Latin dance shoes

Latin dance shoes

Latin dance shoes are professional shoes for Latin dance. The sole is fur, and it has very good ground contact ability and friction on the official competition venues on wooden or rubber floors. Suitable for jumping legs, showing foot lines, suitable for flexible exercises. A certain height of heels shows leg lines and makes Latin dance more beautiful. The styles of women's shoes vary, but they are basically sandals with exposed toes. Usually the color can be changed, and the flesh-colored satin cloth style is generally used during the game. Men's shoes have a basic fixed style, the color is mostly black, and the toes are not exposed.

Differences in shoes

latin dance shoes

The difference between Latin dance shoes and ordinary everyday shoes:

1. Leather sole

The sole is fur, and it has very good ground contact ability and friction on the official competition venues on wooden or rubber floors.

2. Lightweight and soft

Suitable for jumping legs, showing foot lines, suitable for flexible exercise

3. High heels

There is a certain height of the heel to show the leg lines and make Latin dance more beautiful. The heel height is different for different grades.

4. Style

The styles of women's shoes are changeable, and the colors can be changed at ordinary times. The style of flesh-colored satin cloth is generally used during the competition.
Men's shoes have a basic fixed style, and the color is mostly black.

Production background:

In 1960, after the folk dances of some African and Latin American countries were standardized and processed, there was a Latin dance competition, including five dances: Cha Cha Cha, Rumba, Samba, Cowboy, and Bullfighting.

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After the end of World War II, the British Dance Association once again put the collection, sorting and processing of ballroom dance (national standard dance) at the top of its work. Around 1950, the British Dance Association performed arc step dance, tango dance, slow waltz and On the basis of fast step dance, the national standard dance text theory teaching standards of fast waltz, cha-cha dance, rumba dance, Czech dance, samba dance and bullfight dance are constructed, so that the number of national standard dance dances reaches 10 kinds. Around 1955, the number of 10 dances of the national standard dance was established and is still in use today. In addition, the above-mentioned 10 kinds of national standard dances are divided into "modern dances" (waltz, tango, quickstep, arc step, Vienna waltz) and "Latin dance" (rumba, chacha, Czech dance, samba dance) , Bullfighting dance) 2 types of dance department. Thus forming a set of theory, 2 types of dance department, 10 dance types.


Latin dances include: Samba, Rumba, Bullfighting, Cha Cha, Cowboy (Jie Dance). These five dance styles are widely circulated both in social occasions and in sports dance competitions. Usually two people dance together, a man and a woman. The holding postures are different, sometimes they embrace each other closely, and sometimes the partners hold each other with one hand. The postures in these dances have been standardized and classified into various levels to facilitate teaching, with internationally unified language, technique, rhythm, and tempo. But not always, these dances have various origins.
Latin dance shoes are dance shoes made for doing Latin dance well.

Choose dancing shoes

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1. The size of the shoe


Wrong point of view: Many people choose dance shoes, they will choose a pair of dance shoes with proper elasticity and comfortable on their feet, and generally buy the size that they usually wear when shopping. This is very wrong.
Reason 1: Professional Latin dance shoes are soft-soled shoes. In the process of dancing, we need to avoid the instep (pressing the instep). When the instep is disabled, the feet will shrink inward, so the shoes will feel bigger. On the contrary, pick a shoe size smaller and you will feel comfortable when your instep collapses.
Reason 2: Everyone's feet are different, and dance shoes need to be very heel-to-the-foot (this is the jargon, meaning that when dancing, the heel and the foot need to be integrated together). So we need to buy shoes that are one size smaller (some girls even 2-4 sizes smaller). The first two times will feel a little uncomfortable, but the third time they are worn, the shoes will be stretched and just fit.
The correct way to choose shoes: Do not buy hard-soled shoes, you must buy soft-soled shoes that can break your instep; when buying shoes, choose dance shoes that are one size smaller than the usual shopping; when you wear them, your toes must be Beyond the toe (convenient to use the big toe to pull the floor).

