Show and Tell: Inside Calvin Kitten's Dance Bag

Calvin Kitten of The Joffrey Ballet packs a few surprises in his dance bag.
Published in the April/May 2008 issue.

Though Calvin Kitten totes the expected slippers and tights for company class and rehearsals with The Joffrey Ballet, he also packs gym clothes, sneakers and his iPod (filled with ’80s songs) for end-of-the-day runs on the treadmill. “I like running because it’s so opposite of ballet,” he says. “I can set a goal and say, ‘I’m going to run for 30 minutes.’ And if I’m really tired that day, then it could only be 10 minutes, but I’m going.” Two other necessities: a St. Nicholas charm given to him by former ballet master Mark Goldweber for his première of Prodigal Son and his T Mobile Sidekick. “I’m a texter, and I tend to be signed on to Instant Messenger. I also like the convenience of getting my email.” And who says dancers don’t eat cookies? Kitten made this chocolate-chip variety for a meeting he hosted the night before.

The Goods
Sunglasses, Emergen C, car and condo keys, running shoes and gym clothes, water bottle, T Mobile Sidekick, slippers, tights, suspenders, good-luck charm, iPod, spiky ball and golf ball for massaging sore muscles, Joffrey All-Access Pass (an ID badge that gets dancers through security at home and on tour), photos of his nephews and niece (“I always carry the most recent ones.”) and cookies.

Calvin Kitten of The Joffrey Ballet packs a few surprises in his dance bag.

Courtesy of Kristie Kahns