As we prepare to head back for another dance season, don’t forget to create your studio essentials kit for each of your studio spaces. The studio essentials kit has anything and everything you may need while class is in session. From a runny nose to a potty accident, we’re going to plan ahead and have all the essentials ready!
I reached out to my Instagram followers and asked them what is one thing they must have in their studio while teaching. I’ve gathered all their answers and along with my must-haves have created the ultimate studio essentials kit list!
Studio Essentials Kits could include:
- hand sanitizer
- paper towels
- disinfectant spray/wipes
- first aid kit with extra Band-Aids and ice packs
- hair ties
- bobby pins
- floor tape
- sewing kit with safety pins
- pencils or pens
- coloring sheets/crayons or costume books to keep dancers busy if you have to tend to an incident
- catch and reel tools (train whistle, drum, bubbles)
- small stuffed animals for children with separation anxiety
- binder or clipboard with important studio information such as upcoming events or announcements
Most of these items can be placed in a bin to keep them contained, and close, but out of sight to not become a distraction to our little ones.
While you are prepping your space, don’t forget a teacher kit that could include personal ChapStick, lotion, and ibuprofen/Tylenol. It would also be beneficial to stock your restrooms with menstrual products and tights and leotards for any accidents that may happen.
Think about what your staff, students, and others may need while at your studio and prepare ahead to limit distractions and maximize class time together.
What would you add to the Studio Essentials Kit? Leave a comment and let’s make this list even better! Big thanks to those who have already contributed.
Andrea Trench is dedicated to helping dance teachers create and deliver content that is research-based and developmentally appropriate for children under the age of 6. Her primary focus is classroom management, conceptual teaching, and foundational movement skill development in early childhood dance education. In addition, Andrea uses her 12 years of experience as a partner in a dance studio to inspire, equip, and empower educators.