• 18 May 2016

What is a Dance Trainer?

Find out why dancer trainers are different to normal trainers

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You are on a dance trainer website so you know that you should be wearing dance trainers or dance sneakers at your dance/fitness class but do you know why they are different to the normal trainers in your wardrobe?

Dance trainers have been designed specifically for dance and have many different features to keep you dancing and to protect your knees and ankles.

Normal trainers are designed for running and so the soles are designed to reduce lateral (side to side) movement and keep your feet in a straight line while you run.



Wearing these in a dance class is likely to lead to sore knees or joints. Dance trainers are different!

The soles of all our dance trainers include various types of spin spots so you can turn on the spot.

This feature is key to most dance styles including Zumba, Bokwa and modern dance forms.

Other features include a square toed front which creates a flat area at the front of the trainer to make it easier to get up on your toes and stay there. Great for Irish dancers as this dance style includes a lot of steps where you are up on your toes.

Most styles of dance trainers also have split soles. So instead of the sole being one solid piece, the sole is split in two.



This allows you to articulate your foot and point your toes. Important for many styles of dance including Irish dance and outdoor ballet training amongst others.

Our range of dance trainers offers different levels of support. Some styles are based on jazz shoes such as the Capezio Jag which offer minimal support or cushioning so you can really ‘feel the floor’ and are aimed at more experienced dancers who have are injury free and have built up the tendons in their feet.

Other styles such as the Bloch Boost offer a lot of support and protection. They support the ankle and include strong shock absorbers to protect your joints from jumps. These are more suitable for enthusiastic beginners, new to dance class whose feet may need more support. They are also a good choice for dance teachers who teach all day and want to protect their feet and reduce foot fatigue.

What dance trainer features you need for your dance class will depend on the type of dance or fitness class you are doing, your level of experience and whether you are recovering from injury. If you are not sure what trainer to go for then why not call one of our experts on 01985 808699 to discuss your individual requirements or email us at sales@ukdancetrainers.co.uk


My knees have been killing me after class. Finally proper trainers! Thanks for the advice smile

Lynn - Manchester
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