How to not sweat at a dance

How To Stop Sweating On A Dance Floor

Perfect hair, perfect make up, smooth tan and a perfect outfit. Now pray it won’t be too hot so you don’t start sweating! Did you ever worry not to dance too much so that you don’t destroy your look? This article will give you some ideas on how to deal with sweating at a competition or one of your social dance evenings.


You watch top professional and they look perfect from start to finish. They somehow don’t seem to sweat. Well, every dancer sweats but some more than others. In general perspiration is a good thing because it helps to cool down our bodies but we all wish we didn’t sweat at all, right?

It is individual how much everyone sweats and I am one who in fact sweats a lot when dancing. Throughout my dancing, it has always been a nightmare but I discovered different ways to deal with it. Here they are:

1. Face Creams

Use light, water-based creams on your face. They form a layer on your skin allowing it to “breathe” more. Here is a list of some moisturizers you may want to try.

2. Cooling down your feet

In between rounds start cooling off your feet first. Take your shoes and socks off and find a cold non-carpeted floor to rest your feet on. You may notice that when your feet are cold, the rest of the body will cool down faster too. Just make sure you have enough time to do it 🙂

When you buy socks, always get those that are made from 100% natural fibres. It makes a small difference but every little helps.

3. Antiperspirant vs. Deodorant

Use antiperspirants instead of deodorants. Did you know there is a difference? Well, deodorants only mask the smell but nothing else. Antiperspirants on the other hand are supposed to reduce how much you sweat (these with aluminium chloride do).

4. Change Your Shirts Frequently

Bring a spare shirt with you to a social event. When you feel your top is getting too sticky, go and change it. You will feel fresh again.

5. Stamina Practice

If you feel you start sweating straight after you started to dance, then maybe your body also needs more practice. In preparation for competitions make sure you get your stamina up to scratch and practice your “finals” full out. This way your body will get used to the hard work. Check out the article I wrote on type of finals you can practice.

6. Medicated Antiperspirant

There is one product which is widely used for the treatment of excessive sweating on feet, palms and underarms. It literally stops you from sweating wherever you apply it. The product contains Aluminium Chloride Hexahydrate at variable strengths (usually 20%) (Anhydrol Forte, Odaban or Driclor). I already recommended it to many dancers and it literally changed their lives. “Imagine no more sweaty stains under your arms and destroying expensive dresses or shirts with other antiperspirants and no more sweaty palms” However, before you use it, read patient information leaflet.

Ballroom dancing can be a highly energy demanding activity so you are just bound to sweat. You and your dance partner should understand it and never make fun of it. However, most importantly – NEVER dance less because you are worried you sweat too much!

If you liked this post, please share it on Facebook or Twitter because there are many dancers who are very self-conscious when it comes to sweating.

Author: Marcin Raczynski
Photography: Maggiore Fotografico
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How to Sweat less - Tips for dancers

This article will help you reduce your sweatyness on the dancefloor 
and make you a more sought after dancer.

If you are asking yourself: "How to not sweat while dancing?" or "How do dancers not sweat?"

Here's the secret: We all sweat! And the better and stronger you get you actually sweat more because your body adjusts to the regular physical activity.

The real question is: "How do dancers not look sweaty?" And what we can do to make our sweat as tolerable as possible.

In this article you will find the ways dancers can deal with sweat to make them more enjoyable dance partners.

The most important thing to be less sweaty on the dance floor is this though:
"You are doing sports. Just bring a towel!"

And if you want a stylish one, we've created the Dance Towels made from microfiber that look like elegant scarves, so you look great even with a towel around your neck.

Enjoy the article and see you on the dancefloor!

1. Dealing with sweat in dancing is way different from other sports!

In most sports all you want is: Get rid of sweat as fast as possible. That's what most sports clothing and sports underwear is all about. And at first glance that sounds perfect for us dancers as well, but we couldn't go more wrong. Many of us dancers have tried different types of sports underwear. I myself have spent almost 1000€  on different types of special sports underwear but in all cases of sportswear you are confronted with one serious problem that only matters for dance sports and which makes it basically impossible for us to wear sports clothing.

