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The truly marvelous component of dancesport is that not only is it an artform and a sport, it is undoubtedly stylish!

Classic and Powerful: AIDA Red Sole

The truly marvelous component of dancesport is that not only is it an artform and a sport, it is undoubtedly stylish! Yes, there is the aspect of hard training and performance, but all of that effort can go unseen or ignored if the dancer is not collected, clean, and chic. From tanner to hair to costumes, the performer must radiate, inside and out on the dance floor.

Ballroom dancing focuses on the body’s movement and interpretation of the music, and how does one move across the floor? Using their feet. Technique and steps are profound in the feet/footwork, and what better way to accent the importance of this than with fashionable shoes! Aida dance shoes not only allow structure, support, and flexibility for your feet, they are undeniably beautiful! Clean and structured, they are offered in a variety of styles including the new, unique and wonderful, red sole! Standing out on the dance floor is a major tip to succeeding in whatever goal you have set for yourself, whether it be entertaining the audience or dancing to improve confidence. The AIDA red sole is a classic in a unique manner, or in other words, elegant yet fierce. AIDA dance shoes with the hot red can dress up your outfit and your self esteem, which is beyond attractive on the dance floor, trust me! Try them yourself, be daring, and most of all, set the floor on fire with the red sole and the eminent AIDA point!

Now you can customize any shoe to include a red sole bottom. Just choose the option when adding your shoe to the shopping cart:

You can also add it to cart manually here.

Warming up is the most crucial component of your dance practice. It's not the technique or the run throughs, it's the warm up! 

Benefits of a proper warm-up and How to do it

What is warming up?

Why do we have to do it?

How do you warm up properly?

 

Warming up is the most crucial component of your dance practice. It's not the technique or the run throughs, it's the warm up! To warm up is to raise your heart rate, start a more profound and active flow of blood to your muscles, increase oxygenation, and to raise your body temperature. Sure, all of this can occur by jumping up and down for a minute but that is not a proper approach to preparing your body for dancing, and you are being, to be blunt, lazy. Ultimately, you are then sabotaging yourself, your dancing, and your partner!


A warm-up serves two purposes: to enhance performance and prevent injury. The increased heart rate produced from the warm up increases circulation of blood flow to the muscles, therefore increasing the muscle temperature. Hemoglobin then carries more oxygen to the muscle and as a result, creates a better muscle performance. Performance is also enhanced from the temperature increase, which contributes to faster muscle contraction and relaxation. This allows for muscle flexibility, further preventing injuries such as strains and tears. If you are a person that loves your body and its capabilities, we recommend you prepare it before you push it to improve.



Now comes the fabulous wonder of how one warms up effectively. First and foremost, it is vital to understand that a proper warm should last around 15-20 minutes. No excuses. Get to the studio early and do it. Second, dress warmly and in multiple layers. Sweaters, leggings, scarves, and even gloves if you have freezing hands and want to be aware of your fingers. The more layers there are, the faster your body temperature will increase and the better the muscle will perform. Third, increase your activity slowly, unless you plan on tearing your hamstring during the warm up. Warm-ups are very personal to each person; one may need more stretching and light jogging whilst another needs constant jumping and sprints. It is up to you to find your own routine, what makes your body feel best and what will effectively prepare you without tiring you out before the actual dancing begins.










Tips:

  1. Turn on motivating music.
  2. Do this with your partner if you feel self-conscious.
  3. Laugh at yourself, doing jumping jacks in a scarf and gloves, will get you into a better mood!
  4. Focus on yourself.
  5. Do not pay attention to anybody around you, this is about you and your preparation.
  6. Create a mixture of cardio, light strength, and stretching exercises.
  7. Slowly increase the intensity.
  8. Change and freshen up after the warm-up session, your coach and partner will appreciate it.
  9. Stay hydrated!!!
  10. Circle as many joints as possible to increase joint flexibility.

A video is worth a thousand words. Please let Mr. Voronovich show you how he warms up!



Warm-up exercises to consider:

  1. Jogging (in place or around the floor)
  2. High knees
  3. Butt kickers
  4. Push-ups
  5. Squats
  6. Jumping jacks
  7. Twists
  8. Arm circles
  9. High kicks
  10. Splits, straddle
  11. Shoulder and arm stretches
  12. Quadricep stretch (grab your foot and pull it towards your buttocks)
  13. Point and flex your feet
  14. Touch your toes (hamstring stretch)
  15. Basic ballet barre

Once again, those are only suggestions. Good luck to you in your future practices!

AIDA Dance couples had amazing results at The Internationals, including our multiple first place medals!

AIDA Dance USA Couple Have Incredible Results Representing the Best Ballroom Dance Shoes at The International Championships at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England

AIDA Dance couples had amazing results at The Internationals, including our multiple first place medals! When you're a high level competitive dancer, Professional or Amateur, you tend to dance a lot of competitions, sometimes with barely any rest in between. Well our couples exemplified that perfectly as some of them danced THREE competitions in one week! The International Championships is the first major international competition of the competitive season, and is sandwiched between two other competitions, Europa Imperial Championships and The London Ball. Some of our couples danced 3 times in a 5 day span! That is what we call dedication!

The week started off with some of our couples competing at the Europa Imperial Championships, and our couples showed just why they are considered some of the best in the world!

  • Dan Malov and Anna Kaczmarski - 2nd in the Amateur Ballroom Championships 
  • Vlad Shakhov and Ekaterina Popova - 3rd in the Professional Ballroom Championships 
  • Pasha Stepanchuk and Gabriella Sabler - 9th in the Amateur Latin Championships
  • Nikolai Tarasov and Sarah Nolan- 19th in the Amateur Latin Championships 
  • Andrei Kazlouski and Asta Sigvaldadottir - 4th in the Professional Latin Championships 
  • Alexey Karaulov and Vlada Karaulova - 11th in the Professional Latin Championships 
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    This was an absolutely fabulous way to start off The International Championships, as our couples were off to Brentwood, England to dance the qualifying rounds of the competition before heading to the Royal Albert Hall. Most of our couples qualified for the Royal Albert Hall in London, England and some even WON their respective categories! It is everyone's dream to dance at the Royal Albert Hall, which is arguably the most famous entertainment hall in England! 

  • Stefano Di Filippo and Dasha Chesnokova - 2nd in the Professional Latin Championships
  • Sarunas Greblikas and Viktoria Horeva - 13th in the Professional Latin Championships 
  • Andrei Kazlouski and Asta Sigvaldadottir - 15th in the Professional Latin Championships
  • Manuel Favila and Natalia Maid9uk - 17th in the Professional Latin Championships 
  • Aleksandr Altukhov and Cheyenne Murillo - 2nd in the RS Professional Latin Championships and 25th in the Professional Latin Championships
  • Richard Lifshitz and Laura Robinson - 1st in the RS Professional Latin Championships and 28th in the Professional Latin Championships
  • Alexey Karaulov and Vlada Karaulova - 36th in the Professional Latin Championships 
  • Jake Davies and Alyona Kalinina - 20th in the RS Professional Latin Championships
  • Dan Malov and Anna Kaczmarski - 34th in the Amateur Ballroom Championships 
  • Vladislav Shakhov and Ekaterina Popova - 17th in the Professional Ballroom Championships
  • Pasha Stepanchuk and Gabriella Sabler - Top 24 in the Amateur Latin Championships 
  • Tal Livshitz and Ilana Keselman - Top 24 in the Amateur Latin Championships 
  • Alexander Chernositov and Arina Grishanina - Top 24 in the Amateur Latin Championships 

  • Even our International couples got in on all the amazing results, including 8 of the 12 Semi-Finalists in the Professional Latin being AIDA Champions!!!

  • Nikita Brovko and Olga Urumova - 6th in the Professional Latin Championships
  • Kirill Belorukov and Polina Teleshova - 5th in the Professional Latin Championships 
  • Dorin Frecautanu and Maria Sergeeva - 3rd in the Professional Latin Championships 
  • Nino Langella and Andra Vaidilaite - 7th in the Professional Latin Championships 
  • Morten Lowe and Roselina Doneva - 8th in the Professional Latin Championships 
  • Mirco Risi and Svetlana Borisova - 12th in the Professional Latin Championships 
  • Klemen Prasnikar & Alexandra Averkieva - 2nd in the Amateur Latin Championships 
  • Damir Haluzan & Anna Mashchyts - 3rd in the Amateur Latin Championships 
  • Diego Arias Prado & Ekaterina Ermolina - 3rd in the Amateur Ballroom Championships 

    After competing for a grueling two days, some of our couples decided to dance at The London Ball, where some of the best couples from The Internationals competed. Check out their results here:

  • Alexander Chernositov and Arina Grishanina - 6th in the Amateur Latin Championships
  • Nikolai Tarasov and Sarah Nolan - 13th in the Amateur Latin Championships
  • Dan Malov and Anna Kaczmarski - 14th in the Amateur Ballroom Championships

    We are very proud of our couples who showed just what it means to be an AIDA Champion. Some of our couples literally danced 4 times in a span of 6 days! If that is not dedication to the art and craft, then we do not know what is. 
  • We are having a contest where you can win a free pair of AIDA dance shoes! 

     

    Win a FREE Pair of AIDA Dance Shoes Through Our #AIDAsOnPoint Contest!

    Show us how on point your AIDAs are!

    We are having a contest where you can win a free pair of AIDA dance shoes! Just when you thought a mid-October sale was what the (foot) doctor and your wallet ordered, we are having an October contest! You can win a free pair of AIDA dance shoes by simply sending a photo of yourself wearing your AIDA Dance shoes. We love all our dancers so much, that we are making it very easy to win a FREE pair of the best ballroom dance shoes by simply following these rules:

    • Take a photo of yourself wearing your AIDA dance shoes and pointing them to the MAX
      • The photo could be a selfie, a mirror selfie, or someone else taking the photo for you
      • The photo can include your whole body and face or just your feet, as long as the pointed AIDA dance shoes are showing
      • It can also be a previous photo from a competition or practice session
    • Post the photo on Instagram AND Facebook with the hashtag #AIDAsOnPoint
      • Post must be made by the 4th of November; no late entries allowed
    • Tag AIDA Dance USA in the photo
    • Photo must be original and one that has not been used on any of our social media outlets
    • Winner will be chosen by the AIDA Dance USA team and announce on November 5th

    Do you have what it takes to be the most #onpoint in your AIDA dance shoes? Scroll through some of these for inspiration of the best way to take your #AIDAsOnPoint photo!

    The photo could be either of a competition or practice. The choice is yours, but do get creative!

    Show us how on point your point is! Flexibility and creativity get you extra "brownie" points.

    See what we mean? We want you to get inspired and create your own masterpiece with our ballroom dance shoes!

    Even children can get in on all the on point fun!

    This contest isn't only for women but for men as well! We want you to show us just how flexible you can get your AIDA dance shoes!

    Like they say, no pain, no gain!

    Mirror selfies were all the rage in early 2000s, but #AIDAsOnPoint is bringing back that trend (only for a few weeks though).

    Like we said, we want you to get creative! Maybe some AIDAs flying in the air will get your creativity juices flowing.

    The point of this contest is not to only show just how flexible and versatile our shoes are, but to also get all our dancers involved in showing off that versatility. We have plenty of examples of how our AIDA Champions get their AIDAs on point, but now we want to see how ALL our dancers are able to do that. There is absolutely no wrong way to show us you get your AIDAs on point.

    Well maybe there is, but it's still creative! But then again, don't feel the need to go over the top. A simple photo can be just as eye catching as a fancy one!

    So what are you waiting for? Grab your AIDA dance shoes, a camera, and get to pointing!

    In the meantime, scroll through these for added inspiration:

    Even AIDA dance legend, Maria Manusova is getting in on all the on point fun!

    How high can you get your AIDAs on point?

    Remember to smile and look happy! (if you're taking a photo of your full body)

    A nice silhouette always looks good. Play with your surroundings!

    GOOD LUCK and may the most on point AIDAs win!

    What Does Being a Sponsored Couple (AIDA Champion), Representing the World’s Best Ballroom Dance Shoes, Mean?

    Champions choose AIDA. That catchy phrase has been circulating through the ballroom dance world for the past 4 years, representing the high quality caliber of our shoes and the dancers who choose to wear them. We are truly humbled by the response our #ChampionsChooseAIDA campaign has garnished and we are thankful for every single dancer who chooses to dance in our shoes! But not everyone couple can become a sponsored #AIDAChampion. So who are these #AIDAChampions? How do they help differentiate our brand? And what are there responsibilities when it comes to promoting the AIDA Dance shoe brand? If you’ve ever wondered about these questions, then read on!

