5 Ways to Make Ballroom Shoes Last Longer

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There are a few things that can ruin a perfect pair of ballroom dance shoes. In our industry we don’t have much equipment, we actually just have two things that make us dancers: our feet and our shoes. Yes, we also have pounds of hair gel and glitter but we all know that you can have perfect hair and an amazing dress but that doesn’t make you a great dancer. Having bad shoes though… that can hinder any professional as nothing can disguise a dancer with painful blisters. Showtime Dance Shoes is committed to helping you not only find your perfect shoe but also making them last as long as possible. We have some tips on how to do so. See our blog post on how to cure Stinky Dance Shoes!

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1) Finding the right fit for practice and performances.
Some dancers have wide feet, some narrow, some have weak ankles, and others need a lower heel. All of these things matter and we have practice shoes as well as competition shoes for any foot type. Getting a good practice shoe is probably more important than the performance shoes because 1) you can keep the competition shoes in better condition and 2) you can keep your feet more comfortable for hours and hours of practice. See all practice styles here.
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2) Cleaning your suede soles with a sole brush
This is a huge recommendation for anyone with shoes that have a suede sole. Make your shoes last and brush the soles! Brush the suede of your shoes after every practice session, social dance, or competition, especially if the floor isn’t clean. Without brushing your shoes, dirt will work its way into the shoe and make it wear out more quickly. This can also be hazardous because shoes get slippery when they aren’t clean. Shop Sole Brush.

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3) Shoe Disinfectant & Deodorizer
Far too often people worry about the outside of their shoes. But sometimes what is on the inside really does count, especially if the inside smells like rotten eggs. Using a simple deodorizer and disinfectant can get rid of any embarrassing order and also kill bacteria where mold will likely grow.

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4) Lincoln E-Z Suede Cleaner
We have seen people try to wash their shoes with detergent, dawn, and many other products and it results in them buying a new pair of shoes. If you use a proper suede cleaner you can bring out the dirt without worrying about staining or permanently damaging the suede.

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5) Heel Savers
Heel saver prolong the life of your heel tips. Many dancers also find they like the additional grip. We understand you have to be in your shoes in order to wear them in, but don’t destroy the heel in the process. Heel savers are the cheapest way to keep your shoes in top shape.  Shop Now.

Top 5 Ballroom/ Latin Dance Shoes

The results are in!
We had our dancers rank our ballroom dance shoes for five different categories:
Comfort, Affordability, Best Straps, Best Practice, and Best Men’s.

It can be hard to navigate shopping for ballroom dance shoes when you have so many choices! The best thing you can do is listen to other dancers who have tried a lot of shoes, then talk to a fitting specialist from Showtime Dance Shoes about their recommendations for your foot type. They have been fitting shoes over 10 years for professional dancers on the phone and at competitions.

Most Comfortable Dance Shoes:
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Most Affordable Dance Shoes:
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Best Strappy Ballroom Dance Shoes:
Elena by International
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Best Practice Ballroom Dance Shoes
1025 by Supadance
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Best Men’s Ballroom Dance Shoe 
International Contra Men’s
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The Perfect Dancers Gift

Dancers have it all, beautiful dresses, amazing ballroom dance shoes, and a glamorous life filled with dancing! With that being said, us competitive dancers can be pretty hard to shop for! What else do we really need other than our costumes and shoes?

Well the most popular trends for gift giving, whether it’s birthdays, Holidays, or Valentines day is customized gifts. There are some incredible artists who make this process seamless. All you do is provide a picture of you or your dancer and they paint an amazing picture to hang on your wall!

Jill Ciccone Art is based out of Raleigh North Carolina but ships all over in the US (shipping cost depends on canvas size). She does incredible portraits and custom work for dancers, families, and even pets! She mainly uses oil paints and has been painting full time for about 10 years.

To view some of Jill’s current work for sale view her portfolio.

