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Best shoes for ballroom dancing-These brands are the best

Ballroom dancing involves a lot of aspects when it comes to being the best and clothing is by far the best way to stand out.Best ballroom dancing shoes

When I started dancing I knew little about the impact of what outfits like shoes could do for me. I only found out about this when I got to championship level.

I must say that now shoes have becomes the most important aspect of my dancing.

This is because I have had the pleasure to dance with different brands throughout my dance career and somewhere good some were not so good.

Related: Why is ballroom dancing so expensive?

In this article I will be talking about the best shoes for ballroom dancing that will give you the best comfort and the durability.

I will only talk about 3 shoes that do this and hopefully it can help you make an informed decision.

1. Supadance shoes

When we talking about the best shoes for ballroom dancing supadance is a brand that always gets mentioned.

This brand is so popular that people are not concerned about its price when thinking to purchase it.

BD dance shoes is an old and well-established brand that was in use while dancing was still social.

You could say they are one of the pioneers of dance clothing more specifically shoes. They have always focused on bring out the best quality in dancing shoes.

They have constantly delivered on the quality and this is the reason people keep going to them over and over again.

I remember that I bought supadance shoes in 2007 in Italy and they lasted until 2014 when someone person I borrowed did not bring them back to me.

Anyway that is basically to tell you how durable supadance shoes really is.

BD dance shoes

Best shoes for ballroom dancing

BD dance shoes is another durable brand although not as much as supadance.

The best thing about supadance is that it is used by top dancers in WDSF dance competitions.

This branding gives supa dance the trust that is needed by any top dancer.

In my opinion I would say this brand is number 2.

I would not really confirm the durability since I have only recently started using them and Me and my partner got a sponsor from them.

However I did a great and detailed review about this brand so you can understand.

Ray Rose dance shoes

When we talk classic dance shoes for ballroom Ray rose is where you will be satisfied.

Basically what I mean is that these shoes are the most preferred shoes for old dancers or should I say people who want that classic old look.

I know my first coach used to love this brand as he felt that it made him seen as an old and matured professional ballroom dancer.

Ray rose is also very pricey just like supadance however they do have good quality of shoes.

You can check a ray rose dance shoe review which I did to highlight everything you need to know about this brand.

AIDA dance shoes

Best shoes for ballroom dancing

To be honest Aida was a shoe brand which I had never known until 2017 especially when it was endorsed by Mirko Gozolli (A former ballroom world champion).

This type of shoe specializes on flexibility and comfort more than anything else.

Maybe this explains why most people have not known this brand a lot; The branding has not been too big.

Personally I have never worn these dance shoes but most some of my international dance friends have and have stated the same sentiments that it is comfortable and more flexible than normal dance shoes.

International dance shoes

If you do not know international dance shoes and you are an avid dancer maybe you have been living under a rock.

This is because this shoes brand, out of all other brands, is very well-known and has been for a very long time.

This is because its marketing has been very good for several years whereby idols such as Emanual Valeria and Tanya Kehler have been big ambassadors.

I have also used these shoes and they are good for competing as they have all the requirements to dance in an international competition.

However, I still prefer the supadance as a brand. This is just my personal preference.

Final thoughts

Every ballroom and Latin American dancer should know that shoes, amongst other things, have the ability to make your dancing good.

This is because dancing shoes give you that comfort that you need when you are competing in a big competition.

This is the reason why people need to make sure that they choose the best brands for their dance career.

With top brands like Supadance shoes, International dance shoes, BD dance shoes, AIDA dance shoes you are sure to make your dancing a pleasure.

In terms of which shoe brand is the best it is good to do your own evaluation and see which one suits you, My choice is supadance shoes.

I hope this article was fruitful and I hope you learnt a thing or two about the best ballroom dance shoes.

If you have any question, please do not hesitate to ask me below.

The Wdsf world championships in Russia-Things we all should know

Having competed in several wdsf world championship competitions I can say that the experience is very good experience for every national dancer to have.

When we attended the wdsf world championships in Russia, we were privileged to learn a lot from our fellow competitors in terms of conducts, practice and discipline.

We also learnt a lot about the essence of a high class ballroom dance competition and what dancers should always expect and understand.

In this article I will be unloading all the things that are vital for a couple attending a world championship competition.

Atmosphere changes to prepare for

wdsf world champions

When attending wdsf world championships competition the chances are that you are well-informed about the fact that the atmosphere can literally compromise your dancing to some degree.

So what do I mean by atmosphere?

Well I am talking about other dancers whom you will be competing with, the audience and the dance floor.

You see all these aspects tend to intimidate many dancers especially if they have never attended a wdsf world championship or if they do not compete at an international stage often.

Trust me the nerves do kick in since you are holding the flag for your country.

The ways things are done can also confuse some people and it happens a lot.

I remember my first time representing South Africa in 2005, in Slovenia and I got position 55 out of 60 couples. At first, I thought it was a joke or I was dreaming when the results came.

This is because we were one of the couples called to do a re dance (a section to select the last couples for the next round).

