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Trolling around the internet what do I find? An article on Arlene's London Tango Pages about hygiene at milongas...I am half-English, married to a Pom and have more Pommy relatives than Aussie, so I do understand where she is coming from. When I lived in London some years ago it was not uncommon to be overwhelmed in a London bus by the B.O. of one or more other people who had obviously not bathed recently - or if they had didn't use deodorant. These days most bath daily and use deodorants - some even visit dry cleaners - but they still have the problem of non airconditioned venues!
Arlene raises some good points and please read all she has to say if you are interested... but basically she points out that:
- clean, fresh clothes and hair are essential
- same goes for shoes!
- garlic, tea and coffee that affect breath should be counteracted by breath freshener or cleaning of the teeth
- bad breath needs attention!
She also makes the point - which is one of my hobby horses. Dressing for the event. I cringe when I go to a wedding or special event where formal dress is the expectation and people turn up in jeans or casual gear. I also cringe when someone turns up at a milonga in a T-shirt advertising a band/album/brand with smart slogan... jeans - or worse still men in shorts!!
I actually think it is insulting to the other dancers to arrive in gear that is great at bbq or a football match - I wonder if they go to these events in shirts and ties, or dresses??
So hear, hear Arlene - I would love tango dancers to show respect for others on the floor in this way. I don't think Aussies have it as bad as the Poms but there is still the occasional problem!