It’s not just the dance shoes that affects a dancer’s performance. Factors such as the dance floor conditions could make or break a performance too! You see, not all dance shoes will work on all dance floors.
Dance floors are a dirt magnet - attracting dust, grime, and/or sticky residues that could affect the way you move on the dance floor and in some cases, increase the risk of injuries. Even a good pair of dance shoes are no match for an overly sticky or slippery dance floor. You have to learn how to adapt to different dance floors for a flawless performance. That’s what this guide is all about. Let’s take a look at the different dance floor situations and the many ways to overcome the odds:
Slippery Dance Floor
Social dance events and dance venues attract hordes of people so the dance floor has to be cleaned and waxed after every event. This makes the dance floor extra slippery. It's hard to move when you're walking on a freshly waxed floor much more dance on it, you could slip and fall. So what can you do?
The key here is to add friction between the soles of your dance shoes and the dance floor. Try these hacks:
Some dance floors are sticky for many reasons, there could be leftover grime or soapy residues on the floor surface. When the floor is sticky, it's hard to twist, turn, or spin so there is a risk of injuries when dancing on a less smooth surface. You could twist your ankle or trip in the process. If the dance floor is sticky, try these hacks:
More Tips: Adapting to Different Dance Floors
Adjusting the Way You Dance
If none of the tips that we have outlined above works for you, you’d have to make adjustments yourself starting with the way you dance. The goal is to minimize the strain on the ankles and knees to prevent injuries.
Wearing the Right Shoes
If you are a professional dancer or you are an active social dancer, invest in shoes that could either work on slippery or sticky floors or both. If you have a pair of dance shoes that work best on a slippery floor, for example, bring this together with the other pair of shoes you have for sticky floors. This way, you’re always ready to dance no matter the dance floor conditions.
Investing in the right dance shoes is instrumental to your performance, especially if the floor situation is less than ideal. High-quality dance shoes like Yami dance shoes are crafted with materials that suit most dance floors.
Sure, high-quality dance shoes are pricier than mass-produced, cheap alternatives but you will love the quality, performance, and longevity of the shoes! Of course, don’t take our word for it. Try it for yourself and feel the Yami difference.