    There are countless AIDA Champions throughout the world (mostly in Russia, Ukraine, and parts of Europe), but this is AIDA Dance USA after all; and in this article we will only focus on the couples that AIDA Dance USA sponsors directly. There are a total of 35 couples that we sponsor directly! Ranging from Professional Latin to Theatre Arts, our AIDA Champions have accomplished some remarkable things. From multiple World Champion titles to National Champions titles to being featured on primetime television shows, our couples never cease to amaze us! Let’s take a look at some our couples’ most glaring achievements:

    • Kiki Nyemchek makes it to the Final 4 of the hit TV show So You Think You Can Dance! this year
    • Marat Gimaev and Alina Basyuk make the Blackpool final in their final competition ever
    • Pasha Stepanchuk and Gabriella Sabler win Blackpool RS Amateur Latin
    • Craig Smith makes it to the finals of America’s Got Talent
    • Nick Cheremukhin and Vika win back-to-back World and National Champions titles in 2016 and 2017
    • Anna Kaczmarski makes it to the final round of America’s Got Talent at the age of 9!
    • Rickie Taylor becomes the only USA dancer to win Junior World Championships, at the age of 13 nonetheless
    • Luka Milacic-Perusina (aka Wolf) and Jenalyn Saraza-Pacheco make it to the Semi-Finals of the hit TV show World of Dance in its first season on air
    • Shane and Shannon Jensen becomes first couple to win multiple Theatrical Arts gold medals at the Blackpool Dance Festival
    • Vlad Shakhov and Ekaterina Popova win Blackpool RS Professional Ballroom
    • Andrei Kazlouski and Asta Sigvaldadottir become the first USA National Pro Latin Champions since 2007!

    And this list goes on and on! We can literally type out a whole blog about our couples achievements, but this isn’t what this article is about. Having amazing results and achievements is only part of the story. The couple must meet the “AIDA quality test”. That means not only must they be high caliber dancers, but also high quality people off the dance floor. We do not want to associate our brand with people who don’t respect the dance world, are full of themselves, and do not give back to the world in someway. Humility is actually the first thing we look at when choosing our AIDA Champions. You will never find one of our AIDA Champions putting someone else down for their own gain; these are just not the type of dancers that we sponsor and want our brand associated with. In fact, we’ve had potential AIDA Champions who we chose not to sponsor because of the kind of personality they depict. So good results are not enough to become an AIDA Champion, you must also be a champion off the dance floor!

    The fact that our couples are champions on and off the dance floor is what helps differentiate our brand. It goes to show that every part of the process is important in development, just like our shoes. Our couples are a true representation that quality is created in those moments that are not seen or advertised. On the practice floor practicing day in and day out or in the manufacturing room perfecting the craft of making a perfect ballroom dance shoe. Off the dance floor giving back to the community and teaching our younger generations or off the dance floor taking our dancers’ suggestions as to how we can improve our product. A lot of what our couples do is synergetic with our process of creating the perfect ballroom dance shoe for you! That is why we choose the highest quality dancers AND humans.

    Our relationship with these couples isn’t only synergetic in its foundation, but also in its actual form. What we mean by that, is that not only do we promote our couples’ brand but they promote our brand as well! As an AIDA Champion, our couples hold a responsibility to constantly improve our brand. There are a number of requirements that our couples must meet in order to elevate our brand:

    • ALWAYS wear an AIDA Patch during any competition. This is to physically show other dancers what ‘team’ our couples are affiliated with. As soon as dancers see the #AIDAPatch combined with the quality dancing, they immediately begin associating the high caliber dancing with our brand. This is why we put such high emphasis on this requirement!
    • Our couples thank us (and other sponsors and their coaches) for helping them after a good result. It goes without saying that the majority of the effort in achieving these amazing results falls down on the couples’ work ethic, but that is not to say they did not have help. It takes a village. And although we are a small part of that village, our couples still find time to thank us, directly and publicly.
    • Promote our shoes to their students. If you truly believe a product is so good that you would accept a sponsorship from the brand, then you should want your students to choose quality. Luckily our couples understand the importance of a perfect fitting shoe!

    So there you have it. A brief synopsis of what it means to be an AIDA Champion! If you have any blog ideas that you would like us to share or would like to share yourself, please do not hesitate to contact us directly via email at info@aidance.us!

    Read What a Doctor has to Say About Avoiding Common Dance Injuries and Why Wearing the Proper Ballroom Dance Shoes Can Make All the Difference!

    Dance is a sport which incorporates both artistry and athleticism. From pirouettes in ballet to rumba walks in latin ballroom, all dancers undergo rigorous activity from their chosen dance style. All styles require considerable flexibility, endurance, and strength to accomplish specialized movements and actions in all areas of the body. Due to the repetitive nature of dance, overuse as well as acute injuries are quite common.

    How Common are Dance Injuries?

    A systematic review conducted by the Orthopedic Journal of Sports Medicine reported that the injury rate in both professional and amateur ballet dancers was .97 to 1.24 for every 1000 hours danced (Smith et al., 2015). For a dancer who dances 15-20 hours a week, this is about one injury per year. Another study by Steinburg et al. indicates as female pre-professional dancers age and have increased exposure to dance, there is an equivalent increase in the incidence of injury (Steinberg et al.). Results of this study report a mean of 1.05 injuries per 1000 hours danced at age 8, but a mean of 1.25 at age 14 (Steinberg et al., 2011). Another study which only researched male ballet dancers at three elite pre-professional ballet schools reported even higher incidences of injury: 1.42 per dancer and the risk of injury as 76% over a one year period (Ekegren et al., 2014).

    Which Body Regions are Most Commonly Injured?

    Most dance injuries occur in the spine and leg, more specifically the lower spine (lumbar spine), hip, knee, and foot/ankle (Smith et al., 2015). Overall, overuse injuries are more common but acute injuries occur as well (Ekegren et al., 2014) (Steinberg et al., 2011). There were no significant gender differences for overuse injuries but male professional ballet dancers show a higher rate of traumatic injuries (Smith et al., 2015).

    How Can You Prevent Injuries?

    • Listen to your body. Be wary of dancing through pain or injury.

    • Perform a proper warm-up and cool down before and after a dance period.

    • Perform what is within your ability to do, focusing on proper dance technique as instructed.

    • Wear properly fitting shoes (read: AIDA Dance Shoes!)

    • Make sure the surface for dancing is stable and comfortable (Richie et al., 1985)

       

    An article by Open Access Journal of Sports Medicine identifies four key criteria to reduce and prevent dance-related injuries (Russell, 2013):
    1) Dance screens (physical and psychological)
    2) Additional physical training specific to abdominals/trunk and other areas of the body as determined by the dance style
    3) Proper nutrition and rest to avoid fatigue and maintain a dancer’s body
    4) Accessing specialized health services for risk assessment, injury management, and injury re-education.

     

    W

    hat if I am Dealing with an Injury and Still Need to Dance?

     

     

    There may be times in one’s career where you will need to dance while dealing with an injury. A recent article published by the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science by Claus A.P. and Macdonald D.A. concluded that specific muscle contraction, movement techniques, and exercises promoting strength, power, endurance, and flexibility can help to manage dancers with pain from injuries. Retraining movement and posture can help to change the brain’s perception of pain and improve movement capability (Claus and Macdonald 2017). This is where physical therapy comes into play.

    How Can Physical Therapy Help?

    Physical therapists are skilled, doctorate-level medical professionals who specialize in optimizing and retraining how the body moves. When movement is performed incorrectly for multiple repetitions, the chance of injury increases. Physical therapists identify not only the improper movement patterns but also contributing factors. Through specialized one-on-one care, physical therapists will work with patients to address the impairments in order to decrease patients’ pain, improve mobility, and subsequently, improve their ability to dance. Physical therapists can also provide individualized physical screenings to evaluate the risk of injury and teach patients various methods for prevention including education and movement retraining.

    Additional Resources

    1. International Association for Dance Medicine - https://www.iadms.org/

    2. Journal of Dance Medicine and Science (See link above.)

    References

    Clause A.P. and Macdonald D.A. (2017) Interpreting Pain Symptoms and How Pain Affects Neuromsucular Control in Dancers: If I’m in Pain, How Should I Train?. Journal of Dance Medicine and Science, 21(1), 5-12. http://doi: 10.12678/1089-313X.21.1.5.

    Ekegren, C. L., Quested, R., & Brodrick, A. (2014). Injuries in pre-professional ballet dancers: Incidence, characteristics and consequences. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 17(3), 271–275. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsams.2013.07.013

    Richie, D.H., Kelso, S.F., Bellucci, P.A. (1985) Aerobic Dance Injuries: A Retrospective Study of Instructors and Participants. The Physician and Sportsmedicine, 13(2), 130-140. https://doi: 10.1080/00913847.1985.11708751.

    Russell, J. A. (2013). Preventing dance injuries: current perspectives. Open Access Journal of Sports Medicine, 4, 199–210. https://doi.org/10.2147/OAJSM.S36529

    Smith, P. J., Gerrie, B. J., Varner, K. E., McCulloch, P. C., Lintner, D. M., & Harris, J. D. (2015). Incidence and Prevalence of Musculoskeletal Injury in Ballet. Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine, 3(7), 232596711559262. https://doi.org/10.1177/2325967115592621

    Steinberg, N., Siev-Ner, I., Peleg, S., Dar, G., Masharawi, Y., Zeev, A., & Hershkovitz, I. Injuries in female dancers aged 8 to 16 years. Journal of Athletic Training, 48(1), 118–23. https:// doi.org/10.4085/1062-6050-48.1.06

    Steinberg, N., Siev-Ner, I., Peleg, S., Dar, G., Masharawi, Y., Zeev, A., & Hershkovitz, I. (2011). Injury patterns in young, non-professional dancers. Journal of Sports Sciences, 29(1), 47– 54. https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2010.521167

    Prepared by Christine W. Yim, PT, DPT

    "Christine W. Yim is a physical therapist and dancer. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Though Christine has experience in multiple dance styles including ballet and modern, her competitive career has been focused on International Standard and Latin Ballroom. She has competed both regionally and nationally. Christine is currently involved with the Performance Arts Special Interest Group within the Orthopedic section of the American Physical Therapy Association. One of her professional goals is to contribute to a standardized, preprofessional dance screen; this way, younger athletes learn how to move optimally in their chosen dance style, minimizing risk for future injuries in order to build a successful, healthy career in dance. For additional questions, please email her at cyim1001@gmail.com. Be sure to follow @dr.yimzdpt on Instagram and Twitter for more dance-specific exercise, rehabilitation tips, and more!”

    *The information provided is only meant to be informative and is NOT medical advice. Please consider seeing a physical therapist in person.*

    Don’t Worry - Your Ballroom Dance Shoes ARE Supposed to be Tight

    AIDA Dance shoes strives to ensure that all our dancers are wearing the proper shoe. That is why we create so many different customizations - widths, toe box shapes, and materials. But in order for that to make sense, our dancers must know what criteria they are looking for! So if you've ever wondered about how and why your shoes are supposed to fit the way they are, please take 2 minutes to read this article.

    There are a number of criteria a ballroom dance shoe must have before it is deemed a right fit. But whether you’re looking for Ballroom, Latin, Smooth, or Practice shoes, there is always one thing that holds true — the shoes must be tight! Like they say ‘No Pain, No Gain’! Well that is true of ballroom dance shoes as well.

    In order for the shoes to stretch ONTO your foot (more on that later) there must be absolutely NO space between the your foot and the shoe. An easy test is the simple finger test. If your finger fits between the shoe and the foot, then the shoe will become too big in a matter of days/weeks.

    The shoe must be so tight on your foot that when it stretches out it simply contours the shape and mold of your foot. If the shoe is not tight enough (i.e. fails the ‘finger test’) then within a few weeks the shoe will stretch to become uncomfortable. The shoe must essentially become a part of your foot when you put it on.  That is what is meant by the shoe stretching ONTO your foot. And there is no way for that to happen if the shoe is not completely tight from the beginning.

    And don’t worry, the shoe WILL stretch (unless you’re wearing Patent Leather shoes - that material has very little elasticity). There will be 2-4 days of growing pains, but there are two things that ensure that the shoe stretches:

    • The material is designed to stretch - leather, satin, and even crepe satin all are stretchable materials
    • Over time, your foot will sink into the orthotic cushion on the sole of the shoe creating more volume in the toe box . This thick padding is not only created for added comfort, but for a better fit as well.

    There are seldom instances where even after wearing the shoe for a number of days, the shoe does not fully stretch out. In these situations, we must manually stretch the shoe There are of course remedies to these situations! One is a DIY at home solution, while the other is taking the shoes to a cobbler.

