Don't Sweat It: Overcoming Stressful Dancer Problems for Females

How to Handle Embarrassing Problems

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You work hard during every dance class because you know it's the only way to improve as a dancer. You concentrate at the barre and focus at center. You point your toes and hold your shoulders square. As if you didn't have enough body parts to think about already, you also have to worry about personal things going on with your body. Ease your mind during class by making sure your body doesn't do something to embarrass you.

Here are a few embarrassing problems female dancers sometimes face and a few tips on how to solve them.

Sweat

Let's face it: everyone sweats during a workout, and dancing is definitely a workout. The fact is, sweating is your body's natural way of cooling off. While some people tend to sweat more than others, everyone perspires and it's nothing to be embarrassed about. Here are some no-sweat tips:

  • If you are self-conscious about the amount you sweat during class, try investing in a quality antiperspirant and deodorant. Deodorant helps to control body odor and antiperspirant prevents sweating by affecting sweat glands. Apply them generously to your underarms.
  • Darker colored leotards tend to hide sweat spots more than lighter ones. Experiment with different fabrics too, as a cotton leotard will tend to soak up moisture more than the newer microfiber materials.
  • Don't be embarrassed to dry yourself off as you need to during class. Some dancers carry a towel along with their water bottle into the studio.

    Body Acne

    Wearing skimpy dance clothing takes confidence, but even more so if you tend to produce body acne. Body acne can appear many places on the body but is most commonly found on the chest, back, and shoulders. Unfortunately, body acne is aggravated by sweat, and dancers are going to be sweating.

    The best thing you can do to minimize body acne is to wear cotton clothing and shower quickly after workouts. You might also try using a medicated acne cleanser.

    Cellulite

    If you have cellulite, it can be tough to be in a dance studio with wall to wall mirrors. Cellulite is dimpled skin on the thighs, hips, buttocks, and abdomen. Cellulite is caused by an unevenness of fatty tissue beneath the skin's surface. If you have it, you may feel self-conscious when wearing a leotard.

    Many girls and women have cellulite, even dancers. If you're very concerned about the appearance, don't let it get in the way of your dancing. Although there is no ultimate cure for cellulite, your doctor or dermatologist may be able to provide some possible remedies to help prevent or reduce its appearance.

    Periods

    Menstruation, or a period, is a woman's monthly bleeding cycle. If you haven't gotten your period yet, it may be hard to imagine being on your period while wearing tights and a leotard. However, your monthly cycle shouldn't affect your dancing too much.

    You'll need to wear something for protection. You have several choices such as the use of a tampon, pad or menstrual cup. A lot of dancers find it most convenient and comfortable to wear a tampon or cup.

    But some girls, especially younger girls, opt to wear a thin pad under their tights. Wearing a pad is perfectly fine; just make sure to choose one with a high absorbency level and pair it with a black leotard. Either way, be sure to make frequent trips to the bathroom to keep an eye on things.

    If you suffer from cramps, you may be uncomfortable for a couple of days during your period. It's difficult to dance when you are feeling dull, achy cramps around your stomach and lower back. An over-the-counter pain medication will help alleviate the pain. Some girls even find relief through movement, so try not to let cramps slow you down.

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