Sports clothing transports the sweat from your body to the outside. So if your underwear transports the sweat to the outside, your body will be dryer but your shirt will be wetter and you will look as if someone just spilled water over you ... the whole bottle ... maybe two.

The second problem is this: Your outside layer is exactly that part of the body where your dance partner is touching you. If your clothing transports the sweat to the outside you will be dryer, but your partner will be soaking wet and dancing with you will feel like dancing with Sponge Bob. Although many dancers have developed a high tolerance for sweat, I can tell from personal experience that most partners prefere to dance with me right after I changed and put on a fresh shirt. 

There is a 3rd reason to why you dont want to look sweaty. And it's also one that is rather specific to dancing. The better you get at the dances, the more technically sound you are, the less effort dancing will take. Which means that the most experienced dancers will look less sweaty, just because they have a more efficient dancing technique. So in fact, if you look really sweaty, you look like someone who dances exaggeratedly with a lot of unnecessary motion and many will deduct that it's probably better and healthyer to dance with someone else. 

So: Clothing that will just transport the sweat to the "outside" is great for running and cycling, but it's not the best solution for dancers. 

As dancers you want to keep the water in or dry it off and that's where the dancetowels help. You get rid of the sweat of your head before it soaks your shirt or the drops fly across the room.

2. Dress in layers.

Have you ever wondered, why so many professional dancers actually dance with their jackets on? If you look at Nils Andrén or Steven Sayer or Ryan Francois, you will almost always see them social dance with their jackets on. (It's a different story for videos and lessons, but for those they can put on a new shirt before each show.) 

The reason is simple: You want to keep the sweat in, so it doesn't affect your partner. (You remember the Sponge Bob phenomena) You want your clothing to soak up the most sweat possible, without looking and feeling wet.

So these are the layers I use for festivals and dress up parties:

  • Underwear T-shirt (no tanktop)
  • Vintage dress shirt
  • Vintage jacket or vest

Each layer is there to absorb as much sweat as possible, so you want there to be multiples of them, but not more than 3 or you will collapse under the heat.

For more casual events I use 2 layers:

  • T-Shirt
  • Dress shirt

I change both at least 3x per evening. I know that's more than the average dancer changes, but my dance partners allways love me for that.

Pro-Tipp: Use skincolored underwear, not black or white. That will look the best if it is soaked. I know it looks weird when you first put it on, but the final result will be the best.

3. Choose the right fabric

Cotton or wool are allways the way to go for clothing. Most vintage clothing is made from those fabrics anyways, so vintage clothing is allways a great option. 

Although our for our BJ Dance Towels we use a special combination of 80% Polyester 20% Polyethylen, clothing is a completely different animal. 

We put a lot of effort into creating a microfiber towel that can be washed at 60°C so that's what makes it possible for us to have non-smelling-microfiber.

So for clothing: cotton and wool are the way to go, since they absorb the most sweat and smell the least.

4. Choose the right colors

For colors there are a few simple rules that can help you look less sweaty:

  • Dark colors look less sweaty then bright or pastell colors when wet. 
  • White is allways great if (!) you wear a white (or better skin colored) undershirt, otherwise yout outer layer becomes seethrough.
  • Texture and patterns in shirts help camoflage wet parts. (I know hawai shirts are not for everyone, but this is a true arguement in their favor. )

Here are some absolute no-goes: Light blue, yellow and bright red! Just stay away from those.

5. Care for what you eat and drink

As in every sport, dancers need to drink a lot to not collapse on the dancefloor. Drinking less is not an option for us. Trust me, it's not worth it, I've tried.

