Because we are dancing on a lovely
finished floor, we have been asked to restrict dancers' footwear to soft
soles and non-marking, wide heels in order to minimize damage to the
finish. Please carry in your dance shoes in order to leave street grit
outside! We will be checking your shoes out at the door
Contra Dance (and
any turning dance for that matter) is brutal to floors. For a big part of
the dance, you are spinning with all of your weight on one foot - literally
grinding whatever grit is on the floor or your shoes into the floor itself.
You might as well tape sandpaper to your feet and take a few turns around
the room. It only takes one dancer with hard leather soles to leave unsightly
circular scuffs all over a polished floor. Imagine what a hall full of dancers
could do in twelve hours! We can minimize damage by wearing soft soles and
by cleaning our shoes and floor.
Heels that are too
narrow (less than 1-1/4 inches in diameter) concentrate the dancer's weight
into a small area and can leave dents in the finish or even the wood itself.
Heels made of hard rubber may also leave stubborn black marks that are difficult
to remove. Save those heels for dancing on linoleum and less finicky finishes.
Here's how to check your shoes:
Soft sole? You should be able
to dent the sole with your thumbnail.
Heels? Heels should be at least
1-1/2 inches in diameter and made of a non-marking material. You can check
this by trying to "write" with the edge of the heel on a piece
of white paper. If it leaves a persistent black mark, leave them at home.
Clean? Brush or wipe the soles
of your dance shoes before wearing them on the dance floor.
Your cooperation ensures we will be welcomed
back for future dances!