Why Dance Shoes Need Smooth Soles

If your child is interested in dance classes, definitely listen to them. Dance is one of the most fun ways to get exercise. It does require supplies, however, even if the dance class is held via videoconferencing and the child is dancing at home. One of the main supplies is shoes, specifically special dance shoes. These typically have smooth soles that don't hold up well when worn outside. They can be pricey compared to many youth-size shoes, but you don't want to use regular sneakers for dance classes because the soles just aren't smooth enough, and that can put your child's safety at risk.

Easier Turning and Gliding

Smooth soles equal smoother movement. Whether the child needs to glide along the floor or turn, the smoother soles make the entire movement seem effortless because of the reduced friction. Turns can also be done faster, which is necessary for many styles of dance. Rougher soles, like those on athletic shoes, don't glide that well. If the dance style doesn't rely on gliding or turning, then you might be able to get away with regular shoes if the teacher approves. But other than that, your child will need shoes with smooth soles.

Safer for Ankles

Smooth turning and gliding mean less drag on the legs and ankles. That means there's a reduced risk of your child hurting their ankle as their leg twists or slips forward but their foot won't move as fast due to slip-resistant soles. And if they need to spin very fast, smoother soles are a must for safety—they just won't get the speed they need without stressing out their ankle and knee if they wear shoes that don't have smooth soles.

Rosin Controls Slipperiness

If you're concerned that the soles will be too slippery and that your child will fall instead of glide, get a box of rosin powder. This is the stuff that looks like chalk that you see dancers dipping their shoes into before dancing. A dance studio will have a supply already, but if the dance classes are done remotely, you might need a box. The powder will reduce the slipperiness of the shoes while still allowing the shoes to glide along the floor. In other words, it adds just enough traction to make the shoes less of a slipping danger while not making them stick to the floor.

If you're concerned about cost, ask the dance teacher where you can get affordable dance shoes. Make sure the child doesn't wear them as regular street shoes, to prolong the life of the soles. Contact a youth dance class for more information.