But there ways to influence the smell that comes with the sweat. Here are a few things that make you sweat more or smell more:

  • Alcohol (increases sweat and smell)... Sry bartenders...
  • Meat (increases and changes smell)
  • Garlic (increases smell)
  • Chilly (increases sweat)
  • Onions (increase smell)
  • Asparagus (changes body odor completely)

I am not saying you need to stay away from all of these, Just maybe consider that "Döner with beer" before the dance might not make you the most sought after dancer of the evening.

Things that actually make you sweat less:

  • Pretzel sticks, pretzels and all kinds of salty snacks that you can usually get at the bar. (The salt helps your body contain the water better)

6. Dry your head

With the right clothing and the right food you can do a lot to reduce or camouflage sweat and make yourself more approachable at a dance event.

But even with all these things said, we sweat the most at our heads, which is especially unpleasent when doing dips or spins. 

That's why you should allways have a towel with you that you use to dry your head with after a few dances. Your partners will loooove you for it.

Show me the Dancetowels!

Written by: Benedikt Jockenhöfer
Benedikt has been a dancer all his life. Growing up in Burkina Faso he started dancing early. After venturing through all kinds of dances he finally settled for swing dances like Lindy Hop and Shag, that he found his love for in Munich. 

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Rules of etiquette in social dances

Dance etiquette is inseparable from the etiquette of everyday life. At first glance, all this seems obvious, but we constantly encounter partners who think only about how stunning they look and what complex figures they can demonstrate.

As part of the dance community, we must be responsible for our words, actions and behavior, because this not only affects those with whom we directly communicate, but also affects the general atmosphere and energy in the hall. Therefore, there are recommendations that should be followed.

Of course, they are highly dependent on the social norms and culture of the country, but basically these rules are universal and will help you not be considered a rude person, wherever you are.

Personal care

No comment. Just before you hit the dance floor, take a shower, put on deodorant and put on clean clothes. Otherwise, you risk earning a reputation as a "skunk".

But you will still be sweating on the dance floor, so will help youemergency kit :

  • A handkerchief or tissue paper to clean your face after dancing.
  • Antibacterial Wet Wipes: If you continue to sweat, take action and wipe your underarms with wet wipes.
  • Spare T-shirt or top, and this tip will work for both gentlemen and ladies: it's always nice to feel in a new look.
  • Some take eau de toilette, deodorant, cosmetics with them.

All of the above applies to bad breath. It never hurts to brush your teeth once again and take chewing gum with you. Just don't chew while dancing - it's ugly and dangerous. Stay away from onions and garlic before a party because only time will kill the smell.

Clothing and footwear

When choosing what to wear to impress everyone with your appearance, you should remember that certain accessories can be dangerous for a partner and other couples. This includes, for example, long beads or hemlines. Don't dance with your bag: leave this deadly weapon with your friends or on the table.

Ladies should pay attention to the choice of shoes : huge “hoof” shoes run the risk of falling off and hitting one of the dancers or may result in injury to yourself. Professional shoes for the Latin American program, which are fixed with a strap, are best suited. Flat shoes can also be used, but not everyone is comfortable moving flat.

Partners are required to wear the off-the-shoulder shirt or T-shirt . Believe me, it will be much more pleasant to hold on to you!

Dance invitation

It's not an exact science, just be polite and smile. Approach the person you want to invite with a smile and say, "Let's dance?" When he says yes, take him by the hand and lead him to the dance floor.

If you already know each other, you can be creative: try to make eye contact, wink and nod towards the dance floor. Ladies, don't leave dance invitations exclusively for men, at least make eye contact with them!

Try not to refuse even though life is full of exceptions. There are times when you don't want to dance with a person because they are unpleasant or uncomfortable. Either way, don't do it all the time. The reason is simple - it offends. But there are a few situations where you can say “No”: if you are not familiar with this style, if you are tired and want to rest, or if you are going to the toilet. You must explain with a smile the reason for the refusal to the invitee and promise him the next dance.

One of the main advantages of social dancing is the opportunity to practice with different partners. Therefore, you should not invite the same person all night. Give yourself and him a chance to dance with different people.

