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As Thanksgiving approaches, now is the perfect time to think about all the things you’re thankful for. You might think of your friends and family first, and while these people certainly deserve gratitude, be sure you don’t forget the little things that make dance more fun! Here are the top 10 things you undoubtedly feel grateful for as a dancer.

  1. Rosin: If you have ever struggled to stay upright on a slippery stage, you can appreciate the value of dance shoes dusted with rosin. Pause for a moment of gratitude the next time you prepare your pointe shoes for a performance.
  2. Bobby pins: Give a heartfelt “thank you” to Luis Marcus, the cosmetics manufacturer that invented bobby pins after World War I. Without these babies, it would be difficult to keep your hair out of your face while practicing your dance moves.
  3. Toe pads: If you’re a ballet dancer, toe pads are a game-changer. Inserted at the front of your pointe shoes, toe pads offer a cushion that lets you stand on your toes pain-free (or close to it).
  4. New dance shoes: You’re grateful for the care and design that goes into making high-quality dance shoes, but after wearing yours until they begin falling apart, it’s a relief to finally get a new pair.
  5. Protein bars: When you start to feel hungry between dance classes, you’ll breathe a sigh of relief when you find an extra protein bar in your dance bag. It’s amazing what this simple pick-me-up can do for your physical and mental well-being.
  6. Band-Aids: Nothing is worse than trying to dance with blisters on your feet. Band-Aids come to the rescue every time!
  7. Deodorant: Have you ever forgotten to put on deodorant before dance practice? This little cosmetic product is the key to dancing without inhibition, so think about keeping an extra stick in your dance bag just in case.
  8. Water breaks: You feel an incredible sense of relief the moment your instructor says, “Take five.” This is your chance to drink cold, refreshing water. You’re thankful for these breaks because staying hydrated is what powers you through a strenuous practice session.
  9. On-stage practice: If you’re nervous before a dance recital, rest assured that you’ll have on-stage practice time before the show begins. This lets you see when and where you’ll enter the stage and how your formation will look. It’s the key to calming your nerves and helping the show go smoothly.
  10. Flowers at a performance: After all your hard work learning a new dance, it’s gratifying to receive recognition from friends and family. Maybe they’ll hug you and tell you what a great job you did, but being given a beautiful bouquet is the best thing in the world.

Remember, Dance Academy USA will be closed for Thanksgiving break from November 27-30, 2019. If you’re interested in joining the dance family at DAU, please contact us at 408-257-3211 or send us an email at


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