Marianela Nunez in Swan Lake. Photo by Dee Conway, Courtesy The Royal Opera House.

Inside The Royal Ballet Principal Marianela Nuñez’s Dance Bag

This story originally appeared in the December 2015/January 2016 issue of Pointe.

When Marianela Nuñez isn't in rehearsal, there's a good chance you'll find her in her dressing room sewing pointe shoes. “I go through a lot of shoes—usually two pairs a day," said the Argentine-born Royal Ballet principal during last summer's U.S. tour. “And if I'm doing a full-length like Don Q, I go through three pairs a night." Nuñez has her sewing down to a 20-minute science (darning included). “It's quiet time for me—I find it quite therapeutic."

Nuñez keeps most of her daily essentials in her tidy London dressing room. “It's so cute—I have a little fridge and a small sofa bed. I'm a bit OCD, too," she says, laughing, “so everything is in its proper place." But on tour, she carries her supplies in her high-end leather tote. “This was a present from a friend," says Nuñez. “It's quite posh for a ballet bag, but it's actually very strong." And one thing you'll always find stashed inside is a quilted vest from Uniqlo. “I am always cold, no matter where I am in the world, so these vests are always with me."


Photo by Kyle Froman for Pointe.

The Goods

Clockwise from left: Bamford leather bag; Uniqlo quilted vest; mini massage roller (“It's quite cute. I have a pink one, as well"); sewing bag; darning thread; tote bag with footcare essentials (“I get a lot of hard corns, because my second toe is longer than the others. I have everything here—scissors, tape, softening liquid—to keep them under control"); legwarmers (“a ballet dancer's best friend"); Coco Chanel perfume (“You always have to have perfume with you! I keep one in my handbag, too"); TheraBand; Emergen-C packets; massage balls; ballet slippers; pointe shoes.

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