Courtesy Freshify

5 Must-Haves for Stinky Summertime Situations

Dancers know there's no time like summer for sun, sand...and sweat! Gross but true: Whether your summer intensive has air conditioning or not (just because some people like to yell about how AC is bad for dancers), there's no denying that summertime dancing brings with it all kinds of sweatiness—and resultant smelliness.

Consider this quintet of products your Anti-Odor Justice League. They're sworn to protect you—not to mention your fellow dancers!—from the sweaty, stinky, just-plain-nasty worst of all that higher temps threaten.


Via covetdance.com

Covet Dance's Pointe Powder (available in 3 or 6 oz) uses a combination of baking soda, zinc oxide, corn starch, and natural fragrance oils to make sure pointe shoes are dry, disinfected, and deodorized (#bless) in between wearings.

Via cestmoi.com

There are a LOT of makeup-removing wipes on the market, but very few tick as many boxes as C'est Moi's Gentle Makeup Remover Cleansing Wipes. Hypoallergenic? Check. Vegan? Check. Free of fragrances, phthalates, sulfates, and parabens? Check, check, check, and check.

Courtesy of Freshify

It seems like the benefits of essential oils are being touted all over Instagram these days. Freshify has combined witch hazel and popular essential oils like spearmint, Roman chamomile, lavender, and tea tree to make a cooling, soothing, and naturally deodorizing spray for your hardworking feet.

Courtesy of Secret

Yes, that clinical strength deodorant is supposed to last 24 hours, but what does that promise really mean once you've been sweating it out in class all morning? Secret's Freshies are the super-cute way to reapply deo while on the go—and let's be honest, dancers are pretty much never not on the go!

Via mondor.com

Antibacterial tights are now a real thing that exists, thanks to the clever people at Mondor. For at least 50 washings, the trademarked BodyFresh material will halt the growth of bacteria that leads to body odor. What a time to be a dancer. (Side note: The tights are available in both convertible and footed styles, in shades ranging from "ballerina" pale pink to caramel to black.)

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Why Your Barre Can Make or Break Your At-Home Dance Training

Throughout the pandemic, Shelby Williams, of Royal Ballet of Flanders (aka "Biscuit Ballerina"), has been sharing videos that capture the pitfalls of dancers working from home: slipping on linoleum, kicking over lamps and even taking windows apart at the "barre." "Dancers aren't known to be graceful all of the time," says Mandy Blackmon, PT, DPT, OSC, CMTPT, head physical therapist/medical director for Atlanta Ballet. "They tend to fall and trip."

Many dancers have tried to make their home spaces as safe as possible for class and rehearsal by setting up a piece of marley, like Harlequin's Dance Mat, to work on. But there's another element needed for taking thorough ballet classes at home: a portable barre.

"Using a barre is kinda Ballet 101," says 16-year-old Haley Dale, a student in her second year at American Ballet Theatre's Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School. She'd bought a portable barre from Harlequin to use at her parents' home in Northern Virginia even before the pandemic hit. "Before I got it, honestly I would stay away from doing barre work at home. Now I'm able to do it all the time."

Blackmon bought her 15-year-old stepdaughter a freestanding Professional Series Ballet Barre from Harlequin early on in quarantine. "I was worried about her injuring herself without one," she admits.

What exactly makes Harlequin's barres an at-home must-have, and hanging on to a chair or countertop so risky? Here are five major differences dancers will notice right away.

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December 2020