This piece of advice can apply in several different ways. For example, you’ll always want to have more than one music choice. If you have a ballet class CD that you use all the time, be sure and pack another one–just in case. Scratches happen, as do simple accidents, and you don’t ever want to be caught without tunes. It’s so hard to teach that way.
Another “backup plan” suggestion…have extra shoes to teach in on hand. If an elastic breaks or you think you packed your shoes in a bag but didn’t, you’ll have another pair. I’ve thought my shoes were in the car (I’m lazy and usually leave them in the trunk) and found I brought them in the house. Not a great way to appear to your students. Teaching in gym shoes just isn’t pretty.
Pack a mini-emergency baggie. In it, keep a band-aid or two, an aspirin (or other painkiller), a granola bar or protein bar, nail clipper and hair band. Basically, items you may need and not have on hand. You don’t have to go crazy with this one, but if you find yourself needing something, toss it in the bag for next time so you are prepared.
Do you have any “backup plan” tips for dance teachers? Has something saved you from trouble? If so, tell us about it! You never know–you might save someone else from having the same issue!