How to Get Organized Before Dance Nationals

Imagine that you're standing in the wings at Nationals, ready to rock your tap number. Just as you're about to step onto the stage, your elbow-length glove slides down to your wrist. Panic sets in as you realize you forgot to bring double-stick tape to secure your gloves, and you won't be able to keep them in place once you start moving around on stage! From accessory bloopers to forgotten props, the list of things that can go awry at Nationals isn't a short one. But, by planning ahead and packing carefully, you can ensure that you'll have everything you need on competition day. Being prepared is part of being professional, so summon your inner Girl Scout and follow this comprehensive checklist to avoid Nationals nightmares.

Steps

  1. Image titled Get Organized Before Dance Nationals Step 1
    1
    Get the things you'll need. Performance Essentials are:
    • Costumes
    • Shoes
    • Props
    • Hair accessories
    • Jewelry
    • Garment bags or zip-close bags for each costume
    • A collapsible costume rack and hangers
    • Tights (bring extras!)
    • Practice shoes and/or foot thongs
    • Warm-up and rehearsal clothing
    • Shoe polish
    • Safety pins
    • Clear nail polish (in case you get a run in your tights)
    • Sewing kit
    • Instant stain remover
  2. Image titled Get Organized Before Dance Nationals Step 2
    2
    Get in grooming gear
    • Makeup
    • Makeup mirror
    • Makeup and nail polish remover
    • Hairbrush and comb
    • Bobby pins in various colours and sizes
    • Hair elastics
    • Hair clips
    • Hairspray
    • Hair gel
    • Curling iron
    • Flatiron
    • False eyelashes and lash glue
    • Cotton swabs and facial tissues
    • Clear deodorant
  3. Image titled Get Organized Before Dance Nationals Step 3
    3
    Make sure to have enough first-aid supplies
    • Topical heat rub
    • Ibuprofen
    • Elastic bandages
    • Adhesive bandages
    • Gauze
    • Alcohol swabs
    • Instant ice packs
    • Tampons or pads
  4. Image titled Get Organized Before Dance Nationals Step 4
    4
    Healthy Must-Haves
    • Water bottle
    • Electrolyte-filled fluids like Gatorade, coconut water or SmartWater
    • High-energy snacks like sandwiches, veggies, sunflower seeds, almonds and grapes
  5. Image titled Get Organized Before Dance Nationals Step 5
    5
    The Best of the Rest
    • Your team jacket or sweats
    • Street clothes
    • Street shoes
    • Bras and underwear
    • Pajamas
    • Dance bag and laundry bag for already-worn items
    • Markers for labeling items
    • Itinerary
    • Camera and iPod
    • List of important contact numbers and addresses
    • Spending money
    • Good-luck charm (if you have one)
  6. Image titled Get Organized Before Dance Nationals Step 6
    6
    NOTE: Specific needs vary from dancer to dancer, so be sure to check with your teachers to find out what else you should add to this list.

Article Info

Categories: Dancing