How to sweat less when dancing

Help! I Sweat A LOT In Dance Class!

by Nichelle Suzanne (owner/editor)

A reader writes:

We all know dancers work hard and sweat. Thing is, I sweat excessively! When I dance, it starts from the very first minutes in class and then gets worse and worse!

That brings many undesired results: a) I smell bad, b) I’m sticky and watery so I guess it’s not appealing for my dance partner and I get embarrassed when he touches me, c) my leotard or unitard gets sweaty marks under the armpits, under the breasts, belly, back, waist, groin, buttocks (that means everywhere).

It’s so embarrassing! Most of my classmates do not sweat as I do. If you have any advice, ideas, solutions, article or anything else on this, I would really appreciate it!

Dear reader, I know this can be an embarrassing situation.
First, understand sweating during physical activity is normal and healthy.

Heavy sweating (unless it’s accompanied by pain, trouble breathing, or underlying health problems) may actually be a sign that you are more physically fit than your non-sweating classmates. At the very least it shows you have an efficient cooling system!

Do put your mind at ease and talk with your doctor to rule out any conditions that may be causing you to sweat excessively.

Second, don’t be unnecessarily self-conscious and worried that others see you in a negative light because you sweat heavily.

I would bet no one is as put off by it as you feel they might be. You are dancing with enough energy and intensity to raise your core body temperature, and it shows! Most teachers, choreographers, and performers appreciate this in their fellow dancers.

If someone is put off by it, well, it’s really his/her problem, not yours. (I know this may feel hard to accept. But it’s true and that person really just needs to get over it.)

Don’t be afraid to use humor and make light of the issue. Crawling into a corner, apologizing as excessively as you sweat, or letting someone’s rude comment get to you creates tension around the issue. Tension turns small issues into big ones and others may try to break this tension with hurtful jokes or rude comments. There’s something to be said for disarming any tension by being the first to acknowledge or crack a joke about your excessive sweating. It really can put everyone at ease to know you know they know, you know?

For Greater Confidence In Class

There are some steps you can take to cut down on wet marks, dampness, and maybe smell (which may not be as bad as you imagine). I would suggest you…

  • Spend a little extra on leotards and athletic wear made with fabrics designed to whisk away sweat or even dampness. Most companies have a line of cooling dancewear. I can’t vouch for which ones work best but other readers may have suggestions.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink water before and during class (they say one half to one cup for every 15-20 minutes of exercise)
  • Bring a small towel with you to class and maybe some powder if you are partnering and your arms or hands are slick.

Additional tips for coping with excessive sweating (via WebMD):

  • Put on a higher-strength deodorant at night and tote it in your dance bag for reapplication during the day
  • Hold the spicy jalapeno, onions, or garlic which can make sweat smell worse
  • Choose fabrics that are lightweight, loose-weave, or cotton when possible
  • Spritz yourself with water. It may seem counterproductive but the spritz can cool you and make sweating less necessary.
  • Wear darker colors rather than light ones if possible
  • Wear patterned dance tops (this may not work for all classes/dance forms) as opposed to solid colors. Sweat marks show up less on patterns.

Others have suggested sage as an herbal solution for excessive sweating. The scientific evidence that sage teas or supplements will help with excessive sweating during exercise isn’t conclusive but it may be worth investigating.

Have you ever felt self-conscious about sweating in dance?
What tips or recommendations can you offer our reader or others like her?

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Nichelle Suzanne (owner/editor)

Nichelle Suzanne is a writer specializing in dance and online content. She is also a dance instructor with over 20 years experience teaching in dance studios, community programs, and colleges. She began Dance Advantage in 2008, equipped with a passion for movement education and an intuitive sense that a blog could bring dancers together. As a Houston-based dance writer, Nichelle covers dance performance for Dance Source Houston, Arts+Culture Texas, and other publications. She is a leader in social media within the dance community and has presented on blogging for dance organizations, including Dance/USA. Nichelle provides web consulting and writing services for dancers, dance schools and studios, and those beyond the dance world. Read Nichelle’s posts.

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How to Sweat less - Ressources 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 and it's actually healthy to sweat a lot. It's a very common misconception that better dancers sweat less.

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

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

The most important thing to be less sweaty on the dance floor is this though:
"You are doing sports, you will sweat. 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, or handkerchiefs so you look great even when carrying a towel.

