Silly things non-dancers say

Discussion in 'General Dance Discussion' started by twnkltoz, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. debmc

    debmc Well-Known Member

    I may have said this before, but I also get "you need special shoes for ballroom???"... and then literally having people think this was so amusing that I would dance in different shoes for different styles. I don't even mention how much a ballroom dress costs... too risky to see them passing out afterwards.
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  2. dbk

    dbk Well-Known Member

    Sorry, I wasn't clear. How / why / in what context would they give you advice?!
  3. twnkltoz

    twnkltoz Well-Known Member

    I was responding to someone who said she could never be a pro, and her non-dancer friend said "you just need more confidence!"

    A friend of mine is adamant that all dancers should wear "dance clothes," which means dresses for ladies, even in WCS. She thinks she knows what she's talking about because her parents were good dancers 30 years ago. She also watched a video of the WCS flash mob from last year and casually said she memorized the sequence after a minute and could surely jump in and join had she been there. *face palm*
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  4. Terpsichorean Clod

    Terpsichorean Clod Moderator

    Ah, so dancing is genetic. :D
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  5. FancyFeet

    FancyFeet Active Member

    Last week I got:
    "You pay someone to dance with you? Like, one-on-one? By the hour? Man, if I did that my wife would kill me. You're lucky you're single."

    :eek: I couldn't even answer I was so offended! Luckily a coworker chimed in and explained the concept of private lessons, and that they exist in multiple disciplines, including personal training, and that it is completely unrelated to anything remotely resembling prostitution or escort services... still kind of reeling from this one!
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  6. Mr 4 styles

    Mr 4 styles Well-Known Member


    layperson... sentence above

    Me: "but im married"
    layperson "so your wife allows this??"
    me "yeah, but she has one too"

    layperson "HUH?"
    me .. "but actually I have two" *shows cellphone pics of two pros*

    layperson *faints*

    gotta love ballroom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:cool:
  7. twnkltoz

    twnkltoz Well-Known Member

    My husband belongs to the Knights of Columbus at church. Very traditional crowd, of course. One night he had a function with them and I went to Tango. His brother knight Percy asked him where I was, and when Greg told him, Percy's face just fell. "She's dancing without you??" Like it's this horrible thing.

    I told Greg he should have responded, "Oh, it's not as bad as you think. It's way worse."
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  8. Mr 4 styles

    Mr 4 styles Well-Known Member

    TRUE DAT!!!!!!!!!!! hahahaaaaaaaaaaa
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  9. Mr 4 styles

    Mr 4 styles Well-Known Member

    another one:

    random guy: "Dude, you ballroom dance?"
    Me "yeah"
    Random guy " Dude that's gay!!"
    Me " wanna see pics of my partners?"
    Random guy "Dude, are they hot?"
    Me *shows pics of spouse and two pro partners, and two coaches*
    Random guy *faints*

    Me " Im not resusitating him!!"

    gotta love.. well you get the drift:D
  10. danceronice

    danceronice Well-Known Member

    Hey, I've had other students nearly faint when they find out what some of my dresses cost (I wear designer gowns, some students at our studio do only one 'away' comp a year at most and don't otherwise run into dance dresses.) Then I tell them how long it too me to stone the cheap (ca. 300 EU) gown I got without stoning and how much work goes into doing it and why I am more than happy to pay for someone else to do it for me.
  11. twnkltoz

    twnkltoz Well-Known Member

    Hell, if you do more than one style, you have even more shoes. Not only do I have shoes for smooth, standard, latin/rhythm, and practice/teaching, I have tango shoes, wcs shoes, jazz shoes, and now ballet shoes for some cross-training. I have WAY more dance shoes than I have "real life" shoes. They're all over my house.
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  12. Chr0n

    Chr0n Member

    As you seem to have enough shoes to know ;).
    Do you know, if there are any kind of dance shoes that have a leather sole (like a normal one not a suede one)

    The reason I ask is because I'm at uni and we don't have any dedicated practice space so we practice on whatever we can get and sometimes this is, unfortunately, carpet. Now, I found out that shoes with a leather sole on carpet work rather well (they are quite slippery and you can turn etc. in them quite well compared to socks or suede or rubber).

    Unfortunately, normal shoes have a way too hard (opposite of soft?) upper leather to dance in them properly.
  13. danceronice

    danceronice Well-Known Member

    Heh, I discovered while shopping for showcase pieces at a ballet shop that "expensive" in ballet speech and "expensive" in ballroom speech mean entirely different things. "Expensive" toe shoes were $80...I was trying really hard not to giggle. (We didn't go with toe shoes--being on a ballroom floor would mean no rosin and that would mean sliding around a lot. Which is a shame as it would look really cool.) I hattttttte shopping for shoes for normal wear, dance shoes I'm shameless.

    Chr0n, please, do not dance on carpet. Take it from what's left of my right knee.
  14. JudeMorrigan

    JudeMorrigan Well-Known Member

    Out of curiosity though, how durable are they? I could very easily be mistaken, but I have the vague impression that toe shoes don't even last as long as ladies' ballroom shoes. (Which, as a guy, is already something I don't envy you folks for.)
  15. Chr0n

    Chr0n Member

    Not like I want to, but the other option is concrete (ie outside) and that's even worse.
    Our Uni doesn't have anything really useable and they won't let us book the same lecture theatre all the time (because other societies want to use it too). So, we have to take what I can get. I'd much rather have a lovely shiny studio, but you can't always have what you want.

    On the plus side, it really makes me appreciate the studio back home a lot more everytime I go there.
  16. bia

    bia Active Member

    You made me curious, so I looked it up. Wikpedia gives lots of factors that can cause variation, but generalizes: "Under moderate usage, a pair of pointe shoes will typically last through ten to twenty hours of wear." So, yeah, ballroom shoes last longer.
  17. twnkltoz

    twnkltoz Well-Known Member

    That I do not know. Perhaps talk to some of the shoe retailers to see if they have options. All my shoes have suede except my tango shoes.
  18. Zhena

    Zhena Well-Known Member

    What you are looking for is called "character shoes". I believe Capezio is one maker; there may be others.
  19. Steve Pastor

    Steve Pastor Moderator Staff Member

    They still make shoes with leather soles.
    You should see options to continue looking at shoes at this url. Amittedly there are only a handful, but they are there.

    amazon.com/Aris-Allen-Wide-Black-Captoe/dp/B009K6OPJW/ref=pd_sbs_shoe_7
  20. danceronice

    danceronice Well-Known Member

    Make sure they ARE leather; a lot of character shoes are suede sole.

    I would take concrete over carpet as socks on carpet is how I ripped apart my right knee. I did learn the valuable lesson that I can do a 'combat crawl' to the phone and up the stairs in our old house to call 911 and let the paramedics in.

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