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    How to Prepare For a Salsa Performance

    We recently learnt that social dancing is the best fix to get your blood racing, and also the fact that a salsa or bachata performance needs a 24 hour (or more) preparation window. Whether it’s your moves or your make-up, social dancing is all about precision. Even a flyaway strand of hair needs to be dealt with a heavy hand. How to make sure they don’t move in the first place? Here are a few expert tips and tricks.

    Here's your checklist to begin with:

    Before the show

    1) Make a checklist: Always make a check list before you start packing for a show. And check it again before you leave for the show (so you don’t forget anything). You can use the one above!

    2) Practice makes perfect: In addition to your dance routine, make sure you practice your hair-do and make-up before you get on stage.

    3) Invest in a hairspray: Nova Gold is our recommendation.

    4) Eat an hour before: Not a minute closer to the performance. A stomach full of food when shocked with a big dose of adrenaline can make you faint or throw up during the performance.

    After the show

    1) Invest in a make-up remover: Sweat, gunk and foundation, when mixed, can never be good for your skin. Get it all off with an effective remover!

    2) Storing costumes: Store your costumes with naphthalene balls. After each show, air out the costumes in a ventilated room with the fan on full. And remember to dry clean them after every third show.

    3) Potassium: Avoid muscle cramping and soreness with foods or drinks high in potassium (Raisins, potatoes, bananas, tomato products, cooked spinach, yogurt).

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    Written by Radhapriya