Social dancing is a quasi-intimate activity that involves physical proximity. Good hygiene before and during the dance event is a matter of your consideration and respect for the other participants.
Here are a few tips that will not only make dancing with you pleasant but also ensure the safety of you and your partner:
- Shower and use a deodorant before the event
- Apply only a light touch of cologne/perfume some people are allergic to these.
- Wear clean clothes.
- Do not dress too warm lest it increases the volume of your perspiration.
- Do not wear sleeveless and strapped dresses: it is not pleasant to touch the damp skin of ones partner.
- Brush teeth and use mouthwash or breath mint please no chewing gum while dancing! Aside from being very annoying for your partner, it is also dangerous for you since you may accidentally inhale it.
- Having something containing garlic for lunch before dancing is not a good idea.
- Alcohol and cigarettes also produce unpleasant odor in your breath.
- Check your grooming, freshen up and towel off periodically in the bathroom .
- Bring an extra shirt with you to the dance, in case you need to change.
- Wear dance shoes. Sneakers or other shoes with rubber soles stick to the floor and cause ankle and knee injuries. Plus, other people will be more inclined to ask you for a dance as dance shoes help to spot a serious dancer.
- Do not wear street shoes on the dance floor when the shoes are dirty or wet.
- Large rings, watches, necklaces present hazard on the dance floor bruise.
- For gentlemen: unless you carry the keys and loose change in the left you may actually bruise your partner.
- Long hair should be tied. Otherwise it is difficult for a leader to access your back. You can also hit him and other dancer with flying hair during spins. Same applies for long braids.