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Tik Tokers Calls for Sunburn Culture in Ballroom Dance

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After showing themselves before and after the ballroom dancer tan, the ballroom dancer sparked a debate about the ballroom dance tan culture.

In a viral video posted on July 17, TikToker and ballroom dancer @sibusheva show their video practicing in a tanned competition without tanning.

“Too sunburned?” @Sibusheva in the video overlay text. In the caption of her video, TikToker contained three emojis: a white woman, an arrow, and a black woman.

On Tuesday, her TikTok was played over 3 million times.



♬ 1, 2, 3 (feat. Jason Derulo & de la Ghetto) [Sped Up Version] – Sofia Reyes

In response to a comment she received in the video that she was over-tanned, @sibusheva posted another TikTok comparing skin tones before and after tanning. She wrote in the video overlay text, “Fairness in competition is bad shape,” and asked viewers what they thought.

Her follow-up video was played about 7 million times on Tuesday.

@sibusheva Ответпользователю @humancyclone ♬ 1, 2, 3 (feat. Jason Derulo & De La Ghetto) [Sped Up Version] – Sofia Reyes

Ballroom dance resources state that dancers need to be tanned to prevent them from being washed away by the harsh lighting of the competition and to hide their sweat. However, dancers are advised not to “overdo”.

Some commenters on @ sibusheva’s first video about her tan compared it to blackface.

“Sis has switched the entire race,” commented @blxckalice.

“The girl switched races,” writes @meowurcool.

“There is a clear and strong difference between blackening yourself and getting yourself a dark tan,” commented @achubbycoder.

And many commenters came to defend @sibusheva with a follow-up video about her tan.

“It’s a sporting rule. Don’t blame girls for blaming the system of competition,” commented @i_am_cyr.

“Ya’all behaves as she came up with the system bruh,” writes @chrollussy_.

“It’s the same as a bodybuilder who uses tan for competition. It’s just a sporting rule,” commented @bethanykatebayliss. According to sports resources, bodybuilders use sunburn to “emphasize the definition of muscle.”

Still, some said they couldn’t understand the tanning culture.

“I don’t know why they have skin color rules,” commented @ random.sai. “I can’t dance all naturally.”

“I don’t know why changing skin color is important in some sports. How does her dancing skill change when she’s pale?” @ Im.your.navi wrote.

The Daily Dot contacted @sibusheva via a TikTok comment.

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* First Edition: July 26, 2022 12:33 pm CDT

Tricia Crimins

Tricia Crimmins is an IRL staff writer for Daily Dot. She is also a New York-based comedian studying at the Columbia Journalism School. She previously contributed to Mashable, Complex Networks, and Moment magazines. She can be found on Twitter at @TriciaCrimmins.

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