Achieving Your Dance Goals Despite the "Ballroom Nasties"

In life we occasionally push through obstacles we don’t enjoy to accomplish a higher, more important goal. As dancers who desire to stand out in our own way on the dance floor there are obstacles we must overcome.  These obstacles have to do with the constant close interaction we must have with other humans, and include things like spit, sweat, and body odor. It isn’t anyone’s fault that the human body is naturally gross and smelly, and because I don’t want anyone feeling weighed down with germs while trying to be beautiful and heroic on the dance floor, here is my guide to partial relief.

Rouge-Spit Wads

“Rouge-Spit Wads,” are the little run–a-ways that accidently escape our mouths and fly wherever they please whenever they please. Some of us might not be as aware of Rouge-Spit, so what advice do I have for these little guys? Nothing. Sorry… There’s no real protection you can get for Rouge-spit unless you choose to wear a facemask. Of course we would never force that look on anyone unless it truly appeals to you and you really want to stand out on the dance floor. In all seriousness, you may not be able to protect yourself from rough-spit but you can be aware of its existence and send heartfelt apologies if you’re ever the one accidently shooting spit.


Sweat is another very common obstacle to deal with, not just as a dancer but also in our everyday lives. Some struggle with it more than others and that’s okay. If we didn’t sweat the end result would not look good for the human race.  Unlike Rouge-Spit there are ways to maintain sweat.

First, don’t be afraid to take a sweat towel with you on your lessons or to any other dance event where you know you’ll be moving a lot.

  • Clammy Hands

If you find your hands are wet and clammy feel free to wash them, and use hand sanitizer. Several stores offer a wide variety of fun, pretty, great smelling sanitizers that will leave you smelling great and refreshed.

  • Splash Time

Lastly, take time to splash some water in your face. Wait! What? Who does that in the ballroom world?  We do! There’s nothing wrong with a little refresher.  Go into the bathroom, splash your face with water, and then pat dry.

Body Odor

Body odor and sweat go hand-in-hand because anything we do to control our sweat will obviously work toward decreasing crazy odors.

  • Armpit Protection

Get yourself a high-strength deodorant and apply it throughout your day. This will also assist with any body odors issues and help you feel fresh and clean.  

  • Bad Breath Solutions

Bring mints or chewing gum with you if you’re conscious about bad breath. A toothbrush and toothpaste is never a bad idea either if you know you'll be eating between dances.

Fun Fact: Refrain from eating foods like Jalapenos, onions, and garlic before going out to dance. These foods tend to make your sweat smell worse! This will also maintain body odor and bad breath.

  • Body Spray Bliss

One other thing we can do to make ourselves smell better even while we’re sweating is to spray ourselves with our favorite body mist or perfume. This will make the sweaty moments smell like our body spray. Trust me, I’ve actually done this before and it works.

  • Changing Time

If you feel you sweat a lot there is also the option of bringing extra clothes. There’s nothing wrong with changing outfits a few times during the night. Gives you an extra sense of mystery!

Fun Fact: Wearing lightweight clothing to lessons and dance events will allow your skin to breath. The heavier the clothing the sweatier you get!

Wrapping it up

There you have it, several ways to rise above the nasty obstacles of dancing. I’ve given you several pieces of advice to try, but if you’re still feeling a sense of defeat consider changing your mindset. View your ballroom nasties as evidence toward the hard work you’re putting into your dance dreams. Dancing is meant to tell a story, your story. And if you’re finding it hard to tell your story, change it. Allow your passion to drive you, not your obstacle.