What To Put In Your Daily Dance Bag

Our original list was like Hannibal crossing the Alps! It was intended for Competition and Recital. It included everything except the kitchen sink. Oh, by the way, don’t forget that! This time we’re bringing you a much abbreviated “studio” dance bag list.

Dance BagAgain, we’ve put this list together based on personal experience, as well as many similar lists found all over the internet. Every list seems to be different! It is by no means complete, and not every item is a requirement.


  • Dance Clothes – bring an extra leotard or two piece. You never know when a hole will pop up or something will spill.
  • Dance Shoes – All of them. Even if you don’t have tap today, bring your tap shoes. Or whatever shoes. You never know when a chance to practice will pop up.
  • Tights
  • Extra Tights
  • Extra Extra Tights!
  • Did we mention tights? Your tights should not have holes or runs – We run a professional studio and we expect our dancers to dress appropriately. It’s a respect thing.
  • A jacket. Do you have downtime in between classes? Or is it just chilly out by the time you leave?
  • Tennis Shoes – We cringe when you wear your ballet shoes outside. Cringe.
  • Mini Sewing Kit – Includes needles, safety pins, scissors


  • Combs & Brushes
  • Hair Bands
  • Hair Nets
  • Hair Spray
  • Hair Gel
  • Bobby pins and Hair pins

Beauty Things

  • Baby Wipes
  • Tissues
  • Nail Clippers/Nail Files
  • Deodorant

Food/Drink – if allowed in your studio

  • Water Bottles
  • Granola/Energy/Protein Bars

So much shorter! Honestly, my dancer has all of her shoes, spare tights, a spare leotard, a spare outfit, and some hair bands in her bag at all times. She even keeps a rotating stash of snacks in there and an extra water bottle. That’s pretty much it! Definitely not the suitcase full of stuff she takes to recital or competitions.


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