So the big day is coming up and as well as feeling excited, you’re waking up in the middle of the night thinking that you’ve forgotten to pack the costume!
Use this handy guide to packing your dance comp bag and having a stress-free comp day!
1. The costume and a spare. All should go to plan with the costume but what if it doesn’t? Pack a spare costume, even if it’s a leotard … just in case. The costume may not go on stage but at least the dancer still can
Hot tip – Safety pin your headpiece to your costume or costume bag
2. Needle and thread. Whether it’s sewing a headpiece to your hair, sewing a leotard to your fishnet tights (to avoid a wedgie) or sewing a hole that has just appeared in your brand new costume, we can all agree that you need to pack a needle and thread.
Hot tip – have a needle threaded and ready to go…there is nothing worse than trying to thread a needle 30 seconds before your dancer goes on stage.
3. Safety pins. Do you need to pin your competitors pass to your t-shirt, pin your ribbon to your studio jacket or pin your skirt that just suddenly decided to become unstitched from your costume? Safety pins are a dancers best friend, don’t go without!
4. Tights…lots of tights. Not only do most competitions require you to wear tights (or face a point deduction) but they also need to be in immaculate condition. Make sure that you have a brand new pair for the day and a spare pair. It can take one leg mount against a wall or one lean against a chair before those tights get pulled or ladder! Let’s not forget that a full face of make up can leave eyeliner and lipstick on your tights too!
5. Make up AND make up wipes. It’s always best to do make up before you leave the house but always take make up for touch ups. Make up wipes are also going to be handy to take off lipstick when it bleeds or smudges or even to take off all of your make up on the car trip home.
6. Music, and back up music. Be sure to see what format the comp accepts for music. It may CD, USB or even email. Be sure to take a back up copy and have a digital version on you as well. Once that’s all prepared, don’t forget to take music for practice too!
Hot tip – Take a pair of headphones too! Makes it much easier to practice, rather than waiting for a quiet moment. Even better, take bluetooth headphones so you can move about without holding your iPod for practice.
7. Dance shoes, and spare. Dance shoes are the most important part of your attire! Make sure that they are in good condition and clean. Don’t forget to pack a spare pair in case one decides to jump out on the driveway or perhaps you just can’t find one during a quick change. If you’re packing pointe shoes, be sure to take all of your odd bits and pieces such as your ouch pouches
Hot tip – pack your own rosin for slippery stages too!
8. Wet wipes. So handy! Whether you spilt your make up on the floor, have sticky hands from hairspray or you need to clean your feet after your contemporary solo performance, wet wipes are the go-to necessary item at any dance comp!
9. Slip on shoes. Whether the dressing room is across the road or you’re in Hobart and needing to keep your feet warm, slip on shoes are going to be very handy. You can chuck them on over your dance shoes, tights or just bare feet.
10. Water. It’s important to hydrate prior to your performance. A dancer is also going to be really thirsty post performance. Pack a water bottle and be prepared.
Have fun at your next dance comp!