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Old 04-03-10, 12:02 AM   #1
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Hi everybody,

There may be a thread about this already, so point me in the right direction if there is, but if not, can you give me some advice?

In our show, we do a super fast Lindy Hop routine. As some of you know, my dance partner Mike is well over 6 feet tall, and I'm flipping over him again and again, landing from that height.

I used to be able to just tape my feet and deal with concrete or (yikes!) cobble stone, but I'm wondering what other people do, specifically tumblers and acrobats, when street performing on less-than-ideal surfaces? I've developed a chronic foot injury (bone bruising) that's making me rethink things.

We performed with some acrobats who put down a rug, but that won't work for us, as the fast turns and footwork would just cause knee problems on a rug.

Thoughts? Thank you!
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Old 04-03-10, 04:35 AM   #2
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Not sure if you're saying you do it bare foot or with shoes.
If you wear shoes, get some sorbathane insoles. Apparently they can absorb up to 94% of impact shock.
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Old 04-03-10, 12:40 PM   #3
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I've seen breakdancers put down heavy cardboard. Smooths the surface and gives some padding.
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Thanks for the advice. I do wear shoes. Grasshoppers. I will check out the sorbathane insoles. I'll have to experiment with cardboard. I wonder if it might be too slick. Thanks guys!
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Hi,

Try this site:
http://www.robbinsfloor.com/pulastic.html

I was also looking for a good portable floor I can haul around with me to take my pratfalls and stilt hopping. Pulastic works great. Ringling Bros. circus uses it to cover the arena floor city to city. Acrobats do all kinds of crazy things on them.

I contacted them to send me a sample of their pulastic floor. They sent me two 4x4 pieces which worked perfectly for my show. Didn't even had to buy them!

BUT the catch was, I was working for a theme park at that time and I was requesting the samples to see if we wanted them to fill up a theater.

It's heavy but it won't slip out from underneath you and it can take a beating.

Hope that helps!
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