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.
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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Ballroom Shoes with Custom Fitting: Expand your dance abilities, prolong your endurance, eliminate foot pain
Ballroom dancers all agree on the same exact pains in dancing. Blisters on your feet, swollen ankles, toes that look like they have been run over… oh the many joys of dancing. It is estimated that 90% of dancers will suffer from an injury and 50% of those will be related to foot and ankle. Aside from band-aids, wraps, and hydrocortisone creams, which only help with rashes and itching we are pretty much hopeless in the fight against foot pain on the dance floor. Or are we?
Here are some tips for muscle soreness and inflammation:
- Applying the acronym athletes know well — RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation)
- Remember to stretch the muscles in your feet (5 finger toe spread and the toe release)
- Rub the muscle that feels tight with goldbond pain relieving foot cream
Though some of this may only be a temporary relief, it is certainly better than ignoring the pain or giving up on dance.
We can not promise zero pain, but at Showtime Dance Shoes we provide custom fitting. We often times see dancers wearing shoes that cause more problems rather than eliminating issues. We see dancers with high arches in shoes with no curve, we see wide feet in narrow shoes, toes pushing out of the shoe bottoms, and weak ankles with no ankle straps. Then comes injury, about 60% of dancers who quit, walk away due to injury. Which is why we stress to our professional dancers, teachers, and studios to inform their students of the importance of a great fitting shoe. A great practice shoe will keep a dancer focused in practice, and not complaining about their feet.International, Freed and Supadance Dance Shoes
Men’s Practice Shoes: Supadance
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.
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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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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Let’s start by saying GO SNOOKI! She looked absolutely amazing and I could barely recognize her (she has lost some serious weight). She was glowing on the dance floor with high energy the entire time as she danced the Cha Cha Cha with Sasha Farber – there was even a first pump! We love seeing dance change people and that is why this season of Dancing with the stars is so touching. We have the nostalgia of seeing Bill Nye The Science Guy, the resilient beauty of Snooki and of course the most touching story of them all Valarie Harper. Valerie Harper is currently battling terminal cancer, she was so full of energy dancing the Foxtrot with Tristan MacManus. Of course she got a well deserved standing ovation before they even started the music! “It’s good to be alive and it’s better to be dancing!” Valerie said with glee after their dance. Bruno started: “How can you criticize a national treasure? You are an inspiration to the nation! You’ve got nothing to fear. You’re light on your feet. I’m so happy you’re here.” Carrie Ann was brought to tears while you could see the emotions sweep the entire room.
Why is Valerie Harper such an inspiration to all of us? Because she teaches us that a diagnosis does not determine our fate. She teaches us that perspective is reality and we create our own reality. When I think of someone who is terminally ill, I think of hospital beds, medications, and sadness. I do not think about glistening ballroom dresses, leaps into the air, and congo drums. Valerie Harper wants to LIVE… and she showed us that through her performance. Dance heals. Dance inspires. Dance revives!
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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.
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.
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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…
Go to www.showtimedanceshoes.com to see more incredible styles and products!
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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There 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.
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.)
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/
Summer Sparkle is Here!
Ballroom dance is about confidence and flare… well nothing says confidence more than a beautiful sparkeling pair of Ballroom Dance Shoes! Dancers know that comfort and quality rise above looks; at Showtime Dance Shoes we provide our dance studios with the top brands to chose from.
We give dancers all over the world the top of the line dance shoes and this year we have some styles that match perfectly with the 2013 Summer ballroom dance trends.
Summer Sparkle is about the dancers, it’s about their shining moment and their unique style. Showtime Dance Shoes understands that without the dancers, this industry would be non-existant. It’s time to give the dancers some Summer Sparkle.
To most people Ballroom Dance is what you get when watching B list celebrities compete on “Dancing with the stars.” Those of us who know a little more about the behind scenes pressure, know that the hair, dress, and fabulous ballroom shoes are only a fraction of the big picture. This form of dance is precise and constantly evolving. As choreographers mend the traditional ballroom moves into the more modern international latin style dances.
The definition of ballroom dance also depends on the era: balls have featured popular dances of the day such as the Minuet, Quadrille, Polonaise, Polka, Mazurka, and others, which are now considered “historical” but there are influences of the styles have have stayed around.
Due to the many different styles of ballroom dance, there are also tons of custom dresses and shoes that dancers get to chose from. Showtime Dance Shoes is known world wide for their wide selection of Dance Shoes. FB International is an incredible company that provides custom dresses for their ballroom clients. http://www.fbinternationaldance.com/