    • Doing it yourself is quite easy and quick. It involves a zip-lock bag, water, and a freezer! You can also refer to this AIDA blog for instructions.
    1. Fill a zip-lock bag 3/4 of the way with water and SEAL it. Make sure it is sealed, because we DO NOT want to get the shoe wet.
    2. Insert the zip-lock bag inside your shoe, such that these no space inside the shoe. The zip-lock bag should be protruding through all the possible crevices of the toe box if it is a Latin/Rhythm shoe.
    3. Place the shoe inside a freezer and let it stand there until the water freezes. When the water freezes, the expanding ice will stretch the shoe out.
    4. Once you take the shoe out, make sure to take out the bag of ice right away. We do not want condensation to get the shoe wet!

    • The easiest way of course is to go to a professional shoe cobbler with a shoe stretcher. The whole process takes 5-10 minutes and will stretch your shoe out to exactly the amount you need it. This service usually costs $5-10, depending on how tight you are with your shoe cobbler. 

    Now of course there is such a thing as TOO tight. There are a number of sure ways to know if a shoe is too tight on your foot:

    • The straps of the shoe dig into your foot so much that your start seeing blood circulation cut off. We want tight, but not to that level.
    • If it is too painful to walk on the foot, then that is also a bad sign. But remember, there must be a certain level of pain for the first couple of days in order for the shoe to stretch perfectly onto your foot. So make sure the pain is truly unbearable.
    • Standing on your foot scrunches up your toes. If you are wearing a close toe shoe and your can see the intend of your bent toes protruding through the shoe, then chances are this shoe is too short.

    So whether your foot is wide, narrow, square, or round, the shoe must be tight around your foot in order for it to be a proper fit. For there is one thing that will ALWAYS hold true to fitting ballroom dance shoes:

    YOU CAN ALWAYS STRETCH A SHOE OUT, BUT YOU WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO SHRINK IT!

    Kiki Nyemchek Makes it to the Finals of So You Think You Can Dance! AIDA Dance USA is Taking a Look Back at his Amazing Journey

    Earlier this week, the finale of the hit TV show So You Think You Can Dance! aired its final episode where Kiki Nyemchek was awaiting to see if he had won. Although he missed the top prize by only a few votes, he still became the most successful ballroom dancer on the history of the show! We are so proud of what Kiki has achieved representing the best ballroom dance shoes in the industry and we want to pay homage to his hard work and dedication to dancing by recapping his journey to the finals! AIDA Dance USA would like to congratulate this young dancer.

    It all started this spring when Kiki tried out for the show with his partner Magda Fialek, another AIDA Champion! They impressed the judges right away receiving their tickets to LA (the second round of auditions where the Top 10 contestants are chosen). With over 100 second round dancers present, the grueling competition lasted 3 days of non-stop dancing. Each contestant was fighting for a spot to be picked by one of the "All-Stars" (past winners and finalists of the show). With only ten spots, the competition was grueling but Kiki was eventually picked by Jenna Johnson, a So You Think You Can Dance! veteran and Dancing with the Stars Pro. 

    Once chosen to be a Top 10 finalist, Kiki and Jenna began slowly stealing the hearts of the nation with their unique styles and captivating choreography. Their first performance was the Cha-Cha where the judges dubbed them a power couple and one the season's favorites. They were off to an amazing start!

    But the public didn't feel the same way, as next week Kiki was in the bottom of the voting and had to dance for his life! Kiki performed a rhythmical and fluid Samba that truly solidified him as one of the top dancers on the show. That week Kiki also had to perform in his weakest dance style, Hip-Hop, the style that almost got him almost eliminated during Academy Week! He has shown tremendous improvement in this style and the choreography that he and Jenna performed blew the audience and judges away with the amount of improvement Kiki has made.

    But even with such a massive improvement, Kiki was not able to get himself from the bottom of the voting and had to once again dance for his life the following week. This time performing a strong Cha-Cha, he was able to show the nation why he deserved to be on the show. That episode, Kiki and Jenna truly solidified themselves as one of the best pairings when they showed their versatility with a contemporary piece that WOWed judges and audience alike!

    This was their breaking out performance and the world voted like it. Kiki was no longer in the bottom of voting and his fan base began to vote in droves keeping him safe from the bottom for the next few weeks. The following week, the show took a bit of a turn and paired competitors with other competitors. Kiki was lucky enough to dance with Koine, another Top 4 finalist and they absolutely killed the Salsa. The piece was choreographed by AIDA Dance Legend Val Chmerkovskiy, and Kiki showed his versatility once again.

    The next week all performers had to do a solo and Kiki did not disappoint! He showcased a passionate Paso-Doble solo that took him through to the next round. All throughout the show, Kiki was arguably becoming one of the most improved dancers, especially according to the judges remarks. They sang his praises during every single performance, demonstrating to the world just how versatile we ballroom dancers are! Kiki performed at a high level during every single show and every single performance. He exemplified what it means to be a ballroom dancer, and he truly made the ballroom dance world proud.

     

    During the performance finale of the show, Kiki finally had a chance to showcase just how far his Hip-Hop skills have gone as he performed alongside eventual winner, Lex Ishimoto. Their performance drew dropped jaws from the judges as they saw a complete and total transformation of Kiki's Hip-Hop! 

    Although Kiki did not become the first ballroom dancer to win the show, he did become the most successful ballroom dancer in the show's history! Performing Jazz, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Salsa, Cha-Cha, and so much more, Kiki made the ballroom dance world proud and we want to truly thank him for that. Congratulations #DaddyKiki!

    AIDA Dance USA Couples Have the Amazing Results Representing the Best Ballroom Dance Shoes at the United States DanceSport Championships

    Hurricane Irma couldn't stop the AIDA Dance USA couples from taking home 5 National Champion titles. Every couple became a finalists in at least one category! We even had a new Pro Latin Champions crowned this year. Our couples represent the best ballroom dance shoes because they are the best couples in the country! Take a look at the detailed results here:

     

  • Shane and Shannon Jensen - 1st in the Cabaret Championships and 6th in the National Professional Rhythm Championships
  • Nick Cheremukhin and Viktorija - 1st in the National Smooth Championships
  • Andrei Kazlovsky and Asta Sigvaldadottir - 1st in the National Professional Latin Championships
  • Vladislav Shakhov and Ekaterina Popova - 5tj in the USA National Professional Ballroom Championships and 3rd in the WDC Open to the World Professional Ballroom Championships
  • Sergey Chislova and Dasha Chislova - 1st in the National RS Professional Latin Championships and 2nd in the WDC Open to the World RS Professional Latin
  • Andrey Voloshko and Kateryna Kyrylenko - 3rd in the National RS Professional Latin Championships and 3rd in the WDC Open to the World RS Professional Latin
  • Sasha Altukhov and Cheyenne Murillo - 2nd in the National RS Professional Latin Championships and 1st in the WDC Open to the World RS Professional Latin
  • Mikhail Bilopukhov and Anastasiia Shchypylina - 2nd in the National Professional Latin Championships
  • Alberto Cortes and Jessa Mae Briones 1st in the National RS Professional Rhythm Championships
  • Vard Margaryan and Inga Demetra - 3rd in the National Professional Rhythm Championships
  • Andriy Mikhailov and Anna Bohachova 4th in the Open to the World Professional Ballroom Championships
  • Andrew Escolme and Amy Baker - 3rd in the National RS Professional Rhythm Championships and 7th in the National RS Professional Latin
  • Vlad Astafiev and Annie He Xiao - 5th in the National Professional Latin Championships and 6th in the Open to the World RS Professional Latin Championships
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    All in all, this was quite a successful Nationals for the AIDA Dance USA couples and we are so proud of all the hard work and dedication that they put in day in and day out. The results truly speak for themselves. We are also happy that every single one of our dancers had a safe journey back home after an intense hurricane hit Orlando during the competition! Although some of our dancers were stranded in Florida for a few days after the storm, they showed determination and resolve to stay and compete with all the news developing.

    The AIDA Dance USA team also had quite an interesting adventure getting back home from USDC. After working non-stop for 14 hours a day, the #AIDABooth had to be shutdown 2 days earlier to escape getting stuck in Florida for a week. With our plane cancelled and no way to re-book, we had to think outside the box and rented a car! We drove out Friday morning at 10 AM and after a 23 hour NON-STOP drive, we arrived safely in New York City. The traffic in Georgia was so bad, that we saw an accident every 15 miles on the road for the duration of the drive. It was mayhem and panic, but we showed resolve and drove through the day and night!

    We were truly humbled by all your wishes of safety and concern. We know you guys love our shoes, but it was humbling to see that you care about us as well! 

    AIDA Dance USA Offers Any Women Dance Shoe You Can Possibly Need for Ballroom Dancing

    One dance shoe company to rule them all. From Latin to Smooth to practice to children's shoes, AIDA Dance USA will fulfill any and all your dance shoes needs. So lets take a moment to recap the what, how, and why of all our different dance shoe styles. AIDA Dance USA offers you 5 different dance shoe styles for women to choose from for you dancing needs:

    Women Latin

    This is our most popular category and what, you can say, put us on the ballroom dance map. You can use these shoes for either International Latin or American Rhythm, or both if you're feeling ambitious in your dance pursuits. Dancers have fallen in love with the different offerings we have in this category mainly because of the quality structure of the shoe and the many different customizations you can make. From different widths to different heel heights/styles to the many various materials we offer, you can literally makes tens of thousands of different variations of our Women Latin shoes. What truly makes our Latin and Rhythm shoes stand out though is the unique high quality structure of the shoe:

    • Soft padded insole - from the moment you put on our Latin dance shoes on, the first thing you feel is the soft padded sole that is cushioning your foot. This leads to many of our AIDA converts who have used third party insoles in their ballroom dance shoes, to cease using those and simply go "all natural" with the AIDA insole
    • Indented Heel - once you stand on the shoe, you will automatically feel more balance. This is because of our proprietary heel design where the heel is placed in the middle of your actual heel pushing up and forward onto the balls of your feet where you have the most balance and control of you weight.
    • Flexibility AND Support - when trying on ballroom dance shoes, you are likely to have a shoe with flexibility but no support, or a rough and rigid shoe that provides support with no flexibility. With AIDA Dance shoes you get the best of both worlds! The strong arch support does not impede with the flexibility of the toe box.

    Our most popular models are the Karina (070E) and Andra (080E) models pictured on the right. The Karina model has over 8,000 variations to choose from! The Andra model is best used for feet that have a more narrow fit since the braided front pulls in the straps to be a bit more narrow. We also offer versatile options such as the Nikolishina (071E) and the Alyona (068E) for shoes that swell during practices with adjustable buckles on the toe box of the shoe.

    Women Standard

    When it comes to our Standard Ballroom shoes for women, we pride ourselves in the maximum support our shoe offers. We have many different styles of Women Standard shoes and all of them are customizable in a lot of different ways. The most popular styles are the Basyuk (044E) and the Katerina (040P). There are a number of ways you can customize our Women Ballroom shoes with the main ways being:

    • Width - the toe box of the shoe comes in Narrow, Regular, Wide, Double Wide, and Triple Wide. There is no more need to compensate for wide feet by getting shoes that are too big!
    • Toe Box Shape - there are two choices for this particular option, Pointed (S1) or Rounded (S2). For wider feet, we recommend using the Rounded (S2) toe box.
    • Heel type/height - when it comes to standard shoes, you can choose three different heel types (Slim, Flare, or Skinny Flare) and two different heel heights (2 inches or 2.5 inches). We highly recommend using a a flare of skinny flare heel for more surface area during heel turns. 

    Women Smooth

    Our women smooth shoes have two main options:

    • Perzhu (030E) - this style is the classic smooth shoe. The crossover strap really stabilizes your foot and allows for extra hold and support. The soft padding on the insole and sturdy arch support allows for flexibility and support at the same time!
    • Veronika (031E) - this is the style you want if you are looking for ultimate flexibility. The braided front allows you to point your feet as to their maximum level and at the same time the foot is held at a higher level so that you have an extra hold on your foot. This ensures that your foot never slips out!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Our Smooth shoes provide your feet with maximum support, flexibility, and style!

    Women Practice

    If you are a serious dancer, you are on the practice floor for hours on end on a weekly basis. If you teach, then you are on the dance floor for hours on end daily! So make sure you give your feet the ultimate comfort and support. Our women practice shoes have what is known as the split-sole design. This particular design of the split-sole is different than anything you've witnessed before because unlike other split-soles our design provides you with both flexibility AND support. This is to ensure that not only is your foot allowed for maximum maneuverability but also for maximum arch support as well. With a mendable wire running down the middle of the arch, our design is unique and proprietary to our shoe!

    AIDA Dance USA offers two main options for Women Practice shoes:

    • Black Leather - this particular model is more durable (meaning it will last longer), allows for more breathability for your foot (because of the perforated leather), and matches with any practice dress/pants! This is our best selling practice model.
    • Leopard Satin - for the brave souls who want to stand out even on the practice floor then this is the model for you. The main benefit of this model is that the satin is softer and more mendable than the black leather. The issues becomes with durability. These shoes will last a long time but ONLY IF you take care of them, meaning don't wet them!

