i'm not into heels, particularly not stilettos. but i'm definitely not into seeing them on the dance floor. and especially not when the dancing is competitive and you know the female dancers have had to spend hours practicing in the most uncomfortable and inappropriate footwear available on the market.
this was particularly brought home when geraldine brophy was so happy to be sent off dancing with the stars this week. she had been dancing with extremely sore feet, apparently would have her feet in a bucket of ice prior to her performance in order to numb them, and i'm sure the pain wasn't helped by the appalling footwear.
now i don't claim to be an expert on dance. in fact i'd be one of the more ignorant people around. but i've seen very few dances around the world requiring women to wear stiletto heels. from irish dancing to indian classical dance to square dancing to ... well anything i can think of really ... women get to dance with flats, wedgy heels or bare feet. so why this expectation in ballroom dancing, and why do we continue to put up with it when we know it's damaging to women's health?
i'm thinking that there must be scope for an OSH investigation here. the dancers are being paid to perform i would think, so the dance floor is their place of work. and the employers are deliberately requiring women to put their health and safety at risk. it must be a breach of something.