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No Twerking Prom Movement: Students In Ohio Get Ballroom Lessons Before Prom

I remember being young and impressionable. Watching MTV and taking my social ques accordingly. Well, nowadays kids seem to learn everything from media, whether it is youtube, cable TV, or movies. That includes “dance moves” and thus we have the trend of twerking.
You know, that dance move that evolved from grinding?
That dance move that Miley Cyrus has perfected.
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And this is not a jab at twerkers, honestly, I don’t even know how they do it. This is simply an applause to a teacher in Ohio who saw a need for a better way to educate her students about dance before throwing them on the dance floor for prom. She noticed that none of them really knew how to dance and the ones who thought they knew, were just as awkward as Miley. So she gave them free Ballroom dance lessons and started a dance club, where students could meet after school and practice their moves. She gave the girls a new way to feel confident without being objectified and well… she gave the guys a lesson of chivalry. There are about 10-15 students involved and I hope they get more. I really believe that all schools should have a “social dance club”. 

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REAL MEN DANCE

REAL MEN DANCE

At some point in North America’s history, dancing became a “non-masculine” thing to do. Yet men in other cultures dance without hesitation. How many weddings (in America) have you gone to where women flood the dance floor and the men sit back. Women hate that. They grew up loving Flashdance, Dirty Dancing, Save the Last Dance, and Step Up. I say it’s time to drop the attitude and defy the American stereotype! DANCE. I have put together a list: 5 reasons why REAL men dance.

1) Because Real men LOVE a challenge
Do you want to be that guy who can’t try anything new? Do you want to raise your children to be afraid of judgement? If you know anything about being a real man you know that you have to sometimes break the chain of expectation and do something different. Drop your inhibitions and use your body in confidence… we all know women would much rather be with a man who is confident than a man who slouches in the corner of a room.

2) Because it’s a great way to start a conversation
Men are so judgmental of their competition. Often times they glance across the room and “can’t believe she is with HIM.” Well women don’t see the line of attractiveness drawn out, we see potential, we see interesting, and we see dancers. If you want to talk to a woman what better way to do so than showing her your true colors. Hell… you don’t even have to be a good dancer! Dancing is about having fun and if you can show a woman that you know how to have fun that is all you need.

3) Because it shows you know how to lead
We all like leaders, how they can make a decision on a whim, how they can change things just because of intuition. Leaders are charismatic people who know how to handle others in all sorts of situations. Being a leader is also knowing when to lead and a man who dances does just that. When a guy can give you the space you need to shine yet step in and direct you in other moves it is THRILLING.

4) Because real world objects no longer matter on the dance floor
A real man is not identified with his car, his job or his political views. A real man is identified by the way he carries himself, the way he honors others, and the way he is not afraid. Those are qualities men don’t get to show very often while they are in the office or at a bar… but on the dance floor nothing else matters other than the way he dances.

5) Real men can make fun of themselves
A man who dances is a man who knows how to act silly and still be sexy. Take every single dance movie that has ever existed. They always break out randomly in a move that says “I know this is totally corny but I DON’T CARE.” Again, a man who doesn’t care about what others might say or think is a real man.

The stereotype of men not dancing in America is something that has festered into a real plague at social gatherings. Somehow making it “cooler” to sit in the back of the school dance with sheer terror of having to dance with a girl. No that is not COOL… that is just sad.

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Featured Ballroom Dance Shoes February 2014
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Showtime Dance Shoes Holiday Challenge!

Showtime dance shoes is excited to announce our Holiday Challenge! All you have to do is take a picture of your dance shoes in a holiday setting (ie under the Christmas tree, in the snow, next to candles etc) and we will choose one at random to be used in our Holiday promotions! Oh yeah… the winner gets a new pair of dance shoes from us valued up to $250.00! This is a limited time Holiday Challenge so don’t wait!

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5 Ways To KEEP That Bikini Body Through Winter Months

