A random decision I made to not wear my high heels to my Salsa Level 3 and 4 classes has turned into a new dance challenge: I’m going to attempt to take Salsa Level 3 (the advanced level) in sneakers for the whole two-month term. This means I’ll need to learn how to do all my spins without the benefit of my regular heels or suede-soled ballroom ones.
I figure these will be good skills to have for outdoor/street salsa dancing. I’ve done quite a a bit of it this summer, and I think I need to get used to dancing with different types of footwear on different surfaces. One of the dancers in my dance studio’s professional dance troupe, Grupo America, can dance salsa in flip flops on the street. :O
I already have some experience in spinning with sneakers on pavement from doing practice spins while waiting for my bus. I think I got up to double spins with LA preps and wizard spin preps.
I was originally planning on taking Levels 3 and 4 without my heels, but I still need to work on adding styling to my free spins, which will be too difficult to do if I have to put too much thought into the free spin portion. I’ve taken Salsa Level 3 two times already, but Salsa Level 4 only once (and had to skip some classes).
I’m going to take Levels 1 and 2 as a lead this time. 🙂 I hope Level 2 doesn’t kill me, because I think I don’t yet have my fingers right for leading good spins. I’ll be wearing sneakers for these classes also, but that’s really no big deal.
Hopefully I will be able to reverse the effects of all the heel-wearing I have been doing these past few months. From now on, I’m going to reserve my heel-wearing for Salsa Levels 4, 5, and 6 and Flamenco, and maybe Argentine Tango, Cha Cha, and West Coast Swing.
I’ll leave you with a photo of the first (and last) pair of stilettos I ever bought, that I only ended up wearing once because they hurt too much, and because I have no idea where they went. 😛