When we were not called back after the re dance I started to doubt myself, because at the time I understood myself to be a top dancer in my country.

It was only after where I realized that I am competing with dancers who do this sport for a living that I relaxed my emotions.

So any new dancer can be discouraged by this if they are not aware and many people do.

Adjudication system is larger

wdsf world champions

Not only do you have a very efficient system but there are normally 11 adjudicators which are participating in the dance competition.

This is done to ensure the results are not biased at all and that there is consistency.

Look, there might be some things that may happen without a doubt like favorisim however this system really helps eliminate this aspect somewhat.

To make it even more fair the adjudicators are swapped around in certain dances or certain rounds. So it just depends on that specific wdsf world championship.

In Russia there were 11 adjudicators and there was no swapping around, but it was fair to a large extent.

Accommodation

wdsf world champions

As with all wdsf world championships accommodation is provided for 2 couples of each country for only two nights along with transportation and transfer fees.

Transfer fees are when you are picked from the airport upon arriving at a certain country and also leaving you are dropped of at the airport.

In Russia, we were at the Vnukovo international airport which was very near from where we had accommodation.

This is what the wdsf tries to do so that competitors do not have to travel too far to their hotel.

As far as where we stayed it was at the Moscow Trade Center and it was more than a five star to be there, so we enjoyed this luxurious place fully.

 

fortunately we did not need to travel outside to attend the competition since the competition was in the Trade Center unlike some wdsf world championships where you have to travel to the world competition.

Competition day

wdsf world champions

When we attend the wdsf competition it was very exciting since we were ready to show case our skills we had gotten since we had done a lot of lessons from World champions a few months prior the competition.

We were able to place 30th and we were happy with the results since we were dancing with only the best professionals in the world who do dance for a living.

Can you buy dance accessories on the day?

Yes you can buy many things like shoes and ballroom dance dresses on the day and it is always guaranteed that you will get brands like BD dance shoes and supadance and if not Ray rose dance shoes.

So it is vital to have some extra cash should you wish to buy some of these.

Check out the whole trip below

Conclusion

Wdsf world championships are the best competitions for dancers to weigh themselves in terms of dancing.

The adjudicating system and the atmosphere is unique and will give you a very fair advantage since you are judged solely on technique and quality of your dance.

This is the reason people always get shocked when they beat a person who is number 1 in their country since the results are always very fair.

I hope this article of wdsf world championship was helpful in giving you light how the world champions are and how they are made.

If you have any comments to add you are more than welcome to add them below and I will be more than happy to engage with you.

Ray rose ballroom dance shoes-Why dance with these shoes?

When you are looking to be a top dancer it is advisable for a person to always look well on the dance floor. The most important part is to wear the durable and good-looking shoes.

Ray rose ballroom dance shoes are amongst the best ballroom dancing shoes due to the quality. Most people do not know that these shoes are one of the oldest ballroom dance shoe company for top dancers.

They have cater for ballroom and Latin American dancing dancers.

In this post I will be talking about ray rose ballroom dance shoes and their history for dancers. I will also talk about whether they are good or not and what their flaws are and positives.

Where do they come from?

Ray rose ballroom dancing shoes comes from 30 years ago where the ray rose company was founded. The company started the brand to cater for the demands of the competitive art that ballroom dancing was.

As dancing became a sport they are still part of the initiative.

The London based company catered for the top dancers who were requiring shoes that were going to last for years.

RayRose came after Supadance which is another high quality shoe company after they so a way to give dancers another shoe brand option.

Related: BD dance shoes

They have been exclusively focusing on making ballroom and Latin dance shoes

Type of shoes that they offer

First and foremost ray rose focuses on ballroom and Latin American dance shoes. They do not sale other items like their counterpart supadance which have other items like practice wear.

The company has risen to the challenge for catering to the development of the ballroom dancing shoes by incorporating many aspects of shoe material enhancements.

The following are the enhancements that are put in:

They have suede and leather types of material for their shoes which gives dancers an option.

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Types of variations

So besides the fact that they have shoes for two genres (ballroom and Latin American) they also have their different styles within their ballroom dancing category.

I will start by giving you options for variety of ballroom dancing shoes for females.

The female ballroom dancing shoes are developed for all dancer levels and they are made with polycarbon for their heels which is one of the most durable material for heels.

Not only are they aesthetically pleasing but they have been tested and approved by SATRA which is a european shoes testing company that makes shoe the shoes are healthy and fit for people to wear for long periods.

They also have a sports grade ankle support which will help you be able to dance with the shoes for long periods at practice or competitions.

Female shoes

Ray rose has about 21 ballroom dance shoe types to choose from.

Now let me list all just a few types they have for you:

  • 107A bora, flesh satin
  • 106A Landslide, flesh satin
  • 103 sirocco, flesh satin
  • 109A Avalanche, flesh satin
  • 108A Ion, flesh satin
  • 117A Stratus, flesh satin
  • 116A rockslide, flesh satin/white satin
  • 129A savanna
  • 116A rockslide, light flesh
  • 119A Nimbus

Male shoes

They also have a variety of male ballroom shoes to choose from and the variety is similar to female shoes.