Don't create obstacles on the dance floor

There is nothing worse than an ill-mannered brute who decides to squeeze in where there is no room. This creates inconvenience and increases the risk of collisions. Do everyone a favor and take a break if there is nowhere for an apple to fall on the dance floor. Wait for the next song and secure your seat early.

Don't fight your way to the exit or the toilet by pushing other couples away and pushing each one: in this case, try to move along the edge and avoid the dancers.

Always apologize for a collision

Collisions in salsa are inevitable due to its active nature. The best thing to do is admit the mistake, apologize, and keep dancing. No need for long speeches, just a nod, the magic word "sorry" and a smile.

Do not train on the dance floor

Sometimes you can observe the following: suddenly the couple stops, and the more experienced partner begins to teach the beginner. Dancing is, first of all, joy and fun, and if they start to stop you, correct you and say that you are not good at dancing, no one will like it. However, if someone asks for help or advice, take it as a compliment, be friendly and help them.


Strange, but for many it causes difficulties. Sometimes, especially at the beginning, we are too focused on the correct execution of movements and forget to smile. It seems insignificant, but you need to show your partner that you are enjoying the dance. In addition, a smiling person is more likely to be invited.

Keep your distance

Pair dancing is when two people move as one in close physical contact. But that's no reason to let go. When dancing with someone for the first time, it's best to be more conservative. Some gentlemen misinterpret intimacy in motion and try to snuggle up to each partner. If this is about you, then you better go to a dating site. Of course, flirting can add zest to the evening, but you should not overstep the bounds. After all, most people come to the salsateca just to dance.

Consider your partner's level

If you're dancing with a partner for the first time, it's best to start with the basics and then gradually increase in difficulty. Otherwise, you risk not only hurting your self-esteem, but also physically injuring a person. If you're dancing with a less savvy partner, show that you enjoy dancing with a smile.

The magic word "thank you"

Be polite: when the music is over, smile and say "thank you". Then take your partner by the hand and take them off the dance floor.

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How not to sweat in the heat: top 5 effective recommendations

It is possible to sweat less in the summer in the heat. To do this, there are special antiperspirants that reduce sweating. You can also reduce the amount of sweat through lifestyle adjustments.


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Because of it, a person begins to feel uncomfortable, wet traces of sweat remain on the clothes, and an unpleasant odor appears. But what can you do about it and how to sweat less in the summer?

Why people sweat a lot in hot weather

Sweating is one of the important body functions that helps regulate body temperature. There are special sweat glands that secrete a saline liquid - it is called sweat. These glands are located throughout the body.

Due to biochemical reactions, our body releases heat outside. For example, if you take any object and hold it in your hands for a short time, it will heat up. For normal functioning, a person needs to release heat outside, and then cool down at an air temperature below body temperature.

The optimal value of human body temperature is from 35.5°C to 37°C, while the environment is 20-24°C. When it is warmer outside or indoors, the heat transfer, that is, the release of heat by the body outside, is slower, and because of this, the person becomes too hot, he begins to sweat. The smaller the difference between a person's body temperature and the ambient temperature, the greater the likelihood of sweating.

But is there anything you can do to reduce sweat on hot summer days?

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How to reduce sweating in the heat: 5 recommendations

№1 Difference between deodorant and antiperspirant: what to choose?

The first remedy used for sweat is a deodorant or antiperspirant. However, not all people understand the difference between these tools.

Antiperspirant blocks sweat ducts, narrowing them so that sweat does not reach the surface of the skin. The components of these hygiene products, namely zinc or aluminum salts, penetrate the sweat glands and create a gel-like “plug” there. As a result, the body does not sweat, and the armpits remain dry.

Antiperspirant should be applied to dry, clean skin no more than once a day. It is worth choosing if the main thing for you is to ensure a feeling of dryness in hot weather. That is, if you want to specifically reduce the amount of sweating, then you need an antiperspirant.

deodorants do not prevent perspiration, but instead mask the unpleasant odor that occurs when a person sweats. They contain antibacterial components that neutralize odors. But at the same time, a person does not stop sweating and wet marks may appear on his clothes. The effect of the deodorant lasts for several hours, and it is worth choosing it for those who are extremely important to get rid of the unpleasant smell, and not the sweat itself.

