Inside Her Bag...
Alicia Delgadillo is a professional dancer with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. This summer you will find Alicia performing in Chicago for the Hubbard Street Summer Series, teaching for Hubbard Street’s Advanced Summer Intensive in Los Angeles, California, and on tour at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival among other places. Alicia shares with us her essential items for production weeks.
“Theater weeks are hard. Tech times are shortened, you have to adjust to the new space, and learn the ins and outs of the backstage area. They are overall pretty exhausting. I found out early on that without the items that make me feel comfortable and at home, theater weeks can be even more brutal.”
Here are Alicia’s essentials for the theater:
As a contemporary company, we typically perform in socks and bare feet. That means you're walking around loading docks, kitchens, and bathrooms without shoes. I have an old pair of Nike running shoes that I wear every day but have thought about switching to my favorite Nike Flyknit Racers. The flyknit material is comfortable, flexible, and breathable. I highly recommend them.
Theaters are freezing! I always pack a sweater and a jacket. Again- I remain faithful to Nike. My favorite is the black and white windrunner pictured above.
Heating pad and Dancer toys
I bring therabands, lacrosse balls, golf balls, foam rollers, massage sticks, toe spacers - the works! Heating pads help with the cold, with achy muscles and make a great pillow when you need a nap. A must have!
I like to layer for class on stage. I bring a jacket, sweater, favorite pants (Nike), a selection of tanks and tees, cozy socks and a scarf. Sometimes I'll add Mukluks to the warm up. They are super popular amongst dancers, especially ballet dancers.
Hair and makeup necessities
I use Garnier Fructis products for my hair. I mostly like the smell of them but their gel and hairspray together work wonders. As for makeup, we get a yearly stipend from MAC makeup to stock up for the season, so pretty much all of my makeup products come from them. One exception is my brow filler from Benefit Cosmetics.
I sometimes shower just before a performance. I like to get my hair wet and my muscles warm. A travel size shampoo, conditioner, and body wash do the trick for me. L'Occitane has beautiful products- I use their Almond shower oil. Or I'll use soap that one of my coworkers makes! We call it Floap (Florian+soap).
I'm not sure if dancers are the only ones who give each other gifts before a premiere but it's one of my favorite traditions. I admit that I am always the one who forgets to bring a gift for opening night but will make up for it later in the run- I promise! They mostly serve as reminders that we all care for each other and bring back happy memories for me. Here is my collection of knick-knacks.