The only difference with male shoes is that they only have 15 types of shoes.

I will list just a few of these here.

  • 335 Windrush
  • 330 Sandstorm
  • Willow
  • 323 Tailwind
  • Mulberry
  • Ebony
  • 355 Alex
  • Pine

So what is my favorite type?

When it comes to my favorite type of ray rose shoes it has to go to the 355 Alex type. This is because this type is the most appealing out of all the shoes followed by pine.

The problem with male shoes for ray rose is that they all look very old school and do not have that modern look except of course pine and 355 Alex shoe types.

The verdict

When it comes to choosing which type of ballroom dance shoe that you are looking for it is best to ensure that you look at your dancing needs.

For an example if you prefer polishing shoes and like to have a more visible look that I would advise you to look at a leather material.

If you like a shoe that is not too visible and will make you look distinct that a suede would be good for you.

When it comes to the look of Ray rose shoes the women shoe types all look good however for males most look old school and dull except for a few.

Conclusion

Ray rose dance shoes have been there for more than 30 years and have been the pioneers of producing very comfortable and durable shoes for ballroom and Latin dancers.

However they have not looked too much on the look of male ballroom dance shoes as they still have the old school type of ballroom male shoes.

They have only catered in this regard for females. Their priority of female shoes is seen even by the number of female ballroom dance shoes which greatly outnumber those of the males.

I hope this post was helpful in giving you some insight on ray rose ballroom dance shoes and the company in terms of what they offer.

If you have any comments on any question you want to ask me feel free to do so I will be happy to engage.

Online ballroom dance lessons- What to keep in mind

We are living in an age were most people are doing things online and the digital world has evolved quite a bit. This also means more and more people are looking to get online ballroom dance lessons at the comfort of their home.

The great thing is that it is possible to do any type of dancing online as long as you are dedicated enough.

There are many factors that you must always consider before starting your dance classes and in this article I will be talking about them.

Do online classes work?

online ballroom dance lessons

The biggest concern most people have when it comes to ballroom dancing is whether online ballroom dance lessons do work?

The biggest concern with people is that they feel that it is either a scam or it will not work at all.

The answer to this question is a big YES?

So why and I am saying it will definitely work?

Well this is because getting your dance classes online is no rocket science especially if you have coaches who know what they are doing and have the needed experience.

This is because the more experience the instructors are the more they will be able to notice your progress and find ways to help you improve.

I know even in my dance classes I make sure all my students do not go to bed without getting all the knowledge.

What are pros of online classes?

There are many advantages that you derive by getting online ballroom dance classes and I will be talking about them over here.

  • Benefits of watching videos repeatedly

The main positive thing that sticks out is the fact that when the online lesson is over you can watch lesson for as many times as you want at the comfort of your home.

  • Benefits of learning at the comfort of your home

The major cost that I have seen over the years is that dancers spend a lot of time on the road going to their dance lessons.

However, with online this aspect is totally evaded since you will not need to travel for your dance lessons and thus you can save yourself a lot of trouble.

  • Privacy of doing your own mistake

Ok Ok this can be both a pro and a con… Some people enjoy getting privacy while they try to improve so this is a great thing.

What are the cons of online classes?

There are also a lot of negatives that come with taking dance classes online that may make it not worth it.

Below are the negative aspects:

  • No physical interaction

Now, this aspect is the number 1 when it comes to improving your dancing skill drastically. So if you do not have this aspect it will be very hard to improve your dancing quickly.

Basically you need a coach to monitor your progress and correct your instantly, physically.

  • No community and social community

By being online you do not get to have that interaction that you get when you attend a physical dance studio.

  • Slow progress

By joining an online class it is without a doubt the slowest way to improve as I said above that physical interaction gives you great benefits.

What are the online ballroom dance classes which exist?

There are many online ballroom dance classes out there that you can join but my best advice is for you to take those with great reputation and that have produce great results.

In this section I will be talking about the best online ballroom dance lesson classes you can join.

This online dance lessons course is filled with 137 ballroom dance lessons which are focused mostly for social.

They do offer competitive classes as well as you go up in your learning journey.

The course literally has so many other genres which you may also like other than ballroom such as :

  • Jazz
  • West coast swing
  • Hip hop
  • Lindy Hop
  • Salsa
  • Balboa
  • Blues
  • Bollywood
  • West Africa
  • Partner Charleston
  • Bhanga
  • Tap
  • Lyric contemporary
  • Milonga
  • Collegiate
  • Vintage dances
  • Crunck dance workout

My number 1 recommendation is this online dance course.

The Reason I say this is the number one recommendation is that this online course includes not just ballroom but also Latin American dances such as Cha-Cha, Rumba and Mambo.

The following are all the types of styles that they offer:

  • Ballroom and Latin
  • Hip hop
  • Break dancing
  • Irish step dancing
  • Argentina tango
  • Line dancing
  • Belly dancing
  • Tap dancing
  • Club dancing
  • Freestyle
  • Ballet
  • Salsa

What I like about this course is that it is risk-free because they you get giving free beginner lessons for beginners in genres such as cha-cha, Rumba, Swing, Tango, Waltz and foxtrot to name just a few.

