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Tips For Irish Dancing On Slippery Floors

Ally Giannini is an Open Champion dancer for the Lenihan School of Irish Dance as well as a student at Fairfield University. She loves keeping updated on all things Irish Dance. For more from Ally, follow her on twitter @ally_geeniee019.

While marley floors and special paint make the traction of dance floors much better, sometimes we don’t have access to these options. In addition, even marley floors need special attention sometimes. Here are my tips to prevent slipping on your practice or competition stage.

  • If possible, put a thin layer of gaffers tape on the tips and heels of your hard shoes. This is the tape with the best traction for the bottom of your shoes. Duct tape will actually make your shoes slipperier. Be careful because gaffer’s tape can put scuff marks on hard wood floors.
  • Use a damp cloth to remove carpet fibers from the bottoms of your soft shoes and even hard shoes and to create better traction<./li>
  • Sprinkle rosin on the floor or create a small pile on the floor and twist the tips and heels of your hard shoes and tips of your soft shoes back and forth in the pile.
  • Concentrate on keeping your weight on your big toes while moving across the stage.
  • Focus on solid take offs and landings for jumps.
  • Other possible solutions for the bottoms of soft shoes are hairspray and Coke Cola, but be careful with these options and be sure to test them out.

Remember that even with all these precautions, falls sometimes happen. Falling is completely normal and the most important thing is not how many times you fall, it’s how many times you can get back up.
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