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Nutcracker Survival Guide

The holiday season means only one thing to dancers… Nutcracker Season!

This means only one thing. Classes get longer and turn into rehearsals that then lead to the performance. The hectic schedule that dancers face this time of year can lead to them forgetting the little things. This is why we have created a little survival guide filled with everything a dancer will need to help them survive the Nutcracker.

First, let’s start with what you need for your hair and face.

  • Make-Up Remover Wipes- After a long day performing or between performances it feels good to take off all of your makeup even if you have to put it back on again.
  • A Mirror- Trust me no one wants to fight over the small bathroom mirrors. So bring your own mirror is a must.
  • Hairspray or Hair Gel- This is very important when making your bun.
  • Bobby Pins– You will ALWAYS need more bobby pins and they will ALWAYS find a way to disappear on you.
  • Elastics and Hair Nets

What to wear

  • TIghts– It’s always best to have an extra pair of tights just in case your tights get a run in them or they get stained.
  • Nude leotards– It is always a good idea to have a leotard that you can wear under your costume to make it easier to change for quick changes.
  • Warm-ups– Between rehearsals and numbers it is important to make sure that your muscles stay warm.  


The most important thing for a dancer is their shoes. So make sure that you know every pair of shoe that you will need. This means that you have your ballet flats, pointe shoes, and character shoes if you need them.

Don’t forget clean toe pads, toe spacers, toe tape and everything else that you will need for your pointe shoes as well.

Food/ Drink

Water bottles and energizing snack like a protein bar or fruit. Remember to stay hydrated! You will also need something small to help you get through a long rehearsal.


With this survival guide, you are sure to have the best Nutcracker season.


The Ultimate Dancer Gift Guide

With the Holiday season just around the corner, it is important to find a gift that your dancer will love. That is why we put together this little gift guide so that you can be sure to get the right gift for your dancer.

1 Gaynor Minden Flexibility Band

This is a must for any dancer wanting to increase their flexibility. This flexibility band is great because they can take it on the road with them. I mean what dancer isn’t wanting to increase their flexibility, am I right? This can be used on the floor to get that perfect straddle split or while standing to perfect that needle split.

2  SoDanca’s Pointe Shoe Covers

These cute pointe shoes cover come in so many different colors and designs that your dancer will be sure to love. These covers work to help keep the pointe shoe in good condition when warming up or backstage, but really they are just the coolest gift to give your dancer.

3 DancersHaul Subscription

You can’t go wrong with this gift idea. Getting your dancer a subscription to DancersHaul takes all the stress off your shoulders. You just put in your dancers’ style and sizes then sit back and wait for it to come to your house. There are different subscription boxes you can get so click here to check it out.

4 I- Flex Jr.

Every dancer wants to get more flexible and using different tools can help them reach their true potential. The I-Flex Jr. is used by attracting it to a closed door and works by creating a pulley system. This allows the dancer to control the leg that is being stretched and will make a great gift to give your dancer.

5 Tights Subscription

The one thing that every dancer needs is tights, it’s also the one thing that can send the dancers running to the store in a panic when they break unexpectedly. With a tights subscription, there will be no need to go on any last minute trips to the store for tights. Now there will be no need to stock up and hide tights. With this subscription, you can get quality brands at the lowest price anywhere!

6  New Shoes and Dancewear

This one may sound weird, but trust me every dancer wears their shoes way past dead without telling anyone until their toes are literally popping out of the top. Trust me I’ve seen it happen. New shoes are sure to be a great hit and if they are ready for pointe shoes a surprise trip to Dancewear Corner for a fitting might be a good idea.

You can also never go wrong with new dancewear. Whether your dancer loves leotards or bra tops and shorts they have probably worn the same items of clothing for multiple dance classes in a row. So some new clothes aren’t a want… they’re a necessity.

7 The Hairpin Pal

This one is a no-brainer. There is one thing that every dancer needs and can never have enough of and that is bobby pins. Ask any dancer and they will tell you that as soon as they open a pack of bobby pins in two seconds they will have three left.

You don’t know where the bobby pins disappeared to, but you do know that you need to get more before the next class. Enter the Hairpin pal, this keeps all the bobby pins together in one place because it’s magnetic and not to mention it comes in two beautiful colors.    

8 Water Bottle

What dancer doesn’t need a water bottle to get them through dance class? Plus there are so many cute dance-themed water bottles that they are sure to love. With that in mind, a plain one just won’t do.

9 Dance Accessories

Now I know what you are thinking “dance accessories is a pretty broad topic” and you’re right, but a dancer is nothing without their accessories. Some great options are the Dance Apothecary Set, the Dancers Problem Kit, a cosmetic bag, or Booties. These all are great options for your dancer.

10 Knitwear

Every dancer needs some warm-up clothes and there is nothing better than a knitwear outfit to keep your dancer warm between classes, numbers, and performances. These items are a great gift because they can serve as a great way to cover up between classes as well.



I hope this list of gift ideas helped you think about what to get your dancer. Make sure to tag @DanceWearCorner with pictures on Christmas if it did.


Premier Dance Network: ReDiscovering the Dream.

Premier Dance is the only podcast that is one hundred percent dedicated to the world of dance. This growing network of shows provides the listener with a “one-stop shop” of online resources for all topics related to dance. Premier Dance Network programming ranges from real stories of young dancers just starting out, all the way to the fascinating lives of the top professional dancers in the world. Today we are going to be shining a light on their show ReDiscovering the Dream.

