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 »

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 »

Show and Tell: Inside Gudrun Bojesen’s Dance Bag

Inside Gudrun Bojesen's Dance Bag - Photo by Kyle Froman-

Royal Danish Ballet principal Gudrun Bojesen isn’t afraid of a DIY project. To keep her legs and ankles extra toasty, Bojesen cut out the sleeves of an old down parka and sewed them to the inside of her legwarmers. “The calves are the most important part for a Bournonville dancer to keep warm,” says Bojesen,More »

Studio to Street: Keenan Kampa

Keenan KampaKeenan Kampa -Photo by Joe Toreno

Keenan Kampa counts Alexa Chung and Iris Apfel among her fashion inspirations, but her favorite style icon is someone she considers one of her best friends. “Not to be weird,” she says, “but I really loved my grandfather’s style. He was this badass marine nuclear physicist, but then also this old Irish man.” His oversizedMore »