Giving "Boogie Shoes" a Whole New Meaning
As dancers, we obsess over our shoes—finding just the right fit and style is so important. But what if a pair of shoes could actually teach you how to dance?
Tom Sykes, a student at the Loughborough Design School in the UK, has made a prototype of a shoe that might be able to do just that. His GroundWave Shadow Trainers have accelerometer sensors that are linked to an app on the user's smartphone. The app shows you how do particular dance moves, then walks you through what you're doing wrong, based on the feedback it's getting from the shoe sensors.
Kind of a neat idea, right? And according to Syke's website, the shoe's end goal is not just to help you get your groove on, but also to help the battle against childhood obesity by getting young kids moving.
Check out Syke's concept development video for the Shadow Trainers below:
Well, this brings class videos to a whole new level! Choreographer Phil Wright and dancer Ashley Liai have been together eight-plus years, but she was still in total shock when he proposed to her mid-dance at Millennium Dance Complex earlier this week. Why? Well, the whole thing was unbelievably perfect.
In the dance industry, dancers don't always have a say in what they wear on their bodies. This can get tricky if you're asked to wear something that compromises your own personal values. So what should you do if you find yourself in this sticky situation? We sat down for a Q&A with "Dancing with the Stars" alumn Ashly Costa to answer that very question. Here's what she had to say about the options dancers have surrounding questionable costumes.
The groundwork for Erin Carpenter's company, Nude Barre, began when she was a teenager. At 16, she earned a spot in the residency program at The Kennedy Center in partnership with Dance Theatre of Harlem. "We were required to wear nude—as in, our actual skin tone—tights and shoes," she remembers. Carpenter brought her "sun tan" tights and a pair of pink ballet shoes with her, because that was all she could find. But she wasn't allowed in class because her dancewear didn't match her skin. "I was so embarrassed," she says. "I looked unprepared. I just didn't have the right nudes." Her teacher explained that the dancers dyed their tights and pancaked their shoes.