This is the best way to test the waters to see if this course is what you like before you start the course paying.

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I always advice people to go premium only if they are serious because the instructors have great amount of knowledge and have been in the dancing sphere for decades.

This is an online ballroom dance lessons course by Terry Dean who has been in the dance industry for years and knows what he is doing.

This courses does not really have free lessons besides the rumba which you can free for free.

This will mean you will have to pay premium to start your dance lessons.

They also have variety of ballroom dance styles which are ballroom focused unlike the ones I mentioned above which have other genres other than ballroom.

Take home message

Many people are looking to take on ballroom dancing online but they may not know whether it is a good thing to do or not due to many factors.

Online dance lessons have become very popular in this century so It is a great choice for beginners to take advantages of them since they of convenient.

The convenient includes saving your time from traveling to a physical dance studio which effects many people.

There are also cons which come with it such as not getting that physical interaction from a coach and also the social aspects of the dancing such as attaining friendship.

There are many online ballroom dance lessons which come as courses such a IDANCE.NET and…which anyone can join and take advantages of.

I hope you enjoyed this article and I hope it was very Beneficial to you and if you have any questions or comments you can

Ballroom dance dresses- Choosing a great international dress

When looking for a great ballroom international dress there are few aspects that you need to keep in mind. This is because the choice of your ballroom dance dresses can make or break your competition results.

Having had the opportunity of competing at over many international competitions in my lifetime with my partner we have seen the best ballroom dresses that exist.

We have also seen many of the current dress trends which are always evolving and it is why I will be walking you through spotting the best ballroom dance dress trends.

Know your kind of style

This has to be the most important aspect when it comes to choosing your ballroom dance dresses.

This is where most people fail since they are not well-informed about their uniqueness.

If you have watched and seen the top ballroom dancers you will have noticed what kind of style each top dancer chooses.

Some dancers chose a plain looking dress design while others choose a fancy one.

Related: Ballroom practice dance wear

So why is your style important?

This is simple your style is what distinguishes you from the crowd and also it becomes your identity going forward.

This will also help people to know what kind of style you like so that they subconsciously identify you with this.

For example, our style is a simple yet elegant look. If you have seen most our dresses we try by all means to stick to this style whenever we buy a new dress.

Below is are few of our dresses which follow this style of ours.

As you can see the style of our dresses are very similar or uniform.

I will know be going into some categories of ballroom dance dress styles that exist. Please note that these are just current styles and they do evolve quickly yearly.

Plain and fierce look

This style is self explanatory as it involves a simple look which has fewer stones on the dress but is very attractive.

Now this look is the most basic and it comes from the olden days however it still works these days with the exception that it would not have a big weight design at the bottom.

Who is this look for?

This plain design is for people who want to look fierce on the dance floor and show there strength.

Generally this look is for people who are really good in dancing and who are top in there dance section.

Basically if you feel that you are dominate in your section that this section is for you.

Here are some famous world champs who have worn such ballroom dance dresses:

  • Mirko Gozzoli and Edita Danuite.

  • Paolo Bosco and Silvia Pitton (normally only on show dances)

However you do not have to be a world champion as I said, just be the best in your section and then let that dress define you.

Below is an example of a plain and fierce ballroom dance dress which is international:

Dress type: Plain and fierce

Price: $516.99

Best place to buy: Ebay.com

Sleek and stony

This ballroom dance dress style is what we mostly stick to and this is the style we have liked ever since 2013.

This design is filled with stones and the dress is very slim fitting and looks sleek at the same time.

This design lends its qualities from the plain and fierce style with the only exception being that this style has more stones and more design.

Who is this for?

This style is for people who like looking elegance and yet very colorful on the dance floor.

Below is an example of such a dress

Price: $655.00

Place to buy: Ebay.com

Colorful and bold

This is one of the most common design of ballroom dance dresses.

I think the reason it is common is because it is easy to make and you can make a lot of variations with it.

This is also a design that comes from the original ballroom dance dress style and by the looks of things this style is going no where.

Who is this for?

For people who like making a lot of variations with their style.

Below are some international dresses of these styles.

Dress type: Plain and fierce

Price: $99.99

Best place to buy: Ebay.com

Wings and floats

Here is another dress design that I used to love back in 2008. This look is basically a combination of any othe the dance styles except that it emphases on wings and a lot of wings on the dress.

This style is a great one since it also has developed well over the years and it emphases a lot noise for your dancing across the floor.

So is this for?

This style is basically for people who love to been seen on the floor especially when doing a lot of variations on their dancing.

Price: $399.99

Best place to buy: Amazon.com

Pattern style

This style is as just the name says, it emphases patterns on the dresses more than anything.

This is also another modern style that people like since it is different.

Who is this for?

This pattern is basically for people who also love to be unique and want something new.

The thing with this style is that it may be a bit difficult to maintain this style especially if you are looking to buy a second hand dress because it these dresses are very rare to get.

