With so many creature comforts in the home, we now live in a world where staying in is the new going out, and folks find every excuse they can in order to move as little as possible. All outdoor games are now replaced with virtual options, and even darts, and dancing competitions can be done via a computer. Another reason for staying home is the fear of job losses and wage cuts as the global recessions threatens and bites.
All that said, there is nothing to compare with achieving something in the real world through practice and persistence. Not only will dancing give you countless hours of fun, but it’s both sociable and good for your health too. Oh yeah, and not so expensive either. You just can’t lose with dancing
For example, you’d hardly be slipping into a pair of ballet shoes if you want to get into break-dancing, bopping, romantic, or any of the show off type of dance styles, and visa versa. If in doubt, ask at you dance class if you’re taking lessons from qualified professionals (recommended). You’ll discover there are general purpose men’s dance shoes, ballroom dance shoes, Latin dance shoes, swing dance shoes, salsa dance shoes, and so on. In fact most types of dance have footwear specific to it.
Dance is like the music it portrays in that it’s forever evolving and constantly updating as new music and dance is introduced to the world on a seemingly endless basis. As things are right now, there are many more dances around the world than there are shoes to accommodate them, but the manufacturers of footwear are catching up fast as folks strive to enhance their moves with the proper shoes! That’s right, the supply is beginning to catch up with the demands.
With so many types of popular and not so popular dance practiced by dancing enthusiasts, it would be impossible to cover the unique footwear for each dance style in this short piece. However, let’s just cover some footwear for popular styles of dance to give you an insight into why wearing the right shoes is so important.
Jazz Dance Shoes (can be used for other dance too)
Jazz shoes are actually quite simple in design. They are primarily a soft shoe and consequently quite supple. Mostly found in black color the jazz dance shoe will have a medium grip sole so that the dancer is able to spin easily.
Hip-hop (Take your pick, but choose quality!)
Although there is no shoe specific to hip hop, it’s still important to wear safe footwear for this type of dancing. Most appropriate for hip-hop are good quality sneakers of jazz dance shoes. Both these types will enable you to practice with accuracy and safety.
Ballroom Dancing Shoes (As smart as you like)
Once considered the fuddy-duddy of dance, ballroom dancing is now becoming a bit hit across the generations. There are many styles and types of ballroom dancing shoes which will be suited to traditional ballroom dances such as the waltz, foxtrot, swing, cha-cha and so on. If in doubt, simply tell the store professional what type of dance or dances you want to focus on and they will help you find the best shoe for your needs.
Ballet Dancing Shoes (Many choices!)
Timeless and ever popular the art of ballet dancing never dwindles. When it comes to ballet dance shoes for beginners, usually a simple soft beginners shoe with a slight strap across the shoe’s bridge will suffice for the first 2 years of practice. The shoes you see the professionals wearing as they gracefully tiptoe around the stage are called pointe shoes. Pointe shoes have hard toes and are for advanced dancers. Nothing for any budding armature to worry about at this stage.
So there we have it. A brief look at modern dance shoes. We hope this very short piece has given you a little insight on the importance of dance shoes for beginners and explained why wearing the right type of shoe not only gives the dancer more foot safety, which is very important, but the correct build and support will inevitably enhance your dance style too.