Ballet Dancer Must-Haves IV

Alyson Abriel Salomon is a bay area dancer for both Labayen Dance/SF and the DanceWright Project. Here’s what she had to say about her ballet dancer must-haves:

“Sounds silly, but these two products are MUST-HAVES for me. The hairpins are incredibly strong, and you don’t need to use many, which makes it easy to go from a bun to a ponytail. They also don’t fall out and create a hazard onstage like more traditional hair pins.”

Scunci No Damage Ponytail Holders

Scunci Magic Grip hairpins

Ballet Dancers Must-Haves III

Marlowe Bassett is a member of Napoles Ballet Theater and is a notable costume designer in the San Francisco Bay Area. Here are her ballet dancer must-haves:

“Here’s what’s in my dance bag right now!”

  • Freed Classic Pro Pointe Shoes, they are as close to special order Freed’s that you can get with out special ordering. 
  • Lambs wool toe pads with gel tip
  • Bunheads: toe gel toe spacers
  • Arnica Gel (for sore muscles & bruises)
  • Balls: which I roll my muscles out on (could use tennis balls)
  • Thumper mini pro: the most amazing electric massage tool. I don’t leave home with out it.
  • Any other massage tools like foot rollers.
  • I must have Jet Glue on hand if dancing on pointe.


Ballet Dancers Must-Haves II

In continuation of the series, Ballet Dancers Must-Haves, here’s another entry!

Soloist for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens De Montrea, Bob Deskins explains his must-have…

“I could not live without my lululemon studio 2 pants. Yes they are made for women but they are perfect for any dancer. I love they way they fit. They keep me warm but don’t hold in the sweat. They dry fast. And the crotch doesn’t rip when I really get down. They rock! I will never go back to sweats again!”

Ballet Dancers Must-Haves

I’ve been on the search trying to find what ballet dancers just can’t live without. My results were so entertaining and informative, that I’ve decided to make the ‘Ballet Dancers Must-Haves’ a continuing series. I hope you enjoy!

Recently I asked the talented Co-Artistic Director, dancer, and costumer, Graham McMonagle, of Canadian Pacific Ballet what were his ballet must-haves. Here’s what he said… 

  • (Embarrassing?) Duct-tape. I sometimes get a corn on my foot, and duct-tape takes it away. 🙂  
  • I love my leg-warmers, a big woolly pair of white ones I made years ago. There’s something that makes me happier having them on or in a heap nearby…   
  • I love worn out MStevens tights, with the feet cut out. I buy them as large a possibleand then let them wear out and look bad… then they feel good. 

And there you have it! Check back for more ‘Ballet Dancers Must-Haves’!