These dresses are general custom-made for a couple so you can imagine.

Take home message

Choosing your ballroom dance dresses can be really hard especially if you are starting out in the dress section and if are not aware of the latest trends.

However, if you are aware of the dance trends you will know that there are ballroom dance dress styles like plain and fierce, Pattern style, wings and floats, colorful and bold, sleek and stony etc.

The fundamental aspect is to know what style you want to go for and then try to stick to that so it will help you know how you want your dresses to be like.

I hope this post was useful to you in helping you know the ballroom dance dresses you get at an international level.

If you have any questions or you have any comments you are more then welcome to leave your comments or questions below, I will be more than happy to engage with you.

How to win a dance competition-follow these 5 steps

When a dancer enters a competition there is always one thing they how to win a dance competitionwant and that is winning a dance competition.

However being able to win a dance competition consistently can be a hard feat for most people.

Having been a professional dancer for nearly a decade I have learnt a lot of key steps to be able to increase your chances of winning a competition.

In this article I will be walking you through how you can be able to win a dance competition.

1.Confidence is key

Having confidence is the number aspect of learning how to win a dance competition.

Without confidence your chances of even being visible on the dance floor is diminished drastically.

When I am talking about confidence I am talking about being confidence with your steps.

And being confidence with your dancing starts about you doing the right things and doing the right things comes from having invested in yourself which I will be talking about in the next section.

Confidence starts even before you get into the dance floor and it is what gives you an edge as a dancer.

Most people get into the dance floor already defeated mentally since their body language sells them off.

This is a recipe for failure as a dancer or any athlete for that matter.

2.Invest in yourself

The main reason so many dancers have no confidence in their dancing is because they haven’t invested in their dancing.

What do I mean by investing in yourself. I basically mean you paying money to get dance lessons.

Let’s face it dancing can be very expensive but what people fail to recognize is that if do not invest in themselves they will never be great dancers.

What will happen is that their dancing will be stagnant and it will not grow.

Trust me no one would like to be in a losing position but most people do not do this because they think they are wasting money which becomes their downfall.

I have never seen a top dancer in the world who doesn’t develop themselves.

In fact they are always seeking to grow.

3.Master your mind

The most vital think most dancers forget is that if they do not control their mind they will damage their grow.

What I mean is who you hang around with will shape you into success of your dancing of failure.

The majority of people enjoy hanging around people who will not help them grow just because they are their friends.

Over the years I have seen all these people fail.

It is also the reason why I am always protecting my mindset.

4.Get a good mentor or coach

You would be amazed at how many dancers do not have a proper coach or mentor for their dancing (close to 90{14175b1f95d0f0faa387c4f6ed17908f179b141bfe6cf26d34224cd7cbf4f8b7}).

What I mean by the right coach is that a coach who has achieved what you are willing to achieve.

It is laughable to go with a dance coach who wants to make you into something he or she can’t even do.

This is simple common sense which people fail to understand but then again it reminds me of the saying “common sense is not common”

When I talked about who beginners can become top dancers quickly I did mention this fact.

So this i not just for seasoned dancers but also for beginners.

Take home message

The skill of learning how to win a dance competition can be learnt by anyone who has the will but most people tend to not be willing to do this.

Many dancers enjoy to succumb to failure subconsciously due to their environment, and not willing to invest in their dancing.

This is what leads to a lot of dancers not getting to where they wish to get to.

I Hope you enjoyed this article and I hope it was beneficial to you in helping you learn how to win a dance competition.

If you have any questions or have any comments you want me to answer please leave your comments below, I will be more than happy to engage with you and the community of this website.

Should dancers run?-The Truth Exposed

So should dancers run as part of their fitness routine?

I have been asked this question a lot by my dancer students and followers overall.should dancers run

This is very interesting because I had a time when I did not know whether this running was good for me or not as a dancer.

After learning through trial and error and looking at what other top world dancers do I finally found the answer.

In this article I will be answering whether running is good for dancing and whether dancers should run for fitness.

Types of running

First and foremost to answer this question “should dancers run?” I would like to address one important fact that there are different types of running and each will determine whether it will be a good fit for dancers.

You see the type of running will determine whether dancers should run or not.

Let me highlight the general benefits of running below:

  • Gives you stamina
  • Build your leg muscles
  • Gives you stamina
  • Gives you overall health

Given all these benefits we can all see that running is a good activity to have in your fitness.

However if you do the wrong type of running as a dancer it can literally jeopardize your dancing career.

 

I have faced a similar problem myself in 2014 when I ran to try build my stamina but unfortunately it lead to me nearly not competing in a major competition.

This was because I neglected the fact that running can be harmful depending on the type you partake in.

You see in dancing you are generally on flexible floors which tends to be soft on the ankles and knees while in running it is exactly the opposite.

This is what leads to a lot of complications when you running.

I have since resorted to dance workouts instead and only do running on a small scale.

Having said that let’s look at the types of running and their pros and cons for dancers.

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Cross-country running (or similar)

should dancers run

So should dancers run the cross country or the outside long distance run?

Well let’s see..

