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Dance Teacher's Emergency Box for Recital

9:42 AM

We all want to be prepared because inevitably something will happen and you'll need a glue gun, duct tape, or some bobby pins. Here is a picture and a list of everything I keep in my Backstage Emergency Box, plus a few other things I bring with me to recitals!

It's gotten to the point where people don't even ask "Do you have..."

They just say, "Hey where's your ______?"



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I keep all my stuff in this tackle box, which I got from Amazon through their Vine program. I love it because I can carry it like a briefcase and everything stays in its section, and the section dividers are removable and customizable.  Also, it's only $13 so that's cool.



For costume fixes:

  • A Low-temp glue gun and a few glue sticks (low temp is crucial when dealing with kids and emergency fixes! Mine is low enough that I can touch the glue right out of the gun and it won't burn.)
  • Safety pins
  • Needle and thread, pre-threaded and knotted (I keep mine tucked into a piece of paper)
  • An extra elastic drawstring (You wouldn't believe the uses)
  • Extra thread and beeswax
  • Small scissors or snips

First aid
  • Nail file
  • Nail clippers
  • A variety of cloth tape, foam tape and Kinesio text tape (the black stuff - it's elastic and great for sore knees)
  • Neosporin
  • Bandaids
  • Gauze pads and medical tape
  • Pain-A-Trate (kid's safe, more effective than other brands because it has tea tree oil in it, non-toxic)

    For hair
    • Empty spray bottle (for water, to slick back hair or cool off overheated dancers)
    • Hairspray
    • Bobby pins
    • Hair nets (not pictured)
    • Fine tooth comb 
    • Hair bands of different sizes
    • Hairagami and foam bun makers
    Other
    • Glasses or Phone Screen cloth (great for getting fingerprints off of photo lenses as well)
    • Clear nail polish
    • Chapstick
    • Rubber cement (for painting the bottoms of shoes, comes in handy when dancing on a slick floor!)
    • Spray E-6000 (also great for shoes, if you need a little stick but not too much)

    In the dressing room 
    • Box of blank thank-you cards and pencils (great for grade-school kids, have them write thank-you cards to their parents and dance teachers if they're bored 
    • Coloring books or giant sticky-notes and pencils/crayons
    • Kids books
    • Battery operated Bluetooth speaker (this one is great) and aux cord (so dressing room moms can play music or a kids audiobook)
    • Hand Sanitizer
    • Toilet Paper
    • Rubbing Alcohol (for a quick disinfecting of anything)
    • Charging station (I like this one - it has USB ports and regular outlets)

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