Recently we asked Dance Dress Couture followers on Facebook what were the must-haves in their dance competition bag. We have all shown up to competition only to realize that we forgot that extra pair of tights, bobby pins, safety pins, our favorite lipstick, etc. Then as we are changing in the dressing room or waiting in the freezing ballroom for our turn to dance we get dancer envy over the great things that someone else remembered to pack in their bag, namely a wrap or jacket to keep us warm! So we thought it would be fun to see what is important to our dancing friends. Here are some of the great responses we received. We are listing them by category. Do you have suggestions or things we need to add to the list?

  • Hair
    • Bobby pins
    • Hair jewels
    • Hair comb teasing
    • Hair spray
    • Hair gel
    • Hair nets
  • Jewelry
  • Makeup/Body
    • Lip
    • Eye
    • Bronzer
    • Eyelashes & glue
    • Baby Powder
    • Tanning lotion
    • Face wipes
    • Vaseline (helps you keep the smile)
    • Hand lotion
    • Body scrub
    • Clear deodorant (no white marks on those beautiful dresses)
    • Q-Tips
    • Clear Nail Polish (for the run in the tights)
  • Accessories
    • Safety pins
    • Travel glue
    • Mini sewing kit
    • Fashion tape
  • Feet
    • Heel protectors
    • Tights (extra)
    • Shoe bag
    • Warm socks
    • Slippers
    • Shoe brush
    • Stretch bands for feet and ankles
  • Stationary
    • Thank you cards
    • Encouragement cards
    • Heat sheet
    • Pen & notepad
  • Snack bag
    • Sports Beans
    • Dried Pineapple (great for energy)
    • Wine opener
    • Hard Candy
    • Mints
  • Water bottle
  • Coffee cup
  • Wrap or jacket (it can be cold when you are not dancing)
  • Satin pillowcase (great to maintain the hairstyle overnight)
  • Phone cord and charger
  • Small mirror
  • Aspirin and/or Advil
  • Static Cling Spray
  • Febreze or antibacterial spray – (spray in dress after wearing to keep it fresh)
  • Supporting undergarments appropriate for each outfit

Duffy Betterton is a co-owner of Dance Dress Couture. She attends many Country and Ballroom competitions as a vendor AND a dancer! Shop New and Consignment Dancewear online at https://dancedresscouture.com (try on service available) or stop by the booth at a UCWDC competition (including Worlds!).

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