So you have taken up dancing as your new interest. Having found the right dance studio - hopefully Dance Bethesda, purchased your package of private lessons or group classes and you are ready to trip the light fantastic.
Before you step out on the floor, have you invested in the most important piece of equipment to enjoy your dance experience and guarantee success? Why the "Dance Shoe" of course.
Yes, your dance shoes are your most important investment you will make in your new hobby. Why? Well firstly, it will make you a better dancer and you will be able to feel the floor and not stick to it. Secondly, it protects you from injury as you will be using your toes, arches, heels and a lot more of your body than before. Lastly, a good dance shoe ensures the hours you spend on the dance floor are a pleasure and not a pain.
It's a great conversation topic to have with your teacher and other dancers, as we all have our own personal preferences when it comes to footwear.
There are many different styles of dance shoes for different types of dancers and dance styles. From the Latin Sandal to Ballroom Pumps to Smooth Shoes, each design serves a specific purpose.
For instance, you cannot do beautiful leg extensions in ballroom in a Latin Sandal, as you could lose a toe nail from extending backwards. Heel height is another example, while a higher heel makes you taller and legs longer to make a more attractive line. It also realigns your bodies balance point which takes time thru practice to adjust it and find center.
Don't feel left out Gentlemen, there is also a range of shoes with many different textures and styles for you to make a fashion statement. From patent leather, suede, half leather and suede, there are many different styles to bring attention to your feet.
The dance shoe has come along way with many designers and manufacturers, the innovation of the dance sneaker was wonderful for those of us who suffer from bad feet or spend many hours on the dancer floor.
So which shoe is your you? Please join our conversation and tell us your experiences in finding the perfect fit.
Till' next time
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