Friday, January 1, 2016

Dance accessories- Hanging mirrors and other stuff

Competition accessories that make life easier-

There are certain things, stuff, items etc. that can make a big difference for the dancer and dance mom at every recital or competition.  This is also true for the competitive gymnast and ice skater.

Before you get to the point where you are shelling out approximately $200 plus for a rolling dance bag, preferably the Dance Tower or the Rac n Roll , before you take that financial plunge and finally buy a make-up box to hold the multitude of colors of eye shadows, brushes and so on, before you make that commitment, of okay we're doing this, there are a few accessory items that you can buy that are relatively cheap and still get through a competition feeling a little less overwhelmed.

When you are in the infancy stage of the competitive world of dance, gymnastics or ice skating, frankly, it is easy to get stressed and quickly become mentally exhausted.  One of the keys to surviving this is to be organized.  I'm not talking OCD kind of stuff.  I'm talking about simple items and accessories that offers multiple uses in a direct and clear manner that allows you to quickly see and access to your paraphernalia.

Costume garment bags with pockets. Designed by a dance mom,  Level UP Dance Supplies makes a costume garment bag that manages to hold everything you need for a particular routine in an organized fashion in one single simple bag that looks pretty too.  Available in 5 colors, black, red, hot pink, royal blue and purple.  Whatever brand you choose, you should strongly consider purchasing a garment bag.  It is the safest and most efficient way to transport your precious costume.

Make-up bags are essential.  Start off small.  Go to Walmart, Target etc. and get yourself something.  I would suggest anything with compartments so that you are not digging around for that one specific shade of lipstick.

Spray hair gel, non-slip bobby pins, extra bun covers, and a bun maker. There are two very good, highly reliable and simple to use bunmakers on the market. The Klicinz or the Hairagami. Both of these accomplish the same thing, making a bun that will last throughout the day without fussing or re-doing the bun.

Hanging mirror by All About Attitude Dancewear
Rac n Roll hanging mirror
Now available, hanging mirrors.  This is truly a must have accessory for any recital or competition dancer, gymnast or ice skater.  You won't find these in any local dance wear or dance supply store, nor on most websites.  You can waste your time and money buying one mirror after another in search of just the right size mirror that will hang from something, anything so that you can do make-up touch ups, check on your costume placement and accessories or just to simply wish yourself luck.  These mirrors were specifically designed for the competitive dancer.
The first mirror has an adjustable velcro loop which allows you to hang the mirror on virtually anything and is only $23.99 plus shipping. The second mirror has an affixed metal hoop that can attach to the corner of a Rac n Roll dance bag or something that will accommodate it's hoop size. This mirror is $44.95 plus shipping.

My suggestion is to start off small.  An inexpensive plastic box for make-up.
A couple of garment bags with pockets.  A hanging mirror.  Of course you will need all of the small incidental items too.  However, with these three minor yet major items, for less than $50.00 you can be well on your way to a successful competitive event .

Happy Dancing!          
                                              Products available for purchase at 
                                 Level UP Dance Supplies and Rack Monsters