If one is a dancer or is aspiring to be a dancer, dance schools will probably ask them to invest in a pair of proper footwear. That is because appropriate dancing shoes are a crucial element of any dancer’s attire. They also have a pivotal role in the dance performance itself! Not many are aware, but there are so many different types of dance shoes; one for each dance. The most common ones are tap shoes, ballet shoes, pointe shoes, jazz shoes, to name a few. Proper dance shoes are essential for the footwork and the dancer’s physical well-being, as having an improper one would lead to muscle tenderness, bunions, tears, and sprains.
Down below is a list of commonly bought dance shoes.
- Ballet Shoes and Pointe Shoes
Before pointe shoes ever existed, ballerinas wore “ballet slippers”, but with the advent of ballet shoes, made of either leather or canvas, the dancers can now show-off their jumps without straining their feet too much. Pointe shoes are very similar to ballet shoes, just with extra padding near the toes. This feature made the toe-area flatter, allowing dancers to stay more on their toes, allowing them to turn quickly and with more elegance, causing minimum damage to the feet.
- Jazz Shoes
Jazz shoes are less formal looking than ballet shoes. They look like a slip-on that is form-fitting with a low heel. They also have split soles and patches made of suede on the heel to make it easy to turn. The thick rubber soles topped with the suede layer on the shoes help the dancer land securely on the floor from the high, intense jumps and the snug-fitting, that comes with a typical elastic or lace-up design, ensures that the shoes stay on while providing a firmer grip.
- Tap shoes
Tap shoes get their name from the sound that they make on the floor while dancing. Thanks to the metal affixed to the toe and heel of the shoes, each step creates a particular sound. Dancers then integrate their movements onto a soundboard. The tone depends on the size and shape of the tap shoes.
- Dance Sneakers
Dance sneakers have no particular brand or form, as there is no fixed style. Freestyle, hip-hop dancers mostly wear shoes that support the ankles and offer maximum flexibility for the movement. One might say that one can wear any pair of shoes for a dance form with no rigid structure; though, wearing shoes that properly fit and offer optimum comfort can do wonders.
- Warm-up Booties
Warm-up booties are great for just what their name suggests, warm-up!
Warm-up booties help to keep the muscles and joints warm to help prevent any muscle pulls or tears. These boots ensure that the feet remain insulated and consist of nylon layers stuffed with cotton. They are also a slip-on which makes them easy to wear and switch when necessary.
Before starting to take dance classes, it is crucial to find proper shoes. Size is an important factor as well while buying shoes. If the shoes are too big, and there is excess room, it can lead to developing ankle injuries and knee problems. Shoes loosen with repetitive usage and jazz, and ballet shoes significantly shrink when dancers flex and point their feet, which is a prevalent thing to do in ballet! Most dancers suggest looking for shoes that fit like socks; with very little room at the top.
Author name:- Nora George