What makes a big difference to your enjoyment and advancement in ballroom dancing classes and ballroom dancing in general is your footwear. Just like a musician with their musical instrument, a dancer’s musical instrument are their ballroom dancing shoes.
If you are attending ballroom dancing classes in your bare feet, flip-flops, scarpe da calcio alte sneakers, tennis shoes, running shoes, stilettos, platform shoes, boots, slippers, dress shoes etc. you are doing yourself a big disservice in your efforts to learn how to ballroom dance.
Why? Because you are spending hours dancing on your feet and if you are wearing street shoes instead of ballroom shoes, you are practicing incorrectly and also experiencing the following problems:
Slipping on dance floor – most leather soled and some synthectic soled street shoes are slippery on a wood floor. Most ballroom dancing classes are held on wood dance floors. This is even more dangerous for beginners as beginners are generally not as balanced. You may slip, fall or twist your ankles especially when wearing high-heeled street shoes. A lot of high-heeled street shoes are not constructed well to balance the body over the heels. Turning, spinning swivelling, or any fast changes of directions becomes scary.
Sticking to dance floor – most sneakers, tennis shoes etc or shoes with rubber soles will ‘stick’ to the wood dance floor and make it difficult for you to move your feet quickly. East Coast Swing, Salsa/Mambo, Jive, Cha-Cha, Samba, Viennese Waltz and Quickstep will be particularly challenging because of the speed of these dances. You will have difficulty executing the correct technique as you will need to glide from foot to foot and articulate your feet from Heel to Toe or Toe to Heel or using the inside edge of your foot etc. In ballroom dancing, other than tango and jive, we do not pick up our feet when we move from step to step. You will also have difficulty scarpe calcio nike mercurial changing directions like in pivoting, turning, spinning or swivelling and may hurt your knees when you try to use your upper body to compensate for your feet not turning.
Clunky or stomping – you feel really clumsy, your feet feel large and clunky and you feel like you are clumping or stomping through your steps. You are most likely dancing in tennis shoes. Tennis shoes are bulky so you will never be able to close your feet properly – the bulk gets in the way. This will encourage bad habits as you will always dance with your feet and legs apart even when it’s supposed to be closed in particular steps.
Platform shoes also have this similar clunky effect due to the extra weight and lack of flex in the soles of the shoes. For men wearing tennis shoes you will keep running into the sides of the lady’s feet when you are trying to step between their feet. Men’s dress shoes are also clunky as they are wider than men’s ballroom dance shoes. stubbed toes or ripped toe nails – this happens to most ladies who insist on wearing open toe shoes while dancing with beginner leaders.