Whether you’re excited that winter’s come to Ottawa, or you’re already counting down the days until spring, we all have to adapt to the cold weather, and that includes planning for social dance outings. Here are a few tips to keep you dancing safe and sound through the winter months:
- Bring dance shoes!
Bringing dance shoes (or a spare pair of indoor shoes) to change into is even more important in winter. Ice, snow, slush and salt all damage dance floors and ruin the soles of dance shoes, so please be considerate. Most dance venues have a coat check where you can leave your coats and boots safely; please don’t bring them into the dance hall.
- Dress appropriately
Layering clothing, and peeling off a few layers to dance, is a good idea. Dance clubs and socials get very warm, and you don’t want to stew in your sweater and long johns! Plan your outfit carefully, and make sure you bring a bag for your spare layers.
- Be germ-aware
Crowded dance floors make great germ incubators, so it’s a good idea to be extra-aware of hygiene during the flu season. Wash your hands often, or keep hand sanitizer in your dance bag and use it throughout the night.
If you feel a cold coming on, please stay home and take care of yourself. Not only will you be putting yourself at risk of worsening a cold or flu, but you’ll also be spreading it into a crowded, enclosed room.
Do you have other cold weather dancing tips? Share them in the comments!