Oh yeah, and one more thing about competition wear. NO BLACK SHOES! They shorten your leg lines and draw attention to every flaw in your footwork. If you can only afford one pair of shoes, go for tan satin or taupe leather. Edit: No black shoes for ladies. Men's ballroom shoes are all pretty much black. They get choices, though. Standard heel -- 1 inch or less. Latin heel -- more flexible sole and 1.5 inch heel or so.