What to Bring to a Dance Competition

Written by admin on May 24, 2011

We’ve practiced and practiced (and are still practicing!) and now we’re getting ready to head up to Springfield this weekend to the Dancing a la Carte competition. To help make sure you have everything you need, we’ve put together this check list of things we find useful.

What to bring to a Dance Competition:


  • Dance clothes or costumes you will wear (more detail below)
  • Street clothes to hang out in or drive home in
  • Shoes: more than one pair if possible for back up or depending on the condition of the floor (fast or slow)
  • A sweater, shawl or even light robe to keep you warm (it’s usually very cold in the ballroom) and to protect your dance clothes from spills or snags

Dance Accessories

  • Towel – for perspiration
  • Safety pins – you never know when you’ll need one (and we have!)
  • Breath Mints
  • Water
  • High protein snack such as nuts or a protein bar. Sometimes it can be a long while between your heats
  • Dance shoe brush
  • Small bag to carry it all in


  • Dark Socks
  • Belt(s)
  • Vest/Dance Jacket
  • Tie
  • Pants
  • Shirts (Ballroom and Latin)
  • Dance Shoes (Ballroom and Latin)
  • Hair Spray
  • Dark Underwear (in case you have a rip)
  • Vaseline (if you have patent leather shoes)


  • Outfit: We recommend a trial run in your lesson ahead of time
  • Smooth dress
  • Latin dress
  • Pantyhose/Fishnets (if you wear them)
  • Dance Pants (very important if they are not built into your dress)
  • A button down shirt for the morning of the comp – you don’t want to ruin your hair after you spent so much time putting it up.
  • Dance shoes (closed toe for Ballroom, open toe for Latin)
  • Jewelry: Be sure it will stay secure and not catch or injure your partner


  • Foundation
  • Blush
  • Face Powder
  • Lipstick
  • Eyeliner
  • Eye Shadow
  • Mascara
  • Nail Polish
  • Fake Eye Lashes (if applicable)
  • If you are doing any self-tanning, be sure to do this a day or two before the competition


  • Bobby pins
  • Hairspray
  • Gel/Glue


  • Hand Cream or body lotion – if you put it on your legs it keeps your dress from sticking to you
  • Baby Powder
  • Aspirin/Ibuprofen is always a good idea
  • Something to wash your face off with at the end of the day especially if you are leaving right after the comp
  • Safety pins – you never know what may happen
  • Clothing tape to avoid wardrobe malfunctions
  • Camera (although you may not be able to photograph or video in the ballroom)
  • Nail polish for touch ups or if you have a stocking run

Remember to have fun dancing — and… Good Luck!!