A couple of months ago, I was up at the Adelaide Salsa Festival teaching and performing. Spin City Dance brought 2 student teams, my pro team, and Sam and I were also doing our routine.
Adelaide Festival is ALWAYS a super fun festival so we were just warming up before tech rehearsal, and I put my dance shoes on. I thought they felt a little weird, but ran through my routine with Sam in them like normal.
We got to the bit in the routine where I do a simple kneel on the floor, super easy. I mean, any non-dancer can accomplish this with ease. Instead of kneeling though, my left foot suddenly collapsed beneath me, and I landed sprawled on the floor. Like someone had literally tripped me up.
As I got up, (Sam staring at me like I had lost the ability to walk), I realised my shoes felt TOO weird.
So I asked Sam to check my shoes if they looked weird.
They looked weird alright.
Now, if you’ve ever been to a dance event, you’ll hear female dancers comparing shoes, brands, heels, heel heights. “ARE THEY STABLE?” is the main question you’ll hear us ask each other, because even the slightest wobble in a shoe can make those triple spins a death trap.
And THIS NUFF NUFF HERE (points to self) packed a left shoe that had a 3 inch heel, and a right shoe with a 3.5 inch heel to perform in.
OH. MY. GODNESS.
To say I was wobbly was an understatement.
I managed to borrow a plastic heel cap which added 0.2 inches on the shorter heel, but it was still pretty dodgy as a solution. Still though, I was determined to perform and do it well.
And with the help of a super strong dance partner who made sure I never fell over, yes, we performed.
Here it is. A little wobbly, but HELL, after that, doing the routine in matching shoes has been like a walk in the park in comparison! Some may say it was an exercise in resilience.