle
Dance can be hard work. We all know the importance of staying hydrated – especially during those long studio sessions – so always keep a reusable water bottle handy in your dance bag. A reusable water bottle can easily be topped off when you need it, making sure you’re never caught short without a drink after a dance workout.
7. Notebook and pen
You never know when you’ll need to write down important information! From notes on dances and dance terminology to dates of rehearsals, shows or auditions, equipping your dance bag with a notebook and pen means you can always keep on top of your dance ventures. Opt for an inspirational dance notebook or dancers journal to keep all your important notes, dates, goals, achievements and dancing aspirations organized in one neat place.
8. Hygiene accessories
Finally on our list of dance and ballet bag essentials – hygiene. Dancing is a workout which means, if you’re working hard, sweat is probably involved! Keep your dance class bag stocked up with a small towel, wipes and deodorant to keep you feeling fresh between pirouettes. Antiseptic wipes, face masks and handwash are also really useful to have on hand, to ensure you’re always keeping on top of safety and cleanliness in and around the studio.
Need to stock up on any essentials in your dance kit? Now you know exactly what to take to dance class, shop our full footwear, dancewear and accessories ranges now for everything you'll need.