Antiperspirant deodorants reduce both sweat and odor.

№2 What to eat in hot weather so as not to sweat

In the heat, you should not eat spicy foods that contain a lot of pepper, because it contains capsaicin. This substance causes a burning sensation, and in order to neutralize it, the body needs a lot of water. As a result, this can lead to increased sweating.

Also, do not abuse sweet and salty foods, because after eating them, a person begins to feel thirsty. And with increased water intake, sweating also increases.

№3 What to drink in the heat, so as not to sweat

In hot weather, do not get carried away with drinks and foods that contain a lot of caffeine. It stimulates the activity of the adrenal glands and leads to sweating of the armpits, palms, and feet.

Carbonated and sugary drinks will also not help to avoid excessive sweating in the heat. This is due to the fact that after drinking a sweet drink, you continue to want to drink, because it does not completely quench your thirst. A person begins to drink a lot, as a result of which excess fluid is excreted from the body through sweating.

To quench your thirst and not sweat excessively in the heat, it is best to drink plain water without the addition of various sweeteners, dyes. Cool the water a little before drinking, but do not overdo it, so as not to provoke a sore throat.

However, remember that the more you drink, the more you sweat. But it is also impossible to reduce fluid intake, as dehydration of the body may begin.

№4 How to dress in hot weather to sweat less

It is very important that in hot weather the human body does not stop breathing. To do this, you need to select clothes only from natural fabrics and preferably a free cut.

The best materials for summer clothes are:

  • cotton;
  • linen;
  • satin;
  • chiffon;
  • chintz.

People with sensitive skin are advised to choose clothes made from natural materials without dyes so that they do not experience allergic reactions.

In hot, sultry weather, try not to wear clothes made of synthetic fabric, as it does not allow the skin to breathe and has a cooling effect, that is, a person in it can become cold even in hot weather, which is not normal. In addition, artificial components of things can also provoke allergies.

Synthetic fabrics include:

  • polyester;
  • lycra;
  • microfiber;
  • fleece;
  • polyamide.

Also understand that if you are going to be in the sun for a long time, it is best to wear hats and choose clothes that cover your shoulders. No need to expose yourself to the risk of sunstroke and open your shoulders, because they can burn.

As for the color of clothing, it is best to wear light-colored clothes in the heat. Light colors reflect the sun instead of absorbing it. Therefore, white color helps not to overheat and reduces sweating.

It is also very important to choose the right footwear. Although sports style is popular now, you should not wear closed sneakers all summer. They not only sweat the feet, but also overheats the whole body. In the heat, it is best to wear open shoes in which the legs will breathe, for example, sandals.

Natural fabrics and open-toed shoes help you sweat less in hot weather.

No. 5 Behavior in hot weather

In hot weather, it is best to be outside in the shade, especially at lunchtime, when the sun's rays are most dangerous and the air temperature is very high.

If the room you live or work in is hot enough, you can install an air conditioner or a fan. They can be used every day. In addition, wet cleaning will be useful - it will not only help get rid of harmful microorganisms that have accumulated in the room, but also allow you to refresh it.

In summer you can shower several times a day. With it, you can cool the body and wash off the unpleasant odor of sweat. But do not overdo it, some medical experts advise to carry out water procedures no more than twice a day.

Choose bedding made from natural fabrics. This will help you sleep comfortably. Avoid sheets, pillowcases, and duvets made from artificial materials.

Now you know how to sweat less in the heat. Try to stick to the 5 recommendations given in the article, and you will no longer complain about excessive sweating in the summer, but will become better able to tolerate hot weather.

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This editorial has been verified for accuracy by dermatovenereologist Medical Plaza Medical Center - Nefedova Tatyana Nikolaevna .

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