Just the musings of a small-town professional ballerina, business owner, wife, and beagle mama as she attempts to make it through this thing called life.

Apr 24, 2011

Inside Ballerinablogger's Dance Bag

Recently I got a request to do an article on my dance bag and the universe inside of it. I'd like to say thanks to Julie for suggesting the idea!

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Inside: 4 pairs of sewn pointe shoes, 2 pairs of un-sewn pointe shoes (I'm currently in between brands), sewing kit (thread, needles and scissors), pointe shoe rougher, "little black bag" with pads and toe spacers inside, trash-bag shorts, 2 pairs of leg warmers (black and pink), tap shoes, skirt (black), baby powder, a cooling spray, a mini bottle of Purell, Icy Hot Roll On, an inhaler, peppermint scented foot cream, water bottle, mints, a bag of hair supplies, cell phone, a bag of Advil, flat ballet shoes, tennis ball and warm-up socks.

My dance bag is stuffed to the brim. There are some days that I literally cannot zip it closed! The pointe shoes are usually kept in my locker at the dance school but over vacation I like to take them home with me in case I wanted to do a little practicing. The sewing kit that I keep in a plastic bag is unbelievably handy. There have been several occasions in which right before a show my ribbon and/or elastic began to come un-sewn. There was no way I would risk it coming undone on stage so I just whipped out the little sewing kit and fixed it. Thank goodness I had it!

Like many other dancers, I have asthma and like to keep an inhaler on hand. When I'm doing rehearsals for long periods of time I usually need to use it.

Icy Hot has got to be one of the best things ever invented. It relieves tense muscles like there's no tomorrow and is one of my must-haves.

I think it's a good idea to keep Purell in your bag because many hands are touching the barres each day. During flu season and cold season we wipe down the barres with disinfectant wipes after each use. Not only can Purell keep your hands clean but it can keep your toe spacers or gel pads clean as well.

The pointe shoe rougher is used to literally used to rough up the bottom of your pointe shoes. This can increase the friction between your shoe and the floor and make it much less slippery. I use my "rougher" before every show, class and rehearsal. The cooling spray is a foot spray that some friends gave me for my birthday and the peppermint scented foot cream is great to have during the winter when my feet are extremely dry and itchy.
The dance bag itself is just a bag that I bought at Marshalls for around $30.00. I use to have a hockey bag (no joke) and got pretty tired of lugging it around everywhere so I went with something about half the size. It's designed by Steve Madden and is the most convenient bag I've found to date.

Thanks for reading guys! Any questions, comments or requests then you can contact me here or leave a comment below.

Ballerinablogger ~


  1. Hi... I love your dancebag post and photos! Which maker and style pointes are you changing from and to?

  2. Thank you Jill! I have worn Russian Pointes for several years until recently I was viewing some pictures of myself on stage and knew I could be in something with a better fit. I had a pair of Chacotts in my closet that I had worn several years back and decided to give those a try. I liked the overall shape and size but certain features were uncomfortable. So I went in for a fitting and ended up with a brand of Capezio and a new model of Russian Pointes just to experiment and see what looks and feels better as they break in.
    Thanks for asking, Jill!

    Ballerinablogger ~

  3. Please let us know what maker and style you decide is best for you.

  4. Hi Ballerinablogger! I loved this post! Do you ever use a theraband? I love mine and always keep it in my dance bag :). Could you maybe make a video of yourself dancing??? I would love to see you and i'm sure you're really good! Thanks and have a wonderful day!

  5. Thanks so much for the post! I am honored to have a special mention!! I am now more prepared! I definetly agree with having a sewing kit.... I've had to use it many times too! As Hannah said, therabands are great and I always keep one too.. great for getting a better point. Thanks again I love this!!

  6. Thank you both so much! I do use a theraband, I believe it's currently in my locker at the dance school. In response to Hannah, I have several videos from last summer that I've already posted.

    And several others as well. Look in the archives for any posts entitled "Summer Camp Week..."
    Thanks for the comments girls!

  7. Hi! I wrote to you through one of these posts a while back about my achilles tendon, and I just wanted to say that your advice has worked well! It still hurts some, but the problem was that I was overolling my ankles and it was causing my tendon to swell and bend weird. But now along with your advice (and some special shoes) it is getting better! Thanks so much!!!

    (and i didn't know i could write my name at the top so i had my name as anonymous... hehe) So yeah, thanks again! :) (oh and sorry if my comments annoy you, because i know i already asked about the back flexibility thing :/

  8. Hi Missy!
    I'm so glad that everything turned out ok and I'm thrilled that my advice is helping :)I'm so glad for you!
    Haha no, no comments would never annoy me! I'm actually in the process of working on your article, it's just taking a bit longer as school/dance classes are starting back up after vacation. I promise to have it done soon!
    Thanks so much, Missy!


  9. Hi Ballerinablogger,

    I absuloutly love the post! Infact, I am even thinking about putting a post on my own ballet blog about what's inside of MY bag!

    I actually took all the photos just earlier, I'm sooooo excited about doing it!

    Wow - I must admit, you've got quite a bit more stuff in your bag than I do. Ooh well, after all, I do only have one pair of pointe shoes - at the moment!

    Izi : )

  10. I'm so glad that you enjoyed it enough to do an article of your own, Izi!
    Haha, yes my dance bag is very full. I don't usually keep all of the pointe shoes inside of it as this crushes them and wears them out faster but other than that... It's all in there!
    Thanks for reading Izi!

  11. Hi again! Sorry for keeping asking questions but I have another one..... I was at ballet class the other day and my friend said you need hyperextended legs to be a ballerina? I know that's not true, but it just seems that every proffesional dancer has hyperextended legs! Even all the lead dancers at my dance school have hyperextended legs, but I don't.... I was just wondering what you thought of this :/

  12. No problem at all, Missy!
    Well, depending on the body type, hyperextended knees can make balancing easier, however, they are absolutely not required for a ballet career. It's good to have very slightly hyperextended knees but if they're too hyperextended then it tends to look mutated and will make dancing more difficult. But the bottom line is you do not NEED hyperextended knees to be a ballerina.

  13. Hi Ballerinablogger! This post is awesome! Could you maybe do a post about what to bring to your recital, how to prepare for it, etc.? I think that a lot of us have spring shows/recitals and that would be really helpful! Thanks so much!

  14. okay thank you so much for your thoughts!!!