Performance Prepardness – Backstage Instant Remedies


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With all the excitement of your dance performance coming up, rehearsals, sewing costumes to be sure they fit correctly, collecting the proper makeup, and learning how to make that perfect ballet bun, there are other things that you should consider when packing for the theater. Today we will talk about some items to bring along to the theater and why you should consider bringing them…..

Backstage at a dance performance can be chaotic. Be sure you keep a list of all necessary items. In all the confusion, many dancers may have their parents rushing back home for forgotten items and then trying to make it back in time for the opening number. Here are some items that are often needed and most often forgotten.

Extra Tights
Always have an extra pair of tights with you in each color you will need for your numbers. Runs and snags in your in your tights are very visible from the audience.

Band aids
You’ll be glad you have glad to have a band aid if you get an unexpected blister. The best type to by is the clear variety, as colored ones will be visible through pink or suntan tights.

Ace Bandage
It is a good idea to pick up an ace bandage to take along with you in case of a rolled ankle or such. That extra support may get you through your next number.

Hangers and a Garment Rack
Be sure you have a hanger for every costume you have and hang them up as soon as you have a chance to avoid wrinkles. A rolling garment rack is a good thing to have for your performances if you are in more than one or two numbers. They are relatively inexpensive and portable. They will allow your costumes to hang neatly. You can easily organize your costumes in the order you will need them.

Safety Pins and Needle and Thread
Pack a small supply of safety pins in various sizes in case you need to do some last minute costume alterations or repairs. I myself feel more secure if a few stitches are used, if time permits, for more security. A sewing needle and thread is a good idea to take along with you. If your ballet slippers or pointe shoes some how break a strap or ribbon at the last minute you can quickly stitch them. You can not use a safety pin for shoes.

Baby Wipes
Baby wipes are great for quick clean-ups or make-up fixes. Wonderful for cleaning the bottoms of your feet after a Moderne or Acro number, where you dance barefoot.

Pain Reliever
Bring a pain reliever. The most familiar is either Tylenol or Advil, but if you use natural remedies, White Willow Bark capsules will do the trick quite nicely….. Unexpected muscle aches and headaches can spoil your performance.

Clear Nail Polish
Clear nail polish can save a run in tights from getting out of hand. Apply a small amount to the run or snag as soon as it appears. Better yet, bring extra pairs of tights.

Be sure to bring your make up kit. You will want to retouch make-up immediately before going on stage. See the post on “Stage Make Up, Collecting Your Items” posted on March 14, 2013

Don’t forget to bring your camera. Even if cameras are not allowed in the auditorium, you will want to capture those special backstage moments before and after the show. Be cautious of taking dressing room shots. Many pictures have been taken in dressing rooms where someone in the back ground was not aware you were taking pictures. It is best to avoid dressing room pictures and keep those backstage memories in the hallways. Avoid taking pictures from the wings, even without a flash, unnecessary people backstage, near the wings, during the performance, tend to be in the way of the backstage crew and the dancers exiting and entering the stage.

Packing these few, normally un-thought-of of items, can be a real life saver at your recital/revue/ concert. Take that extra time to buy them and pack them with your costumes or make up kit. They could be the difference between a great performance and a disaster……

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