What to Wear
We recommend that you wear "dance shoes" to Grand
Traditions workshops and other dance events. These do not have
to be expensive or fancy, especially if you're just starting
out. Street shoes will do; however, to protect the floor, we
ask that you make sure the soles are relatively clean. We do
not recommend athletic shoes as they can be difficult to dance
in. If you plan to attend many dance events, you might want to
invest in special dance shoes.
For workshops and practice: Jazz sneakers or jazz oxfords,
character shoes, or ballroom shoes. If you don't want to buy
dance shoes, you can wear smooth-soled dress shoes.
For formal balls: Same as above, though the jazz sneakers
are less suitable for formal events.
For workshops and practice: Jazz sneakers, jazz oxfords, coaching
shoes, or comfortable street shoes.
For formal balls:
- Early to mid-1800s -- Ballet slippers or other flats are
appropriate for this period. They also are readily available
and relatively inexpensive.
- Late Victorian (late 1800s) -- Shoes with low to medium heels,
such as Capezio character shoes, are most appropriate for this
period. However, many of us find that ballet slippers or flats
are more comfortable.
- Ragtime through 1920s and '30s -- Shoes with low to medium
heels are most appropriate for this period. Mary Janes and T-straps
were especially popular in the 1920s. Character shoes are very
appropriate, and tend to be less expensive than ballroom shoes.
Ballroom shoes come in a wider selection of styles and colors.
We tend to wear shoes with lower heels (1" - 2"), but
if you are comfortable in the higher heels, fine. Just be aware
that they can be hazardous to other dancers!
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