Dance Articles > Oh My Aching Feet!

Discussion in 'Dance Articles' started by SDsalsaguy, Oct 7, 2003.

  1. SDsalsaguy

    SDsalsaguy Administrator Staff Member

    Taken, with permission, from Terryl's Corner - Advice and tips for dancers

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  2. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    I can really relate to paragraph two. When I switched to my current coach , he started me doing these endless footwork drills. Ouch! Big time foot and ankle pain. Not because I was doing anything wrong. I was just exercising muscles I'd never used that way before. And it hurt for weeks, until I got used to it. Not so bad, now. I have much stronger foot, ankle and leg muscles. Yay! :D
  3. MissAlyssa

    MissAlyssa New Member

    LOL @ "technician" 8)
  4. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Yup. Technician. But that's what I need right now. Technique. Big time. Later on, I can add someone to teach me bigger/better styling. But for now, technique, technique, technique. Ouch! :lol:
  5. golddancer

    golddancer New Member

    LOL remember styling doesn't look half as good with out technique to back it up!
  6. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Exactly. Actually, since that post, I have started taking lessons once a week with someone to help me with styling. But my primary focus is still technique.
  7. ziix

    ziix New Member

    shoe fitting.

    I'm not sure if this is the right forum to be adding to, but I'm desperately trying to figure out whether my new salsa shoes fit right or not. I went out dancing a few days ago with them and ended with blisters and sore feet. Is this because they're brand new and need to be "broken into"? When I bought them the lady that was helping me said they looked like they fit nicely, but now i've been reading that your toes should cover all of the sole..Mine don't completely. (they're open-toe~obviously) I know I have one foot bigger than the other and so the lady told me to favor that foot when choosing sizes.. :cry: So I'm crossing my fingers that the shoes will just need a few more tries! (I'm also planning on asking my instructor for help next time I see her.) Thanks in advance for any help or advice !!! :?
  8. tasche

    tasche New Member

    Well breaking in your shoes wont make your foot any longer. They may fall forward in the shoe a little but your feet probably wont cover the whole sole any more after they are broken in.

    I like to break in my new shoes by wearing them while I'm say typing on the computer so the heat of my feet will stretch them out
  9. ziix

    ziix New Member

    Thanks that may help. I did go to the store where I bought them and teh lady (a different one thank god) suggested that I get heel grips. They seem to be working pretty well, I have a class tonight, so that'll be the real test! Thanks anyways.
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  10. vdcvancouver

    vdcvancouver New Member

    Sometimes I wish I could just paint on some straps onto the top of my foot just for aesthetic purposes and then wear a simple adhesive pad on the bottom of my foot to use as a shoe. Straps kill me!
    cornutt and raindance like this.
  11. DanceMentor

    DanceMentor Administrator

    For the first time in a while I actually have two or three days with no dancing. My feet were starting to hurt and I actually welcome it a little this time. I think there can be a performance benefit to wearing dance shoes, but also a physical detriment to your feet over time. I still haven't figured out the exact science of balancing the two.

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