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Competition Essentials You Didn’t Know You Needed

If you’re new to competition, there will likely be a learning curve when it comes to packing. In this post, we’ve compiled a list of key items that seasoned dance parents might tell a newcomer to bring along.

Bloch SO499 Jazz Shoe for Competition

Bloch 499s

This style of jazz shoes is one of the most popular when it comes to competition. The high quality leather hugs the foot like a glove and looks great on stage. If your studio doesn’t have a required jazz shoe, opting for this one may give you a leg up on the competition.

Duo Eyelash Glue

Duo Lash Glue

The Duo lash glue is a favourite among dance parents for its long-lasting hold and the ability to dry clear. The glue that comes with lashes may get the job done, but this will take it to another level.

AB Rhinestone Choker Necklace

AB or Clear Jewellery

There are almost always requirements for jewellery, so make sure you pick up the correct ones when you’re shopping. Clear jewellery features clear stones that have a silvery twinkle when they’re on stage. AB jewellery features clear stones that have a layer of colour on them that makes these jewels sparkle almost rainbow under the lights.

Body Glue

Butt Glue

Butt glue sounds kind of funny but is definitely useful during competition - it’s a roll-on adhesive that keeps costumes from riding up when dancing.

Yofi Glitter Hair and Body Spray

Glitter Spray

This body/hair spray contains glitter to add extra sparkle on stage. People typically spray it in the hair and sometimes on the limbs as well.

Extra False Lashes

Extra Lashes

Bring an extra set of lashes just to be safe. If something happens to the first pair, it’s great to have a backup since it can be hard to hide a wonky lash.



Okay, it may have been obvious to bring this one for hair, but did you know it can also be used on the bottoms of shoes to add traction? Some people even use a light layer to set their makeup.

Clear Nail Polish

Clear Nail Polish

Clear nail polish or Fray Check come in handy for any last-minute runs in tights. Put a small amount at either end of the run to stop the run from growing.



This all-purpose product can help with any chafing costumes or shoes that are bothering a dancer and flyaway hairs. If you want to really go the extra mile, you can take a tip out of the pageant world and apply a thin layer to the teeth to keep that smile plastered on your face all day - yuck!

Hopefully you learned something new from this post about competition essentials. If you have any dancewear related questions, feel free to reach out and let us know.

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