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Dance Flooring Guide

As many studios practice a range of dance styles, it’s common to install multi-purpose flooring to cater to different types. There are numerous factors to consider when setting up your dance space, whether it be a commercial studio or a home dance area, the most important of which is choosing the proper flooring. You can match your needs to your flooring by considering the various dance flooring options that are available.

Dance floors provide distinct benefits to dancers in terms of improving performance and reducing the risk of injury. While reliability, ease of use, and durability are critical concerns, it is also crucial to consider how your flooring will look.

Greatmats offers affordable dance floors for one-time occasions, more resilient types for frequent usage, and custom-cut versions for the ideal fit.

This guide makes it easy to find exactly what you need. Keep reading to learn about the key differences between various types of flooring, compare popular products, and get answers to your questions!

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Before You Buy Your Dance Flooring

Considerations for purchasing dance flooring:

Before starting your search for the ideal dance floor, there are a few important factors to take into account. Each of these will be specific to your dancing style and studio environment. The blogs below provide information and tips about what to consider when purchasing flooring for your dance studio or home practice space.

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Top 10 Questions About Dance Flooring

Below are the most popular questions we've received around dance flooring. Click the question to find to get a detailed answer and explanation on these topics.
  1. Can I Place Dance Flooring Over Concrete?
    The best option is to add a subfloor over the concrete and then to place the thin dance floor over the subfloor. A sprung subfloor, a foam subfloor, a rubber subfloor, or a plastic subfloor are all options to go over the concrete.
  2. How Do I Make the Best Breakdance Floor?
    Breakdancing can be a fun workout, while also delivering a popular dance style. A dance floor that’s useful for breakdancing should be slip resistant, offer durability, contain cushioning, and include UV resistance (if you will use it outdoors).
  3. How Much Is a Marley Dance Floor?
    The majority of marley dance floors will have a cost of $2 to $3 per square foot of coverage, although some cost quite a bit more. These floors have other potential costs to watch for, too, including shipping, installation, and subflooring materials and installation.
  4. How Much Do Vinyl Dance Floor Rolls and Tiles Cost?
    The cost for your dance floor will depend on the style of material you select. Marley vinyl floors often cost $2 to $3 per square foot, but some cost more. Portable dance floor tiles often cost $4 to $7 per square foot, but wood tiles cost closer to $30 per square foot. 
  5. What Is a Marley Dance Floor Made of?
    Marley dance floor rolls will consist of either vinyl or PVC plastic, both of which are durable materials, even in thin configurations. Commonly, marley floors will measure between 1.5 mm and 3 mm in thickness. Both PVC and vinyl can accept tape or glue to secure the roll.
  6. Do I Want Portable or Permanent Dance Studio Flooring?
    Portable dance floor options work well for carrying the floor to performance locations, and they usually consist of tiles or lightweight marley rolls. Permanent options look great in a dance studio setting, where practices and performance will occur regularly.
  7. What Are the Top Tap Dance Floors?
    Because of the special shoes in use for tap dancing, the tap floor needs to include a few important traits, including the true sound it makes when struck with a tap. These floors should also be durable, portable, easy to assemble, and easy to store.
  8. How Do You Clean Dance Studio Flooring?
    Different cleaning methods should occur with dance floors on a regular basis. Mopping and sweeping the floor should happen a few times per week. Giving the floors a deep cleaning with a machine can occur a few times per year to keep the material in top condition.
  9. How Do You Install Marley Dance Floors Over Hardwood?
    When placing a roll of marley over a hardwood floor, fix any imperfections in the floor, such as protruding nails. Then place the rolls of marley across the floor, securing the rolls with tape across the top at the seams and tape or glue underneath.
  10. How Do You Store Marley Dance Floors and Vinyl Rolls?
    If you will be storing your roll of marley between usages or performances, clean it before storing it. After cleaning, roll up the sections of the floor around a tube. Make sure to store the rolls in an upright position. When stored horizontally, the weight of the floor could cause warping by collapsing on itself.
  11. How Do You Cut Marley Dance Flooring?
    Because rolls of marley flooring are so thin, cutting them to fit a certain location is easier than with other flooring options. Use a sharp utility knife, and have fresh blades on hand. Use a straight edge as a guide to create a clean cut.

Top Rated Dance Flooring Products

Rosco Adagio Marley Roll

Gray or Black Rosco Adagio Dance Flooring Rolls

The Rosco Adagio Marley Roll supports both hard-sole and soft-sole shoes, and customers can order it in a custom length, paired with the standard width of 5.25 feet.

EZ Portable Dance Floor Tile


The 12-by-12-inch vinyl EZ Portable Dance Floor Tiles pop together with a hidden interlocking system and are available in six faux wood stain colors.

Rosco Adagio Touring Portable Dance Roll

Rosco Adagio Touring Dance Flooring Roll

Our Rosco Adagio Touring Portable Dance Roll has a bit less weight than the average roll of marley flooring, making it easier to transport, yet it delivers the desired level of performance for multiple dance use cases.

Dance and Stage Pro Full Roll

Dance and Stage Flooring Professional Full Roll

For a high quality dance flooring that’s perfect for soft shoe dance types, available in multiple colors and ideal for performances, count on our Dance and Stage Pro Full Roll.

Rosco Dance Floor Reversible Roll

Rosco reversible dance flooring custom cut lengths

Our Rosco Dance Floor Reversible Roll, which is ideal for soft shoe dance and ballet, has black on one side and gray on the other side.

