Latin dance is very sexy and energetic. We require dance shoes with a good ankle support, a small heel and soft soles for easy gliding on the wood floor. Dance Shoes allow you to keep your ankles and your body balanced and they give you a comfortable grip on the floor to avoid falls. Sneakers and shoes with rubber soles are not safe in the ballroom as they may cause injuries. Also open sandals without ankle straps are not recommended. You knees and back are a beautiful thing! We want to keep you safe and healthy.
You can purchase dance shoes on-line at Discount Dance (see coupon on right side). We have a teacher code that gives you a 10% discount. Or you can bring a comfortable shoe with at least 1/2 inch heel and closed ankle support to the Cobbler in Norwich. For about $15. they will put suede patches on the soles and new rubber hill tips. This would be good for beginners. Although, I strongly encourage students to purchase dance shoes. They are made of soft leather that molds to your feet and they have a strong bar connecting the heel to the show to prevent splitting of the shoe when moving.