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Find the Right Dance Shoe For the Right Class

There are as many different kinds of dance shoes as there are types of dance. Some can cross several boundaries, some cannot. The key to being apt at your craft is having the right equipment - the right dance shoe - for your style and preferences.

A soft ballet shoe is the best kind of shoe for certain forms of ballet. It allows you to do any kind of movement and it is especially good when learning a style for the first time. The shoe really allows you to spread your toes out and feel the floor, getting a solid grip as you learn the steps. The more you practice, the more steadily you will be able to grip the floor in any kind of shoe.

Try to opt for good quality ballet slippers as they will last you the longest, be the most comfortable, do the least damage to your toenails and allow the most movement and breathe-ability for your feet.

Pointe shoes are one of the most well known kinds of dance shoe. They can be difficult for novices to use as the moves that require them are quite advanced and must therefore only be used when agreed with your dance teacher. Some parents think it is cute to put small children in pointe shoes long before they are ready. It is always best to seek professional instruction about pointe moves.

Jazz shoes are another main area of mainstream dance shoes. They vary in style depending on manufacturer and target market. Some jazz shoes can be more sneaker-like and heavy-soled than ballet shoes. This is good for the more hip-hop end of jazz where there is a lot of quite heavy footwork. These shoes will protect your feet well from impact.

Some kinds of dance shoe are designed for as much freedom of movement as possible. There are designs available that are toe-less and heel-less. Some merely strap around your foot and provide padding for the ball of your foot to aid you in turns. These can prove good shoes for people just starting out because they allow a dancer to grip the floor absolutely unheeded. Some can also be used in shows where the dancers want to appear barefoot but need the benefit of turning easily. These kinds of shoe do not provide the right appearance for all performances, of course.

If you do Latin or swing dancing, it is good to get your balance in flat shoes first and then buy heels as you are more comfortable. These heels are of the regulation height in order to make your legs and lines look better, allow you to be on your toes more to improve movement in your centre, but also short enough to do minimal damage on your knees. The heels have steel rods going through them so there is little chance of breakage. The heels can also be unscrewed and replaced. The bottoms of these shoes have suede on them. You brush up the suede against the grain to add additional traction if necessary. If new to dance it is best to seek professional advice in regards to footwear, so your tutor may be the first person to approach.