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Issues with slippery floors


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Grandad dancer

Living in a semi rural are, I take class in church halls, scout huts etc. Dancing on different surfaces is just another complexity to deal with. The real problem is slippy or sticky patches on the floor.

Having nearly turned my ankle doing tendu to second when the ball of my foot stopped dead but my leg carried on, I check the floor carefully now.

Not all patches are easily seen. The trick is to get low to the ground and examine the reflection of a light or window on the surface. You can then pick up patches not visible otherwise. 

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that can indeed be treacherous, if the floor is uneven in it's condition. A good idea for looking for problems to get down low and examine the way light reflects on the surface! 



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Grandad dancer

Hi Diane. Glad you liked the  tip.When I studied illumination for biomicroscopy it was called specular reflection. 

I  note you have a female name and are a mother yet your gender is male? Is that correct? 

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Moderator's hat on:     The recent upgrade monkeyed with folks profiles in terms of gender. Male is the default.  You can edit your own profile to correct it. 

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Ladies class

Is it true that a good ballet dancer could dance on slippery floors? We dance on a very slippery wooden floor. We often use rosin, but it only lasts for a few movements.  The more rosin we use the harder the ballet slippers become and the more we slip. I'm a ladies student and I'm holding back most of the time to avoid slipping. 

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Have you tried just dampening the sole of your ballet shoes? I once did years of classes in a huge gymnasium (great sprung floor for gymnasts, with lots of room for jumping). The floor was polished wood, and we weren't permitted to use rosin. So we'd keep a dampened sponge or cloth by us at the barre, and just press our toes and the front part of our feet into it. Sometimes we'd dampen our heels, but not so much.

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Ladies class

Thank you Redbookish, i'll try that.

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