     

    AIDA Kids

    Your feet are what support and balance you throughout your whole life. It is important to always take care of your feet and ensure that you are tending to them the best way you can. That is why it is of paramount importance that you show your feet love from a young age, especially if you are participating in a hobby/lifestyle that adds so much stress to your feet. Make sure your children's feet are well taken care of from the moment they start dancing to ensure that they do not have to schedule frequent visits to the podiatrist later on in life.

    Our children's shoes provide your children's feet with the utmost care and support that they deserve, and frankly need. Yes, our children's shoes are on the expensive end, but it is a whole lot better than racking up medical bills because you decided to skimp out on taking care of your feet at a young age. 

    With all that being said, here are some of the most important (and supportive) aspects of our children's shoes that will help ensure that your children's feet do not have never ending problems:

    • Highest quality material - soft, yet firm, the material we use for our shoes make sure that your feet are comfortable and supported at the same time
    • Padded insole - it's no secret that ballroom dancing is quite rough on your feet and that is why it is important to provide your feet with as much comfort as possible. Using soft padding for your sole will help mitigate calluses and bunions on your feet. Please think about your children's feet's future!
    • Savvy design for maximum comfort and support - as you've already read from previous descriptions our shoes are designed to ensure that your feet are well taken care of!

    The children's shoes come in many different styles, with various heel types as well. From a Cuban Heel to a Kitten Heel, your can choose what you children's current level syllabus is stating in terms of dress code. 

      After a Fabulous Competitive Ballroom Dance Career and Representing AIDA Ballroom Dance Shoes, Nikolai Voronovich and Maria Nikolishina Have Decided to Move on to the Next Chapter of their Dance Career

      It's official. Nikolai Voronovicha and Maria Nikolishina have become #AIDADanceLegends after retiring from competitive ballroom dancing. Nikolai and Maria have represented AIDA Ballroom Dance shoes for over a decade already! After a competitive dance career that saw them become Blackpool Champions, they have decided to move on to the next chapter of their dance career. 

      So before we bid them farewell, let's recap their dance career a bit:

      Nikolai Voronovich and Maria Nikolishina are Professional Latin dancers and coaches from California. They have been dancing together for 16 years, starting their career together in Russia. While in Russia, they achieved success and international recognition in the Amateur division, before turning Professional and moving to the United States.

      Nikolai received his "Full Higher Education"Degree (Russian equivalent to a PhD) in Economics and he is one of the only high level dancers to have achieved this sort of degree. Maria finished her "Full Higher Education Degree in Pedagogy and was granted the official title "Master of Sport" by the Russian Ministry of Sport. This is one of the highest honors for an athlete to have! In addition, both Nikolai and Maria have had intensive education and training in Yoga, making them certified Yoga Instructors as well! In 2004, Nikolai and Maria decided to study Contemporary dance and "Contact Improvisation" with the head of the Russian Modern Company, Natalia Korolikhina. They always add to their repertoire of dancing and teaching techniques, most recently studying the "Alexander Technique" in England, Finland, and the USA which allows dancers to maintain great posture and healthy alignments. This makes a huge difference for any of students whom they teach. They've also had a chance to work privately with best Latin teachers of modern time: Shirley Ballas. Corky Ballas, Hans Galke, Espen Salsberg, Jukka Haapalaine, Sirpa Suutari, Richard Porter, Carmen Vincelli, and Paul Killick, just to name a few. When they're not on the competition or practice floor, they are choreographing or performing one of their infamous dance shows with other couples on stage!

      Their main achievements include:

      • Russia Championship finalists
      • Amateur Latin European Championship Silver medalists
      • Finalists of every Grand Slam in the Amateur Latin series
      • Blackpool RS Professional Latin Champions
      • Bronze medalists in the Professional Latin USA National Championships
      • Winners of the US Open Professional Latin
      • Winners of the Professional Latin at the Ohio Star Ball

       Not only do they make a splash on the competitive circuit, but they also are renowned worldwide dancing shows in Japan, China, Korea, England, USA, Canada, Argentina, Germany, and Russia. They've had experience filming TV advertisements in Russia. Participated in multiple live Dance Shows on Russian television and even were in a few movie scenes here in the USA.

      Did we mention that they are amazing coaches as well? Among some of their students achievements are:

      • 2x Junior 2 Latin Russian Champions
      • 2x Junior 2 Latin World Champions
      • Senior Latin World Bronze Medalists

      They are owners of a very successful studio in California called "Dance Street" and are always looking to grow themselves as coaches. They even attended a Tony Robbins seminar, and have been able to transfer that knowledge to their students. Their life motto is quite simple: "Nothing is set in stone in this world. If you believe and work hard, there is nothing you can't achieve."

      So we wish this couple the best of luck in their future pursuits and for them to achieve everything and anything they want!

      AIDA Dance USA Will be Offering a Discount Code Due to Late Shipments Caused by the Summer Factory Break!

      If you are a long time AIDA dancer, then you are all too familiar with the summer factory shutdown. A period of time that every dancer who needs an AIDA re-up dreads. A time where one month of inactivity causes hundreds of back logged orders leading to long periods of waiting for our loyal dancers. This, understandably, leads to frustration. Frustration that we try to diffuse. 

      We strive to make every single one of our dancers' experiences as pleasant and easy as possible. But sometimes things are really out of our hands. Although we get first priority when it comes to order fulfillment, we unfortunately do not dictate when the factories are open and at what speed they operate. With that being said, we do not want our dancers to feel scorned or as if they are not cared for. For a company who prides ourselves in taking care of our clients, this would literally be the worst situation.

      With that being said, we are offering our dancers a $10 discount using the code "RoughTimes" for any order over $50 until September 1st. We understand that this won't make it up to those who have waited over 2 months for their shoes, but we hope it helps alleviate that frustration. We value every single one of our dancers, and this impromptu promotion is a small example of that.

      Our staff are currently working overtime to ensure that all orders made during the factory shutdown get fulfilled as soon as possible! Thank you for understanding and continuing to choose AIDA dance shoes!

      Will Kiki Nyemchek Make it to the Finals of "So You Think You Can Dance" in his AIDA Ballroom Dance Shoes?

      Wow, what a year! Not only did Kiki, along with his partner Magda Fialek, make it to the semi-finals of the Blackpool Dance Festival, but next week he will find out if he can become a “So You Think You Can Dance” finalist! Out of the thousands of people who have auditioned for the show this year, Kiki has made it to the Top 20 dancers of the field and is the only ballroom dancer to be featured in that field!

      This year, So You Think You Can Dance took a bit of a different approach to the show by welcoming back past “All-Stars” of the show. They invited past winners and finalists to train and choose the best 10 dancers from The Academy. The Academy consisted of the Top 100 dancers from the nationwide auditions, and included a record breaking 17 ballroom dancers! After a week of grueling 6 AM practices, all day choreography learning, and multiple performances in front of judges, the field was narrowed down to the Top 20. Each All-Star now has a choice to make between two dancers.

       

      Kiki is on All-Star, Jenna Johnson's team, and will be looking to make it to the finals next week. The show starts to go live next week where Kiki will be awaiting his fate and hopefully becoming the first ballroom dancer to be in the top 10 since Season 10! This will be a huge milestone, not only for Kiki, but for AIDA Dance as well, as we have never had an #AIDAChampion make it this far on the show! We want to wish Kiki the best of luck next week and know that we will be rooting for him all the way. 

      Wearing an AIDA Dance Robe with Your AIDA Ballroom Dance Shoes Can Help You Win Your Next Competition!

      All Professional Ballroom dancers have their own warm-up ritual. It usually involves listening to music, stretching, practicing with your partner, and getting ready mentally through meditation and conscious focus. While going through these preparatory steps, what you wear has a lot of bearing on how well you get yourself prepared. From feeling like a champion to getting the blood in your body warmed up, it’s important to wear something that will help you take your dancing to the next level on the dance floor. It’s no wonder why so many people wear robes that allow them to achieve both of these effects.

      As much as dancing is physical, it is also mental. It is important to feel like a million bucks and la champion before you take the dance floor, because a lot of the competition is won and lost before the first step is even taken. Wearing an AIDA Dance robe to warm-up and get yourself focused before taking the competition dance floor could be the difference that your mental and physical preparation needs. It’s designed with high quality material to ensure that the fabric sits on your body smoothly. It is also created to provide maximum warmth to your neck, body, and leg area.

      But the benefits aren’t only physical. Wearing the AIDA Dance robe before your competition will help take your preparation to the next level because you will already feel like a champion wearing the robe. You will create the necessary mental state in your head that is hard to achieve artificially. Paired with your favorite ballroom dance shoes, the AIDA Dance robe WILL make you feel like a true champion. What you wear and how you conduct yourself before taking the competition floor will determine the outcome the competition.

      So wear something that will give you on edge over your competition, wear the AIDA Dance robe!

      Get Your Favorite Ballroom Dance Shoes at a Discount through the AIDA Rewards System!

      Since the inception of the AIDA Points system in 2015, we’ve had customers save thousands of dollars off their AIDA Dance shoes and accessories. It is no secret that AIDA Dance shoes are one of the more expensive brands in the market, but when you want quality, you have to pay a premium. So just how can you get a $200 pair of shoes for under $150? Well to get a $50 discount on a pair for shoes, you would have to accrue 5,000 points. There are three distinct ways to earn points that lead to discounts:

      Signing up! Yes the simplest and easiest way to get you started on earning your points/discounts is by simply signing up for the program itself. You get 500 points ($5 value) just for signing up.

      Referring friends! If you send one of your friends a referral link and they simply sign up for the AIDA Points system, both you and your friend will earn 500 points. That means if you refer 10 friends, you can get that $50 discount on your next order!

      Completing orders! Once you complete an order, you will receive 5 points for every dollar you spend. That means if you buy a pair of $200 shoes, you will accrue 1,000 points or $10 in savings.

      Being a smart shopper has its rewards! You can save money not only on shoes but accessories, shoe stoning, and apparel. We have created this system to reward loyalty. The more you shop and refer to our online store, the more you save! Saving on your next pair of AIDA dance shoes has never been easier! So what are you waiting for? Sign up for the AIDA Points System here now: https://aida-dance-us.myshopify.com/account/register

      Luka Wolf and Jenalyn Pacheco are Showing the Nation how Ballroom Cabaret is Done on NBC's Hit TV Show, World of Dance, in the Best Ballroom Dance Shoes!

      Luka Wolf (19) and Jenalyn Pacheco (16) have been burning up the floor in the past few months on the hit TV Show, World of Dance! They have made it through grueling auditions, never ending practices, hard-fought preliminary rounds, and most recently, a heavily contested "Duel" with former Amateur Latin National Champions, Denys Drozdyuk and Antonina Skobina. They've done all this before the age of 20 and while representing the industry's best ballroom dance shoes, AIDA dance shoes!

      So how is it that a pair of teenagers are having so much success on the national stage of dance? Well the answer is quite simple, they are doing something unique and progressive. The ballroom dance style, Cabaret, has been around for decades but only recently has it gained enough traction to become one of the more distinguished dance styles in the ballroom world. And this is in part thanks to dancers like Luka and Jenalyn, who have been redefining this style. With a slew of lifts and eye-popping dance moves, Luka and Jenalyn have been able to mix in these tricks with quality dancing to create a new age of Cabaret. A lot of people have gone on to coin this style of dance as "Acrodancing," mixing in dancing with acrobatics. But their dance style is much more than just a a series of tricks, lifts, and jumps. Look closely and you will see the balance, technique, body control, and stamina required to pull off their routines from beginning to end:

      At such a young age, they are already starting to master their body control and solidify themselves as technically sound dancers. But how did they evolve into this new age breed of dancers? This can be accredited to their coach and mentor, Craig Smith. Craig was AIDA's first sponsored Cabaret dancer, and with his level of expertise in dancing, it was quite easy for us to spot this talent years ago; as it was easy (and a no brainer) to have him coach Luka and Jenalyn. Together, this trio began pushing the limits of what Cabaret dance is about, creating new lifts, tricks, and lines, all whilst holding true to the quality of their dancing. A lot of Luka and Jenalyn's success on World of Dance can be attributed to Craig constantly flying out to LA (all the way from South Africa we have to add) and coaching, mentoring, and even re-choreographing their routines. Oh what a sight it is for us to see #AIDAChampions working together.

      The AIDA Dance USA team spotted the talent of Luka and Jenalyn from the very beginning (we pride ourselves in spotting talent early), and boy were we right! Luka and Jenalyn continue to push the envelope of dancing and captivate new audiences from around the world to understand just how much talent and hard work it takes to pull off their routines and dance moves. They even got Jennifer Lopez as a new convert who retweeted the dance battle between Luka/Jenalyn and DNA and had her screaming from excitement during their performance. And although some people are skeptical about Cabaret and Acrodancing being pure forms of dance, these skeptics have never tried doing multiple spins after tumbling in mid air and making it look graceful AF. It takes an enormous amount of focus, body control, and balance to pull something like that off!

