If you’re like us, you’ve probably wondered what famous people add to their carts. Not the JAR brooch and Louis XV chair but the hairspray and the electric toothbrush. We asked ballet dancer Erica Lall — who is currently a member of American Ballet Theatre’s corps de ballet — about the epsom salts, cookies, and electric toothbrush she can’t live without.
During our busiest season from mid-May until early July, we have eight weeks of dance and about eight different shows we do pretty much every day. Every week is basically a new ballet, but one week might even have two or three ballets in it. It’s hectic. After each show, I go home and immediately take a bath in epsom salts — sometimes I eat dinner in the bath, too. The Epsom salts help relieve any pain from dancing, relax my muscles, and make me feel better. Also, the lavender smells amazing and puts me in the mood for bed.
My mom is a dentist. When I was around 8 years old, she bought me a Sonicare toothbrush. It was the most exciting day of my life. We’re big Sonicare users in my family. Normal toothbrushes can’t get the grime and plaque and whatnot off my teeth as well as an electric toothbrush can. My Sonicare gets in crevices so easily. I was once on tour for a while and wasn’t using it; afterwards, I went to the dentist and they told me I need to work on my teeth more.
I don’t remember why I started using men’s deodorant, but it has been six or seven years since I started using this. It works better for me, and I like that the scent isn’t fruity or flowery. It’s a nice mellow scent that still smells good. If I’m getting really sweaty during, say, Swan Lake or La Bayadère, then I definitely have to reapply. But if I’m not doing an intense show or practice, I can just put it on once in the morning and that’s it.
I typically wear kids shoes. I have some adult Nike shoes, but the kids ones actually work best for me, and they’re a little less expensive. I’m a women’s six-and-a-half, which means I’m a kids four-and-a-half. I’ve had so many pairs of Air Max 95s. I wear them every day and won’t stop wearing them until I’ve worn them out. Before COVID, I walked around Europe in a pair with my friend. We walked miles and miles every day and they really held up. As a ballet dancer, I have to be careful with what shoes I wear because I obviously use my feet for everything. These have never given me a blister and they support my arches, which is a necessity for ballet dancers.
My sister got me a S’well bottle a couple of birthdays ago. I use it for water or tea — it keeps drinks cold or hot for so long — but also as a roller for stretching. That’s not what it’s meant to be, but it’s a really hard bottle so it’s great at getting into my IT bands and glutes. I’ll use it as an arch roller for my feet, too. I have tried to use it on my back before, but it didn’t work. It’s a little too small and hard for that, but for everything else, it’s great.
This is so much more convenient to carry in the pandemic. I can fit my hand sanitizer, my wipes, a pen, my credit cards, and so much more in this little thing. When I’m traveling again, I can fit my passport and boarding pass and phone, too. And you know those mini water bottles you can buy at the drugstore? I can put one of those in there with everything else, and it fits perfectly.