Dancing in Socks!

#1
I was just a website reading instructions for the first class and notice that they only required you to wear socks instead of the normal dance shoes. :shock: I know that you can do that easily on polished wooden floor. But isn't that somehow bad for your feet and ankles? Or are you subject to more injuries with shoes on? [/url]
 

MacMoto

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#2
I suppose dancing in socks is safer than dancing wearing rubber-soled shoes... :roll:

The advice I usually see is to wear non-rubber (leather or hard plastic) soled shoes. Personally, I haven't come across any teachers who say "just wear socks".
 
#3
MacMoto said:
I suppose dancing in socks is safer than dancing wearing rubber-soled shoes... :roll:
Yeah, agree with you there. I know this one aspiring Salsero who did that(wore socks) just for fun one day and couldn't dance because he was too busy sliding all over the place. :roll:

MacMoto said:
..... Personally, I haven't come across any teachers who say "just wear socks".
Me either. Just seems odd that an establishment would even suggest it. :?
 
#6
Well, I'm from the Midwest and our instructors do suggest to wear socks for first timer. It's just cheaper (for students like myself) and easier to spin. I danced with socks for about 2 years before I actually bought myself a real pair of dance shoes!
 
#8
peachexploration said:
Hi Kabalevsky. Welcome to Salsa Forums! Happy to have you here. :D After dancing in sock for all that time, did you have any difficulty dancing in your shoes at all?
I can't imagine dancing in socks. Mind you I'm a girlie so everything's much easier for me when I'm doing it in heels!
 
#10
hi there..

i've to say that i found dancin in socks easy when i first started (gettin the right kind of socks will play a part in makin you slide less.. or somehow i feel.) it's a totally different thing when you dance with proper shoes / heels.

on hindsight.. i'd advise beginners to start with proper shoes / heels. cuz it's practical. you ain't goin to dance in socks in the clubs. i felt as if i had to relearn how to do the basic right turn all over again when i put on my heels (when i first started). it takes alot of getting used to. plus.. if you are on heels.. you definately will not be able to 'cheat' on balance cuz the ladies will have to always use the ball of their feet to do all the turns.. and travellin turns. :)
 
#11
i've danced in heels ever since my first lesson...
after a year or so i went to cuba and went to dancing completely in bare foot. now i never look back - i prefer not to dance in heels which end up destroying my feet by the end of the night but invested in dance sneakers instead, which still allow for spinning etc.
i only wear heels now if i'm dressing up for an event. dancing without heels gives you more of a chance to accent your dancing by dancing on the balls of your feet when you see fit or sinking down when you feel it in the music.
 
#12
peachexploration said:
Hi Kabalevsky. Welcome to Salsa Forums! Happy to have you here. :D After dancing in sock for all that time, did you have any difficulty dancing in your shoes at all?
Thank you for your warm welcome. Yes I did find it difficult to dance with shoes after dancing with socks for so long. I find it difficult to balance on heels when we do the balancing exercise where you bent and lift one foot.
 
G

Guarachero

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#14
Dancing on socks

That's good!

When I am at home I dance on my socks (on hardwood floor). It is fun.
But, friends, keep in mind that way back when, Cha Cha Chá experts recommended extremely soft shoes th do Chá.

I think it was explicitly said in

"Peleter por favor ven acá
que quiero los zapatos
pa' bailar el Cha Cha Chá"
 
#15
I also love practice on my socks at home. The first time it was difficult, I was sliding. But now, I am a champion:D. It helped me a lot; I improved my balance, my feet feel better the surface. I understand how to transfer weight better when I work with new moves. Barefoot is also beneficial and enjoyable....:rolleyes:
 

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