In the theme of a new year, there are always new things to try! That is why today we are talking about what to bring along with you if you are trying dance for the first time in 2024!
Starting your dance journey is a new experience and you may not know where to start in terms of personal needs.
At this time you may be completely unaware of how to pack your dance bag, but have no fear! We’re here to help you along and share some of the core items to take along with you as embark on your first class. Let’s get started!
1. Don’t Forget Hydration
Number one thing to remember when coming to a dance class is to always remember to stay hydrated. Hydration is of the utmost importance when participating in any physical activity, so please remember to bring your water bottle and keep hydrated.
2. Dance Shoes - or maybe a suitable substitute!
When first trying a new activity you may not be fully kitted out for your first class. This is no problem - but remember to check what shoes are needed for the class and make sure you have a suitable alternative.
If your trying a tap class or a tap/jazz combo class ensure that you have some comfortable hard shoes so you are getting the right feel for the class. Trying a tap class in bare feet is not always as much fun!
For ballet, jazz, lyrical or contemporary class - bare feet or socks would be ok (make sure the socks are not too slippery for the surface).
For Hip Hop or Commercial Jazz - some comfortable runners would be great. Just make sure the soles are clean so you don't walk outside dirt into the studio.
After you have settled on which styles you would like to pursue - then its time to pack the correct shoes into your dance bag - and this is where they should stay! With the exception of the home practice time! Your dance shoes should only ever be worn in the studio or at performance time.
3. Clothing plus extra clothing
Firstly - if you don't have the correct uniform - wear anything that is comfortable and moves easily. Some tights and a t-shirt, maybe a leotard and ballet skirt, some bike shorts and a top.
Also maybe some extra clothing - if you are trying a number of classes, you may find you get warm and need to change into a singlet between classes. You may need to put on a sweatshirt at the end of class when leaving if it is a little cooler outside.
It's always a good idea to have a few extra items in your bag - just in case you need it!
4. Hair kit
You should always arrive at your dance class with your hair secure; in a pony tail or bun off your face. It doesn't hurt to have a small bag with some extra bobby pins, hair pins, hair net and elastics in case of an emergency. You never know when that pesky elastic is going to give up on you! So having a small kit with you is always advised.
5. Don’t Forget Your Confidence!
And last but not least, don’t forget to pack your self confidence and bring it along with you! Sure, you may be nervous starting out and that is completely normal. Starting your dance journey is an exciting new adventure, one that should be taken on with joy!
It won't be long until your self confidence walks into class with you every lesson and you will be loving your dance journey along with your teacher and class mates!
If you haven't booked your classes for 2024 - wait no longer!