5 Ways to Get Rid of Foot Odor

The smell of stinky feet is not one to be taken lightly. It has the power to take over shoes, closets, households (and the occasional person). No matter how great your personality or talent, people may start to keep their distance if you have a smell like decades old cheese wandering around with you. Luckily for the people that sometimes are plagued by a foot stench, no matter how rare or often (myself included), there are many ways to combat it. Listed below are five ways to fend off the foot funk.

  1. Tea tree oil: Many essential oils are antibacterial or anti-fungal, attacking the smell at the source. Stinky feet come from sweaty feet, the sweat that harvests bacteria and then turns it to odor. So, spraying tea tree, eucalyptus, or peppermint oils on may help, not to mention they smell great.
  2. Rotate your shoes: If you are spending most of your days dancing in the same old pairs of shoes, sweat will remain in them, harvesting bacteria. So, having more than one pair of shoes and rotating them will give them a chance to dry out.
  3. Silica gel packets: You know those irritating little packets you get when you buy a new pair of sneakers? Well they have more use than the trash! Save a few next time you buy shoes, because they absorb excess moisture. Less moisture in your shoes means less ability for smelly bacteria to form.
  4. White vinegar: Adding a few cups of white vinegar to warm water and soaking your feet is a good way to kill off bacteria. After the soak, make sure to dry off your feet thoroughly so that no water stays fermenting between the toes.
  5. Baking powder or foot antiperspirants: A topical treatment to absorb surplus sweat also helps. Baking powder applied to the feet combats the smell and the sweat. If that isn’t to your liking, some brands offer foot antiperspirants and can be found at most basic grocery stores.

After these preventative and offensive methods, your feet, and home, should be free from unwanted foot smells. Not only are you preventing the stench, these routines ward off bacterial infections, like Athletes’ Foot and Staph infections. Taking care of sweaty feet also takes care of medical conditions.


Audition Tips and Tricks


Nobody will deny that taking a dance audition can be nerve racking but there are a number of things that you can do to to make sure you are prepared. Get into the correct mind set and think about what is key. Auditions begin before you leave the house in the morning.  They should start with a good healthy breakfast that will keep you energized for the rest of the day.

When you leave the house remember to be on your best behavior and mindful of your manners.  That woman that you didn’t hold the door open for when you arrived or the man that you didn’t offer to help with directions could very well be the person you are sharing a studio with for the next two hours.  First impressions count wherever they begin.

At registration try and engage in some meaningful conversation.  If they ask you a question try and respond with more than one word.  This will show that you are confident, self assured, and able to speak for yourself.  Allowing mum, dad, or your best friend to answer for you will not show the adjudicator anything about you. In fact it may lead them to believe the complete opposite. In my opinion, it would be much better to try and land face first than to have never tried at all.

Most adjudicators are looking for good technique. They also want to see how well you learn combinations. They also want to see your ability and willingness to learn  No one wants to have to spend time teaching a student who is unwilling to learn or has an attitude.

During one of my recent auditions, during a pirouette combination, my foot went out from underneath me and I landed flat on my tush.  The teacher was very sweet asking if I was ok and I could easily have wallowed in my humiliation, being in a class of older students, but I jumped up and continued with the combination.  The fall was such that my mum heard a couple of mothers discussing the girl that fell at an audition the following weekend. That girl being yours truly. I showed them that I was willing to learn and push through.

From discussing experiences with fellow dancers it is clear that some of the auditions can become oversubscribed. Having over 50 dancers in each age group can be daunting.  I am sure everyone has stories about the girl that wouldn’t make room at the barre or the girl that kept moving into your space.  It is important to keep your head in these situations and not let the dance diva out.  When it is crowded most adjudicators will split the room into groups.  They want to see you as much as you want to be seen.  Make sure that you are seen for the right reason and not because you had words with the girl who’s legs couldn’t keep to herself.

Do not fall into the trap of wanting to hang out with your friends.  This is not a social event.  The other thing to think about is that if you dance at the same school you will probably have similar technique and you will want to stand out.  You do not want to appear as in sync with the girls around you as the cygnet corps of Swan Lake.

If you go through pointe shoes like they are going out of fashion make sure that you have a spare pair in your bag.  Whilst some people maybe impressed with your needle work and reattaching ribbons or elastics, they will probably be more impressed with how prepared you are for life’s  little emergencies. Try to get into the habit of keeping spares of everything in you bag. This includes band aids, hair nets, pins, toe pads and anything else that might be needed.

When you leave the studio remember to thank all the people giving the audition and the pianist, if called for.  I know that you have given up a few hours of your day but quite often they have traveled far from home, endured various travel hiccups, bad food, weather issues and hours away from loved ones.  Saying thank-you for the opportunity is the least you can do.

I am sure there is a huge amount of things that I could add, bu for now, keep these in mind.  There are also a number of dance magazines that are out there that can give you more advice.  I know that Pointe Magazine did a recent piece discussing what  teachers/choreographers are looking for.



What to Wear to an Audition

Audition season is coming up, and believe it or not the topic of what to wear to an audition is an important one. What you wear sets the very first impression your adjudicator will have of you. With a little thought and careful planning a day or to before your audition will help you prepare for your big debut.  It is always good to have a check list so that you can make sure your favorite tights or most flattering leotard will be clean and ready for you to wear on the big day.  You should probably take the time to read the audition details as quite often they give stipulations on what they would like to see you wearing.  It may state plain dark colored leotard or it may be more specific and require a black classic leotard. If they took the time to write it then you should take the time to follow it. Below are some tips on what to wear:

1. Don’t be obnoxious: Try to avoid wearing tons of makeup, gaudy hair accessories, complicated leotards, and huge earrings. You want to be noticed by your dance capability, not your distracting accessories. Equally you want to be seen for your superb technique not your poor taste in fake bling. Try to un-chanel Beyonce.  Less is always more.

2. Camisole leotards are best: Camisole leotards are a classic style worn in the studio.  They are very simplistic, show off your assets well, and don’t take anything away from your aesthetic.  Unfortunately, many of the really strappy leotards interfere with your lines and can look messy.

3. Small hair accessories can be good: Small hair flowers or bows allow distinction between you and the other contenders, but don’t get too carried away.  Quite often when your adjudicators discuss candidates it is helpful for them to be able to say “The girl with red flower in hair”.

4. Don’t have holes: Holes in your tights or leotard may make them think that you are not taking the audition seriously and may downgrade your whole audition. They make get the impression that you are careless and don’t take your appearance seriously.  This is not a good impression to give.  After all, ballet is such a visual art.

5. Your shoes should be in good condition: Although this tip is of lesser importance, keeping your shoes in good condition with minimal wear-and-tear heightens your image.