The events that have unfolded and taken over the world in 2020 have certainly affected everyone. Covid-19 has pushed us all into self-isolation to slow the spread globally. Because of this, it has been extremely devastating for so many of us in the dancesport world. Studios were urged to close to the public immediately, organizers have been forced to cancel massive competitions, and dancers everywhere have been trying to readjust to new ways to train and find motivation to keep going.
What exactly does this look like for dancers ?
It has pushed dancers and instructors to continue training and coaching online from the comfort of their own homes. Ironically, this pandemic has connected dancers and coaches with other dancers throughout the industry in an even more personable way. Instructors you thought you could only dream about taking lessons with, are working with dancers online in many diverse countries . This may have you considering online dance classes now if you haven’t had the chance to try it. However, it is very important that you wear the proper shoes consistent with the type of floor or practice area you may have to temporarily use for your dance training. The proper shoes will help protect your knees, ankles, and feet.
Dancers training on hardwood floors
This is the most commonly used floor surface for dancesport training. In most studios, there is a rubber floor installed underneath the hardwood floor to further protect your knees, ankles, and feet. In your homes, you most likely do not have this same added protection to create better compression support for your physical training, therefore dancers need to compensate for this factor. It is important to wear shoes with a suede sole to avoid slipping. You may also want to try a shoe with different heel height or a more supportive practice shoe to provide your body with enhanced comfort and protection.
Dancers training on concrete floors (outdoor surfaces)
With the warm weather coming, it is important we all get outside and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. This is essential for your bodies and your overall mental health. This may also inadvertently encourage you to train outside on harder surfaces. The Agile and Graydon shoes are more resistant to hard surfaces and related injuries which are common when training outside on less forgiving surfaces such as concrete or asphalt. These shoes are composed of a flexible canvas material with a sturdier sole so they will not wear down quickly. They are designed to be worn outside and will outlive a typical suede sole which is prone to tearing in a harsh environment.
Although we are all at home self-isolating, it is important to continue to invest in yourself and your training. Using the proper shoes is so essential to avoid preventable injuries. If you have specific needs for a practice shoe, here is the perfect guide to help you find the best practice shoes for you and your specific dance goals at home.
Because like any sport, if you are going to spend hours and hours of training and practicing, you should be wearing the proper equipment to protect you from injuries, discomfort, etc. Investing in a good pair of practice shoes will also save you from wearing your competitive or performance shoes all the time. If you are interested in learning more, please click here .
As a dance shoe company, our job is to provide our dancers with the best quality of shoes. We are constantly working towards bringing you more comfort, flexibility, and protection, all with even lighter dance shoes. We also consider style to be an indispensable element of fine dance shoes because as lovers of dancesport, we know how important it is to be comfortable and stylish. While providing our dancers with shoes that have style and comfort, we also work extremely hard at providing you with the best shoes to help support you so you can avoid unnecessary injuries.
Dancesport is a sport that takes a lot of hard work, determination, dedication and motivation, like every other sport. It is important that you look after yourself during your many hours of training. It is important that you receive the care your body needs when it is telling you it needs it. When faced with any physical injury, big or small, it is important that you give your body the time it needs to recover. It is important to also keep a positive mindset during any sort of recovery. Choosing the right dance shoes can help make this process easier and better for you. If you are not wearing the best quality, or have the right amount of support, it can cause all sorts of injuries for your feet, your toes, your ankles, your shins, your shins, your lower back, and the list goes on.
Wearing the proper equipment, warming up before you train, keeping up with regular stretching exercises weekly, drinking plenty of water, and using the correct amount of time your body needs to rest, will all help minimize your chances of experiencing a devastating injury. If you would like to read more about certain tips on coping with an injury, we had professionals share their advice about injury prevention.
We are here to support you during this self-isolation period for all of your needs as a dancer and an instructor. We promise to take care of your feet so you can safely continue to train while remaining healthy and happy at home.