1 September 2017

Choosing The Right Dance Shoes – Our Tips

It’s been said that well-fitting dance shoes should reflect a seamless extension from a dancer’s legs. Designed to be feather-weight whilst fully supporting your weight, proper fitting dance shoes are a tool in aiding you to keep balanced while you dance. Hence the choice of heels and designs for male and female dancers. There is little point in investing on dance shoes unless you are also prepared to invest time in assessing what works for your particular feet. Catering for width, insteps, bunions and toe shapes means that one style may not necessarily work for everyone. That makes online shopping for dance shoes in untested brands a challenge. No wonder that seasoned competitors and professionals tend to stick to reputable brands and styles that have worked best for them over time. That said, it’s also important to be aware that feet may change with age, calling for a different fitting, brand or style. A seasoned competitor at a recent event decided to try on a wider fitting GlamourDance shoe with a lower heel, and reacted by saying “I’ve waited 30 years for a shoe that truly fits with absolute comfort, and this is it!” Our elated customer wore her new shoes straight into her next event, and reiterated her endorsement upon coming off the dance floor. The moral of the story is to keep your options open as time passes, and ensure your feet receive the best care you can give them so your dancing can always excel in absolute comfort. To your happy feet!

25 August 2017

Heel Protectors: To Use Or Not To Use?

Heel protectors will make a difference to the way you dance, and are compulsory on most competition dance floors as well as many dance studios.

Heel protectors:

  • Grip the floor and give you better traction; 
  • Protect the heels on your valuable shoes; 
  • Protect pristine dance floors from being scratched. 

Heel stoppers come in varying sizes to fit the shape of each heel, such as stiletto, slim, contour or flare.

After years of coming across all sorts of weird and wonderful heel shapes, we are proud to have expanded our range of heel protectors to cater for most heel types for your dancing comfort. It is still highly recommended that you show us your dance shoes to see what works best, as there are so many variations to be considered. To your happy feet!

2 June 2017

Thank You For Believing In Us For The Past 13 Years

Proudly Australian, GlamourDance was established in 2004 and remains under the leadership and management of original director Cecilia Castle. Our continued support of the dance industry has established strong networks in Australia and New Zealand, making us a household name that benefits you, our customers. 
We are sincerely grateful to our business colleagues, dance studios,event organisers, supporters behind the scenes, family, friends, and YOU, our loyal customers, for your ongoing loyalty and support. Together we have interacted to make a positive contribution to the dance industry, increasing its sense of enjoyment, and introducing new people to this inimitable sport. We welcome your comments, suggestions and feedback to continue to improve our services and make a difference. For without you, GlamourDance would not exist. May our 13th birthday be a celebration of your success!

12 May 2017

Age Not A Barrier To Competition Dancing

What are the odds of achieving in sport? Luck aside, it’s a given that solid training and good coaching are key to success in climbing the Everests of sports achievement.
In the sport of dancing there are established age divisions for competitors to slot in and achieve fairer outcomes. These age divisions are designed to take into consideration various physical attributes such as strength and flexibility, to allow dancers to compete in an even playing field. In recent years, DanceSport has created a Masters 3 category for competitors over 60 years who previously had to compete in Masters 2 against dancers aged 35 and over. Now, Octogenarians are rallying for their own over 70s division, and the numbers are swelling. Is it time for Masters 4 to be launched in DanceSport

We leave you with an inspiring video of what we could all still be doing in our 90s. 

 Team Glamourdance

6 April 2017

Rueda De Casino Is The "Simon Says" Of Salsa Dancing

Cuban Salsa weaves its magic in Rueda de Casino salsa. Rueda means “wheel” and this circular, improvised and interactive dance is called by the Rueda leader and dancers follow the caller in what moves come next. Rueda is huge fun to dance, and the names of the moves are all in Spanish, which is a great introduction to start learning another language! GlamourDance is offering  Rueda classes in store in April.  

We leave you with a Rueda video to tempt you to give it a go. To your happy feet! 

Team GlamourDance

2 March 2017

Let The Competitions Begin!

The DanceSport competition year is about to get under way, and NSW leads the charge with competitions every weekend in March. Check out the full range of Australia wide competitions on our competition calendar at dancecompetitionsaustralia.com.au
You can also pick up a free competition colour poster calendar from us in store, or at our event stalls.
GlamourDance will have stalls at FATD on 5 March, SATD on 12 March and ANDA on 19 March. We will also be attending the DASA Adelaide Spectacular over Easter, and carry our whole range of dancewear and dance shoes for you to try and buy, plus special giveaways for some lucky competitors at each event. So jump in and be part of the action during the 2017 DanceSport competition year, which promises to be huge! 

9 February 2017

The Benefit Of Practice Shoes

It’s been said that competition dancers should train in similar shoes to those they wear in competitions. This keeps training in consistent heel heights and style of shoe worn without the need to adjust. The flip side of the argument is that daily training for hours does take its toll and brings on premature and avoidable injury. This is of particular relevance to professionals, coaches and instructors that dance long hours for a living. Many social dancers also prefer to learn in practice shoes, and save their heels and party shoes for dance parties. Practice shoes provide greater comfort than normal dance shoes in that they are made with lower, wide base heels, hold the foot in securely, and have fewer pressure points. They are usually made of soft leather and/ or breathable mesh. Below are some styles on offer for your consideration. Ask about fabric and colour choices.

3 January 2017

The Year That Was

2016 has seen a number of changes and a whirlwind of challenges facing the dance industry. Some businesses have closed, others reinvented themselves, and dancers rightly continue to demand excellence of service and value for money.  Rising to the challenges, the industry as a whole has remained heavily invested in ensuring our dance community thrives and survives through creative means.

GlamourDance, too, has continued to evolve in 2016, and meaningfully engaged with you, our readers and customers, to ascertain how to best enhance our contribution to the continued growth and expansion of the industry. This has resulted in new products and expanded services to happy customers. We have thoroughly enjoyed travelling around Australia and New Zealand and personally meeting you, the dancers, their families, studio owners, and association directors and members.

The advent of 2017 brings with it new challenges and exciting changes. We trust that industry leaders will affirmatively stand united and herald the new year with a generous sense of commitment to supporting everyone that participates in our dance universe. The diversity of ideas, business models, and creative strategies, like the dance genres that continue to evolve, are worthy of support, as they contribute to the growth and well-being of our dance community as a whole.

We wish to sincerely thank you for your support, encouragement and patronage of our products and services this year. We look forward to strengthening and growing our relationships with everyone in the dance community in 2017.

All of us at team GlamourDance wish you and yours a very special and unique festive season, filled with happiness and gratitude for the blessings that have come your way this year, and may you look forward to new horizons and exciting challenges for a prosperous year ahead.

To your success!