Dancing on slippery floors can be frustrating and even dangerous. One misstep and you can fall flat on your face which leads to embarrassment and injury. While there aren’t any fix-all solutions out there, there are certainly many things you can do as teachers and students to help with your slick floors and jazz shoes.
Grippers for Jazz Shoes
If you’re dancing on a gym floor for dance team, you may experience some slickness that holds you back. Try using these heel grippers– they really do work.
I’ve personally used these on pedinis (back when those were cool) and had great success. They last the entire life of the shoe and don’t make things overly- frictive. You can find these at places like Famous Footwear too. Just be sure to test these out a week or two before a performance so you get used to the feeling.
Ever seen basketball players stomp on a mat before heading into the game? These sticky mats remove all dust and dirt from the bottom of your shoes without leaving any residue. If you’re having a minor issue with slickness, this may be the perfect solution.
Say No to Baby Powder
A lot of students will bring in baby powder to the studio with the hopes of hitting their 5+ pirouettes. Say no to baby powder! Since its so fine, it can spread quickly and be difficult to clean up. If you have a problem with slick floors, this is an easy thing to do.
Use Coca-Cola on Marley Floors
If you already have history with baby powder, don’t fret. Try pouring coke on your floor, mopping it up and letting it dry. While i’m not sure why this works, I know that many professional companies use this technique before performances. You don’t need much soda- a 16 oz will work for ~5 panels of Marley.
While socks can be even more slippery than jazz or ballet shoes, dancing in bare feet is often the perfect combination of slick and sticky. Develop some callous! Be tough!
There are certainly more ways to control the slickness of your floor or jazz shoes- please, comment below and tell us what your technique and solutions are!