Avoiding a Salsa Wardrobe Malfunction (or “CYA”)

29 Aug

 I think dancers, on the whole, have little or no shame. In social dancing, you’re used to getting all up in someone else’s business (especially if you dance bachata or kizomba). If you’ve been in the performing world, you’re used to making quick costume changes, stripping down in front of people you don’t necessarily know well.

But there is a time and a place to show a little shame. Ladies, this post is dedicated to you. I’ve seen (and been involved in) a handful of Salsa Wardrobe Malfunctions, and I’ve developed some quick and dirty tips to avoid them.

CYA:

            Please. No one wants to see that. If you think you’re going to be dancing a lot of sensual bachata and getting low, do not wear a short, tight dress with minimal undergarments. It’s not cute and it’s not classy. Consider investing in a pair of spankies (or volleyball shorts or dance shorts or spandex or whatever you want to call them) to wear under certain garments. Leggings can be hot and dressed up—same with shorts. If you choose a dress or a skirt, TEST DRIVE IT IN A CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENT FIRST.

It didn't work for JWOWW, do you really think it will work for you?

It didn’t work for JWOWW, do you really think it will work for you?

Do several basics, cross body leads, spins, and other steps you know you’ll be repeating multiple times in the dressing room, in front of your mirror, or in front of a friend you trust. This is important because it leads me to my next point.

 

FASHION TAPE IS NOT SWEAT PROOF

Don’t try to tape your clothes down! You will sweat through fashion tape.

Let me repeat that. You will sweat through fashion tape. Short skirts, flowy low cut tops, strapless dresses etc., are all fine and dandy, but don’t rely on fashion or double-sided tape to help you keep them in place.

Strapless tops and Salsa dancing do not mix. Ladies, we aren’t trying to recreate an episode of “Girls Gone Wild” here. Your strapless top may feel like it fits tightly enough that you won’t have any issues, but do you really want to spend the whole night tugging on it and making sure you aren’t hanging out?

 

This is a worst-case-scenario. But still possible!

This is a worst-case-scenario. But still possible!

SAVE MAXI DRESSES AND SKIRTS FOR BRUNCH THE NEXT DAY

Your heels WILL get caught on a maxi dress or skirt and you will fall on your face. You may be tempted to wear a long skirt and use it as a prop (a la some kind of ethnic dancing), but I believe there is a reason all ethnic dancing like that is done barefoot. I have also found that wearing pants that have aren’t boot or skinny cut can be risky. I’ve (almost) wiped out from getting my heel caught in the bottom of my pants.

 

This dress is stunning and many maxi dresses are….but you will hit the pavement if you try Salsa dancing in them.

This dress is stunning and many maxi dresses are….but you will hit the pavement if you try Salsa dancing in them.

SPEAKING OF SHOES…

If you are unaccustomed to wearing high heels, why would you go out and buy a pair of three-inch high dance shoes? Make sure you can handle whichever shoes you invest in, and keep a pair of flats that you can dance in handy. If you’re breaking in a new pair of shoes, do it slowly. Wear them for an hour or two at a time only for the first few weeks you have them, and then switch to your broken-in shoes or trusty flats.

Gaga can do this. We non-aliens cannot.

Gaga can do this. We non-aliens cannot.

 

THE MOST IMPORTANT WARDROBE RULE OF ALL

Pick clothes that are most flattering for YOUR body type. You know that cut or style that is absolutely dynamite on you? The one that gives you the utmost confidence and that only YOU can rock? Wear clothes like THAT to Salsa (as long as you can dance easily and comfortably in them). It sounds silly, but choose colors that complement your skin tone and hair. It’s all about feeling GOOD about yourself and confident in your own skin. Don’t chase trends—select styles that are classically and authentically YOU.

 

Feel good, dance well! Go get 'em.

Feel good, dance well! Go get ’em.

What’s your best tip for avoiding a Salsa Wardrobe Malfunction? Comment here! And guys, I’d love your perspective too.

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