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#1. Check Check Check the dance costumes, shoes and accessories!

Oh man this is my nightmare.
Getting somewhere 4 hours away and realizing we are missing a shoe or a hairpiece etc.
Its not like you can run out and buy any of this stuff. Maybe beginner ballet shoes if you get lucky but for the most part this is a disaster.
I have seen this happen to members of our team, as well as other teams, and you don’t want to be worried about 1 member of a trio not having the right costume because it was accidentally left next to the front door at home.
The first thing I do is make a list. A BIG list.
I list every routine and under it every thing she needs on her body for it from the costume to the tights and type of shoes.
Then I lay out every costume, shoe and accessory and go item by item to make sure I have it. Each costume gets its own garment bag.
Check any stones or anything else that was added on to ensure its secure. Check the shoes for cleanliness…Judges notice these things.
Once I acknowledge something is ready to go, I pack it.
If you realize that you are missing jazz shoes, tights, eyelashes, makeup wipes, basically anything other than costumes. and you have more that 48 hours before you leave hit up your Coach.

#2. Make/Confirm your competition hotel or lodging accommodations.


#3. Gather the emergency costume and prop supplies.

We will always have a group rate and destination information available to you months in advance but it is up to you to ensure you get everything reserved!

I’m a worst case scenario kind of person. If it can happen, I try to plan for it. Have a 1st aid kit,  a costume emergency kit, snacks, an emergency backup solo costume, etc. .I would rather take 10 things I didn’t need than need 1 thing I didn’t take.

#4. Get your Cameras, Chargers and Cash!

I take my camera EVERYWHERE but most competitions do not allow personal photos or videos in the auditorium, even of your own kid.
But that being said, some of my favorite competition photos are not the professional expensive stage shots, but the candid photo drop shots, silliness outside, etc. 

Super important – Don’t forget cash. I have encountered many little coffee stands inside competition venues that are cash only and let me tell you I NEEDED that caffeine. Also if someone else on your team goes on a food run for everyone (we do this a lot) its so much easier for them and you to just give them cash. Most of the time the competitions we attend are free to watch but we have attended one that had an entry fee and it was cash only – you don’t want to worry about not having any on the spot with 6 costumes in each hand.


At least try to! NO ONE wants to be that mom hootin’ and hollerin’ about your daughters score or the judges backstage. It doesn’t look well on you, your kid or your studio. I know things get crazy tense and hectic sometimes but try to remember what it is all about – your kid challenging themselves and having fun. You kid will feed off your emotions and attitude and will do much better if you are pleasant and relaxed! See you at comp