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Ballet Summer Intensive Packing List

As summer approaches, many dancers gear up for an exciting opportunity: the ballet summer intensive.

What is a ballet summer intensive? 

To help you get ready, we've put together a simple yet thorough packing list tailored specifically for summer dance intensives. Let's dive in! 

Dance Attire: 

  • Leotards: Pack enough leotards to last the duration of your program. It's typically a good idea to bring one leotard for each day of dance in the week. Opt for breathable fabrics that wick away moisture to keep you comfortable during long hours of training.
  • Tights: Bring more tights than you think you need! A clean pair of tights everyday will make you feel put together and confident - and you always need extra in case of runs and rips. Refer to your program's dress code to see whether you need pink, skintone, or black tights. 
  • Warm-up Attire: Pack leg warmers, knit shorts, and a wrap sweater or sweatshirt for warming up before class and during breaks.
  • Wrap Skirt: Don't forget to pack a wrap skirt for your summer intensive—it's versatile, elegant, and perfect for layering over your leotard for certain specialized classes. 
  • Pointe Shoes / Ballet Slippers: Ensure you have enough pairs of properly fitted pointe shoes or ballet slippers. How many pairs of pointe shoes you need for a summer intensive depends on your program and your level. It may be generally recommended to bring one pair per week of the program. 

Dance Accessories:

  • Hair Accessories: Stock up on hair ties, hairpins, and hairnets to keep your hair secure and neat during class and rehearsals.
  • Dance Bag: Invest in a spacious, durable dance bag to carry all your essentials to and from the studio.
  • Resistance Band: Bring a resistance band to aid in flexibility exercises and muscle recovery.
  • Foot Roller / Massage Ball: Relieve tension and prevent injury by incorporating foot rolling and self-massage into your daily routine.
  • Notebook: Take notes during classes and rehearsals to track corrections, choreography, and personal goals.
  • Sewing Kit: Be prepared to make quick repairs to dancewear and shoes with a small sewing kit.

Personal Care:

  • First Aid Kit: Include band-aids, blister pads, muscle ointment, and any other personal care items you may want for minor injuries or discomfort.
  • Water Bottle: Hydration is key during intense training sessions. Invest in a durable, reusable water bottle to keep you hydrated throughout the day.
  • Comfortable Street Shoes: Be sure to pack comfortable shoes for your downtime outside of class, allowing you to explore and relax while giving your feet a break from dance shoes.
  • Snacks: Pack healthy snacks like nuts, fruit, and granola bars to fuel your body between classes and rehearsals.
  • Toiletries: Don't forget essentials like shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, body wash, and skincare products to maintain personal hygiene throughout your stay.


      Packing for a ballet summer intensive is essential for a successful experience. Follow this packing list to ensure you have everything you need. Stay organized, embrace the journey, and enjoy the dance-filled summer ahead!

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