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    thanks everyone for the help. ^^

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    It's fine to wear shoes when dancing. AFAIK, bellydance is the only style where barefoot is part of the culture and then pretty much only in the west. We need to protect our feet when dancing, particularly if we have injuries or body asymmetry. So to make you feel a little better, here's a pic of me performing wearing a pair of jazz shoes and an ankle brace. Nobody noticed the shoes - they were far too busy watching me dance. Afterward, nobody made a big deal out of it because they knew about my ankle injury and were mostly happy that I'd been able to dance for them. The moral is to take care of yourself first. If a teacher insists on bare feet in spite of your need for specialist foot support, FIND ANOTHER TEACHER.

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    Darshiva you are my hero! ^^ lol you're awesome.

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    One of my students used to dance in boots due to ankle and foot problems. Really.
    "Well, now that we have seen each other," said the unicorn " if you'll believe in me, I'll believe in you."

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    awesome! I'm glad I'll still be able to continue to dance. ^^

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    IMO it's good to opt for footwear in class anyway. I perform mostly barefoot (when I can), but in class I like to wear something on my feet.

    This is because when you are dancing for over and hour and repeating the same things over and over again (many of which include traveling moves on demi-pointe and spins and pivoting turns), it's not good for the feet, ankles, and knees to be constantly pivoting on a naked foot, which has no "slide" to it and therefore builds torque on the knees and ankles, which could lead to injury over time.

    Personally, I opt for foot undeez because I like the almost-barefoot feel, but I don't have a problem with other people wearing other kinds of dance footwear that have a fair amount of slide to them (sandals, jazz shoes, ballet slippers, etc... on carpet I even allow socks, but on other surfaces socks can be dangerous because they slide *too much*).

    So you just need to look around to see what kind of dance shoe would work with your inserts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yame View Post

    Personally, I opt for foot undeez because I like the almost-barefoot feel, but I don't have a problem with other people wearing other kinds of dance footwear that have a fair amount of slide to them (sandals, jazz shoes, ballet slippers, etc... on carpet I even allow socks, but on other surfaces socks can be dangerous because they slide *too much*).
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    Doesn't the foot undeez slip out of your foot when you dance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaimeeligan View Post
    Doesn't the foot undeez slip out of your foot when you dance?
    If they slipped out, what would be the point of wearing them? :P

    No, if you get them in the right size they shouldn't slip out. They come in small, medium, and large for narrow, normal, and wide feet, respectively.

    They should fit tightly and snuggly, so that they don't come off when you dance. You might have to readjust them if dancing for extended periods of time, but if they are slipping out altogether then you got a size that's too large.

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