      So we want to thank Luka and Jenalyn on their impressive performances on the World of Dance and for representing the industry's best ballroom dance shoes on the national stage. We are proud to have such a talented and amazing couple representing our shoes! We wish them continued success in the later parts of the show. Stay tuned for when the show is over (finale is scheduled for August), as we chronicle Luka and Jenalyn's progress during the show. Let the world welcome Luka and Jenalyn, because they are here to stay!!!

      The Importance of Massage and Its Benefits for Your Dance Body and Feet!

      Ever wake up with an ache or pain, can't remember how it happened, and then trace it back to yesterday's practice? You know, the one with the crazy new trick, new tango snap or perhaps just some new technique you are not used to? "I should do something about this terrible feeling," you say to yourself. That's where therapeutic bodywork comes in.

      Massage & corrective exercise can have great benefits for dancers. Firstly, a great deal of tension tends to accumulate in your body from the vigorous training that is required for competitive dancing.  That tension serves as an impediment to the dancer's ability to fully express themselves on the dance floor: releasing that tension becomes paramount.  Stretching and foam-rolling can help; however, nothing is quite as effective as a skilled manual therapist when it comes to releasing musculoskeletal tension.  The radiant energy emanated from the hands, coupled with a precise anatomical knowledge and the focused intention of a qualified practitioner, can release deeply held tensions and unwind fascial ties in the body giving the recipient a profound, psycho-somatic healing experience.  This experience comes from both a deep systemic relaxation activated through the bodywork, along with a possible shift in holding patterns.  To better understand how this may occur we must have a clearer understanding of what fascia is. 

      Fascia is a gelatinous, connective tissue that runs continuously throughout the entire body, ensheathing every muscle and organ along its path.  This connective tissue is what ultimately gives the internal components of our bodies their shape, by holding everything in its place.  Furthermore, this connective tissue has viscoelastic properties, which basically means, it can be manipulated when heated.  This is what allows a well-trained bodyworker to essentially remold your body; by applying sustained pressure in a very specific manner, the body reaches a new set point and tends to remain there after several sessions.  This is one friend's comments after receiving a deep myofascial release, "It's as if I have a new body"!  Which makes sense: feeling rejuvenated, the body is rife with a new sense of awareness and freedom, new ways of expressing yourself become clear and possible, this may also be due to the emotional release often experienced after a deep bodywork session.  It's now a known phenomenon that emotions, as well as emotional traumas, can, and often are, stored in the body, manifesting themselves as: holding patterns, chronic tension, and trigger points throughout a person's physiology.  When these maladies are properly released, people often experience: deeper sleep, greater mobility, and more springiness in their bodies as a result.     

      After a particularly hard session or a competition, deep therapeutic bodywork can provide with relief you need increasing your resilience and enhancing your overall well-being so you can return to doing what you love sooner. 

      Secondly, there are often times when you wake up after a workout and the soreness is from more than just a new technique. Perhaps you were practicing a new trick that you put into your rumba routine and all of a sudden you hear a pop from behind your knee or you were practicing a new position in smooth or standard and you felt a rip in your back. For these serious injuries you may need physical therapy. Physical therapy allows a trained professional to help you rebuild your muscle strength using various methods including corrective exercise. Corrective exercise is an exercise program which takes into consideration your specific shortcomings and imbalances.  Several assessments are conducted and based on the results, a dynamic program is designed to systematically: reduce the tension in overactive muscles; lengthen chronically shortened muscles, which prohibit you from moving efficiently; activate under-active muscles; and integrate all of those components by challenging the body with dynamic and functional movements to capitalize on all of the interventions previously made.  Athletes from all backgrounds report less injuries, as well as greater strength and resilience after adhering to a corrective exercise regimen.    

      The worst thing a dancer can do is ignore an injury. This could make the injury worse. It also leads to increased recovery time. For example, instead of a two week recovery time for a strained back muscle, you may be looking at a six week period. Although six weeks may not seem like a long time, for a dancer, it is too long to be off the dance floor. Champions never quit working hard, except when they are injured.


      So, you may be wondering, "Who do I call if I need a massage or if I injured myself and need to do some corrective exercise to properly rehabilitate my muscles and restore balance in my musculature?" The answer is Daniel BraverDaniel received his training as a massage therapist from the College of Health Science at the Swedish Institute. He also holds a bachelor of science in pre-med from SUNY and is certified as a NASM personal trainer with a Corrective Exercise Specialization.  His extensive knowledge and background in the field make him particularly effective in treating sports related injuries as well as any sports related pain. Daniel specializes in deep myo-fascial release. 

      This type of manual therapy has been shown to free up restrictions in the body, thus increasing blood circulation, enhancing detoxification by the movement of the lymph, as well as nourishing cells with freshly oxygenated, vitamin-enriched blood. All of these benefits will improve your ability to perform at your highest capacity.

      If you are feeling sore and achy, or your body is just not in the zone, make an appointment with Daniel Braver for a treatment. He will help your body get its groove back!

       

       

       

      AIDA Dance Couples Represented the Best Ballroom Dance Shoes at the Millennium DanceSport Championships in Orlando, Florida with Three Gold Medals

      This year marks the sixth year that AIDA Dance US made its way to the Millennium DanceSport Championships and the third year in a row that we are vending at the event! We are excited to be here showing the ballroom dance world the beauty and comfort of AIDA Dance Shoes! This year's theme of LOVE was perfect for AIDA Dance USA couples to show just why they are considered the best in the world, because they LOVE what they do!

      Three Champions, three Silver Medalists, and countless finalists! The best ballroom dance shoes, AIDA, made its mark at the 2017 Millennium DanceSport Championships with our sponsored couples having some of their best results ever! One thing that really stood out though, is the fact that AIDA Dance had at least one #AIDAChampion in all 4 of the major categories (Amateur Latin, Amateur Ballroom, Professional Latin, and Professional Ballroom), including 4 finalists in the Professional Latin! What is the secret to their success? Why dancing in the industry's most comfortable ballroom and latin dance shoes of course, and lots of hard work! Here are the detailed results, with our AIDA Dance USA Champions couples coming first:

    • Nino Langella and Andra Vaidilaite - 2nd in the Open Professional Latin Championships
    • Mikhail Bilopukhov and Anastasiia Shchypilina - 3rd in the Open Professional Latin Championships
    • Manuel Favilla and Natalia Maidiuk - 4th in the Open Professional Latin Championships
    • Andrey Tarasov and Yulia Kuznetsova - 6th in the Open Professional Latin Championships

    • Vladislav Shakhov and Ekaterina Popova - 2nd in the Open Professional Ballroom Championships
    • Andriy Mykhailov & Anna Bohachova - 6th in the Open Professional Ballroom Championships

    • Shane and Shannon Jensen - 1st in the Cabaret Championships and 4th in the Open Professional Rhythm Championships
    • Vard Margaryan and Inga Demetra - 3rd in the Open Professional Rhythm Championships

    • Nick Cheremukhin and Vika - 1st in the Open Professional Smooth Championships

    • Sergey and Dasha Chyslov - 1st in the RS Professional Latin Championships
    • Vlad Astafiev and Annie He Xiao - 4th in the RS Professional Latin Championships

    • Tal Livshits and Ilana Keselman - 2nd in the Open Amateur Latin Championships
    • Allen Rudman and Svetlana Lesnaya - 3rd in the Open Amateur Latin Championships



      If you want to see why #ChampionsChooseAIDA, stop by our booth for a fitting at next week's Manhattan DanceSport Championships! See the difference for yourself!
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      Stand out on the floor with a custom stoning accent!

      Ever see the dancers with bling on their shoes? Ever wonder how or why they do it? This little article is for you! Read on, and educate yourself on the art of glamorizing your Aida Shoes!

      Everyone knows that the ultimate way to stand out on the dance floor is not only dancing your best, but also looking your best. Whether it is ballroom, latin, smooth or rhythm, a great way to add another dimension to your look on the floor is by stoning your shoes. 

       

      Stoning is great way to show off all the hard work and practice that have gone in to making your footwork perfect. There are many different places on your shoes that you can stone. You can cover your entire show or just simply a small part to make the perfect design. The heel and the straps are great places to start if you're new to the stoning experience and just want to experiment with a little bit of sparkle. If you're a more experienced stone artist or just want to add more sparkle to your look, opt for stoning not only the straps and the heel but also the outside of the cup. This will add the most sparkle and be the most visible on the floor. If you are going for something more unexpected, you can also stone the underside of the shoe and heel. This adds a surprise element every time you pick up your foot. Men can even get in on the action by stoning the heel of their shoes, that way your partnership stands out even more on the floor. 

      There are many different color and design options that you can go with, but most people choose crystal or crystal ab rhinestones because they match the most dresses, making your investment in your shoes go even further. 

       

      Speaking of price, stoning can be expensive. There are two reasons for this: the cost of stones and the labor behind it.

      Rhinestones have an eight facet unique cut on them that allow them to pick up the stage lights and make them shine bright. They are also super light weight and won't make your shoes heavy.

      Stoning is very labour intensive. In order to stone shoes, it is necessary to have a lot of patience, time, a wax tipped pen, and the stones themselves. Sometimes a bottle of wine and Netflix help, if you are able to concentrate and adhere to the design that you have in mind. To be able to glue the stones to the shoe, the wax on the candle or the wax tipped pen must be warm. Picking up each stone and placing it on the small drop of glue that is on the shoe takes precision and practice. After repeating this many times for many hours, the shoes must sit and dry for at least twenty-four hours to ensure that all the stones stay in place and do not fall off. 

      Although it is an investment, stoning your shoes can add a gorgeous advantage to your dancing. The sparkle and shine that it adds to your look, as well as having the judges notice your impeccable footwork is worth every dollar that you spend.

      You are welcome to play around with it yourself, or you can hire us to stone the shoes for you! This option is available when ordering any pair on our website, but you can also request that we stone something that you already own. Stoning can range from $150 to $300, based on what exactly you want done.

      Beauty requires sacrifices!

      Check out some of our designs, and follow us on Instagram to see what our regular clients come up with!

      AIDA Couples Show the World Why they are Considered Champions at the Blackpool Dance Festival in Blackpool, England

      Three Champions, three Silver Medalists, and countless finalists! The best ballroom dance shoes, AIDA, made its mark at the 2017 Blackpool Dance Festival with our sponsored couples having some of their best results ever! One thing that really stood out though, is the fact that AIDA Dance had an #AIDAChampion in all 4 of the major categories (Amateur Latin, Amateur Ballroom, Professional Latin, and Professional Ballroom), including 6 finalists in the Professional Latin! What is the secret to their success? Why dancing in the industry's most comfortable ballroom and latin dance shoes of course, and lots of hard work! Here are the detailed results, with our AIDA Dance USA Champions couples coming first:

    • Stefano Di Fillipo and Dasha Chesnokova - 2nd in the Open Professional Latin Championships
    • Nino Langella and Andra Vaidilaite - 6th in the Open Professional Latin Championships
    • Marat Gimaev and Alina Basyuk - 6th in the Open Professional Ballroom Championships
    • Vladislav Shakhov and Ekaterina Popova - 1st in the RS Professional Ballroom Championships and 20th in the Open Professional Ballroom Championships
    • Shane and Shannon Jensen - 1st in the Cabaret Championships
    • Nick Cheremukhin and Vika - 1st in the Open Professional Smooth Championships
    • Tony Cooperman and Rickie Taylor - 4th in the Under-21 Latin Championships
    • Justinas Duknauskas and Anna Kovalova - 12th in the Open Professional Latin Championships
    • Manuel Favilla and Natalia Maidiuk - 16th in the Open Professional Latin Championships
    • Andrei Kazlouski and Asta Sigvaldadottir - 18th in the Open Professional Latin Championships
    • Alexey Karaulov and Vlada Karaulova - 2nd in the RS Professional Latin Championships and 43rd in the Open Professional Latin Championships
    • Ilya Maletin and Polina Mayer - 3rd in the RS Professional Latin Championships and 
    • Nikita Malakhov and Nadezda Vlasova - 6th in the RS Professional Latin Championships and 30th in the Open Professional Latin Championships
    • Francesco Bertini and Sabrina Manzi - 33rd in the Professional Latin Championships
    • Sasha Altukhov and Cheyenne Murillo - 7th in the RS Professional Latin Championships 
    • Tal Livshits and Ilana Keselman - 14th in the Open Amateur Latin Championships
    • Alexander Chernositov and Arina Grishanina - 19th in the Open Amateur Latin Championships
    • Nikolai Tarasov and Sarah Nolan - 12th in the RS Amateur Latin Championships 
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      AIDA Dance Finalists: 

    • Morten Lowe and Roselina Doneva - 8th in the Open Professional Latin Championships
    • Klemen Prasnikar and Alexandra Averkieva - 2nd in the Open Amateur Latin Championships
    • Damir Haluzan and Anna Mashchyts - 3rd in the Open Amateur Latin Championships
    • Anton Nesterko and Dariya Maryuschenko - 6th in the Open Amateur Latin Championships
    • Nikita Brovko and Olga Urumova - 7th in the Open Professional Latin Championships
    • Diego Arias Prado and Ekaterina Ermolina - 3rd in the Open Amateur Ballroom Championships
    • Kirill Belorukov and Polina Teleshova - 5th in the Open Professional Latin Championships
    • Dorin Frecautanu and Marina Sergeeva - 3rd in the Open Professional Latin Championships
    • Marat Gimaev and Alina Basyuk Announce Their Retirement From Competitive Ballroom Dancing Becoming AIDAs Longest Sponsored Couple Ever!

