Dance Shoe Policy
Dance shoes are an important part of dancing. They are the necessary equipment for the sport. When at the gym, you wear sneaker shoes, when at the dance studio you wear dance shoes. Dance shoes protect you from injury and help to support your foot in the right places. If you need help with sizing or fitting a proper dance shoe, please stop by the studio. Always remember that jazz shoes are available as a cheaper alternative to dance shoe. A clean pair of tennis shoes is acceptable for fitness classes, but we recommend dance sneakers.
If it is your first time in the studio, you may bring your own shoes and change into them. If you decide you want to continue your dance education, this policy will apply. The Mambo Room Dance Shoe Policy applies to all dance and fitness classes.
Also, dirt especially grit, poses a danger to the dance floor; it would be irresponsible for a dance studio with a clean, smooth floor not to have a such a policy. The presence of grit will not only wear the surface, but large particles in small crevices on textured soles will catch and make deep scratches. Dirt eventually ruins the floor. Unfortunately high heels from street shoes also pose a problem causing holes and scratches on the wood that can be avoided by professional dance shoes. PLEASE BRING CLEAN DANCE SHOES IN HAND RATHER THAN ON YOUR FEET, AND CHANGE SHOES BEFORE YOU ENTER THE DANCE AREA.
Did you know that your dance shoe should fit as snug as a sock? Ladies did you know your toes should come right to the edge of the shoe and sometimes even hang over 1/4 inch? The Mambo Room staff is committed to building a dance community, keeping our dancers safe by ensuring a dirt free undamaged floor, and correctly sizing all shoes for our customers. See shoe selection.
Thank you for your participation!
Do you REALLY need dance shoes?
Absolutely! If you are just beginning to learn how to dance, the right shoe can make a world of a difference. Just like soccer players wear cleats, or football players wear pads, dance shoes are specifically designed and built to support your feet and reduce the possibility of injury to ankles and knees. And women, this is a perfect excuse to buy a new pair of sexy heels!
Dance shoes have flexible suede soles that have the perfect balance between ‘slick and stick’. When dancing, you need a sole that allows movement during spins (unlike tennis shoes with rubber soles) and will also grip the floor when you need control (unlike leather or plastic soled shoes). Additionally, dance shoes are very lightweight and flexible to help prevent tired, sore, overworked feet.
Because the dance shoe is very lightweight and has a thin sole, it enables you to roll through and articulate your feet while dancing. This is something that cannot be done in regular street shoes. Rolling through the feet when you’re dancing creates better balance and control in your dancing, like you see from good social dancers.
Finding the Right Pair:
FIT: When purchasing dance shoes, form is almost important as function. Dance shoes should be snug, but comfortable and functional. And ladies, it is OK if your toe hangs off the front a bit. This is normal.
COLOR: Most people stick to black or brown, but buying dance shoes is a way to express your personality. Be fun and bold! Go after the fun designs with bright colors.
STYLE: Open toed or closed? Straps or not? 1 in heel or 3 inches? There are so many options. The secret is to try on the style you like and make sure you feel supported. If you wear 3 inch heels all the time, go for it. If you don’t, you will probably be better off in a lower heel or practice jazz shoes.
Maintaining You Dance Shoes:
- Do not wear your dance shoes on the street! The rough surface will wear them out quickly and may damage the suede sole of the shoe if they get wet. Most shoes come with shoe bags.
- Brush your dance shoes as often as need it with a shoe brush. A shoe brush help remove wax build-up from bottom of shoes.
- Use Heel Protectors for Lady’s shoes to save on heel repairs! It also helps to prevent damage to dance floors, heels and other dancers.
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