We’ve all been there: searching in vain through an unorganized bag, trying to find a missing shoe or 1 more bobby pin. Throwing everything onto the change room floor, desperately sorting through orphaned socks and miscellaneous debris.

But what if- what if your dance bag was organized? Imagine it: you reach into your bag and find that missing shoe? Or a spare bobby pin is actually where you expect it to be?

We’re going to help you make this dream a reality.

We’ve listed the essentials, as well as the “just in case” items that all dancers should have on hand.


Hair Pins Vs. Bobby Pins

    Hair Pins Vs. Bobby Pins

1- Hair Supplies. You know you will need these.

  • Hair ties. Sometimes they just snap, and at least once a week someone will ask to borrow one. Be the girl with thehair ties.
  • Hair brush. ‘Nuff said.
  • Hair pins. Don’t try to make a bun with bobby pins. Use these.
  • Bobby Pins. Use these to keep your layers out of your eyes.
  • Hair nets. Keep those flyaways under control.
  • Hair spray. See above.

2- Massage Balls & Therapy Supplies

  • Resistance Bands. For stretching and strengthening. Great if you need to rehabilitate an injury.
  • Pinky ball or tennis ball. It’s an affordable personal massage therapist that lives in your bag!

    Cozy Layers

     Cozy Layers

  • Massage Stick. Work through those muscle knots!

3- Warm Up clothes & Extra Layers. Keep warm during those times when you’re not moving.

  • Thick socks. The cuter the better.
  • Leg warmers. A ballet must have.
  • Sweat Pants. Throw ‘em on between classes.
  • Long Sleeve Shirt or adorable sweater.

4- Ready-to-go Snacks. You need to have snacks that keep well in your bag, and don’t require much preparation.

  • Water bottle. Hydration is key.
  • Protein powder- mix with water for sustenance when you don’t have time for a real meal
  • Protein bars. My favourite home-made protein bar recipe can be found on My Sequined Life
  • Nuts & dried fruit- Almonds, walnuts & dried fruit are my faves.


5- Dance shoes. Obviously, pack for the classes you take. But if you do ballet 5 days a week, you might as well let those slippers (or an extra pair) live in your bag.

Tip: Store each pair of shoes in a zip lock bag. That way the pairs stay together & are easy to find, & delicate fabrics stay in great shape.


6- Toiletries. Sometimes you head to class straight from school, & you just need to freshen upDuet a bit. Fresh breath is especially important when you’re doing partner work, agreed?

  • Deoderant
  • Chapstick
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toothbrush
  • Tooth paste
  • Tampons

7- Miscellaneous. Don’t let a blister ruin your day.

  • band aids


    Use a carabiner to store hair ties

  • Toes tape/athletic tape
  • Advil
  • Zip lock bags (for sweaty clothes)
  • Sewing kit
  • Nail clippers
  • Toes spacers
  • Toe Pads

8- Extras. Extra clothes. Extra Snacks. Extra Hair Stuff.

  • Tights
  • Shorts
  • Sports Bra

notebook9- Notebook & Pen

  • For jotting down inspiring words from a teacher, notes & corrections, or a combination you loved

10- Ipod/MP3 Player & headphones

  • For warming up & getting yourself in the zone before or between classes
  • Practice your choreography before class

We hope this helps you pack the perfect dance bag. Did we miss anything? Comment below to let us know what you would add!  Look for our “Performance Bag” edition closer to competition season!