What’s in your bag? Arthur Murray Edition
Top 5 Dance bag essentials in order of their importance.
#1 Shoes: An improper shoe will most certainly hamper even the most committed dancer from getting jiggy with it, busting out some fly cha cha moves or gravity defying waltz sequences. Accordingly, a good shoe has the ability to instill a strong confidence and an awesome sense of mojo and swagger. Suede soles are best, but in the absence of suede any smooth soled shoe that is firmly adhered to your foot will help you move with panache.
#2 Swooshy pants: a swooshy skirt, or a flowy top. The key to the right wardrobe is juxtaposition. Examples: A tight body suit or tight black t-shirt contrasted by swooshy or flowy pants or a skirt. Alternately for the ladies another option is tight leggings with a loose silky top. Fabric that moves when you move is key to the visual affect of any great dance steps. How the steps affect the fabrics you are wearing and vice versa is an important consideration.
#3 Beverage bottles! Its key to stay hydrated when dancing at the studio. Although we provide water, most students like to bring their own water bottles. For one thing, bringing your own water bottle is better for the environment. Additionally, it is much easier to keep track of your water consumption goals when you have your own bottle. Coffee and tea are also lovely but let’s not forget that water is best!
#4 Superfoods! The importance of food as an energy source cannot be stressed enough. Bring power bars, almonds, fruit etc. Its good to have healthy snacks you can eat on the go, so you don't get overly hungry which makes you want to eat chips and sugar. Another "superfood" of the ballroom is Mints. Everyone loves mints at the studio lest we commit the faux pas of halitosis, but dont forget if the mints have sugar in them they are not a good habit, so bring along sugar free mints instead so that you can pop them with abandon.
#5 Personal hygiene items: You don’t want to be stuck without a hair tie, a comb or deodorant, so its always good to keep a little supply of mini versions of your favorite personal items in your bag. Mini purell, mouth wash, possibly even a little toothbrush. Having these small essentials on hand could make you feel better from time to time. Since we dance in close quarters with our fellow students, its best for your personal hygiene to be on point at all times.
We hope this helps give you ideas as you are packing your dance bag this week! See you at the studio; and lastly if you like this post please share it with your friends.