WHAT TO PUT IN A DANCE BAG

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It is important that students come prepared for class and have the necessary shoes, dancewear, and accessories in a dance bag. In this way, they do not need to borrow items from other students. Bags are stored in the hallways on each level of the studio. Company members are provided with lockers in the Company Lounge on the second floor. Please do not bring valuables to the studio and leave them in your bags. We cannot be responsible for lost or stolen items. A lost and found bin is located behind the Front Desk should an item be left behind.

Always come with street shoes on. Ballet slippers should NEVER BE WORN OUTSIDE! The dirt and grease from streets and sidewalk will ruin our expensive floors and cause dancers to slip.

Cell phones are not allowed in the studios and must be kept on silent during class and rehearsals.

We strongly suggest every dancer should have a copy of the Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet available for sale at the Front Desk. This will help dancers better understand the terms being used in class.

In addition to the above requests, the following suggestions are offered for what should be carried in a dance bag, based on class level:

Children’s Program: Pre-Ballet through Ballet B

  • Water bottle
  • Ballet slippers
  • Tap shoes, if needed
  • Extra pair of tights and leotard in the event of an accident or spill
  • Cover up, shorts, or pants, sweats, etc. so dancers are not just wearing leotards and tights outside of the studio. It is never appropriate to be seen outside the studio and on the street in dancewear.
  • All belongings should have the dancers full name on them

Professional Program Lower School: Levels 1 through 4

  • Water bottle
  • Ballet slippers
  • Pointe shoes, if they have been placed on Pointe by the Directors
  • Tap, Character, and Jazz shoes, if needed
  • Character skirt if taking Character
  • TheraBand if taking Pointe strengthening class, available for purchase through

Children’s Program Director, Lisa McCarty

  • Extra pair of tights and leotard in the event of an accident or spill
  • Mesh shoe bag – this helps to dry Pointe shoes after wear to keep the box from breaking down too quickly due to moisture from sweat. Sneaker balls or other odor absorption kits may be placed inside Pointe shoes or mesh bags. Mesh bags are also helpful for carrying some supplies listed below into class.
  • Band-Aids
  • Toe tape
  • Antibiotic cream
  • Hair nets, hair gel, hair spray, Bobbi pins, hair pins, pony tail elastic
  • Stitch kit for those on Pointe
  • Yoga mat for body alignment and Pilates Mat classes
  • Cover up, shorts, or pants, sweats, etc. so dancers are not just wearing leotards and tights outside of the studio. It is never appropriate to be seen outside the studio and on the street in dancewear. This reflects poorly on our studio and the dancer.
  • All belongings should have the dancers full name on them.

Professional Program Upper School: Level 5 and Companies

These dancers are well practiced at packing their dance bag, but often forget to replenish supplies and end up depending on friends and the Front Desk. Please remember to keep hair supplies, first aid items for blisters, etc. regularly stocked in your dance bag.

  • Refer to Lower School list above
  • Extra pair of pointe shoes
  • Jet Glue or other temporary pointe shoe strengthening bonding agent
  • Deodorant
  • Feminine supplies
  • Tylenol or Ibuprofen
  • Muscle roller
  • Any other personal needs
  • If a Company member with a locker for your dance bag, please keep the locker clean, door closed, and locked. Cell phones are not allowed in the studios during class and rehearsals, and kept on silent if in lockers.