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Tanning Tips!

Tanning is an important part of looking the part for ballroom dance.  Getting a proper airbrush tan helps you look thinner and more muscular, and accents your graceful arm and leg movements, especially in rhythm and latin dances.  

First, let's talk color.  You definitely want to look tan, but you don't want to look like a figure model or a beefy weight lifter.  You want to look elegant and healthy.  You want the tan to accent your body, not distract everyone from your technique.  Competition level color is for figure models and bodybuilder competitions, not ballroom dancing.  Keep that in mind when you are being sprayed from head to toe.  

Second, if you are renting a dress, you need to get your tanning done at least 24 hours before you wear the dress.  The spray tanning process generally involves using a bronzer initially, so that it is easy to see where the tanning solution has been applied and ensure an even application.  This will rub off on your clothes (wear something black or that you don't care about getting bronzer on permanently), your sheets, everything your body touches, until you shower.  And you need to wait at least 8 hours in most cases to shower to let the tanning solution work it's magic.  

If you wear a competition dress prior to showering, you have  the potential to get bronzer all over the dress, and when mixed with sweat and tanning solution, this creates a stain that is near impossible to remove, ruining the dress, or making it undesirable for others to wear.  Simply showering will prevent this from happening!  Get your tanning done with plenty of time prior to your event!  This will also help make sure your tan is even and not a blotchy mess. You can also help extend your tan by moisturizing often, especially if you are dancing on multiple days.

Also, we all know that being in the sun too long can lead to skin cancer and premature aging, so I cannot recommend a spray tan highly enough!  There are some excellent spray tanning companies out there and they continue to improve in their technique and their tanning solutions.  Some of the best that I have found use warm air and can actually spray lotion at the end to help lock in your tan.  The 'fake bake' looks more natural than ever and keeps you from damaging your skin.  Just make sure that you get it done in a timely fashion so that you and your dress can both continue to look amazing!

Happy Dancing! 

 

Dresses vs Lessons

At the first competition I ever attended, there were sparkly dresses everywhere!  Beautifully decorated, rhinestoned dresses with feathers and skirts for all types of ballroom dance!  I couldn't get enough!  I wanted to wear them all!

I was brand new to ballroom dancing and decided that, I too, wanted to compete and look amazing on the dance floor, and that meant I was gonna need a dress or two.  So I went to the vendors row to check out all these magnificent dresses.  

Dore'. Elle, LeNique, etc had all kinds of shiny and sparkly fabulousness and were eager to let me try on anything I wanted!  Awesome!

I started glancing through the racks of dresses and decided to check the price tags, as I figured they were $500 tops.  Imagine my shock when the first dresses I looked at were between 3 and 5 thousand dollars!  My jaw hit the floor.  I hadn't spent that kind of money on anything outside of a house or a car before, and I use those everyday.  This seemed like a hefty investment.

I gathered myself together and I kept looking, thinking I must've just been looking on the wrong rack.  Wrong.  All the dresses were thousands of dollars.  Maybe some in the $1500 range.  I had just recently reconciled with myself the cost of ballroom lessons, but my desire to compete had just created a new money issue.  How was I going to afford a dress to compete in?  This was a new expense I was not prepared for.  I felt way out of my league, suddenly surrounded by people who were able to spend thousands of dollars on a single dress. 

These dresses each cost an entire year's worth of dancing lessons!  For ONE dress!  ONE DRESS!

Deflated, I went back to watching the comp without trying anything on, albeit, a bit more anxious then I was before this experience.  How was I going to afford dancing and dresses?!  Maybe this wasn't the activity for me.

After watching for a bit, I realized that it wasn't the prettiest or the most expensive dress that won, but the dancer with the best technique.  The dancer who looked confident.  The dancer whom interacted the best with their partner.  All the rhinestones in the world can't make up for bad footwork, sloppy technique, or lack of confidence.  But you will be sparkly!

I knew that spending that money on lessons was a way smarter proposition than having that fancy dress hanging in my closet for 360+ days a year.  It's not like I could wear it to work, or anywhere else.  I'd have to figure something out.

So I did some research on the internet and was relieved to discover that I could rent an appropriate dress at a reasonable price.  Phew!

