Time for a dance class. How fun right? Being prepared and be fully covered when you come and leave the studio is a nice feeling. But sometimes it is hard to know what to bring so the bag ain’t getting too heavy or your missing something when you’re there. At least I think so. I have a list and I thought – why not share it. Might help someone getting more structure. If you have your own list. Feel free to speak up, of course!
I am very careful with my back. Which I should since I got scoliosis and nerv damages – a real party combo. But I think in general wearing a backpack is a great easy way to prevent your back to hurt you in the long run.
This one must’ve come as a chock to all of you…
Go natural. There are healthier options than protein bars.
It is not really respectful to use your everyday shoes in the dance studio. You bring in dirt and small rocks that have gotten stuck on the sole. Have some indoor shoes you use specially for dancing.
Hopefully you’ve been sweating after giving your all on that class. You don’t want your sweaty clothes to wet your bag right? Put it all in the plastic bag and you’re good.
The ones you’ve been using during class will most likely be sweaty and if you keep wearing them the sweat will get cold. Not a nice feeling and it’s not good for your muscles either, plus you have a high risk of getting sick. At least that is my experience.
Have a different outfit when dancing then the one you’re leaving in. In class, wear what makes you comfortable, uh duh. If you don’t know, some guidelines I go after is to combine tight with baggy or layer on layer.
I always want to shower at home and then put on my PJ’s. But if you are one of those who shower directly – bring a towel also. But either way, bring a deodorant. For everyones sake.
This should be in EVERY dancers bag ALWAYS. This little wrapper who weights nothing could be the reason you get to dance after a week and not like two months of injury.
Painkillers or tiger balm
Could always come in handy if you strain yourself or did some too ambitious move.
Bobby pins + elastic ties
Of course they’ll break or disappear if you don’t bring extra.
Phone + charger
You’ll have this in your bag anyway but have specially your phone ready. Maybe your teacher let you film the choreography in class. Then ask another student record it on your phone when you dance. Let it be charged so the quality of the video is as good as possible. In that way you can se how you performed – what you want to work on and what you did well. Ask the teacher what the name of the song+artist and note it on your phone.
Go through the choreography in your head as soon as possible. Listen to the song – feeeeeeel it and do those weird hand movements when you “think-dance”, so people wonder what the fudge is wrong with you… Take a minute to analyze what you’re teacher taught you this class and what you developed. (If you feel very ambitious, write it down in your phone.)
A pen is your friend. Always have a pen in that bag.
This is what I go for and what I recommend. Maybe this list will change in the future, but so far it hasn’t been one thing I haven’t needed or haven’t used. So for me, this is complete!
In collaboration with Elly Pistol
Pants HERE / Cropped Hoodie HERE