Dancers have all sorts of odd things in their dance bags. My car, for example, will never entirely be free of glitter, bobby pins, and the occasional fake eyelash that escapes my makeup box every now and again (it’s always only one eyelash–and it’s terrifying every time). There are some items that you expect every dancer to pack in their dance bag, but here are a few items you might not expect:
Hair extensions – Do you ever hate dancers for having picture perfect hair even after a six minute dance break? You can hate them a little less; it’s one of the many illusions that dancers have naturally perfect hair. Dance competitions switch extensions almost as often as Lady Gaga does.
Epsom salts – Dancing has a lot of great health benefits, but long hours of holding your leg in front of your face or spinning on your head can be tiring on your body. Dancers beat the pain by taking epsom salt baths, which help leech the soreness from muscles. If you’re ever sore, take a page out of our dance manuel: it’ll work wonders!
Tennis balls – If the salt bath hasn’t done the trick, then it’s time to break out the tennis ball. Tennis balls are usually used on feet to help roll out sore arches and improve the line of the foot. They’re also great at working out tight knots that the salt bath didn’t take care of!
Screwdrivers – If you’re a tapper, nothing is more indispensable than a screwdriver, some extra screws, and a broken toothpick. Tap shoes often lose their screws, and a crushed toothpick can add the extra FRICTION to keep your shoe in place.
Lambswool – Ever wonder how ballerinas manage on pointe for hours at a time? Dancing on your toes isn’t a walk in the park, but many dancers use lambswool to pad their toes against the pain of the floor. Gel pads, tape, and plastic pads are also commonly used to guard feet from the unforgiving floor.
Leotards – Chances you already knew that many types of dancers wear a leotard at some point or another. The weird thing is that something that something so unattractive is still in use. Leotards show everything–not just that extra serving of fro yo from last night’s dessert, but sweat stains (both old and new) are also fair game.