Top 10 Items to Bring to a Dance Competition
Written by Terry Finch
Dance competitions can be stressful, so put together a list of the items you will need to bring with you. Keep the items on this list organized and easy to grab, so that you can overcome some of the stress of your next competition.
1. First Aid Kit – A good, small kit will contain pain relievers, ointment, Band-Aids, and Ace banadages. If you can’t find a kit that is already put together, create your own with any emergency items that you think you may need.
2. Safety Pins – Running through backstage areas or rushing through quick changes might cause accidental rips in costumes. Make sure you have safety pins on hand to temporarily fix any tears before going on stage, or to secure elastics and ribbons on your shoes.
3. Makeup – Look at your makeup case a few days before the competition. Make sure all the cosmetics you will need are there, so you can purchase more if needed. You should have foundation, concealer, blush, lipstick, eye shadow, eyeliner, mascara, and false eyelashes and glitter if your studio uses them.
4. Hair Supplies – You should also review your hair supplies a few days before the competition in case you need to purchase more. Bring plenty of bobby pins for every hairstyle you will have, as well as elastic bands, hairnets, gel, hairspray, and anything else that you need.
5. Water and Snacks – Water is a necessity before and after performing, to stay hydrated. Sodas and juices are dangerous backstage, as accidents will happen and you could stain your costumes. Be sure to have snacks on hand, so you can refuel between performances. Try not to eat a large meal before the competition; have small snacks throughout the day instead, like nuts or granola bars.
6. Music – There will likely be a lot of downtime, so it is a good idea to bring your music with you, whether it is on an iPod or other Mp3 player, a CD in your laptop, or other device. Make sure you use headphones so you do not disturb other dancers in the area.
7. Costumes – Before you pack your costumes for competition, make sure that any loose threads are cut, tags are removed or tucked in, and all seams are secure. In order to avoid misplacing costumes, only bring those that you need for the competition. If you have a question about what is to be worn, ask your teacher well in advance.
8. Accessories – In addition to the correct costumes, make sure that you have all the accessories you need. Accessories can include hats, headbands, gloves, wigs, studio-approved jewelry, and any props that you are asked to bring. It is a good idea to keep the accessories in the same bag or on the same hanger with the correct costume.
9. Shoes and Tights – Be sure that you have the correct shoes and tights (style and color) for each routine. If you have a question about what to wear, ask your teacher well in advance. If possible, keep shoes and tights in the same bag as they costume they match.
10. Extras – It is a good idea to bring at least one extra pair of tights in every color and style that you will need. If you have extra shoes, bring them as well. Keep a separate bag of “emergency” items like these, just in case. Extra bobby pins, safety pins, and lipstick may also come in handy.
For any competition, it is important to keep your items organized, and put your name and the name of your studio on all your bags and hangers. The more organized you are, the more time you will have to stretch and rehearse before competing.