List of Essential Items to Pack in Your Dance Bag

As you start to gear up for the new season of classes, rehearsals, and competitions, use this handy checklist to make sure your dance bag contains everything you need.

A good bag.

A must have for each dancer is a good dance bag. It is a good idea to have a dance bag that is solely used for dance that contains all of your essential items. This will prevent leaving anything at home. We like bags that can be easily cleaned and have compartments to keeps shoes and other items separate.  (Find it at

Bag Deodorizer

A dry and odor free dance bag is a must. The Moso Bag is the easiest way to maintain a fresh, dry and odor free bag. Chemical free, fragrance-free and non-toxic, the Moso Bag is safe to use around children and pets. With simple maintenance, the bags are reusable for up two years. (Find it at

Hair Accessories

Hairbrush, comb, elastic ties, barrettes, pins, and hairspray. (Find it at


Dancers are going to sweat. Make sure that you have a good all natural (Aluminum-free) deodorant.  We recommend deodorant that does not contain Aluminum. The issue of aluminum chlorides in deodorants has been widely discussed for the last few years. While there may be different interpretations of the scientific research, it cannot hurt to eliminate the exposure caused by the regular use of aluminum salts in deodorants. (Find it at

Dance shoes

Every great dancer needs good shoes.  We recommend going to a local Dance and Actionwear provider because it is best to get a fitting for Pointe and tap shoes.

Water Bottle

It is vital that you stay hydrated during class and the long days of completion. As I am sure you have seen at the studio, I like the Nalgene Tritan Wide Mouth water bottle.  When buying any water bottle, make sure that it is made by a trusted manufacturer and BPA-Free. (Find it at

Extra tights, leotard, and warm-ups


We suggest one of the new microfiber blend fitness towels because they are super absorbent and fast drying. These types of towels also pack up many times smaller compared to cotton towels. (Find it at

A healthy snack

Healthy snacks do not include candy nor fast food.

Plastic bag

For wet dance clothing, dance shoes, towels, etc.

Homework and reading material

Texting and checking your social media accounts is not what we are talking about when we say “reading material.” There will be downtime between classes and at competitions. To maximize the use of your time, it is a good idea to have homework to review such as flashcards or class notes.

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