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Dance Shoes

There are different types of dance shoes for every style of dance.  Rather it be jazz, lyrical, hip-hop or ballet.  Choosing the right shoe is crucial for your performance and your well being.  Shoes are shaped to brace, support, add comfort and padding where they are needed for certain types of dance.  Having the wrong shoes will not only lead to discomfort but will eventually start to cause physical problems.  Broken bones in the foot, food abnormalities and deformations, poor posture and other back problems can be prevented by choosing the right shoe. 

Dance shoes can be found at any dance supply store.  Often times there are many different styles of shoe for each type of dance.  You should consult your dance teacher and team before your purchase your shoes.  Not only will they help you choose the best shoe for your performance they will be able to coordinate the team so that they purchase the same or similar shoes.  Shoes are part of costumes because they can be easily seen during performances and it is helpful that the entire dance team has the same or similar shoes.  Having all different types of shoes will be distracting in a performance. 

For ballet style dancing point shoes are extremely important.  They allow the dancer to have the correct braces and supports for their foot.  They also make it possible for the dancer to dance on the very tip of their toe, which is necessary for this style.   For many other types of studio dancing canvas shoes are the best choice.  Canvas dance shoes allow the dancers foot to bend freely in any position while giving them protection.  Canvas shoes come in black and tan.  Tan canvas shoes should be used in formal styles like lyrical or cultural.  This allows the shoe to go almost un-noticed making the dancer appears barefoot.  Black canvas shoes can be used in all other styles.  Black canvas shoes add to the costume of the dancer and look professional. 

Other styles of shoes should be discussed with your dance coach.  Some other styles of dance shoes are sometimes preferred to bring a different style or look to the dance costume in a performance.  Dance shoes need to be very supportive and flexible; if you feel your dance shoes do not have these qualities then a change should be made.  Dance shoes can be very beneficial to the dancer if chosen correctly.  They are often times structured to allow the dancer to perform movements more easily and more gracefully by providing appropriate arches and padding.

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