      Wearing the best ballroom dance shoes for over two decades, Marat Gimaev and Alina Basyuk strived to make the final of the most prestigious competition ever, Blackpool Dance Festival. After becoming Professional in 2011, Marat and Alina have been constantly in 7th place a few marks away from the so coveted final. Then on the last competition that they decided to announce their retirement, Marat Gimaev and Alina Basyuk made the final of the Blackpool Dance Festival!!! What a special day for this partner as they culminated their career in spectacular fashion. Fighting for that final spot, they even placed fifth in two dances!

      Marat Gimaev and Alina Basyuk are truly a rare breed of dancers and we are not sure if we'll ever see such a dynamic couple in the dancing world again. From being Ten-Dance World Champions to becoming Blackpool Finalists in all 4 major ballroom categories, their career has been nothing short of brilliant. It can really be broken down into 3 different eras: Ten-Dance domination, Amateur Ballroom finalists, and striving for that Blackpool final.

      Marat and Alina have been the longest sponsored AIDA couple to date, with their sponsorship spanning an incredible 17 years! Now that is what we call brand loyalty. 

      Ten Dance Domination

      Marat Gimaev and Alina Basyuk began their dance career together in Moscow, Russia in the year 1999. Both Marat and Alina have Bachelor Degrees in Ballroom Dancing: Marat graduated as a “Teacher of Modern and Old-Time Ballroom Dancing” from the Russian Academy of Theatrical Arts in 2003, while Alina graduated as a “Physical Culture and Sports Specialist” from the Russian State University of Physical Culture in 2000. They quickly became IDSF Ten-Dance World Champions in 2001. They completely dominated the field becoming one of the youngest ten dance champions ever! They were one of the few couples who excelled in both styles of dance, and it showed when they made the final of the Under-21 Latin at the Blackpool Dance festival in 2000, the same year they became Ballroom World Semi-Finalists. This is quite impressive that a couple was able to compete at the elite level in both categories making it easy to see why they became 3 time World Ten-Dance Champions and 4 time Russian Ten-Dance Champions. 

      Rise in Ballroom

      After so much success as ten dancers, Marat Gimaev and Alina Basyuk yearned to be at the top without the asterisk that ten dancers so often get. Since Blackpool and the other most prestigious competitions such as the UK Open and The Internationals never host ten dance championships, it was time for Marat and Alina had to decide whether to hang up the ballroom dance shoe or the latin dance shoes. In choosing Ballroom, Marat and Alina had to forego a lot of amazing results they were able to achieve in Latin, including becoming semi-finalists of the UK Open in Amateur Latin. While most couples would be ecstatic to be in that position, Marat and Alina wanted to be the best. And within a year they became finalists of all major competitions in Amateur Ballroom. 

      Professional Finalists

      In 2011, Marat and Alina made two of the biggest career decisions they could've made: turning Professional and moving to America. In their first competition as Professionals, they WON the RS Professional Ballroom at the Blackpool Dance Festival. In joining Eugene Katsevman and Maria Manusova in Brooklyn, New York at the Brooklyn DanceSport Club, Marat and Alina joined forces with one of the most influential couples and studios in America. They culminated many champions and wonderful dancers, including the first American born Junior World Champions, Patryk Ploszaj and Anna Kaczmarski. Domestically, they quickly solidified themselves as the third best couple in America, behind World Champions Arunas Bizokas and Katusha Demidova and World silver medalists Victor Fong and Anastasia Muravyova. But even with so much success domestically and in coaching they were still missing that coveted Blackpool Open Pro final appearance. Marat and Aline were constantly in 7th place, missing out on the final by a few marks every year. Until 2017. In 2017, not only did they make the final, but they also placed 5th in two of the dances, Waltz and Foxtrot! What a fantastic career for this couple and we are truly proud to have such an amazing couple represent AIDA Dance for the past 17 years. No couple will ever be as classy as Marat and Alina!

      Marat and Alina have enjoyed much success in both their Amateur and Professional Dance careers, and have been an inspiration to many younger couples in the USA, Russia, and all over the world. Their Results include:

      • 2001 World Amateur Ten Dance Champions
      • 2002 World Amateur Ten Dance Champions
      • 2003 World Amateur Ten Dance Champions
      • 2003 European Cup Amateur Standard Winners
      • 2004 European Cup Amateur Standard Winners
      • 2008 European Amateur Ballroom Silver Medalists
      • 2009 European Amateur Ballroom Silver Medalists
      • 2000 Russian National Amateur Ten Dance Champion
      • 2001 Russian National Amateur Ten Dance Champion
      • 2002 Russian National Amateur Ten Dance Champion
      • 2003 Russian National Amateur Ten Dance Champion
      • 2001 World Amateur Ten Dance Champion
      • 2002 World Amateur Ten Dance Champion
      • 2003 World Amateur Ten Dance Champion
      • 2005 World Game Finalist
      • 2011 Blackpool Dance Festival RS Professional Ballroom Champions
      • Medalists of all Major Championships including Blackpool, International, and UK Open
      • IDSF Grand Slam Standard Winners

       

      Good Luck to all the AIDA Couples at this Year's Blackpool Dance Festival Next Weekend!!!

      Next week, the culmination of the ballroom dance season will take place, the Blackpool Dance Festival at the world famous Winter Gardens in Blackpool, England. Every couple has been training hard for this moment for a whole year, and are all excited to put it all out amongst thousands of others dancers. Last year, AIDA Dance had 3 major champions and 16 finalists! We are wishing our couples similar success this year.

      AIDA Dance USA is so proud of all the hard word our couples put into their dancing all year round and we couldn't have asked for harder working couples. Every improvement from competition to competition is a testament to all the hours they put onto the practice floor!

      Best Ballroom Dance Shoes Winning on Both Coasts of the Country this Weekend

      AIDA Dance Shoes had 6 first place finishes this part weekend across two different competitions. Congratulations to the couples who competed past weekend at the Atlanta Open and Portland Open DanceSport Championships:

      • Roman Malhasyan and Kat Wagner: 1st in the Open Pro Smooth (Atlanta)
      • Shane and Shannon Jensen: 1st in the Open Pro Rhythm and 1st in the Open Pro Cabaret (Atlanta)
      • Andriy Mykhailov and Anna Bohachov: 1st in the Open Pro Ballroom (Portland)
      • Sasha Altukhov and Cheyenne Murillo: 1st in the Open Pro Latin (Portland)
      • Nikolai Tarasov and Sarah Nolan: 1st in the Open Amateur Latin (Portland)

      These are fabulous results right before the culmination of the season at this year's Blackpool Dance Festival next week! We are so excited to see our AIDA Champions firing on all cylinders at the perfect time.

       

      Red Sole AIDAs Take the Market by Storm!

      AIDA Dance USA prides ourselves in the fact that we offer the industry's most comfortable and flexible dance shoes. But now we've added the most stylish shoes to that list! Introducing AIDA's Red Sole dance shoes!

      Now you can customize any shoe to include a red sole bottom. Just choose the option when adding your shoe to the shopping cart:

      Stand out on the dance floor with the new AIDA red sole!

      AIDA Points System Can Save You Up to $100!!!

      The AIDA Points system has been around for 2 years already, and has saved people hundreds of dollars on AIDA dance shoes and accessories. You can earn up to $100 in discounts for your purchases in three simple ways. Earn up 500 points ($5 value) just for signing up for the system and another 500 points for referring a friend to make their first purchase! You can also earn up to 10,000 points ($100 value) through purchases. You will receive 5 points for every dollar spent on the website. So what are you waiting for? Sign up for the AIDA Points System here now: https://aida-dance-us.myshopify.com/account/register

      Aleksandr Kamniev and Ekaterina Perevoznik are Sponsored by AIDA Dance USA, Best Ballroom Dance Shoes

      Best ballroom dance shoes adds more #AIDAChampions to our team! Aleksandr Kamniev and Ekaterina Perevoznik are the newest couple to be sponsored and their list of credentials are quite impressive!

      • Masters of Sport of International class
      • Masters of sport of Ukraine;
      • IDSA World Champions of 2014;
      • EDSF European Champions of 2015
      • The finalists of the Ukrainian Championships
      • Winners of the Ukrainian Open Championship 2015
      • Winners of Dance Star Festivals, 2015/2016
      • Winners of California Star Ball 2016
      • Winners of California Open Championship 2017
      • Silver medalists of USA Dance National DanceSport Championship 2017
      • Blackpool Dance Festival 2016 Amateur Latin - top 29
      • UK Open Championship 2016 Amateur Latin – top 48
      • UK Open Championship 2016 Amateur Rising Star Latin – 10th
      • UK Open Championship 2015 Amateur Latin – 43 place.

      Aleksandr and Ekaterina are the first couple we will be sponsoring who is part of the USA Dance organization. We are excited to spread the best ballroom dance shoes to the largest dance organization in the country!

      Best Ballroom Dance Shoes, AIDA Dance, Made its Way to the USA Dance Nationals in Baltimore, MD

      The best ballroom dance shoes are making its way to the USA Dance world! After visiting USA Dance Nationals, AIDA Dance USA was left with a very positive impression of the event, the organizers, and the dancers. Having been given one of the center spots in the vendor area, we enjoyed seeing an eclectic and diverse group of dancers, and made many new friends.
      Everyone was very friendly and although at WDSF events, AIDA Dance is well known, we introduced the best ballroom dance shoes to a number of dancers at the event. Several people came over and expressed how thrilled they are that we finally made it out to see them, instead of them ordering online or chasing us at comps we usually go to. The USA Dance community consists of amateur dancers of all ages, and is essentially one of the cornerstones of the future for the ballroom dance world. AIDA Dance USA will certainly be on the look out for more events within the organization.

      Luka Wolf and Jenalyn Pacheco and AIDA Ballroom Dance Shoes Featured on the New Show, World of Dance!

      Our youngest cabaret #AIDAChampions, Luka Wolf and Jenalyn Pacheco, have made it to the first season of the brand new show, World of Dance! We are so excited to have our shoes featured and spotlighted on such a hit show and we can't wait to have Luka and Jenalyn show the world what they got!



      Wishing Luka and Jenalyn the best of luck!!! Check out their first performance below:

      Ballroom Dance Shoes Making a Difference in your Dancing and Results? Our Couples' Results from the San Francisco Open and Philadelphia DanceSport Championships Seem to Suggest YES!

      From the East Coast to the West Coast, AIDA Dance USA had four champions this weekend! From the Pro Smooth to the Amateur Latin, AIDA Dance USA couples made their mark at the San Francisco Open, Philadelphia DanceSport Championships, and the Indianapolis DanceSport Championships: 

      • Pasha Stepanchuk and Gabriella Sabler:  1st in the Amateur Latin (SF Open)
      • Nick Cheremukhin and Vika: 1st in the Professional Smooth (SF Open)
      • Vlad Astafiev and Annie He Xiao: 2nd in the RS Professional Latin and 3rd in the Professional Latin (Philly)
      • Alexey Karaulov and Vlada Karaulova: 2nd in the Professional Latin (SF Open)
      • Sergey and Dasha Chislova: 1st in the RS Pro Latin and 3rd in the Pro Latin (SF Open)
      • Igor Usymovych and Briana Santiago: 3rd in the Professionla Rhythm (SF Open)
      • Cristian Radvan and Kristina Kudelko: 3rd in Professional Ballroom (SF Open)
      • Nikita Malakhov and Nadia Vlasova: 2nd in the Professional Latin (Philly)
      • Nikolai Tarasov and Sarah Nolan: 4th in the Amateur Latin (SF Open)
      • Roman Malhasyan and Kat Wagner: 1st in the Pro Smooth (Indianapolis) and 3rd in the Pro Smooth (SF Open)

      More strong results from our AIDA Champions and we wish them the best of luck and hard practice in the coming months before the Blackpool Dance Festival!!!

