One of the best things about dancing is that it doesn’t require a lot of equipment – if you have a good pair of shoes, you’re always ready to dance. That being said, there are a few things that all of us should have in our bags whenever we go out dancing, for our sake and the sake of everyone we dance with. Here they are, in no particular order:
- Dance shoes. Not only do they make it much easier to dance, but they are also required at some events, to make sure the floors are protected and give you the best dancing surface.
- Shoe brush (for suede-soled shoes). If your shoes get too slippery, you won’t be as stable on your feet. A shoe brush is used to scuff up the nap on your suede soles and give them back a bit of grip. Since dance floors can vary in slipperiness, always bring a brush if you’re wearing suede soles.
- Mints and deodorant. In Latin dancing, you dance pretty close to your partner, so you’re in smelling range the entire time. Make sure you smell good – and NOT by marinating in perfume/cologne; leave those at home. But bring mints and deodorant.
- Hand sanitizer. You’re social dancing, meaning you dance with and around a lot of people. Most dancers are hygiene-conscious, but you never know if someone might have a cold coming on, and you also don’t want to pass on your germs or anyone else’s, so clean your hands regularly.
- A small towel and/or a spare shirt. This one’s especially for the guys, though the ladies aren’t necessarily exempt. Dancing is a physical activity, and dance venues tend to get quite warm, so you will work up a sweat. Depending on your own sweat patterns, bringing a towel to dry your face or a spare shirt to change into once your first one is… er… saturated will keep your partner happy. Few things are as off-putting as dancing in closed position with someone who’s pouring sweat through their shirt, or having your partner become a human sweat sprinkler whenever they spin. Ew.
- Cash. Admission to Ottawa dance events runs around $8, and cash is the only accepted method of payment. Once you’re in, water and other drinks are usually also cash-only.
What else do you keep in your dance bag? Tell us in a comment!