With such lavish costumes dancers often forget about their feet. In general Belly Dance practice is done without shoes, especially in the HOT state of Alabama. Most of the dancers you meet on the stage don’t wear shoes either. Costume seller’s don’t sell them, so you just don’t think about protecting your feet.
I’m here to tell you – think about them! You never know what type of stage you will be on. A dirty floor can hide hazards like broken glass or worse. I dance plenty in flats, heels and just my bare feet. It’s all according to the situation.
My advice, even if you don’t plan on wearing shoes always bring something to wear – just in case. Add a rinestone or two to leather ballet slippers and keep them in your dance bag Buy nude character shoes or lyrical shoes.
I have four types of shoes I dance in. I have modern “shoes” that only protect the ball of my foot. These are great for when you plan on doing alot of spinning or are dancing alot and want some protection and need to achieve that “bare foot” look.
Character Shoes – these darlings are what I use for the unexpected outside venue. I like the full foot T-Strap design because it keeps rocks and other debris out of the shoe. They are solid with just enough of a heel to make them look dressy, but not enough to change my balance.
My mixed media shoe, between the Character & modern shoe is the Grecian Sandal. This shoe covers the toes, has a small heel, but is split sole. You can move easier in it, but it won’t protect you from the ground quite as much. I call these my pavement shoes. Great for dancing in the streets, but not the grass.
Ballet slippers are always an option and I always keep a pair in my bag. Even just to wear around while I’m waiting for my turn to dance. It’s like the dancer’s bedroom slipper.
Lastly – my favorite – the Ballroom shoe. These shoes are just as elaborate as the costumes we wear. The latin style is my personal favorite. Open toe, strappy and in any color you could imagine!
The most important thing to keep in mind when picking out your shoe is the dance itself. Don’t pick out a shoe with a heel that you wobble on.
Practice in your shoes before you debut them onstage. Wearing a heel will change your posture, limit your range of motion, and can increase or decrease your traction on stage.