Controversial View - footwear

Patty Lindsay

Message 61675 · 5 Aug 2011 20:54:58 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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I too have experienced my very new dancers getting injured while dancing in
sneakers due to the shoes gripping the floor.

I now order a supply of these shoes when I am about to start a new
beginner's class:
http://www.discountdance.com/dancewear/style_FREE1.html

They are sold in small, medium, and large (the flexible sizing makes it
feasible to order a stock ahead of time) and fit most women, and smaller
men. They are light, have a split sole, and they do well on slippery floors
but don't stick on less-slippery floors. I let them try them for a week or
two, most end up buying a pair from me (at cost). The selection of shoes
available in local stores is not great, so by making an inexpensive pair of
shoes readily available they are more likely to dance in something more
appropriate than sneakers.

> We used to let people wear indoor sneakers during their first weeks in our
> group, but we have started recommending against this since we had a spate
> of
> injuries that could be linked to the way their plastic soles tend to stick
> to
> the floor. These days we try to get people to buy leather-sole gym or
> ballet
> shoes ASAP, which isn't a big investment even if they at some point decide
> to
> shell out for ghillies.
>
> Anselm
>

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Patty Lindsay
Beavercreek, Ohio

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