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re: Coping with difficult dance floor surfaces
Posted by tangodancer
8/13/1999  12:37:00 AM
Castor oil is probably what you're thinking of, it works wonders on the sole of your shoes. Another good alternative is water - soak a paper towel, place it on the ground (not the dancefloor) and step on it, getting the water on your soles.

My old coach in the UK would recommend taking two pairs with you - one pre-treated for slippery surfaces, another untreated. Most ballrooms take pouring liquids onto their floors in a very dim light; I know judges who frown on it. At one comp I attended, Bill Irvine took the microphone and publicly castigated a couple who were walking oil onto the floor....


re: Coping with difficult dance floor surfaces
Posted by Blair
8/13/1999  1:55:00 PM
I have found that sole brushing (assuming you have ballroom shows) is effective on clean surfaces. However, If the surface is dirty, the improvement is only short-term.

One thing that has not been discussed yet in this thread is technique. I have found that as my dancing ability improved, I have fewer problems with slippery surfaces. I attribute this to being able to get over my feet on each step, improving my sense of balance and allowing me to dance 'into the floor' as well as across the floor. This gives me more control under a variety of conditions. This is especially important with more advanced patterns.

I feel that working to improve your dance technique is a better long-term solution to slippery conditions, but you should still clean your soles.

re: Coping with difficult dance floor surfaces
Posted by Bodelco
8/14/1999  1:10:00 PM
We have danced for several years and absolutely hate any form of additives to a dancing surface, ie; dance wax, dusting,oils,powders,or even corn meal. If we do encounter this "stuff" we generally sand or brush our dance shoes often enough that is makes a diference. Some times we intentionally dance through the "stuff" and move to an outer part of the facility to carpet where we scrape off the material then continue only missing a measure or two. Do it enough and get your friends to do it and the "stuff" quickly vanishes and good SAFE dancing can continue. Alternatively, hide the materials from the applicatee.
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