This type of running is very hard core and and requires a lot of muscles in your legs to be working.

Running also requires a lot of energy to be put back into your body since most of the time it leaves you exhausted and drained.

Pros

  • Gives stamina over time
  • Calf muscle strength

Cons

  • Hard on the knees and ankles
  • Weather dependent

Rating

  • 4/10

Treadmill running

This is another type of running, except it is indoors and on a machine.

This type of running I would highly recommend for dancers because it does not use to much of a hard floor.

This will help you escape from the harsh impacts you would get by regularly running outside.

Pros

  • Gives stamina over time
  • Generally soft on the knees and ankles
  • Can do it any time of the day
  • Weather independent

Cons

  • Can be electricity dependent

Rating

  • 9/10

Beach running

should dancers run

Here is another type of running I would personally recommend if you are looking to running to get stamina and calf muscle strength and development.

Pros

  • Good on the knees and ankles
  • Develops great calf muscles
  • Gives stamina over time

Cons

  • Can be limited to time of the day
  • Can be limited by weather

rating

  • 8/10

Best tips for running

The best advice I can give you for running as a dancer is that you should always wear the best shoes.

This will help a lot in giving you comfort and better care of your knees and ankles.

I would recommend focusing on running shoes like Nike or Adidas.

Whenever you are engage in running or dancing make sure to fuel your body with the right foods.

I have done an article on the type of foods dancers should eat. You can read it here.

Final thoughts

Answering this question: should dancers run, is a very complicated aspect because many things come into play.

It all depends on what type of running you want to do, bare in mind there are many times of running.

Some like treadmill and beach running are good while others like cross-country can be bad for your body.

Remember as dancers we are to use our bodies fully so having a cramped leg can affect your dancing career.

I hope this article was helpful in answering this question. If you have any comments or questions you can put them below.

I will be more the happy to respond to you and the community here.

 

 

Dance outfits-What essentials you need as a ballroom dancer

The subject of dance outfits is one of the things overlooked as a dancers, especially for beginners.

This is because most instructors focus on teaching their students the technical part of dancing and forget to help them with the dressing up.

Throughout my years of dancing I have also had the same unfortunate issue but luckily as I grow older I was introduced to the concept of knowing proper dance outfits  by top teachers.

In This article I will talk you through the most important aspects of dance outfits in ballroom dancing.

Type Shoes

First and foremost I would like to address the issue of proper dance shoes when it comes to choosing proper dance outfits.

I start with shoes because shoes will have a huge influence in terms of how you end up performing in a competition of at practice.

I always recommend to my students, especially beginners to stick to the basics when choosing dance shoes.

Not only while basic shoes making you feel comfortable but it will help you not get worried about being disqualified or something (hey no one likes that right!)

I my other post I did talk about the shoes I use as a professional ballroom dancer and you can use these if you would like. you can read it here.

Nevertheless if you are looking for basic shoes the is a variety out there that you can have a look at.

I will mention a few for you here which I consider very good quality and which generally last for long.

General ballroom dance shoes

For women

These dance shoes are usually for intermediate ballroom dancers (level 4 to Novice level).

These shoes have been in the market for a very long time and have done the work. Below are the pros and cons.

Pros

  • Very affordable
  • Have a good heel high/size

cons

  • Only for ballroom dancing
  • Not for beginner ballroom dancers

dance outfits

Price of shoes: $10.4 (R139)

Best place to buy it : Ebay.com

 

For men

The are also men ballroom dance shoes of the same type that are cheap and of great quality as mentioned above for women.

Pros

  • Great for intermediate dancers and beginners
  • Good quality
  • Very affordable

Cons

  • Heel a bit too large for ballroom

dance outfits

Price of shoes:  $22.17 (R226)

Best place to buy it: Ebay.com

Note that you can still use these shoes even if you are in championship level as there are no restrictions on the top levels.

I have only talked about ballroom shoes as I have only researched the best ballroom shoes that you can use.

Types of dresses

Dresses are also a big part of the most important dance outfits that you can use.

This is because dresses add to the big picture of how you look as a dancer.

On my post of  “dancing for beginners” I talked about how dressing up can add it make you a top dancer.

Again on this post I will focus on the general types of dresses.

For beginner dancers it is vital too wear dresses which are very simple yet very bright and elegant.

Why do I say bright and elegant?

It all goes to back to the point of being prominent on the dance floor, YOU NEED TO BE VISIBLE ON THE DANCE FLOOR.

For beginners you can have seen done for you at your local dress maker as long as they use costume to make the dresses.

Below is an example of a type of beginner ballroom dress.

From the above picture you can see how simple the dress is and also you can see how basic the male wears: white shirt with black trousers.

Of course as you advance in your dancing you will need more elegant and fancy dresses like the one below, This is where you invest more into your dancing.

As you can see the man also tends to look more defined as he adds on a tail suit as he progresses in levels.

 

Below is a video talking about ballroom dancing dresses, how they are normally done.

Additional items

As far as dance outfits I have not included other extra items that can assist in giving you that great look.