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. There is a common misconception that nontheless affects dancers in their dance partner search. People of the think 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. This is not true, but people often percieve it that way. 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.

In fact you want to drink a lot, even if it makes you sweat more. The best recommendation is to drink something with juice in it, because when sweating and dancing you don't only loose water, you also loose electrolytes, salt and many other vital substances.

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.

UPDATE: I previously had thought salty snacks at the bar would be good for dealing with sweat, But after reading some science articles on it, it turns out that we all eat way more salt than is actually good for your health. So... Stay away from the incredibly tasty salty and spicy snacks at the bar... they will just make you feel dried out and hotter than you actually are.

Side note for dancers and organisers alike: Bars often don't love hosting dance events because they look great, but they still don't. Why is that? 

Usually dancers drink "cheap stuff" and not a lot of it. They drink water, an juice and sometimes alc free Beer. If you are a dancer, we recommend you to drink a lot, for your own sake and for the sake of the bar that needs to sell a lot of non alcoholic drinks to be able to profitably run a dance evening.

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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How to regulate perspiration during exercise | Health

Someone sweats while exercising. And someone does not shed even a drop, remaining dry and tidy. One could, of course, complain about the universal injustice, but it is better to understand the issue in order to feel as comfortable as possible during training

To begin with, let us recall that sweating is a natural process. Sweat helps the body cool down quickly when overheated, maintains the water-salt balance and is slightly involved in the elimination of toxins. nine0003

Sweating during exercise, when the body is warm, is absolutely normal, and in any amount. “The amount of sweat released depends on various factors: individual characteristics, gender, age, region of residence, even food preferences,” says Yaroslav Isaev, World Class fitness testing specialist Lodochnaya. “Everyone tolerates stress in their own way, from muscle pain after strength training to the amount of water released. Two, at first glance, similar people in terms of parameters may have different rates of sweating. nine0003

Another factor is your fitness level. The longer you play sports, the better the body adapts to the load, which means that it heats up less in the process and produces less sweat.

It's worth sounding the alarm if you sweat profusely all the time, even during quiet periods. We can talk about such a thing as hyperhidrosis - increased sweating, most often, in almost all areas where the sweat glands are located. In this case, it is worth getting tested.

Here's what to do so that sweat doesn't distract you from your workout. nine0003

  • A win-win advice for all occasions is to improve your drinking regime and diet. “People with excessive sweating are advised to drink water 40-60 minutes before cardio or intense training, before strength training - an hour and a half. During the lesson, you can drink a glass every 20-30 minutes, ”says Yaroslav Isaev. Plus, it is worth limiting the use of foods and drinks that activate the sweat glands. This, for example, any spicy and spicy food, strong coffee.
  • Keep an eye on the humidity and temperature in the area where you are exercising. If it's hot, you sweat more. Very humid - sweat does not evaporate from the skin and flows through it in streams. nine0016
  • Work out in sweat-wicking materials that wick sweat away from your skin to reduce discomfort. And in order for clothes to retain these properties longer, do not do with it what the label does not allow.
  • Use an antiperspirant before training. There are millions of glands in our body. Sweat will find its way out, while the armpits will be protected.

If everything is clear with the first points, then the last, as a rule, raises many questions. Navigating the antiperspirant market is not easy, but it is possible - by trial and error, for example, or by focusing on market leaders. The well-known Rexona is a vivid example of this. nine0003

Did you know that the first soap (and it all started with soap) was created by a talented doctor and part-time wife of a successful pharmacist Samuel Fuller Schaeffer, Alice, who decided to make personal care products with a pleasant aroma and effective ingredients. She succeeded, and in 1908 it quickly became popular. Nearly 20 years after its inception, Rexona was taken over by cosmetics giant Unilever. In the 60s of the last century, the company successfully declared itself on the market, and in the 90s it began to support top-ranked athletes, consolidating its success. In Russia, the brand came at 1996 and also became very popular.

Why did we choose this particular brand? Because he, as the leader **** of the industry, is actively expanding the range of products that even take into account physiological characteristics and specific environmental conditions. Some of them seemed to us especially interesting.

