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August 15th, 2007


I have written about fashion in athletics before.  Though every now and then I’m reminded that there is more that goes into making athletics fashionable than just the attire.  This gets down to etiquette.

One of my athletics of choice is dance. Yes,I am a HUGE fan of “So You Think You Can Dance,” though this is my first season watching it because I previously refused to watch reality TV shows on Fox. Eventually, I was lovingly (and rightfully) peer-pressured into watching SYTYCD by my friends because they know how much I love dance.  That being said, um, LACY HAS GOT TO GO!!!!  All the girl does is push her "rump" out and try to be sexy.  She is actually a good performer, but her moves all look the same without any heart and all bottom.  Not to mention she is so full of herself that she annoys me to no end.  Okay, now that I got that out of my system, we can move on. 

Back to my point—three to four times a week I go to a studio wherelive drums and an instructor leads a group of people in Afro-Brazilian, Afro-Cuban or Samba-style dances.  With all these high energy movements the one thing that is consistent in each of these classes is the sweat.  You sweat buckets!  It doesn’t matter if it is the middle of January and the heat in the studio is broken, about a half hour into the class, you start to sweat.

Now, I get that through dance you are supposed to let your natural self go; be free with yourself and leave all the societal inhibitions at the door.  Dance is an extension of our natural beings and class is a place where we can let our true soul glow.

I also get that "hippies" love to dance.  I get how the hippie chick is even more ‘au natural’ than the dance class itself … trust me, I get it … but (there is always a ‘but’), if it is a hot summer day and you just rode your hip tourist-style bike with bells and flowers strapped on the handle bars, your dreadlocks flowing behind you (and you’re sweating before you even step into the dance studio), odds are you are going to smell. Wait, let me rephrase that—you are going to stink!  Okay?  Let’s just call it common sense. 

So, if you and your hippie-community-oriented-chick are coming to a community dance class, be a true hippie and think about the community you are putting at risk of death via rancid stench.  Get your deodorants or your oils or whatever your natural de-stink-ifier is and use it for the love of god, and for the love of dance!  Consider this a public announcement, just please put the info to good use! 

Thank you.


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