Performance Prep 101

Things You Need to Know

We’re walking you through what you need before you hit that stage!

Makeup

THINGS TO REMEMBER: foundation or BB cream should match your skin tone. concealer should be 1-3 shades lighter than your skin. darker skin tones should you a more yellow toned powder/setting powder. brows should be natural and defined. Bronzer and blush should be a natural color and should create a natural glow. Mascara should be black and lip color should be natural and lips should look moisturized and supple.

Hair

Here is a list of hair tutorials for a right side parted low bun on natural hair. PLEASE INSURE THAT THE PART AND BUN LOCATION IS CORRECT!

Always be sure to arrive on performance day with hair secured in a headscarf, preferably satin or silk material.

Nails

THE ONLY COLORS ALLOWED ON NAILS SHOULD BE A NATURAL NUDE OR A NATURAL PINK COLOR. TOES AND FINGERS SHOULD BOTH BE MANICURED.

20 Essential Items to Pack in Your Dance Bag for Recital Day

1. Comfy Sneakers/ Post Performance Outfit

You’ll need something to wear on your feet while prepping for the show. You’ll also need something elegant to wear after the show in case there is a signing or an after event.

2. Extra tights, leotard, and warm-ups

In case of tears, runs, stains, or excessive sweating, you want to have a backup pair of tights and a clean leotard. And as temperatures in studios and theaters are unpredictable and can vary widely, it is important to have warm-up clothes that you can layer on top and remove easily.

3. Hairbrush, comb, elastic ties, barrettes, pins

Classical dancers in particular need to be meticulous in sporting a neat hairstyle that will stay in place and not interfere with the look or execution of their movements. Also, there is frequently a dancer who forgets, loses, or breaks her hair tie, and it looks good for your professionalism and preparedness when you can be there with a spare elastic or barrette to offer.

4. Towel

Even in cold weather, dancers sweat, often profusely. Particularly when doing partner work, you will want to periodically wipe the perspiration off your body, as overly sweaty skin can be dangerous when doing lifts. (You may also want to pack an additional clean towel to use after showering.)

5. Deodorant

No one likes working with a performer who stinks up the studio.

6. Perfume or cologne

On those busy days when you don’t have time to shower after rigorous classes or rehearsals, a quick squirt of a mild cologne can make you feel and smell fresh.

7. Antiseptic wipes

Good for cleansing a minor cut or scrape or even just dirty hands, particularly when it’s inconvenient for you to leave the studio or stage area.

8. Antibiotic ointment

To prevent infection, you should apply something like this immediately after cleansing any kind of cut, scrape, or tear of your skin.

9. Band-Aids

A large assortment of these is always important!

10. Breath fresheners

A courtesy to your fellow performers and to make a pleasant impression on anyone to whom you may be speaking at an audition.

11. Plastic shaver

For last-minute touchups or, ladies, in the event that you have to change into a different style of leotard or tights than you were expecting to wear.

12. Makeup bag

In case you need to re-apply makeup to go to an audition after class or rehearsal, or at auditions if you need to repair smears, smudges, etc.

13. Plastic water bottle

It is vital that you stay hydrated during long days of rehearsing or auditioning, and if you can’t get out to purchase more beverages, it’s smart to have a plastic bottle that you can easily refill from a water fountain or sink. Warning: Never carry glass bottles in your dance bag. Should they break, no matter how well you think you’ve cleaned out your bag, tiny glass shards may still be in there that could seriously hurt you if they got into your clothes or shoes.

14. Protein bar

On days when your schedule requires you to skip a meal, a medium-size protein bar will adequately satisfy your hunger.

15. A healthy snack

Most dance nutritionists advise eating small amounts of food periodically throughout the day. So especially on those days when you’re not sure when your breaks will be, or when you are going to an unfamiliar neighborhood and don’t know what the food purchasing options will be, you should be sure to have a healthy snack in your dance bag. Also, it’s usually less expensive to bring your own snacks from home on a regular basis. The most recommended snacks for working dancers are nuts and fruit.

16. Plastic bag

For wet dance clothing, towels, etc.

17. Notebook and pen

You never know when you’ll need to record an important piece of information.

18. Reading material

For the downtime, when you tire of texting or when it’s inappropriate to use your electronic devices, always have a good book or magazine with you. What do I recommend? Why, the latest issue of Backstage, of course.

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