Not all skateboarders like to go fast and perform impressive and dangerous stunts. There are also those who find it a lot more fun to just do fluid lines down the street, twirling and stepping on their boards until they get tired. Or in other words, there’s the standard cruising and racing we’re most familiar with, and then there’s a less known skateboarding technique called “dancing”.
Skateboard dancing looks exactly the way it sounds like. It’s all about performing elegant and fluid moves while riding on the board. Although skateboard dancing does look rather simple and relaxing, it, in fact, requires maximum creativity and focus from the rider. The technique basically incorporates old-school boardwalking and dancing maneuvers with technical tricks and all kinds of additional stylish elements the rider wants to throw in.
While any longboard can be used for dancing, it’s a lot easier when you do it on models that are specifically designed for that purpose. Dancing longboard decks are longer and wider than those used for cruising and freeriding, giving you plenty of space to spin around, cross your feet and walk on the board. They are also a lot more stable and offer a nice and comfortable flex. Flex is especially important in skateboard dancing as the bounce gives you the extra power, flow and control needed for performing manoeuvres and tricks on the board.
Of course, there are different types of dancing longboard decks to choose from. The best dancing longboards include features that allow them to perform better. Usually, they come with a double kicktail that allows the rider to pop the board easily and perform regular and nose manuals. Urethane bumpers and insert rails are a great feature if you’re concerned about durability as they can protect the board from damage. Weight is also an important factor to consider. As dancing longboards are much larger, they also tend to be heavier. If you’re a newbie and need better control over the board, look for a set-up that doesn’t weigh that much and is easier to manoeuvre.
But don’t think that a dancing longboard is the only piece of gear you need to enjoy this style of skateboarding. It doesn’t matter how easier it may look than free-riding, it still involves movement, and if there’s nothing between you and the pavement, you’re bound to get injured badly. With that being said, before you start learning the basic cross step, it’s important to equip yourself with protective gear. Putting on a reliable helmet, good knee pads and arm pads, and I must say, comfortable shoes will ensure you stay safe while still having tons of fun.