Dance Flooring Comparisons

Product Details & Dance Types

Rosco Adagio Marley Adagio Touring Marley Rosco Dance Marley Portable Tiles
‘rosco ‘Rosco ‘Marley ‘dance
5.25 Ft. x 101 Ft. 5.25 x 101 Ft. 5.25 x 131.3 Ft. 1x1 Ft. x 5/8 Inch
non-reversible non-reversible reversible non-reversible
all dance types all dance types soft shoes most dance types
$$$ $$ $$ $$$$$

Subfloor Products & Systems

Dance Studio Subfloor Elite Home Dance Subfloor Sport Plus Designer Foam Tile Sprung Dance Floor
dance studio subfloor cushioned dance studio subfloor mats and tiles sport plus designer foam tiles dance subfloor dance sprung subfloor
rolled rubber 4' wide x 3/8'' thick foam tiles 2x2' x 5/8'' thick foam tiles 2x2' x 10mm thick panel 3.5' x 3.5' x 2'' thick
plastic tiles 5/8'' thick plastic tiles 5/8'' thick n/a n/a
$$$ $$ $ $$$$$$

Which Dance Floor Do You Need?

  Ballet Tap Jazz Modern Lyrical Irish Flemenco Hip Hop Ballroom
Rosco Adagio  ✓  ✓  ✓  ✓  ✓  ✓  ✓  ✓  ✓
Rosco Dance Floor Reversible  ✓    ✓  ✓  ✓        
Portable Dance Floor Tile    ✓            ✓  ✓
Rosco Adagio Touring  ✓  ✓  ✓  ✓  ✓  ✓  ✓  ✓  ✓
Dance & Stage Pro  ✓    ✓  ✓  ✓      ✓  ✓
Vario 2.4  ✓  ✓  ✓  ✓  ✓  ✓  ✓  ✓  ✓

Where Will You Put Your Dance Floor?

  Over Concrete Over Carpet Over Tile Over Wood Over Laminate Over Rubber Over Foam Underlayment Over Sprung Floor Over Plastic Tile Underlayment
Rosco Adagio        ✓   ✓   ✓  ✓   ✓   ✓
Rosco Adagio Touring        ✓   ✓   ✓     ✓   ✓
Rosco Dance Floor Reversible         ✓  ✓   ✓     ✓   ✓
Dance & Stage Pro         ✓   ✓   ✓     ✓   ✓
Vario 2.4       ✓   ✓   ✓   ✓   ✓   ✓   ✓
Vario Reversible Marley         ✓   ✓   ✓     ✓   ✓
Home Dance Floor Package   ✓     ✓   ✓   ✓        
Dance Studio Subfloor Elite   ✓   ✓   ✓   ✓   ✓        
Sprung Dance Floor Panel   ✓   ✓   ✓   ✓   ✓        
Portable Dance Floor Tile   ✓   ✓   ✓   ✓   ✓   ✓      
Tap Dance Floor Portable Kit   ✓   ✓   ✓   ✓     ✓      

Featured Dance Flooring Testimonials

Dancin’ With Roxie

Adagio Marley Dance Flooring at Dancin with Roxie studio

Hosting 1,600 students at four Dancin’ With Roxie studio locations in Iowa, studio owner Richelle Morrissey needed a high-quality, all-purpose dance flooring that could handle multiple dance styles.

All Purpose Product: Rosco Adagio Marley Full Roll

River City Dance

dance studio flooring for tap and clogging

At River City Dance, studio owner Sheryl Baker found that our Rosco marley roll had the ability to stand up to clogging practice, while providing excellent slip control and true responsiveness in the sound it generates.

Tap/Clogging Product: Rosco Adagio Marley Full Roll

Abraham Lincoln High School

professional Marley flooring at High School Performance

At Abraham Lincoln High School, the theater department was able to turn an unused auto shop area into a black box theater, thanks to our dance flooring roll. A roll of rubber was used as an underlay between the concrete subfloor and the dance floor.

Theater Stage Product: Dance and Stage Pro Roll

Christine’s Dance Company

dance studio dancing with Roxie using professional Roscoe adagio marley flooring’ layout=

Christine’s Dance Company owner Christine Mattmiller needed a location for dance performances and partnered with the local high school. However, because the school did not have a flooring suitable for dance, she chose our portable dance floor roll, that could be easily removed afterward, to use for performances.

Touring Performance Product: Rosco Adagio Touring Portable Roll

Ballet Co. Laboratory

ballet co laboratory teaches on Rosco reversible dance flooring

Needing a dance flooring that’s suitable for both performances and practice, Ballet Co. Laboratory chose our gray and black reversible dance floor.

Savannah Manzel and Family


When the With two daughters thriving with learning dance, Savannah Manzel and family wanted to set up safe and useful dance spaces in their home. Our custom length marley roll provided the family with just the right length of floor to fit the desired spaces.

Jacob Rassi Family

Rosco adagio home dance floor in studio

With a desire to continue to build on his impressive hip hop dance career, Jacob Rassi and family decided to create a pro-level, safe training space at home with our marley flooring roll.

Timmorie Freeman

Ballet Subfloor With Timmorie Freeman

When creating a home dance studio, professional ballet dancer Timmorie Freeman knew she needed a high-quality subfloor for both support and cushioning underneath her pro-level marley floor.

Dance Subfloor Product: Dance Studio Subfloor Elite

Dance Flooring Installation & Maintenance Videos

Marley Dance Flooring Maintenance Tips

Home Marley Dance Floor Options for Over Concrete or Carpet

How To Install Marley Dance Floors Over Hardwood

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