The first is a line of antiperspirants for teenagers. It takes into account the physiological characteristics of the body at a transitional age (13-17 years) - the hormonal background changes, so there is profuse sweating. And the more alkaline pH of sweat than adults can make underarm skin sensitive and prone to irritation. Therefore, the formula does not contain alcohol and parabens, but there is vitamin E*, which, as you know, promotes hydration and recovery. nine0003

The second is a line for active lifestyle enthusiasts, athletes and those who need extra protection - Rexona Clinical Protection. It provides 3 times more protection than a basic antiperspirant**. That's because the new Defense+ technology that's included is the first truly effective anti-sweat ingredient in over 30 years**. Chemists managed to reduce and stabilize the particle size of the active substance, due to which a stable microfilm is formed on the surface of the skin, providing 96 hours of continuous sweat and odor protection. By the way, to achieve the optimal effect, the company recommends applying the product before bedtime, the skin is most susceptible to the action of the formula. Sweat inside, dry outside.

The third is the Rexona Thermal protection series, which was developed specifically for Russia, taking into account the climatic features of our region. Who, if not us, should know that in winter a person sweats no less than in summer. Rexona Thermal protection will keep protection even in conditions of temperature difference (from cold to heat and vice versa). Temperature fluctuations are just the perfect conditions for Motionsense technology, which prevents the odor of sweat and releases a pleasant aroma by opening capsules of freshness when moving. nine0003

The fourth is the Antibacterial Fresh line of antiperspirants, which includes micro-oils that have antibacterial properties. As you remember, sweat is odorless and colorless, the source of unpleasant odors is a consequence of the vital activity of bacteria. The use of products in this series reduces the number of Corynebacterium and Staphylococcus bacteria by 90%. *** By the way, this formula also preserves the microflora and protects the delicate skin of the armpits. The action of the antiperspirant lasts 48 hours.

Which specific antiperspirant to choose is up to you. The main thing is to use the tool that suits you best. Feeling comfortable in training and in life is the most important thing.

Clinical protection / Defense + (clinical protection / Defense +) - protection against excessive sweating. Motionsense - Motionsense.

*Sunflower seed oil (Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil) is a natural source of vitamin E.

**3 times more effective than basic antiperspirant spray among Unilever products to protect against sweat, hot room tests 96 h Unilever R&D, UK, 2018.

*** Based on in-vivo microbiology test: 10x/up to 90% reduction in bacteria at 5 and 24 hours after application compared to using only non-antibacterial shower gel without using antiperspirant (Unilever, UK, January-March 2014). For more information, visit

****Based on Nielsen RMS data for the deodorant category for the 12 months ended September 30, 2018 for the general retail market in the Russian Federation, valid as of December 24 2018 ( (C) ACC Nielsen LLC, 2018)

Sweat during sports and exercise

Causes of excessive sweating

Exercise and other physical activities raise our body temperature. To normalize body temperature, the body sweats. To think that sweat, evaporating from the surface of the skin, releases heat is wrong - it is not! On the contrary, evaporation is a process that requires energy, so heat is removed from the body, cooling the body. nine0003

Some people sweat more than others when exercising and playing sports, while not everyone even has traces of sweat on their clothes. During very intense workouts, you can sweat ten times more than usual, while producing up to 10 liters of sweat per day. This is a large volume of fluid, so it's really important when exercising - drink plenty of water during training - to avoid dehydration.

Causes of Excessive Sweating

Contrary to popular belief, excessive sweating during exercise does not affect weight loss and does not provide any benefit - it does not increase the benefits of fitness. More sweat does not mean more calories are burned. It only means that the body sweats more to cool the body in order to avoid overheating. nine0003

How to reduce sweating during and after exercise?

Stay fresh and dry by showering after workouts. Dry your body thoroughly with a towel after showering to prevent the growth of bacteria that cause body odor.

Try the first motionsense smart antiperspirants. Rexona Motionsense* Antiperspirants - our patented unique technology to eliminate the causes of excessive sweating - to effectively control excessive sweating, enhanced with specially designed freshness microcapsules. Micro-capsules of freshness open with every movement, keeping you feeling fresh from morning to evening. The friction of the body against the skin of the armpits causes the shells of the capsules to break down and release new charges of freshness. So the more you move, the more Rexona with Motionsense protects you from odor and sweat. nine0003

If you're worried about wet sweat marks on your clothes or think you're sweating a lot during or after your workout, try Rexona Clinical Protection for men or women.

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