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2/26/13 2:42 P

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Thank you for the advice! I've got a few gift cards I'm looking to redeem so let the search for shoes begin!

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2/24/13 10:31 A

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If you want to wear heels to dance and other students in level 1 at your studio wear heels, then I think you should get them and get used to wearing them now so that you are used to wearing them when you get to the more challenging moves.

At our studio, we allow both barefoot or heels in beginning classes. (The instructor usually wears "stripper heels". )

If you don't have shoes that you can start with, then I recommend you get the "stripper heels" sold specifically for that type of dancing. The beginning ones usually have a clear plastic upper which will help gripping the pole when you invert. They also have a special front on the shoe that helps with drag step and doesn't rub off like a regular shoe front would. They also have an ankle strap so when you hang upside down, you don't have to worry about the shoe slipping off. You can find these on line, but if you can find a local costume/lingerie store that carry these shoes, you could try them on and see how they feel. Usually you have to get about a half size bigger than usual because your foot kind of "smashes" down in the toe because they are so high.

I think one reason I don't like to wear shoes when I perform is because I was getting over a stress fracture when I started and couldn't wear heels. So I got used to dancing barefoot. I now wear them when I am teaching a basic class, but I never wear shoes when I perform.

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2/24/13 8:19 A

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I'm in level 1 classes and so far I don't wear heels although I want to. I need to get a pair that fit right though as somehow the only two pairs I have are too big for me. I can get by walking around in them but if I dance in them I will almost certainly slip out of them.

I usually do any dance classes barefoot and am used to working without shoes. I like to think that my feet are getting a workout too. However, I really, really, reaaaallly wanna wear the big heels!

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2/6/13 9:50 A

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I only wear shoes when I teach. When I dance, I dont like to wear them. I dance high on my feet naturally, so shoes are frustrating to me.

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2/5/13 4:54 P

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I'm a barefoot girl. I clomp around like a Clydesdale. :-/



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1/10/13 1:58 P

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I only wear heels when I am teaching our basic class. In more advanced classes and when I do a routine, I never wear heels. A lot of our instructors do though. We let students decide whether or not they want to wear heels.

Edited by: BCARSON11 at: 1/10/2013 (13:58)
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1/8/13 10:32 P

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I love wearing heels in my daily life. But I don't wear shoes in my pole classes. It seems every time I do, I manage to somehow cut the top of my foot with the heels....wooops!

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1/8/13 2:46 P

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Do you wear shoes when you teach/take higher level classes?

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