Inside Victoria Hulland’s Dance Bag

You could say that Victoria Hulland is Sarasota Ballet’s resident corn pad dealer. The principal dancer keeps her bag stocked with special, extra-thick pads, which she uses between her toes. “A lot of the girls come to me if they have really bad corns,” she says. “You can’t buy these from CVS.” Since she getsMore »

Show and Tell: Jordan-Elizabeth Long

When Miami City Ballet soloist Jordan-Elizabeth Long previously danced with the Royal Swedish Ballet, professional hairdressers styled her performance hair. “If you came in with a messy bag full of pins, they got really annoyed,” Long says. Ever since, she has kept her pins organized in a multicompartment plastic case. In fact, Long’s dance bagMore »

Inside Noelani Pantastico’s Dance Bag

You’d be hard pressed to find a pair of ballet slippers in Noelani Pantastico’s dance bag. Instead, you’ll find a pair of socks—and plenty of pointe shoes. The Pacific Northwest Ballet principal, who joined the company in 1997, ditched wearing slippers for class when she took a seven-year hiatus abroad to dance with Les BalletsMore »

Show and Tell: Inside Kayla Rowser’s Dance Bag

Nashville Ballet dancer Kayla Rowser is one organized woman—her teal Lug bag is full of compartments. “That’s why I love it,” says Rowser. “I need a pocket for every little thing so that I can easily get to the bottom of my bag during five-minute breaks.” Her sturdy duffel houses everything from a day plannerMore »

Inside Ashley Ellis’ Dance Bag

Boston Ballet principal Ashley Ellis has a crafty side. When she started making herself legwarmers a few years ago, her colleagues took notice and started asking her to make some for them, too. “I started creating a design and realized I wanted to do it more professionally,” says Ellis, who officially launched her legwarmer website,More »

Could a Messy Dance Bag Affect Your Eating Habits?

Most dancers have experienced the stress of sifting through a cluttered dance bag to search for just one more bobby pin before class starts. And while that hectic exchange may make you feel less calm during your first plié combination, you probably haven’t considered how it could affect your eating habits. A recent study fromMore »

Inside Sara Webb’s Dance Bag

With frayed handles and re-stitched seams, Sara Webb’s dance bag is a little worse for wear. “I keep tying it and sewing it together on the bottom and the sides,” says the Houston Ballet principal, in her dressing room after a performance of Stanton Welch’s Romeo and Juliet. “I guess I’m a creature of habit.”More »

Show and Tell: Inside Marianela Nuñez’s Dance Bag

When Marianela Nuñez isn’t in rehearsal, there’s a good chance you’ll find her in her dressing room sewing pointe shoes. “I go through a lot of shoes—usually two pairs a day,” said the Argentine-born Royal Ballet principal during last summer’s U.S. tour. “And if I’m doing a full-length like Don Q, I go through threeMore »