1) No over eating. I know the Holidays are right around the corner but that doesn’t mean stuff yourself with pie and fried turkey until you go into a diabetic coma. If you want to feel good and energetic through the cold dreary winter ahead you have to give yourself limits. (i.e. Give yourself a chance to eat one single piece of pie over thanksgiving weekend) These limits do not have to be specific but you are your own boss, no one will put you in check other than yourself. There are plenty of healthy warm “feel good” meals to eat that are low in calories and provide you with nutritional substance rather than fillers. Take inventory of your diet, (this doesn’t mean count calories) just be health conscious. Here are some healthy recipes do not involve juicing or salads….HEALTHY MEALS FOR COLD MONTHS.
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2) Vitamins! Take your daily multivitamin and give yourself a boost with vitamin C, B, and D. Winter depression is a real thing and a lot of times is a result of lacking in proper vitamins. Even when it isn’t as severe as depression, feeling gloom and unmotivated can hinder your ability to burn calories and for many of us cause emotional eating. I’m not saying vitamins are a “cure all” but if you want to dodge the flu bullet while maintaining a healthy lifestyle vitamins will most certainly help you do that.
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3) Stay active. This is a given… we all know in order to look good we have to work hard. Exercise is something we all have a love hate relationship with… We love the results but we hate the time it takes and often can’t find the energy to run before or after work. BUT a routine is the most important thing to establish and a way to find routine is to workout with someone… someone who will push us or someone who we can push. It isn’t easy but find a friend and stick to a workout plan.
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4) Moderate your wine and eggnog intake. Yes enjoy your winter vacation and celebrate the new year… but don’t try to keep warm by downing three bottles of wine. Alcohol is incredibly high in sugar and thus calories. Don’t even get me started on the carbohydrate and fat loaded into eggnog, you might as well eat mayonnaise with a table spoon.
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5) DANCE. Yes dance… dancing is one of the greatest ways you could possibly burn calories. It also increases the amount of serotonin in your brain which makes you HAPPYYYYYY! Nothing better than feeling great while you burn calories and developing fantastic bonds with friends that will last a lifetime.
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Ballroom Dance Olympics

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There is a large increase in Ballroom Dancing for teens and college students around the world.  Much of this increased interest is focused on DanceSport, the competitive version of ballroom dancing. DanceSport has competitions annually from city to city around the world. This is attributed to the recognition of USA Dance as the National Governing Body of DanceSport in the U.S. by the USOC, and the recognition of the World DanceSport Federation as the International Governing Body of DanceSport by the IOC.  

USA Dance and its international body, the World DanceSport Federation, are working in concert to increase the interest and access to DanceSport events all over the world. Such programs as Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, and other dance-related programs also help to keep ballroom dancing and DanceSport in the public eye both in the U.S. and abroad. The first unofficial world championship took place in 1909, and the first formation team was presented in 1932 by Olive Ripman at the Astoria Ballroom, London. Dancesport was first broadcasted on TV in 1960. Now in 2013 Competitive dance is an industry that continues to grow as dancers keep reaching new levels of fitness as they break into new styles.

Dance the Pounds Away!

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[polldaddy poll=7265932]The Children’s Obesity Fund in Seattle just started a new revolution with their Ballroom Dance Program. This is exciting news not only for the children but for everyone who wants to see an active and healthy America. The worst thing you could do to a child is tell them they are not good enough, they are not skinny enough, or they are not pretty enough. This program focuses on positive reinforcement that encourages children to have fun while they feel good (little do they know they are taking the first steps to healthy lifestyle). No you don’t have to put your child on a diet or diet pills… this is so much better for them because health is not about how you look, it is really about how you feel.

I’m a huge advocate for implementing these habits in our youth, when they become adults they will have some amazing memories of feeling confident while learning something new. “Dance is a fantastic way to get fit; not only is it fun, it really gets the heart pumping,” says Julian Omidi, co-founder of the Children’s Obesity Fund. She is exactly right as we all know that dance is a sport, it is competitive, strenuous, exhilarating, and takes impeccable coordination. All of those skills can be taught and the moves can be perfected with practice. Dance is a celebration of the body and this industry is only going to grow bigger and bigger with our youth getting more involved as time goes on.

Showtime Dance Shoes offers a wide variety of Ballroom Dance Shoes.

Check out the wide selection of $89.00 styles from Dance Club by Supadance
or $94.00 styles by Dansport or of course the amazing International Dance Shoes

Click here for our Children’s Styles
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FREE DANCE SHOES

flash_i-love-shoes_1 Showtime Dance Shoes will be giving away a free pair of shoes valued up to $250.00! The only thing you have to do is share their post and like them on Facebook! What post do you have to share? This one… https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=518734524848106&set=a.518734514848107.1073741830.173042342750661&type=1&theater

So don’t wait!

