Dance @ Upper Campus
WHY ARE WE BAREFOOT IN DANCE CLASS?
(Words taken and edited from http://www.runbare.com/10-reasons-to-go-barefoot)
Increased muscle tone.Barefoot walking helps give you abs of steel. When you’re not supported by your shoes, you have to do the work of balancing yourself. This comes directly from engaging your core muscles (abs and back) and creating a wall of strength in your midsection. Legs will gain better tone and balance as well as symmetrical strength since they’re forced to do the job of supporting you, rather than your shoes.
Better posture. The stronger your feet and core, the taller and lighter you will stand. When you go barefoot, you naturally start to stand and walk more like a dancer, tall and light, elongating the entire body and straightening the spine. Look like a Julliard scholar without the torture of becoming one!
Stronger feet. Why would you want stronger feet? There are lots of reasons. Want to grow arches where you once had none? Want to reduce bunions and straighten out your toes? Want feet that no longer ache at the end of the day, but feel like they could go on effortlessly step after step? Gradually working into barefoot running (or walking) helps strengthen every muscle of your feet and lower legs. Through this natural process your foot transforms into the healthiest, pain-free version of itself.
Better balance. No matter how fit we are, we’re all concerned about tripping, falling or twisting an ankle. When we’re barefoot or in more minimalist shoes, we feel the ground better, giving our brains more information to prevent falls and better handle challenges coming our way. The feet can now communicate better with the brain, helping the entire balance mechanism of the body (vestibular system).