This is because I have tried to stick to the more basic part of how a beginner and intermediate dancer can wear.

I have not included things like make up for a dancer which is vital for advanced dancers, but not for beginners.

I will include this of another article where I talk about advanced dancers wear perhaps.

However, I would like to say that the other important aspect is taking care of your practice dance wear.

I have talked about this on my other article which you can have a look at over here.

I advice about how to wear to boost your dancing levels at practice and more.

Final thoughts

Taking care of you outfit when you dance can go a very long way, but more importantly dance outfits are essential for being considered a good dancer.

Having the right shoes and outfits like pants and dresses are the best investments you can make in your dancing besides the technical part.

If your budget is tight their are many ways you can get the outfits to suit your dancing and I have highlighted those above.

I hope this article was helpful for you and gave you enough insight for improving your dancing.

If you have any questions or comments you are more than welcome to leave your comments below, I will be happy to interact with you.

 

 

 

Dancer diet plan- This could be one thing killing your dance performance

A dancer diet plan is very important when it comes to advancing as a dancer.

All forms of dance genres know the importance of taking the food you eat seriously with reference to progress.

However, most people do not know how important this concept is and thus that is why most people do not succeed in dancing.

Protein

dancer diet plan

This should come as no surprise as to why the dancer diet plan includes protein as protein is the most important nutrient for dancers.

The most important aspect about protein is that it must be taken well in advance of a practice session or a competition.

Top ballerinas are known to drink protein shakes in the morning or some sort of protein liquid or food before practice.

You can understand why this helps them to be so strong and fit.

The best protein foods to eat in the morning or prior to a heavy competition are as follows:dancer diet plan

  • Nuts
  • Banana
  • Milk
  • Oatmeal foods
  • blue berries

Fiber

Fiber is known to leave you fuller for long periods of time. This is exactly what all dancers need especially when they are dancing.

Fiber also has many other benefits other than leaving you fuller such as giving you good breathe.

Trust me you need this trait especially if you are engaged in a dance genre which involves you getting close to someone like ballroom and Latin American dancing.

The best fiber foods to eat as a dancer are as follows:dancer diet plan

  • Apples
  • Whole-wheat bread
  • grapes

These foods are the best because not only do they have high amount of fiber but they are also very easy to pack in your lunch box when you  go to practice or competition.

Water

Our bodies are made up of more than 60{14175b1f95d0f0faa387c4f6ed17908f179b141bfe6cf26d34224cd7cbf4f8b7} water so it goes without saying why it is vital for you to drink as much water as possible.

dancer diet plan

Ballerinas are also known to drink high amount of water in the morning.

This of course is what helps them keep hydrated throughout the practice session.

This is important considering how much water we lose as dancers when we perform.

Water also has the following benefits:

  • helps keep your breathe fresh
  • keeps you hydrated
  • keeps your fuller for longer.
  • Chases away headaches

Potassium

the dancer diet plan will not exist without me mentioning the importance of potassium.

In fact this nutrient is what I take the most caution in because if not taken it can have huge ramifications.

The following foods contain high amount of protein:

  • Banana
  • Mushrooms
  • Cucumbers

Sleeping

dancer diet plan

Yes sleeping should also be an important factor for a dancer diet plan because of the fact that all these nutrients would not do anything without you incorporating sleep.

This is because sleep is what makes all the above nutrients work in the body.

I would recommend 5-7 hours, of course this could depend on your body.

With sleeping just makes sure you do not over do it as this may make feel very tired which can jeopardize your progress.

Important times to eat

The other important factor about the dancers diet is the time you consume all these nutrients.

This will be helpful because as dancers we need to have the best amount of energy at the right time so we can reach our full potential.

Let me talk about the most optimal times for incorporating all the above factors.

Breakfast

This is a very important eating time and I have to say that I use to neglect its importance.

It is more important for athletes than normal people because of the energy you leave on the floor.

Remember when you go to practice you literally are taking away energy and protein from your muscles.

So it would not be wise to not repair the damaged muscles.

Having said that it is vital to remember that you must not eat something heavy just for the sake of being full. Just keep it light and simple.

The other bad thing about eating a lot is that you may end up being constipated because you will be shaking your body drastically after a few minutes you ate.

If you do happen to eat a lot it is better to leave a long gap (2 hours or more) before your par-take in your sport.

Remember to keep this in mind if you will be doing a dance workout just before practice too.

Lunch

This part is not too crucial when compared to breakfast and supper because during the day you may still function well especially if you ate your breakfast well.

What most dancers and ballerinas do is that they snack during lunch most of the time which helps them to get more power for continuing the session.

Below is a talk about the importance of a dancer diet plan

Dinner

I could say that dinner is a bitter similar to breakfast.

remember the only difference is that your muscles have been destroyed so you need to replace them with good foods.

The food can be like breakfast but only being a little bit heavier than breakfast.

Examples could be foods like turkey, chicken, lean meat with brown rice or salad.

Remember to not eat immediately before you sleep as this may effect your digestion (similar to breakfast remember).

Remember to always leave at least 2 hours before you sleep and eat dinner.