Now I could get back to concentrating on dancing and using that money for lessons!  I booked lessons with national champion coaches.  I took extra lessons with my instructor.  I went to group lessons weekly.  I spent all of that dress money on learning.

And it worked!  I improved.  I danced more.  I improved more.  

Take a look at the price of your favorite ballroom dress.  How many lessons is that worth?  If you can afford both an expensive dress and all the lessons in the world, you are probably not reading this blog.  But for the rest of us who want to be able to be part of ballroom dancing and look the part, renting dresses made it possible. 

I love all the designer dresses and wish I could just have a closet full of them!  But that doesn't make financial sense, because for me, taking lessons is more important.  

Renting items that you don't use everyday has become the norm.  Think of all the businesses out there that can you rent you anything: cars, RVs, clothes, tools, electronics, movies, tents, costumes, even pets!  Things that make more sense to only pay for them when you need to use them, which may be rarely.  How many competitions would it take to make that $3000 dress affordable when you can rent one? 10? 15? More? How many lessons is that?

It really does come down to priorities: do you want to look fabulous or dance fabulous?  Luckily you can do both!  It just means being wise with your dancing money! 

How do I pick a competition dress?

Good question!  

You've come to the right place!

Of course you want to look amazing, feel confident, and dance your best.  A good competition dress should help you achieve all these things.

First, consider your body type.  Is there an area you want to show off or an area that you would rather keep covered?  Latin dancers typically like to show off their rockin' legs or shapely back.  Some are ok with showing some midriff.  Once you know the type of dress you want, we move on to number 2...

Color.  Sometimes people fall in love with a dress for the style, but the color completely washes them out, even with a spray tan.  Know what color works best for your skin tone and hair color.  You want to attract attention for all the right reasons!  This also applies to patterns and fringe.  These will draw attention to different parts of the body.  Fringe will emphasize your core body movement, and rhinestones will help attract attention when the light hits them! 

Fit.  Most dresses stretch several sizes because they are made of Lycra material, and the straps can often be adjusted.  The tricky part is usually cup size and often you need to adjust straps or use lingerie tape to make sure everything stays in it's proper place.  If you don't feel secure in the top of the dress, how are you going to nail that wicked shimmy in mambo?  Also, straps should be secure, but not digging into your skin and the skirt should be of a length that covers your booty and doesn't ride up the front.  You don't want to show too much!  It is often a good idea to wear fishnets to help keep things in place and make your legs look amazing.

For smooth and standard dancers, make sure that the dress length is appropriate.  You should be able to see your entire shoe, from the ankle down, at a minimum.  This also helps prevent you from tripping over or stepping on the dress when you lower through your moves.  Always try the dress on with your competition shoes!

Standard dancers need floats, while smooth dancers generally wear some kind of embellishment, such as bracelets or gloves, but floats are not necessary.  If you need to wear floats, make sure that they move freely, so as not to hinder your frame!

Another point to consider is your level of dance.  Newcomer? Bronze? Silver? Open?

Newcomers can get away with a more simple dress, while Silver and up need to be wearing a properly fitting ballroom dress in a current style to complete their look.  If you think you are being judged solely on where you place your feet, you are mistaken!  You need to look like you belong, as the judges will see you long before they watch you dance.  This is also when it is important to feel confident in your dress, so you can walk out onto the floor with perfect grace.

Trying on the dress prior to the competition is important!  Always try the dresses a 6-8 weeks before the event so you can try different colors and styles.  You will also have a wider selection to choose from, as more dresses will be available the earlier you book.  A good rule is to book a dress the same time that you put down your deposit for that competition.  Also, if you lose or gain weight, that dress might not look the same as it did last time and scrambling for a dress days before a competition is stressful.  Plus, it's kinda fun to try on those sparkly, gorgeous dresses! ;)

Other things to consider include accessories (bracelets, earrings, necklaces, fishnets, hair, shoes, makeup, etc).  

Do you have questions about what dress to wear?  Please contact me and I will be more than happy to help you!  From suggestions on color to fit, I will give you personal recommendations to help you look your best.  

Happy Dancing!