What’s In My Dance Bag

Post like this one have been around forever and I’ve wanted to do one of my own for as long as I’ve been blogging. Mostly to find out what the hell is in there, because I’m damned if I remember. I’m one of those people who’d rather bring everything and not need it than need something and not have it. This has been exacerbated by the modern recital, where the consequences of not having something you need could well be disastrous. So, here we go: this is what’s in my dance bag.


I’m going to start bottom to top, left to right:

  • Leg warmers. Duh.
  • Knee pads, which come in handy for certain floorwork or stretching exercises.
  • A mini blackroll, which is actually yellow for some reason. Great for rolling feet and lower calves.
  • Hairbrush.
  • Moar leg warmers – overknee acrylic ones I absolutely can’t survive winter without.
  • Spare socks. We dance in socks in three of my four weekly classes and dirty or sweaty socks stick to the floor during turns in a most annoying fashion.
  • Old ankle bandage I bought years ago after I broke my ankle. Never used it for dancing.
  • Food supply, regularly replenished.
  • Pen. Because I needed one once and didn’t have one.
  • Cooling spray in case of an injury.
  • Newer canvas technique shoes (full-soled, by Bloch).
  • Kleenex, because my nose is permanently runny during the cold months.
  • A medkit containint tape, an elastic bandage, a cooling bandage, liquid band-aid, regular bad-aids of various shapes and sizes, alcohol pads to ensure tape sticks to skin properly (relevant when taping soles of feet, trust me), an assortment of NSAIDs and imodium. Leaving the house without imodium was a mistake I made once.
  • Old black leather technique shoes by Bloch, also full-soled. My first ballet shoes and probably due to be replaced soon.
  • Hygiene kit: sanitary products, wet towels, spare contacts, deodorant, hair ties and clips, a hex key for the kickboard I often use to get to class and several lactase tablets, in case someone brings cake to class. You have got to be prepared for cake.

Bonus round: what’s in my gym bag?

I have a separate gym bag for one reason: sometimes, I go to the gym straight after work and a zipped up bag is much easier to drag with you through the commute than an open tote. Because I simply can’t be arsed to put stuff from one bag into the other (and not to forget half of it), a very similar assortment of items permanently resides in my gym bag.


From bottom to top and from left to right:

  • My very handy gym towel, with its pocket containing resistance bands for adductor training.
  • Another pair of invaluable overknee legwarmers.
  • Bloch Wave dance sneakers I’ve been using in the gym to show off how much of a dancer I am.
  • Spare socks.
  • FOOD. (Very important if you do gym and dance class back-to-back.)
  • Hygiene & medkit, same thing as above in a different container. (A wonderful one my mom got me for my birthday.)
  • Pens to record my sets & reps.
  • A padlock for the locker.
  • Kleenex. (Nose. Runny. Always.) My SO makes ever so much fun of me for having Kleenex everywhere.
  • Lotion, deodorant, shower gel and facial cream in case of showering.
  • Hairbrush.
  • Blackroll twister, a sort of half-ball massage toy for feet and back and whatnot.
  • A cooling towel for injuries.

I have since added a wider resistance band for the feet and a notebook for my reps to my gym bag. With my new training plan, the shoes are optional and might as well end up staying at home. When I’m on my way to class or gym, either bag will also contain a water bottle. That’s it! I know a lot of it looks redundant, but I happily share any of it with my classmates.

What’s in your dance/gym bag and why? What am I missing from mine?

3 thoughts on “What’s In My Dance Bag

  1. This is a fun post! I might consider making a dance bag post as well…
    I think that you have a pretty good collection of items, and I can’t think of anything major that you might be missing other than maybe a stitch kit, an extra pair of tights in case they rip or anything, and more warm ups (sweaters, booties, fuzzy pants) in case the studios are colder than you had originally prepared for. That is about all! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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  2. Thanks – you should! I for one love reading these.
    I used to have a sewing kit, but it was a bit too large and I never had to use it, so I took it out. 🙂 I put on a ton of warm-ups before I leave the house (or pack them the day before if I’m not going to the studio from home). I need to buy some more though – you can never have enough warm-ups!

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