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!!

Written by admin on May 24, 2011

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