Decisions about the appropriateness of bare feet for dance should be based on information in Chapter 2, Section 10, 2.10.22, page 176, and should consider the following:

Level of impact – how much high-impact activity is involved (eg jumping or stamping)? (See Chapter 2, Section 9, page 162, for more information.)

Competence of the students – to what extent can they perform high-impact actions with safe technique (eg good take-offs and landings)?

Type of contact with the floor by the feet – do the dance actions involve lots of skipping (eg traditional English/Scottish country dancing); ‘shuffling’ and ‘sliding’ (eg ‘hip-hop’); slides, spins and turns (eg jazz dance)? These can be quite abrasive for bare feet.

Repetition and duration involved – how often are the dance actions performed, especially those that might be abrasive for bare feet or that are high impact?

Resilience of the floor surface – is the floor sprung, partially sprung or concrete?

Cleanliness, condition and temperature of the floor – has the floor been used by those
wearing outdoor shoes? Is the floor damaged, gritty, dirty or cold?