• Five Dancing Tips and One Stylish Sandal for your Latin Dancing Routine

    By Nick on Wednesday, August 06, 2014

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    ​From San Francisco to Philadelphia, summer nights present the perfect opportunity to leave the house and experience the warm outdoors. Neighborhood walks, outdoor meals and evening hikes often fill our agendas, though a new summer phenomenon has started to surface: outdoor Latin dancing. Towns and cities nationwide have caught on to the craze, encouraging dancers to “move and groove” under the stars.

    At Dansko, we’re always looking for an excuse to show off our best moves. This got us thinking: which Dansko style would we choose for a night of dancing?

    With a striking cross-strap design, gorgeous full-grain leather upper and on-trend wedge heel with stud detailing, our Frida sandal effortlessly fits the bill. But Frida offers more than just style: a memory foam insert and breathable leather socklining will keep you moving from the first dance, to the last dance, to dinner and dessert, all in one stylish pair of sandals. So, what are you waiting for? Strap up those sandals and hit the dance floor. We’ll see you there.

    Before you embark on your night of swinging and rumbaing, we’d love to share a few tips for your next performance. Time to practice—summer won’t last forever!

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      1. Pick a style—and stick to it! Whether you choose the Cha Cha, Danza or ever-popular Salsa, we recommend learning one style before attempting another. If you try too many styles at once, you may confuse your steps! 

      2. Focus on your feet. Before you think about your hips, or even your arms, you will want to master the most important element of Latin dance—your footwork. Develop your dance steps, incorporate your hips and arms, and dance away.
       
      3. Learn the intricacies of leading and following. For Latin dances to work cohesively, leaders must know when to lead and followers must know when to follow. Picture yourself in a conversation with your partner; always tune into his or her moves, and anticipate when to respond.
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      4. Stay positive (and confident). Once you learn the ins and outs of basic Latin dance, the steps (and spins) will become second nature. Stay confident, and let your feet guide you from start to finish. As soon as you begin to second-guess yourself, the rhythm will become harder to follow!

      5. Dance with people of all abilities. Virtually every Latin dance requires a partner. So why not test your skills with a pro—and perfect your moves with a beginner? By practicing with a wide range of partners, you will learn all the intricacies of rhythmic dance.
       
      We hope you practice your skills this summer—and use our tips to become a Latin dance pro! Get outside and enjoy a free-spirited night of dancing in comfort and style.
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  • 10 Summer Suitcase Essentials for your Next Adventure

    By Meghan on Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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    ​As spring comes to a close, and as summer draws nearer, thoughts of day trips, vacations and at-home adventures will start to surface. Whether you visit Baltimore, Boise, Belgium, or Belize, we want to introduce you to one of our summer essentials: Irene from our Sienna collection. This active-inspired sandal delivers all-day comfort and support for your favorite activities, providing a go-to option for your summer suitcase.

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      While we encourage you to pack Irene, we understand that you may need to bring other items, too! Before you pack your bags, check out these summer suitcase essentials.​
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      1. Tote Bag: Prepare for lunch dates and beach trips with a canvas tote bag. Make sure your bag is roomy enough to stow away the essentials below!

      2. Sunglasses: Make a statement with a pair of stylish shades. For maximum UV protection, and to reduce glare from morning to evening, pack a polarized pair.
       

      3. Reusable Water Bottle: Stay hydrated on the run with an aluminum or BPA-free water bottle.  Remember to fill up often; your bright, cheery complexion will thank you!

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      4. Multipurpose Makeup: Speed up your morning routine—and lighten up your makeup bag—with a 3-in-1 facial product. Many options offer waterproof protection, perfect for the ocean, lake or pool.

      5. Magazines: Take a break from your summer schedule and read a magazine (or two). Grab a title you wouldn’t normally read, find a comfortable chair and start flipping through the pages! 
       
      6. Travel Journal: Uncover your inner-writer and document your adventure from start to finish. Remember to journal every day, even if you only share a few brief memories.
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      7. Sunscreen: Keep your skin healthy by packing a sunscreen rated SPF 15 or higher. Don’t forget to bring a sunscreen spray for your head, too—your hair offers less protection than you think!

      8. Sun Hat: Pack a hat to keep harmful UV rays away from your face and neck. Add a little style to your sun-ready routine with a playful sunhat—or a classic baseball cap.

      9. T-Shirts: Pick out several lightweight, low-key t-shirts for casual adventures. Make sure to include a few neutral options, too—nobody will notice if you wear them twice!

      10. Portable Speaker: Provide the ‘tunes this summer with a portable speaker. From mornings on the porch to afternoons by the pool, your friends and family will enjoy the upbeat vibe.

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