How to Prevent Leg Injuries During Dancing Classes

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The Tango is a world-renown dance. The dance is beautiful and complicated having many difficult moves performed by a couple. The dance originated in the late 1800’s on the Uruguayan and Argentinean border. Since then, it has been performed across the globe in many dance studios, halls, and theaters as couples master the Tango.

What Is the Tango?

The Tango has many different styles and moves incorporated into each step. The dance has open-air space in some moves between the partners. In other parts of the dance, they dance close, chest-to-chest, which is why it is considered one of the most romantic and sensual dances in existence.

The difficulty presented in learning this dance comes from the speed at which it is performed. Some of the individual dance moves can be tricky, but a Tango performed at a higher speed is where many dancers struggle.

According to Vamos Spanish Academy tango can be learned in about 8 weeks of intensive classes.

Tango Techniques

Techniques used in the dance include long strides, sharp turns combined with smooth movements, and performing at a lower stance. This dance is a dramatic one and it has techniques that the partners perform in a “stalking” manner. There are slow, fluid moves that turn into quick footwork – one of the reasons the dance appears so intense.

These moves can easily stress your legs and feet if the dancers do not stretch and warm up properly. There are several ways to prevent injuries while performing this beautiful dance so you and your partner can sail across the floor in perfect harmony.

Avoiding Injuries

Many injuries, especially those associated with dancing, can be prevented. One of the best things you can do is to take it slow. Jumping right in and expecting to master difficult moves of this dance immediately can lead to a twisted ankle or foot injuries. Over-extending muscles that are not used to dancing or the tango technique can result in time off for recovery. When learning the Tango, take it slow and easy. As your muscles warm up and you learn more moves, the speed will come naturally.

Always Stretch

Stretching is highly recommended for dancers, especially those who are still learning to dance. We cannot simply jump from a sedentary setting into dancing for hours without injuring ourselves. Try a warm-up stretch your for feet and legs.

Calves, quadriceps, knees, and ankle stretches should all be incorporated. Stretching your toes forward and back will help flex your Achilles tendon and associated muscles in your feet and legs and help prevent injuries.

Wear Proper Footwear

One of the most common dancing injuries are ankle sprains or strains. These are often caused by wearing improper footwear. The Tango is usually done with the woman partner wearing heels, but that doesn’t mean you need to wear them for every session, especially if you are new to dancing.

There are items such as dance sneakers that can be used for classes or practice. Use shoes that offer good support and have non-slip soles which will help prevent injuries too. Ask your instructor or a dance professional that knows the Tango well on which shoes you should wear for classes and performances.

Injuries, especially for harder dances like the Tango, can occur if you don’t take proper care of yourself. Don’t push yourself too hard. Muscle memory will be achieved in good time. Until then, take it slow and easy to learn the moves until you get accustomed to your partner and their contribution to this beautiful dance.

Wear good, supportive footwear. Don’t forget to warm up and stretch. These are some of the best things you can do to prevent injuries while you master the Tango.

Bio: Sarah writes for Kicks Choice. She is passionate about maintaining leg and foot health because they hold all our body weight, yet are the most vulnerable in daily living.