Celebrate Summer Sparkle with a free pair of dance shoes from Showtime. 2013 has been a great year and our customers have been fantastic, so we decided to start giving back. This is the first of many new promotions that will be taking place this Summer. We are known for having high quality shoes on the feet of high quality dancers. Practice makes perfect and we keep perfecting our styles and brands. Stay tuned for our very own Showtime brand that will be releasing in just a few months!

Thanks again for the continued support through the years… now go to our Facebook page and like us for a chance to win some shiny new shoes!

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The Low Priced Ballroom Dance Shoes!

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ShowtimeDanceShoes.com is known for always having a wide selection of shoes to choose from. Well, from the sounds of it our customers are starting to not just buy their high end shoes from us… they are buying their practice shoes as well. We have been noticing the trends in our consumers and we are excited that they realize our inventory growth. For those who don’t already know, we have several pairs of $89.00 Ballroom Dance Shoes available online.

 

I was speaking with some of the dancers at the Savannah Dance Classic this year and they had no idea that we even carried shoes under $100.00. Well we do and here are just a few of them…

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Go to www.showtimedanceshoes.com to see more incredible styles and products!

Showtime Dance Shoes News

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This year Showtime Dance shoes has grown tremendously. The ballroom dance community has given us so much support through the years and we are excited to announce the start or our own brand! Our shoes will have comfort, style, and quality. Showtime Dance Shoes will be available in the next couple weeks and we can’t wait to see our dancers wearing our brand! We have done many years of research in this field and we really believe in our product. Showtime Dance Shoes has been a company that focuses on customer satisfaction, from our retailers, to our sponsored couples, and even to our first time buyers we want you to be satisfied. We are known for always being at the competitions around the nation, well this next year expect to see our new shoes! I will post pictures of them soon!

 

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Vintage Dance and Styles

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The history of dance is just as amazing, I could look at vintage images of dancers all day. Maybe it is the clothes, the originality of the movements for their time, or the facial expressions. I don’t know what it is… but it certainly is captivating.

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Is Dance a Sport?

ballroomlatin-dance-parties-58There have been so many debates about what should be considered as a sport. When it comes down to the infamous debate… I want to know, what are the criteria for a game or activity to be considered a sport? According to dictionary.com, the definition of a sport is a physical activity that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often engaged in competitively. Most sports involve some sort of hand/eye coordination, exercise and a good mental attitude or motivation for what athletes are doing.

There are many reasons why dance could and should be considered a sport. I certainly know a lot of dancers who are athletic, competitive, and exhibit an extraordinary amount of skill. The precision of a dancer is just as impressive as those who are gymnasts or skaters in the Olympics.

“Dancing should be a sport because dancers have to work out and practice a lot just like you do in any other sport,” sophomore Abi Albro said. “They work on their technique and need strength for it. They sweat just as much as any other sport does.”

First, professional dancers require vigorous exercise to keep in shape. Secondly, dancers must be abnormally flexible… We all know that the more muscle you acquire, the harder it is to do a split. Yet dancers have some of the most muscular bodies with legs that bulk and abs that make us cry with envy. Dancers have to practice hard and very often, just like any other athlete in sports. Not only that but they have to memorize very difficult routines. In addition to all of these reasons why we think dancers are athletes, I have to add that dancers must maintain a healthy mental attitude and be able to keep going if they mess up in front of thousands.
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Showtime Dance Shoes At the Atlanta Open

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The Atlanta Open 2013 was located in Midtown at the beautiful Hyatt Regency. As we walked up from the parking level we heard the sounds of classic jazz pouring from the street as a local musician sat outside playing the saxophone. Welcome to Atlanta. Later that day we watched dancers; I couldn’t help but think about the dedication these people have. They live and breathe for this, it is not just a hobby, it is a lifestyle. When the professionals started dancing together that evening I was astounded at how many dancers were twirling past one another yet no collisions? Impressive to say the least (they must of been wearing some good dance shoes.)
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I was a dancer myself for many years, but I did tap, jazz and hip hop… this type of dancing was exhausting just to watch. Legs in the air, slip spin, lunge, dash, twirl, split… I don’t know how the women even see straight. It never bores me watching them though. I am always thoroughly entertained by these amazingly talented ladies and gentlemen.

I can’t wait to see what is in store for Atlantic City this weekend at http://americanstarball.com/

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