When Your Dance Bag is Your Home Away From Home
If you are like me and your dance studio is your home away from home then you know the importance of needing your dance bag organized! I am at my dance studio a minimum of four days a week and some weeks it could be 5-6 days a week. So here are some helpful tips I have found useful in keeping myself more organized and prepared for classes.
I have found it exceptionally helpful to have a schedule of what my studio classes are, my home sessions, and my privates. The night before I check to make sure I have the appropriate dance shoes and any dance attire needed for the classes I have scheduled. For me, my schedule changes daily because I study many different styles of dance. It is important to also have other necessities in your dance bag. Always be sure to have plenty of water for your scheduled day. If you have multiple classes and will be at your studio for a long period of time I pack light healthy snacks to keep my body fueled and ready to go. I keep knee pads and compression sleeves for my knee(s) and ankle(s) for extra support to help prevent any injury when I feel they are necessary. I always keep stretch bands in my bag to help maximize my stretching before classes. It is always handy to have extra hair ties, deodorant, face masks, and hand sanitizer on you as well.
I keep a separate bag for my pointe class. This bag is specially designed for storing pointe shoes so that they can breathe properly to keep dry. It is very important for your pointe shoes to dry daily to get the maximum life from them. In my pointe bag, I also keep plenty of toe tape, lamb’s wool, blister spots or band-aids and Neosporin. Any pointe supplies you use I would recommend keeping with your pointe bag. I know each dancer has different preferences for comfort when dancing on pointe, and it is so very important to have those items with you to perform to the best of your ability.
Each night when I am home and have completed dance I unpack my bag and prepare for the next day. It is so important to at least unzip your dance bag for ventilation each night! That will help prevent the unpleasant smell of stinky shoe odor when you open your dance bag the next day and your dance family will be grateful as well! By keeping your bag open it allows for your shoes to air out and dry faster. I have also used athletic odor balls or sneaker balls for backup to help keep my bag smelling fresh.
I hope these tips have been helpful and will be useful for you in your upcoming classes!