Magazine article Dance Spirit

CHECKING IT Twice

Magazine article Dance Spirit

CHECKING IT Twice

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Packing for college is thrilling and nerveracking at the same time. You're finally ready to be an undergrad. but before you leave home you have to stuff your dance life into iust a few suitcases. To make that process easier, nance Spirit asked the experts to put together an insider's list of campus must-haves for dancers.

THE EXPERTS

David Dorfman. director of David Dorfman Dance and the artistic chair of Connecticut College's dance department

Amber Golden Wayne State University graduate, now a freelance dancer based in NYC

* Pants, long-sleeved shirts and kneepads

"You'll probably be introduced to postmodern techniques in college," Dorfman says, which means lots of athletic partnering and floorwork. He advises bringing loose-fitting, comfortable clothes to protect your legs and shoulders from slides and rolls on the floor, and kneepads to keep you safe from impact.

* Socks

You have an arsenal of dance shoes. But do you have the right socks? Contemporary choreography often calls for the kind of articulate footwork that can't be achieved with bare feet or in ballet shoes. "You'll always want extra pairs with you," Golden says. "I carried nude and black colors to accentuate my line, depending on whether I was dancing in pants or bare-legged."

* Elastikon or Elastoplast tape, and baby powder

Forget about socks-college might be the first time you've kicked off your dance shoes altogether. Dorfman recommends carrying super-strong tape to prevent and care for new splits and calluses, and baby powder to help you combat a sticky floor. …

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