Below is expert nutritionist talking about diet of dancers and its importance.

What top dancers say about this.

Some of the top ballerinas like Pollack and Segin both  agree that breakfast should include protein, vegetables and fruits.

They say this is important for keeping a person full throughout their practice session.

They do also say that normally for lunch they snack on something like nuts.

You can read there story here

As you have read above this is exactly how I had advised since I do this with my partner.

Final thoughts

Being a dancer has involves a lot of things especially important is the food you eat.

This will largely determine how far you go as an dancer.

Make sure you take serious the important meal times like breakfast and dinner.

Make sure that you put in protein and high amount of fiber with potassium.

I hope this article was helpful in giving you a dancer diet plan. If you have any comments or questions you would like to give to me please leave your comments below.

 

 

 

How to dance in a club-The most important points to know

It is not rare to find people who do not know how to dance in a club and yet so many how to dance in a clubpeople enjoy going to one.

If you came to this post I am sure you are keen on going to a club and if not you have been thinking of going there.

It is not shameful to go to a club, because most of us have gone to one  at some point in their lives.

It will be my honor to share  with you some times to keep in mind when you are thinking of going to a club and deciding to dance there (whether accidentally or planned).

The scene

how to dance in a club

So when it comes to how to dance in a club it all depends on the scene or type of club you are going to.

There are different types of clubs so it is vital to know how to conduct yourself depending on the type.

Office party kind club

Suppose you go to a club that is very formal and is organised by your job

In this type of club setting you should bare in mind that you are with your colleagues or more importantly your bosses.

This will make you more cautious and guide your steps.

On this setting you will want to dance in a more appropriate way while still being yourself ofcourse.

This could include doing some small and medium movements such as sway from side to side with your glass of champagne or juice.

Below is a video that you can use as a reference on what I am talking about.

These may be funny but they do give the points.

Proper club setting

You could also par-take in a normal club where you and your friends go out .

These clubs can either full of vibe or not, it just depends.

Here, however I will be talking about any sort of part, from house party all the way to that which you go to at night.

The scene for this club is normally very relaxed and to a large extent everyone tend to be care-free.

This type of party tend to be for the socialites and they tend to thrive a lot here.

Anyhow this type of club does not have any restrictions for dancing as it is a relaxed environment.

Over here you can do whatever but as long as it is in rhthym with the music. Fore example you can not do ballroom dancing while it is house music.

You will not only be the laughed at but you will spoil the mood of people who came to have fun (unless you are in a party with your friends just having fun).

Remember the setting is vital, so if you want ballroom or hip hop or tap dancing just know that there are many places fr that.

If you are looking for dance moves that you can apply to this kind of club are some videos that you can use as reference.

For men

For women

Jazz festivals events

As the name suggest these types of clubs are very jazzy and tend to have a relaxed atmosphere.

The dancing does not have to be hectic however you can still dance freely.

I wouldn’t say there are restrictions besides just looking at how the atmosphere is and follow that.

Jazz festivals do not have much requirements as people do not really dance and you can just sway from side to side while clapping.

 

I hope that the above videos did help you with knowing some moves.

Dancing with a partner

if you are intend on going to the club with your partner or happen to meet someone you feel like dancing with, there are also some tips you can follow.

Just remember when you are dancing with someone it will be a bit hard to want to execute your own moves.

In essence you just have to lead the partner for this.

below is a video that you can follow as a reference.

Now that you know that the scene is more important let us continue with other important points.

Music

Learning how to dance in a club will have everything to do with the type of music the DJ decides to put.

This will definitely decide what mood of dance moves you embrace.

For instance if you attend a jazz type of event you must be sure that the dJ will not be putting hectic music that will require you to move a lot.

So it is vital to remember the scene of the club you are going to because this will guide you as to the type of music you can expect to get.

Do not over drink

This has to be the most important point of “how to dance in a club” that you need to drill in your head.

Over drinking in a club can have a very negative outcome to your experience in a club.

This is because when you very drunk you will tend to loose your coordination of your body.

This will make you end up dancing uncontrollably and can even hit people on the dance floor.

In fact I know a friend of mine who got stabbed in a club just because he danced and hit someones girlfriend all due to over drinking.

This is the reason you need to learn to drink lightly in any club you go to.

Respect those around you

When you are dancing in any club scene just make sure you are mindful of people around you who are dancing too.

This can seem obvious but trust me when you are on cloud 9 and a bit tipsy you end up forgetting there are people to be respected.

As I mentioned a story about my friend who got stabbed this is why this point is vital.

If you are also dancing with a strange just always keep your wits about you because these dances there are many people who have bad intentions especially in clubs.

Final thoughts

Dancing in a club is many points you have to be wary of such as the scene and music of that particular club.

Knowing these few basic points can go a long way in helping you enjoy your club experience and that is what we all want.

Remember going to a club is about going to have fun so let loose and just remember these simple and easy tips and you will be just fine.

I hope this article was helpful in addressing the issue of how to dance in a club for you.

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions you are more than welcome to pop me a comment below and I will be more then happy to respond and chat or help.