2. The height and thickness of the heel
Wrong point of view: When many beginners choose dance shoes, they will choose a pair of low-heeled, thick-heeled shoes, because that kind of shoes can stand firmly and are not easy to ache. Therefore, that is the choice of many people. wrong!
Reason 1: Because Latin dance needs to move the center of gravity on the soles of the feet, the middle of the feet and on the heels, especially when moving forward, you need to place the center of gravity on the heels, and then move the person forward at the fastest speed. Girls’ calves are not as strong as boys, so girls should choose a pair of 2 and a half to 3 inches shoes, which will make it easier to move forward and save effort.
Reason two: Two-and-a-half inch to three inch shoes can make girls stand on the broken palm completely, which is very helpful for the vertical axis of Latin dance.
Reason three: Latin dance requires dancers to place more weight on the inner side. If you choose a pair of shoes with thick and short heels, you can stand stably even if you stand on the wrong center of gravity. Over time, your center is absolutely wrong. of.
3. The color of shoes
The trend of color change is due to the color change of black oil. During Latin dance competitions, contestants should apply black oil (also called palm oil) to make the skin look healthy and dark, so if you are there For the contestants of the competition, when you choose the color, you must hope that you paint your own palm oil color. Only a well-matched color will make the leg lines look more slender. Black shoes can only be worn with black fashion or darker fashion, and must be worn with black net stockings.
4. The angle of the heel
The most easily overlooked place: I think the angle of the heel is a problem that many people don’t care about. This is a very important choice!! When the heel is not worn, it is tilted inward rather than vertical. When a person steps on, the heel will move vertically. If it is vertical when not worn, the heel will move backwards after stepping on, and the heel will become unstable.

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Three things to note:
Note 1: Standard Latin dance shoes should all be made of leather or higher materials, including soles and heels should all be made of leather. Those with rubber soles or those that are not made of leather or higher-grade materials are not standard Latin dance shoes. Standard Latin dance shoes should have soft fabrics, fine workmanship, and can be bent at will!

Note 2: Latin dance shoes are used for dancing. Of course, they can also be worn at ordinary times, and they are more comfortable to wear than ordinary high-heeled shoes. However, Latin dance shoes require that the upper must be laced to secure the shoes and feet. And children's dance shoes generally have help strips, which can help children's feet not to move, and also help children or adults with abnormal foot shapes.

Note 3: The heel of Latin dance has strict requirements, and it cannot be replaced by ordinary high heels.

The height of the heel is mainly divided into:
Children: 3.5CM or below (usually thick heels to prevent children from falling)
Elderly: 3.5CM or above (usually thick heel to prevent the elderly from falling)
Men's: 3.5CM or 4CM
Women's: 3.5CM, 5CM~5.5CM, 7CM, 8CM, 9CM (optional heel type, generally thick heel or wine cup heel type)
Therefore, in terms of selection, you cannot choose randomly, let alone replace it with ordinary high heels.

Shoe maintenance

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Because the soles of the national standard dance shoes are turned over, the main function is to ensure the smooth progress of the dance. There is a need for the softness of the dance shoes, there is also a certain anti-skid need, and the reason for protecting the dance floor; so it is best not to stick water, fur After being wet for a long time, it is easy to open and separate from the sole, and it is easy to stick to various garbage on the ground after being wet. After the dance shoes are worn for a certain period of time, no matter how they are protected, the leather sole will still make the mixture of wax and various small particles in the venue become a hard bottom, which will affect the softness and slip resistance of the dance shoes. At this time, you can use the special Dance shoe steel brush or anti-slip oil, re-make the shoe sole become relatively soft and strengthen anti-slip performance.
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1. In addition to the attractive appearance of the Latin dance shoes, the slope of the heel can also adjust the standing posture of the students just right, so that the students lean forward and gradually get rid of the habit of hunched back;

2. In addition, the moderately high heel can allow students to grasp the strength of the toe grip while leaning forward, allowing them to have more intimate contact with the floor, thereby understanding the concept of "Latin dance is the art of the floor";

3. Since the bottom of the Latin dance shoes are basically leather, they will feel very soft and comfortable during the activity. They will not feel the feet stiff and restricted in movement. The soft soles can highlight the curvature of the students' insteps and show more Perfect posture;

4. The leather bottom of the Latin dance shoes can also play a role of anti-skid and anti-astringent. On a relatively smooth ground, you can use a brush to brush the bottom of the shoes to get a non-slip effect, and vice versa.
Because most of the students pay more attention to the appearance of shoes, sometimes they buy some beautiful-looking shoes, and therefore ignore the real role of Latin shoes. If the bottom of the shoe is made of hard leather, it will be more blunt in activity, and the posture will not be able to show better, which will greatly reduce the dance. Therefore, I hope that parents and students, when purchasing Latin shoes, should pay attention to the combination of beauty and practicality, and give full play to the role of Latin dance shoes, so that they can better show what they have learned and put on a more beautiful dance.

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