Costumes for Stilt Walkers
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Stilt Walker Costumes and Extra equipment
There are some extra pieces of equipment that I
would recommend. Firstly (and MOST importantly),
knee pads are required even when you are at a
professional level. These can save you from severe
injury. Secondly, shin pads are excellent for making
your stilts more comfortable. All types of stilts
need to be strapped on tight. The shin pads will
protect your legs from the straps as they can become
quite painful after extended periods of
walking/performing. Also for the absolute beginner
wrist guards and a helmet will help protect you from
most falls. Further, these will help you feel a
little safer when starting.
Stilt Walker Costumes: Drywall stilts are the
easiest to use and easiest to learn on. Using these
is the closest to walking with your own legs!
However, these have disadvantages too. They can be
expensive, especially to repair. They have large
feet, which makes them less versatile for costuming.
They can be noisy too, and often sound like Dr.
Strangelove's arm. These really are geared for use
by beginners. However, a professional stilt walker
will use them in limited circumstances for certain
performances. They are excellent for stationary
costumes like statues, jugglers and big heavy
Stilt Walker Costumes: Pole stilts are the most
commonly used stilts by performers. These are a lot
harder to learn on. However, pole stilts allow for
more graceful movement once you have mastered them.
There are many variations of pole stilt, from home
made wooden stilts to aluminium stilts. Some have
the brace up the back and some up the side. Some
stilts use Velcro straps, and some bolt the shoes
in. I prefer aluminium stilts with a brace up the
side and my shoes bolted in for my performances.
Shoes bolted in are more secure as Velcro allows for
more movement in the foot, which is generally
undesirable. Side braces can often feel more secure
for advanced movements.
Stilt Walker Costumes: Finally there are powerised
jumping stilts. These have a curved spring loaded
pole which uses the down force of your weight to
provide lift, much like having a trampoline strapped
to your foot. These are great fun and you can get
some big air and great speed up on them. Costuming
is sometimes restricted with the “poweriser” jumping
stilts. These certainly do take some practice. It is
harder to become more advanced on these due to the
acrobatic nature of the exercises these make
possible. Once you got all this down, then there is
the Stilt Walker Costumes. You can either design
yourself one or you can buy one. Some places can
tailor make you one from your design. The Stilt
walker costume will help complete your act as a
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