      Replacing your Heel Tips on your AIDA Dance Shoes Can Save you $200!

      Save $200 and hold off on buying those new AIDA Dance shoes if the heel tips is the only thing that is needs to be replaced. Taking off and putting on a new pair of heel tips can be done in less than 30 seconds and costs only $5! The only thing you really need is a pair of tongs to take off the old heel tip and a hard surface to "nail" in the new heel tip.

      Step 1: Take off the old heel tip by pulling on it with a set of tongs. Chances are you will take off the heel tip without the metal support. Simply use the tongs to take the metal nail support off as well.

      Step 2: Once the heel is completely clear, align the new heel tip on actual heel and using a hard surface nail it in. This should be done with 2-3 hard hits. Make sure it is done perpendicularly to the surface, otherwise you run the risk of breaking the actual heel!

      Step 3: Put on a pair of heel protectors!

      Watch the instructional video below:

      And there you have it; you just saved yourself $200. Simply buy the heel tips and heel protectors on our online store! #LearnWithAIDA

      Dye Your White Satin AIDA Dance Shoes in Any Color

      The best ballroom dance shoes, also happen to be one of the easiest ballroom dance shoes to dye! In fact, dyeing your shoes is quite simple and could be done in under 5 minutes if you take the necessary precautions. 

      Things you will need include white satin AIDA Dance Shoes, paint sponge, fabric dye, plain paper, tape, cup, and warm water.

      Step one: cover the parts of the shoe that you would like to avoid coloring. Put paper and tape around the edges smoothly and make sure they are completely covered!

      Step two: pour choice of color dye and warm water into a cup in equal parts. Stir with sponge brush

      Step three: use the paint sponge to color your shoe. You can do as many coats, so apply even amounts everywhere!

      Step four: let them dry!!! It should take at least an hour to dry, so don't be to hasty to put them on.

      Step five: repeat step 3 and 4 if necessary.

      Watch the full video here:

       

      Best Ballroom Dance Shoes Really Rings True this Week!

      From the East Coast to the West Coast, AIDA Dance USA had five champions this weekend! From the Pro Ballroom to the Amateur Latin, AIDA Dance USA couples made their mark at the Tri-State DanceSport Championships and the Royal Star Ball Ball:

      • Pasha Stepanchuk and Gabriella Sabler:  1st in the Amateur Latin
      • Nick Cheremukhin and Vika: 1st in the Professional Smooth
      • Marat Gimaev and Alina Basyuk: 1st in the Professional Ballroom
      • Vlad Astafiev and Annie He Xiao: 1st in the RS Professional Latin and 6th in the Professional Latin
      • Cristian Radvan and Kristina Kudelko: 5th in Professional Ballroom
      • Ilya Maletin and Polina Mayer: 2nd in Professional Latin
      • Nikita Malakhov and Nadia Vlasova: 5th in the Professional Latin
      • Andrew Escolme and Amy Louis-Baker: 4th in the RS Professional Latin
      • Nikolai Tarasov and Sarah Nolan: 1st in the Amateur Latin at the Royal Star Ball in Los Angeles!

      More strong results from our AIDA Champions and we wish them the best of luck and hard practice in the coming months before the Blackpool Dance Festival!!!

      AIDA Dance USA Couples Prove Why We Are Considered The Best Ballroom Dance Shoes at the USA Amateur National Championships in Provo, Utah!

      Pasha Stepanchuk and Gabriella Sabler and Tony Cooperman and Rickie Taylor both took home the silver medals at the USA Amateur Nationals in Provo, Utah! It really feels like the industry's best and most comfortable ballroom dance shoes are truly helping our couples achieve their best results! You can check out our couples' results here:

      • Pasha Stepanchuk and Gabriella Sabler:  2nd in the Amateur Latin Nationals
      • Nikolai Tarasov and Sarah Nolan: 5th in the Amateur Latin Nationals
      • Allen Rudman and Svetlana Lisnaya: 7th in the Amateur Latin Nationals
      • Tony Cooperman and Rickie Taylor: 2nd in the Amateur Ten-Dance, 5th in the Under-21 Ballroom, 10th in Amateur Ballroom, 7th in the Under-21 Latin, and 13th in the Amateur Latin
      • Mike Monokandilos and Sophia Brodsky: 3rd in Under-21 Latin Nationals

      Our couples had fantastic results at this year's Nationals and we wish them the best of luck in continuing their 2017 season on the right foot, or shall we say shoe!

      As you may have noticed, the best ballroom dance shoes come with perfectly fitted dance heel protectors.  But since they are so perfectly fitted, taking them off can be hard, if not utilizing the proper technique. To take the heel protectors off as smoothly as possible, use a knife and...

      Taking Heel Tips Off your Favorite AIDA Dance Shoes is Simpler than you Think

      As you may have noticed, the best ballroom dance shoes come with perfectly fitted dance heel protectors. 

      But since they are so perfectly fitted, taking them off can be hard, if not utilizing the proper technique. To take the heel protectors off as smoothly as possible, use a knife and run it along the heel of the shoe to loosen the heel protector. 

      Once it started to be peeled off, it'll be easier to take it off completely!

      Pasha Stepanchuk and Gabriella Sabler, Nick Cheremukhin and Vika, Marat Gimaev and Alina Basyuk, and Anrei Kozlovsky and Asta Sigvaldadottir all took home gold medals at the New York Dance Festival in New York, NY! It really feels like the industry's best and most comfortable ballroom dance shoes are truly helping our couples...

      Best Ballroom Dance Shoes on Display at the New York Dance Festival Last Week!

      Pasha Stepanchuk and Gabriella Sabler, Nick Cheremukhin and Vika, Marat Gimaev and Alina Basyuk, and Anrei Kozlovsky and Asta Sigvaldadottir all took home gold medals at the New York Dance Festival in New York, NY! It really feels like the industry's best and most comfortable ballroom dance shoes are truly helping our couples achieve their best results! You can check out our couples' results here:

      • Nick Cheremukhin and Vika: 1st in the Professional Smooth
      • Pasha Stepanchuk and Gabriella Sabler:  1st in the Amateur Latin
      • Marat Gimaev and Alina Basyuk: 1st in the Professional Ballroom
      • Andrei Kozlovsky and Asta Sigvaldadottir: 1st in Professional Latin
      • Vlad Shakhov and Ekaterina Popova: 5th in the Professional Standard
      • Allen Rudman and Svetlana Lisnaya: 6th in the Amateur Latin
      • Tony Cooperman and Rickie Taylor: 3rd in the Under-21 Ballroom and 7th in Under-21 Latin
      • Cristian Radvan and Kristina Kudelko: 6th in Professional Ballroom

      Our couples had fantastic results at this event and we wish them the best of luck starting off their 2017 where they left 2016 off!

      Best ballroom dance shoes only stands up to its name when the fit is perfect for you. Many people ask us for advice on what's a good fit. We always repeat the same three things:1. Your toes have to be right at the edge. 2 The straps over the toe box...

      How Should Your AIDA Dance Shoes Fit to Ensure that You Get the Best Ballroom Dance Shoe Fit

      Best ballroom dance shoes only stands up to its name when the fit is perfect for you. Many people ask us for advice on what's a good fit. We always repeat the same three things:

      1. Your toes have to be right at the edge.
      2 The straps over the toe box must be tight.
      3. No room in the heel cup.



      If one of these three is missing, you probably are wearing a wrong size, whether it's AIDA Dance USA shoes or some other brand!

      Some other useful tips:

      1) It's okay if your toes are hanging over the toe box, some even prefer it!
      2) When deciding between a Square or Round Toe Box, if your index toe is bigger than your big toe, then chances are you would need a Round Toe! This is NOT an exact science and there are exceptions to this rule.
      3) NEVER get a shoe that is too big. You can always stretch a shoe, but you can never shrink one.

      AIDA Dance shoes will be well represented at the first major competition of 2017, the UK Open. Last year our couples had phenomenal results, with a finalist in almost every major competition! This year, our couples will be looking to build on their amazing results. We want to wish them...

      Good Luck to All AIDA Couples Wearing the Best Ballroom Dance Shoes

      AIDA Dance shoes will be well represented at the first major competition of 2017, the UK Open. Last year our couples had phenomenal results, with a finalist in almost every major competition! This year, our couples will be looking to build on their amazing results. We want to wish them the best of luck when representing the industry's best ballroom dance shoes. 
      The best ballroom dance shoes will be making over 15 stops this year to set up the #AIDABooth. The competition schedule for 2017 is finalized and out! These are the competitions we will be making an appearance at: Boston Dance Cup - January 21 Golden Star (NJ) - January 27-29...

      Competition Schedule for 2017 for AIDA Dance Shoes, the Best Ballroom Dance Shoes

      The best ballroom dance shoes will be making over 15 stops this year to set up the #AIDABooth. The competition schedule for 2017 is finalized and out! These are the competitions we will be making an appearance at:

      • Boston Dance Cup - January 21
      • Golden Star (NJ) - January 27-29
      • Superstars (FL) - February 16-19
      • NYDF (NY) - February 23-26
      • Tri-State (NJ) - March 17-19
      • San Francisco Open (SF) - March 31 - April 2
      • Emerald (CA) - May 2-7
      • Millennium (FL) - June 21-25
      • Twin Cities (MN) - July 5-8
      • Empire (NY) - August 2-6
      • USDC (FL) - September 4-9
      • DBDC  (MA) - September 15-17
      • Paragon (CT) - October 26-29
      • Hollywood (CA) - November 1-5
      • Ohio Star Ball (OH) - November 14-19
      • SouthEastern States (FL) - November 29 - December 3

      If you are going to be at one or more of these competition and would like to have a fitting email us at info@aidadance.us with your approximate shoe size and style.

      This year was quite memorable for the AIDA Dance USA team proving once again why! From our first Blackpool Champions to our first time vending at the Ohio Star Ball, 2016 was a year of milestones for AIDA Dance USA. Check out these headline stories from our "2016 Year-In-Review": Maurizio...

      AIDA Dance Shoes - 2016 Year-In-Review for the Industry's Best Ballroom Dance Shoes

      This year was quite memorable for the AIDA Dance USA team proving once again why! From our first Blackpool Champions to our first time vending at the Ohio Star Ball, 2016 was a year of milestones for AIDA Dance USA. Check out these headline stories from our "2016 Year-In-Review":

      • Maurizio Vescovo Retires from Competitive Dancing - Maurizio was, and always will be, one of the most charismatic and entertaining dancers to grace the dance floor. Throughout his partnership with Andra, they became undefeated Canadian Champions and Silver medalists in Blackpool and World Championships. 

       

      And there you have it. 2016 was quite eventful and successful for AIDA Dance USA and we hope in 2017 we bring even more joy to people's feet! (Also, you can check out our "2015 Year-In-Review")

      Pasha Stepanchuk and Gabriella Sabler, Nick Cheremukhin and Vika both took home gold medals at the Holiday Dance Classic in Las Vegas, Nevada! It really feels like the industry's best and most comfortable ballroom dance shoes are truly helping our couples achieve their best results! You can check out our couples'...

      More Winners at the Holiday Dance Classic for the AIDA Dance USA Team Sporting the Industry's Best Ballroom Dance Shoes

      Pasha Stepanchuk and Gabriella Sabler, Nick Cheremukhin and Vika both took home gold medals at the Holiday Dance Classic in Las Vegas, Nevada! It really feels like the industry's best and most comfortable ballroom dance shoes are truly helping our couples achieve their best results! You can check out our couples' results here:

      • Nick Cheremukhin and Vika: 1st in the Professional Smooth
      • Pasha Stepanchuk and Gabriella Sabler:  1st in the Amateur Latin
      • Andrey Tarasov and Yulia Kuznetsova: 3rd in the Professional Latin
      • Vlad Shakhov and Ekaterina Popova: 3rd in the Professional Standard
      • Allen Rudman and Svetlana Lisnaya: 3rd in the Amateur Latin
      • Roman Malkhasyan and Kat Wagner: 5th in the Professional Smooth

      Our couples had fantastic results at this event and we wish them the best of luck starting off their 2017 where they left 2016 off!

      AIDA Dance couples had amazing results at the Ohio Star Ball, including three new couples! Take a look at the detailed results here:  Pasha Stepanchuk and Gabriella Sabler - 2nd in the Amateur Latin Championships Nikita Malakhov and Nadezda Vlasova - 7th in the Professional Latin Championships Vladislav Shakhov and Ekaterina Popova - 6th in the Professional...

