We are in the middle of competition season here in Australia! There is a lot of focus on what to do on stage and audience etiquette but what about dressing room etiquette and tips? Check out the dos and don’ts of the dressing room below…
1. Arrive early to find a place for your belongings
2. Do label all of your belongings with your name. There will be so many belongings that are similar to others that they can get easily confused.
3. Pack a snack box and drink bottle that will not leak, spill or accidentally open. The last thing you you want is for your Ballet tights to be soaking wet from a leaking drink bottle!
4. Have a ‘throw it in’ tub. If you’re performing a few routines at a comp then you may have quick changes and risk losing your costume items. Be sure to have a bucket, tub or use the bottom of your dream duffel (https://www.dreamduffel.com.au) to throw all of your items into. You can then sort them out and hang them up later in your break.
5. Obey the signs. Look around at any signs placed up by the event and abide by them. Signs may include ‘females only’, ‘quiet please’ or ‘no photography’.
6. Put your rubbish in the bin. Although you might be in a hurry and bins can be hard to locate, keep the space clean for the next group of dancers by putting your rubbish in the bin. You can even bring your own rubbish bag and hang it from your dream duffel or similar. There are no ‘cleaning fairies’ at dance comps so try to leave the dressing room as clean as you found it to help the event staff with their packing up at the end of the day.
7. Hang your costumes up. Costumes are not cheap and you want to look your best on stage so be sure to hang up your costume in the dressing room. Don’t forget that tutu’s should be hung upside down or flat in a tutu bag.
8. Look before you spray. Look at your surroundings before spraying up a storm with your hairspray or deodorant. You don’t want to spray others or consume the air!
9. Pack up your belongings when you’ve finished performing. Once you’ve finished performing, pop your belongings in the car to allow for other dancers to use the space.
1. Take photos. There are a large amount of dancers getting changed in the dressing room and they don’t want to be caught in the background of your photos, or posted on social media. Take your photos in common areas such as foyers, in front of media walls etc.
2. Have open drinks. A cup of coffee of a slurpee from 7/11 can be easily knocked over in a dressing room. Everyones belongings need to be in immaculate condition for their performance and you don’t want to risk covering your costume or someone else’s costume in coffee!
3. Eat. A dressing room is not a good place to have a meal break. Not only is a dressing room too busy to accomodate lunch breaks but food can make a mess on the floor, on belongings or on your costumes. Dance costumes, tights and shoes need to be in immaculate condition for the stage and cannot afford to be covered in food. If you do need to quickly snack in the dressing room make sure you have a jacket or dressing gown to put over your costume to ensure that you keep your costume clean whilst eating.
4. Bring your family/friends into the change room. Dressing room space is usually limited and dancers don’t wish to get changed in and out of costume in front of an audience. Males should not enter female dressing rooms and females should not enter the male dressing rooms. Organise a time to meet family and friends in common areas such as a foyer.
5. Don’t ‘hog’ the space or mirrors. Be mindful of how many students or studios are allocated to your dressing room and only reserve a suitable amount of space. If a dressing room is small or there are lots of dancers on groups day, a dream duffel style bag may be too large for the space.
6. Leave appliances plugged in or on. If you’ve finished with your straightener or curling iron be sure to turn it off to avoid burning any nearby items, or dancers. When you’re not using your device unplug it to ensure that others know that the power point is available and able to be used.
7. Use props as chairs or tables. A chair is a chair right? Wrong. Be sure that you aren’t using someones prop as a chair or table. They might need it in a hurry and they need it in perfect condition.
8. Run. Even if you have a quick change, don’t run. You might slip over, trip over or bump into other dancers. Let’s keep everyone safe.
9. Use/take other dancers belongings. Most dancers and dance parents are happy to help each other out. If you need something, kindly ask a fellow dancer or parent, don’t take without asking.