Show and Tell: Inside Carla Körbes's Dance Bag

Published in the June/July 2011 issue.

Photo by Kyle Froman

Pacific Northwest Ballet principal Carla Körbes gets by with a little help from her friends: Her two dance bag must-haves are both gifts from pals. The very ’80s-looking bobby pin bag, bequeathed to Körbes by former PNB principal Miranda Weese, is “super-handy,” Körbes says. “It’s specially designed to hold bobby pins, with all these little compartments.” And the adorable owl-trimmed back warmer? “I can’t live without it,” Körbes says. “I’d been wearing this unattractive warmer, and my friend came to a rehearsal and said, ‘Ew, why are you wearing that?’ She made me this one, and it’s so much cozier.”


Körbes also swears by her herbal supplements, designed to improve stamina. “They’re made by a company called Super Good Stuff, and the name is absolutely right!” she says. “I found them last summer at the Vail International Dance Festival. I have trouble adjusting to elevation, and I was dancing the intense Black Swan pas, so I was nervous. Then I discovered the supplements—and they really made a difference. Now I take them whenever I dance demanding parts.”

The Goods
Brazil sweatshirt (“It’s been 15 years since I left, but wearing this reminds me of home”), pink thread, bobby pin bag, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera, Super Good Stuff supplements, deodorant, gum, Smartwater, hair brush, legwarmers, back warmer, Sprint phone, exercise ball, scissors, lighter, masking tape, powder (“I get really pink when I dance, so I keep powder handy”), Traumeel, toe pads, pointe shoes, flat shoes, Thera-Bands, Mondetta bag