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What to Pack for a Dance Recital

Stepping into the spotlight for a dance recital is an exhilarating experience, and being well-prepared is key to ensure you shine on stage. In this quick guide, we'll walk you through the essentials to pack for a flawless and stress-free dance recital. From costumes to accessories and everything in between, we've got you covered so you can focus on your performance and leave the worries behind. Let's make sure you have what you need to bring to a dance recital for ultimate success!

Costume + Shoes

Imagine this: you're all set for your recital, confident and ready to shine. But wait! In the midst of double-checking everything else, you realize you've forgotten the essentials - your costume and dance shoes. Don't let that happen to you! Including them on your recital checklist is a lifesaver. No more last-minute panic and stress when you reach into your dance bag, only to find them missing. Trust us, it's worth it!

Garment Bag

If you're tired of digging through your dance bag and making a mess just to find the next costume you need, a garment bag might just be a lifesaver. Instead of throwing everything into one bag and risk losing something important, a garment bag keeps your dancewear neatly organized in one place.

For those who value functionality and convenience, we recommend the Capezio Dance Garment Duffle. It not only serves as a garment bag for all your dancewear, but also converts into a duffle bag for your accessories - reducing the need for separate bags and it keeps your dance items in one place.

Body Liners

When you're in your costumes, it's important that you look seamless and polished. Body liners help keep your costume looking seamless, offer support, and give you the freedom to switch between costumes if you're unable to use the changing room. The Capezio Foundation Collection offers various options and styles to fit best with your costume.

Extra Tights

Dancers know all too well that tights are prone to rips and tears. Even the slightest snag from a rough surface or a sharp object can cause a hole in your favorite pair. Additionally, the stress placed on the fabric when you put them on or take them off can also lead to tears. It's a frustrating reality, but one that can be easily managed with a little preparation. 
Make it a habit to always carry a spare pair of tights in your bag. This way, if you do experience a rip you can quickly change into a fresh pair and continue with your performance. 


Rosin, a sticky substance derived from tree sap, plays a crucial role in enhancing the grip of your dance shoes on the stage. By applying rosin to the soles, dancers can increase traction and prevent slips, ensuring a confident and precise performance. It's available in rock or spray form and can be easily slipped into your dance bag for constant support. 

Pointe Shoe Necessities

Ensure you have your stitch kit handy when you're dancing en pointe. You never know when a mid-rehearsal or performance stitch-up might be necessary. 
Jet glue for dancers is also a great addition to the pointe shoe section of your bag. Its strong adhesive can hold up against any movement or weight, allowing you to trust your shoes and stay securely on your toes all night.

Warm Ups

Warm up clothes for dancers are essential for a successful rehearsal or performance.  Choose lightweight fabrics to keep you cool and comfortable as you practice. Moisture-wicking materials are great choices for dancers who tend to sweat more than others. Make sure you have a variety of clothing options available so you can layer up or down depending on the situation. 

Body Glitter

Consider using body glitter to add a little extra sparkle to your performance! Adding a bit of shine will have you feeling like a star, and helps boost your confidence on stage. Just double-check with your dance teacher beforehand to make sure it's allowed. Two of our favorite glitter products are the Covet Spotlight Sparkle Gel and Unicorn Snot.

Water Bottle

Staying hydrated is vital while performing. That's why we've got a fantastic selection of water bottles available, so you're sure to find one that matches your unique personality. 

Extra Hair Accessories

When it comes to dance performances, it's crucial to be prepared with extra hair accessories. Having an additional hair tie, hair net, or bobby pin can prove to be incredibly useful in case anything unexpectedly falls out during your routine. Whether it's a swift pirouette or an energetic leap, having those backup hair supplies ensures that you can confidently showcase your talent without any interruptions or distractions. So, make sure to pack those extra hair accessories and dance with complete peace of mind!

First Aid Kit

Dancing is an incredibly active form of movement that leaves you vulnerable to various scrapes and bruises. To ensure your safety, we suggest having a first aid kit present in your dance bag so that you can rapidly treat any potential injuries or ailments without wasting time. Welly offers a variety of portable first aid kits including bandaids, antibiotics, and hand sanitizer. 



Recital season holds immense significance for all those involved. It presents the perfect opportunity to showcase your astounding moves and skills. However, let's be honest - it can also induce quite a bit of stress. That's why it's crucial to ensure that your dance bag is packed with all the essentials, ready to go. If you're unsure where to begin, we hope our dance bag essentials checklist will serve as a helpful starting point. This way, you can focus on delivering a flawless performance without the anxiety of forgetting something crucial.
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