      AIDA Dance USA Have Amazing Results at the Ohio Star Ball Representing the World's Best Ballroom and Latin Dance Shoes

      AIDA Dance couples had amazing results at the Ohio Star Ball, including three new couples! Take a look at the detailed results here: 

    • Pasha Stepanchuk and Gabriella Sabler - 2nd in the Amateur Latin Championships
    • Nikita Malakhov and Nadezda Vlasova - 7th in the Professional Latin Championships
    • Vladislav Shakhov and Ekaterina Popova - 6th in the Professional Ballroom Championships
    • Sasha Altukhov and Cheyenne Murillo - 1st in the RS Professional Latin Championships
    • Andrey Voloshko and Kateryna Kyrylenko - 2nd in the RS Professional Latin Championships
    • Allen Rudman and Svetlana Lesnaya - 3rd in the Amateur Latin Championships
    • Andrew Escolme and Amy Baker - 5th in the RS Professional Latin Championships
    • Shane Jensen and Shannon Jensen - 3rd in the Professional Rhythm Championships and 1st in the Professional Cabaret
    • Vard Margaryan and Inga Demetra 2nd in the Professional Rhythm Championships and 2nd in the Professional Rhythm Showdance
    • Nick Cheremukhin and Vika 1st in the Professional Smooth Championships and 1st in the Professional Smooth Showdance
    • Roman Malkhasyan and Kat Wagner - 5th in the Professional Smooth Championships and 5th in the Professional Smooth Showdance
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      AIDA Dance couples had amazing results at The Internationals, including our first ever Professional Ballroom finalist at The Internationals!!! Take a look at the detailed results here: Maurizio Vescovo and Andra Vaidilaite - 2nd in the Professional Latin Championships Marat Gimaev and Alina Basyuk - 6th in the Professional Ballroom Championships Stefano Di Filippo and...

      Couples Representing AIDA - Best Ballroom Dance Shoes - Have Incredible Results at The Internationals at the Royal Albert Hall

      AIDA Dance couples had amazing results at The Internationals, including our first ever Professional Ballroom finalist at The Internationals!!! Take a look at the detailed results here:

    • Maurizio Vescovo and Andra Vaidilaite - 2nd in the Professional Latin Championships
    • Marat Gimaev and Alina Basyuk - 6th in the Professional Ballroom Championships
    • Stefano Di Filippo and Dasha Chesnokova - 3rd in the Professional Latin Championships
    • Nikita Brovko and Olga Urumova - 6th in the Professional Latin Championships 
    • Pasha Stepanchuk and Gabriella Sabler - 18th in the Amateur Latin Championships
    • Nikolai Voronovich and Maria Nikolishina - 17th in the Professional Latin Championships
    • Alexey Karaulov and Vlada Karaulova - 2nd in the RS Professional Latin Championships and 29th in the Professional Latin Championships
    • Nikita Malakhov and Nadezda Vlasova - 4th in the RS Professional Latin Championships and 31st in the Professional Latin Championships
    • Francesco Bertini and Sabrina Manzi - 19th in the Professional Latin Championships
    • Morten Lowe and Roselin Doneva - 1st in the Amateur Latin Championships
    • Vladislav Shakhov and Ekaterina Popova - 2nd in the RS Professional Ballroom Championships and 31st in the Professional Ballroom Championships
    • Sasha Altukhov and Cheyenne Murillo - 3rd in the RS Professional Latin Championships and 44th in the Professional Latin Championships
    • Jake Davies and Alyona Kalinina - 12th in the RS Professional Latin Championships
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      One of the most charismatic and passionate dancers to ever grace the dance floor is retiring from competitive dancing! Maurizio Vescovo has been a competitive dancer for the past 30 years and has had an enormous amount of success throughout his career. From being a National Champion in Italy, Hungary,...

      Maurizio Vescovo, 4-Time World Silver Medalists, is Retiring from Competitive Dancing and Will Represent the Best Ballroom Dance Shoes as an AIDA Dance Legend!!!

      One of the most charismatic and passionate dancers to ever grace the dance floor is retiring from competitive dancing! Maurizio Vescovo has been a competitive dancer for the past 30 years and has had an enormous amount of success throughout his career. From being a National Champion in Italy, Hungary, and Canada to being a European finalist and 4-time World Silver medalist in Professional Latin, Maurizio's accomplishments are honestly too long to list.

      But what truly made him so unique on the dance floor is his energy. Nobody rivaled his passion on the competition floor. He made it a joy to watch him and feel an emotional connection to his dancing. Maurizio has influenced multiple generations of dancers and is truly going to be missed on the dance floor. Maurizio is a true class act and he will undoubtedly have success in the next phase of his career. We wish him nothing but success in his future goals and to continue to inspire young dancers all over the world!

      If you ever wanted to try on to see for yourself why AIDA Dance shoes are the most comfortable ballroom dance shoes, then check out our schedule for the rest of the year! 10/8 - Fantasy Ball - Virginia 10/14 - Autumn Classic - San Francisco, California 10/20 - Paragon...

      The Best Ballroom Dance Shoes Will Be Taking Over the US Circuit of Competitive Ballroom Dance Competitions!

      If you ever wanted to try on to see for yourself why AIDA Dance shoes are the most comfortable ballroom dance shoes, then check out our schedule for the rest of the year!

      • 10/8 - Fantasy Ball - Virginia
      • 10/14 - Autumn Classic - San Francisco, California
      • 10/20 - Paragon Open DanceSport Championships - New Jersey
      • 11/4 - Caribbean DanceSport Championships - Puerto Rico
      • 11/6 - Commonwealth DanceSport Championships - Boston, MA
      • 11/18 - Ohio Star Ball - Ohio
      • 12/2 - King's Ball - New Jersey

      If you will be at any of these competitions and want to try something on, email us at info@aidadance.us with your shoe size and style preference. Happy dancing in the industry's best ballroom dance shoes!!!

      Pasha Stepanchuk and Gabriella Sabler won the Rising Stars Amateur Latin Championships at the Blackpool Dance Festival earlier this year! They were one of three champions AIDA Dance had at this year's most prestigious competition. Check out their interview from DanceSportInfo.

      AIDA Dance USA's First Best Ballroom Dance Shoes Sponsored Dancer, Pasha Stepanchuk, and Gabriella Sabler Have Their First Blackpool Interview Up

      Pasha Stepanchuk and Gabriella Sabler won the Rising Stars Amateur Latin Championships at the Blackpool Dance Festival earlier this year! They were one of three champions AIDA Dance had at this year's most prestigious competition. Check out their interview from DanceSportInfo.

      http://dancesportinfo.net/Articles/8302

      AIDA Dance USA couples ended up taking home 3 National Champion titles, 5 Gold Medals, and almost every couple became a finalists in at least one category. Our couples represent the best ballroom dance shoes because they are the best couples in the country! Take a look at the detailed...

      AIDA Dance USA Couples Have Amazing Results Repping the Best Ballroom Dance Shoes

      AIDA Dance USA couples ended up taking home 3 National Champion titles, 5 Gold Medals, and almost every couple became a finalists in at least one category. Our couples represent the best ballroom dance shoes because they are the best couples in the country! Take a look at the detailed results here:

    • Shane and Shannon Jensen - 1st in the Cabaret Championships and 4th in the National Professional Rhythm Championships
    • Nick Cheremukhin and Viktorija - 1st in the National Smooth Championships
    • Igor Ustymovych and Briana Santiago - 8th in the National Professional Rhythm Championships 
    • Roman Malakhasyan and Kat Wagner - 1st in the National RS Professional Smooth Championships and 10th in the National Professional Smooth Championships
    • Nikolai Voronovich and Maria Nikolishina - 3rd in the National Professional Latin Championships, and 2nd in the WDC Open to the World Professional Latin Championships
    • Andrei Tarasov and Yuliya Kuznetsova - 5th in the National Professional Latin Championships
    • Francesco Bertini and Sabrina Manzi - 1st in the National RS Professional Latin Championships, 1st in the WDC Open to the World RS Professional Latin, 9th in the National Professional Latin Championships, and 7th in the WDC Open to the World Professional Latin Championships
    • Marat Gimaev and Alina Basyuk3rd in the USA National Professional Ballroom Championships and 2nd in the WDC Open to the World Professional Ballroom Championships
    • Pasha Stepanchuk and Gabriella Sabler - 1st in the Open to the World Amateur Latin Championships
    • Vladislav Shakhov and Ekaterina Popova - 9th in the USA National Professional Ballroom Championships and 8th in the WDC Open to the World Professional Ballroom Championships
    • Alexey Karaulov and Vlada Karaulova - 2nd in the National RS Professional Latin Championships, 3rd in the WDC Open to the World RS Professional Latin, and 13th in the National Professional Latin Championships
    • Sergey Chislova and Dasha Chislova - 5th in the National RS Professional Latin Championships, 5th in the WDC Open to the World RS Professional Latin, 9th in the National Professional Latin Championships
    • Andrey Voloshko and Kateryna Kyrylenko - 6th in the National RS Professional Latin Championships, 6th in the WDC Open to the World RS Professional Latin, and 10th in the WDC Open to the World Professional Latin Championships
    • Sasha Altukhov and Cheyenne Murillo - 3rd in the National RS Professional Latin Championships and 4th in the WDC Open to the World RS Professional Latin
    • Jake Davies and Alyona Kalinina - 13th in the WDC Open to the World Professional Latin Championships
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      In honor of former WDC World Champion from 2005-2008, Mirco Gozzoli, we've rebranded the 119F in his honor! The 119F - Mirco offers both style and comfort with a full patent leather toe box and crepe satin arch support for added flexibility. If you have not tried out one of...

      Rebranding the 119F - AIDA Dance Shoes' Most Popular Men's Ballroom Shoe - to the Mirco!

      In honor of former WDC World Champion from 2005-2008, Mirco Gozzoli, we've rebranded the 119F in his honor! The 119F - Mirco offers both style and comfort with a full patent leather toe box and crepe satin arch support for added flexibility. If you have not tried out one of the hottest Men's Ballroom Dance Shoes, then you can order yours today!

      Thank you to Mirco Gozzoli and his partner Edita Daniute for being such great Brand Ambassadors!

      If you want to add flare and charisma to your AIDA ballroom dance shoes, then there is no better way than covering them with your favorite Preciosa Rhinestones. AIDA Dance USA is offering a service where we will stone your shoes for $150 with labor and materials all included in...

      Get your AIDA Dance Shoes Stoned with Real Preciosa Rhinestones!

      If you want to add flare and charisma to your AIDA ballroom dance shoes, then there is no better way than covering them with your favorite Preciosa Rhinestones. AIDA Dance USA is offering a service where we will stone your shoes for $150 with labor and materials all included in the price. We'll even ship the shoes back to you for free!

      Whether you want an elegant and intricate design, or a plain and simple design, AIDA Dance USA will make your dream shoe come true! You can see the different possibilities and order your custom stoning on our website. There are limitless possibilities, so we are certain we'll be able to create the perfect stoned shoe for you!

      So what are you waiting for? Order your pair of custom stoned AIDAs today!

       

      Nikolai Tarasov is a USA National Champion in Ten-Dance and a National Semi-Finalist in the Adult Amateur Latin division. But even with these titles and accomplishments, what makes Nikolai stand out from so many dancers, is his desire to give back to the world. Nikolai is one of the only...

      Dancer Spotlight - Nikolai Tarasov

      Nikolai Tarasov is a USA National Champion in Ten-Dance and a National Semi-Finalist in the Adult Amateur Latin division. But even with these titles and accomplishments, what makes Nikolai stand out from so many dancers, is his desire to give back to the world.

      Nikolai is one of the only two dancers whom we have sponsored with multiple partners. In 2013, he became our second sponsored dancer ever and when he switched partners a year later, the choice was simple for us: sponsor Nikolai with his new partner, Amanda Marie Herrschaft.

      We firmly believe that a dancer's character is not measured by what he does on the dance floor, but rather what he does off the dance floor. Nikolai is a prime example of compassion, loyalty, and good-will. From his unsolicited, but highly appreciated, help during competitions we vend at to his will to spread love through dance on the streets of San Francisco, Nikolai's character of the floor is what makes his truly unique.

      He has worked on projects with various organizations dancing with strangers on the street and with under-privileged kids in various dance studios. He has offered his home to us and to his fellow competitors when there is a dance competition in San Francisco! He has bought shoes for one of his younger students with his own money, on at least two different occasions. He is literally the perfect representative of our brand and that is why we are so happy to have his as part of our team!

      Thank you Nikolai for being such an amazing sponsored dancer!

      Catch the #AIDABooth next weekend at the Twin Cities Open Ballroom Championships in beautiful Minneapolis, MN. See for yourself why so many #ChampionsChooseAIDA! Schedule a fitting my emailing us at info@aidadance.us! Check out the rest of our scheduled competitions for the year.

      Next Comp - Twin Cities Open

      Catch the #AIDABooth next weekend at the Twin Cities Open Ballroom Championships in beautiful Minneapolis, MN. See for yourself why so many #ChampionsChooseAIDA! Schedule a fitting my emailing us at info@aidadance.us! Check out the rest of our scheduled competitions for the year.