Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Tip Number Six for Beginners

Now that you've decided on your dance attire for your lesson, it's time to dress your feet. Your choice of shoes can make the difference between enjoying ballroom dancing and not being able to even master the steps. Nothing takes the joy out of dancing quicker than shoes that won't co-operate or feet that are hurting.

Please don't make the mistake of wearing rubber-soled shoes. They don't offer the proper traction for sliding, spinning or turning. A loafer-type is good, or any shoe with a smooth sole. For women, a shoe with a heel makes for attractive movements, but certainly isn't a necessity when you're first getting started. Later on, you may want to consider purchasing a pair of dance shoes.

Ballroom dance shoes are specifically designed to be worn on the dance floor and nowhere else, especially outside. The soles are suede, allowing them to slide easily, which makes turns and spins almost effortless. A trip outside can cause irreparable damage to the sole.

Some studios offer dance shoes for sale, or there are many ballroom dance shoe websites online from which you can order. I also don't recommend wearing open-toed shoes, such as sandals or flip-flops. Remember you're in a beginning class, and there is always the possibility of someone accidentally stepping on those toes!

For a more in-depth discussion about ballroom dance shoes in see the March 19th post entitled "Let's Talk Shoes".