ReDiscovering the Dream

Meet Lauren Fadeley Veyette former PAballet principal dancer, as she embarks on a new and exciting journey as a soloist with Miami City Ballet. In this podcast, Lauren discusses her transition into a new company and all the aspects that go into “rediscovering the dream” and what it means to be a professional ballet dancer.

Lauren shares with everyone her personal journey in dance. She talks about everything from dancing in her hometown in Florida, living in NYC as a year-round student at School of American Ballet and then becoming a company member at 16 years old at the New York City Ballet. You will hear how Lauren left NYCB to attend college and then take a job with Pennsylvania Ballet. She also shares more about her current journey back to Florida Miami City Ballet as well as her personal thoughts on how it feels to be somewhat displaced from a Company she been with for over 9 years.

This podcast gives you the inside look at what happens behind the curtain which is a great resource for every dancer. So click here to start listening to the podcast.   

Let’s Talk Tights

Dancers have a love-hate relationship with tights. They can be itchy and sometimes leave red marks in the skin, but they are crucial in the dance world. With so many different types of tights out there it can be a bit overwhelming to pick the perfect pair of tights to wear for class. This is why we are going to break down every type of tights, as well as the pros and cons that go along with them so you can walk into the dance store and pick out the perfect pair of tights.

Footed Tights Vs Transitional / Convertible Tights

Now the names of the tights can show you a lot about them. As the name would imply the “Footed Tights” are completely footed. This means that the dancer’s entire foot will be covered with the tights at all times, essentially they look kind of like pantyhose. The Transitional / Convertible tights, on the other hand, have a hole on the foot of the tights to allow the dancer the freedom to roll them up to let the feet breathe or so they can put flip flops on to travel from the car to the studio or vice versa. Usually, the most popular tights for dance is the Transitional / Convertible tight because of the fact that the dancer can roll them up, but for younger dancers that are just starting out the seam at the foot could bother them so going with a footed tight for toddlers could be an option.

Elastic Waistband Vs. Self-knit Waistband

The waistband in a tight is also something to look at when buying a pair of tights as well. Dancers can wear these tights for hours on end and getting a pair of tights that are going to dig into the stomach can be uncomfortable as well as leave red marks on the stomach that just hurt. This is why some companies have created a self-knit waistband. Instead of being an elastic band that holds the tight up the self-knit waistband is a wide, elastic-free band that smooths out the harsh lines that some elastic bands can create. However, not all tights come with the option of the self-kit waistband yet.

Stir Up Tights

Stir up tights can have many uses and they are all up to the dancer. Sometimes dancers choose to wear stir up tights for pointe class because it comes up higher on the heel. This allows the pointe shoe to grab the skin and not slip, which can happen when a dancer uses a footed or transitional tight. Dancers can also use this tight for a contemporary number or class.

Footless Tights

Footless tights are mostly used in gymnastics or silks classes. This is because it allows the feet to grip the floor or silks so they do not slip.

Body tights

These tights cover your whole body from the torso to the feet. The good thing about them is that they will not create any red marks around the belly area. Body tights also smooth out the lines of that body. This is what makes them great to perform in, however, they can become a hassle to take off so make sure that if you have any quick changes that require changing tights.

Professional Fishnet Vs Economy Fishnets

So the main difference between a professional pair of fishnets and an economy pair of fishnets is the fact the professional fishnet is made a little bit stronger than the economy pair. This means the professional pair will last longer than the economy one. So If your just going to be using the fishnet for one number in one show the economy pair of fishnets might be what you are looking for. However, if you are going to be performing multiple shows and you want something that will last longer then splurge for the professional pair.

Fishnets With The Seam Or Without

While we are on the topic of fishnets we can talk about getting a pair with the seam or without. This is something that the dance teacher will likely tell you if you will be needing or not. Basically, if the teacher says you will be needing a pair of tights that have a seam then this will mean that you are looking for a fishnet that has a line running down the back of the tights. Usually, this is used in shows if the number calls for it and will likely not be used in class unless they are doing a rehearsal. Again the dance teacher will most likely let you know if you will be needing them.    

Let’s Talk Colors

Tights come in an array of colors. For ballet, the color will always be pink (the package might say ballet pink, theatrical pink, light pink, professional pink, or something like that) Useless the studio gives a particular brand then any of these will be allowed just pick the color that you like the best. Jazz class usually require tan or black tights. Nine times out of ten it will be tan but sometimes black is used as well. For the jazz classes that require tan it is best to go into a store and try and color match to the best of your ability, but at the same time you’re probably not going to get an exact match and that is ok. For fishnets, the popular colors are black or tan and it really depends on what your performance calls for as to which color you are going to want to get. Make sure that you talk to your teacher or choreographer before you get the wrong the color.  


Tights Subscription

DanceWear Corner is proud to introduce our new tights subscription service. Now you never need to worry about running out of tights again. With this new service, you can get all the tights you need sent directly to your home without stepping foot into a store and the more you buy the more you save.


With dance classes starting up again, it is important to understand all of these differences to make sure that you are getting the best pair of tights for whatever class you choose to take because you will be spending a lot of time in them. For all of your dancewear shopping needs stop by our superstore in Orlando or click here to visit our online site.


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