How to Keep From Slipping in Dance Class

Don't slip in dance class or at the dance studio

by Melanie Rembrandt on May 1, 2011

Many dance studio floors can be very slippery. With this in mind, what are the best ways to keep from slipping in dance class?

Here are some common remedies:

  • Add rosin to the bottom of your shoes.

Step in the rosin box in the corner of the room, and get some rosin on the bottom of your shoes. This sticky substance will help you stick to the floor. But, you’ll need to reapply it often.

  • Use water.

Pour some water on the dance studio floor, and step into it with your shoes on as needed. Note that the water may ruin your dance shoes, but it is an alternative when rosin doesn’t seem to work. Many dancers also spit on the floor and then step into it when no water or rosin can be found!

  • Go barefoot.

If it’s appropriate in your jazz, modern, lyrical, or ballet class, dance without shoes. You will not slip as much and get a better grip on the floor. You may want to check out socks that cover the ball of your foot only so that you can turn easily without hurting your foot.

  • Where socks.

Sometimes, it helps to wear socks if a dance studio floor is particularly slippery. Experiment with different types of socks to see what works best for you.

  • Get new dance shoes.

If your dance shoes are old, it may be time to purchase new shoes with some grip on the soles. However, if you dance a lot, it won’t take long before you’ll need to step in the rosin box or use water on your new shoes. You can also try athletic shoes for Hip Hop which will provide some stability on slick floors.

There are many ways to reduce your chances of falling on a slippery dance floor. Try different methods and footwear to see what works best for you. After all, you want to focus on dancing and learning:not slipping on the floor!

See http://dancefullout.com/2011/03/dance-class-rosin-box/ for more information about rosin.

For additional help on this topic, see:

What Dance Shoes Should You Wear to Dance Class?

http://dancefullout.com/2011/02/dance-apparel-dance-shoes/

What to Wear to Dance Class

http://dancefullout.com/2010/08/dance-apparel/

Dance Tip for Turns

http://dancefullout.com/2011/03/dance-tip-turns/

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