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Dance Flooring Guide to Ideas, Videos and Installation Information

Dance Flooring Blogs, Instructions and Testimonials

Learn about dance flooring products through how-to videos and blogs, dance floor user testimonials and much more. Greatmats offers dance floors for dance studios as well as recitals and stage performances. You'll find permanent installation options as was as portable dance floors for weddings, banquet halls and event venues. Here you'll find how to install these dance floors and other information you need to know about use, maintenance, cleaning and performance.

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Dance Flooring Blogs, Instructions and Testimonials

If you think all dance flooring is basically the same, think again. Floors made for dance have several different designs, depending on the type of dance being performed and whether the installed floor will need to be permanent, temporary, or portable. Will the dance floors be used for stage performances or studio practices?

To track down the perfect dance flooring for your particular use case, explore the different subjects in this guide. It has all of the information required to help you narrow your search.

Flooring over carpet. For at-home use, dance flooring often involves a temporary solution. You’ll want a floor you can lay out easily as a DIY installation. After the practice time or the spontaneous dance party is over, you’ll want to place the flooring into storage, returning to the regular carpeted floor in the room.

Tiles with a faux wood grain finish vinyl top look great when placed atop carpet, giving dancers a sturdy surface with good footing. Many of these tiles will have a raised base with a smooth bottom and edges, so they won’t damage the carpet.

Flooring over concrete. You can lay out some types of dance flooring over concrete, creating a home practice area. Additionally, a dance studio holding performances away from the studio may encounter a concrete subfloor, requiring a proper floor and possibly portable subfloor choice.

For these use cases, a plyometric rubber underlayment is the best starting point. It creates a cushioning layer between the cement without sacrificing the stability of your dance flooring material, keeping dancers’ joints feeling fresher.

Another option is a sprung dance floor. This style of flooring for dancers has a built in padding under the top layer, creating the cushioning and stability you desire in one piece. The sprung floor tiles pop together easily to make a transportable option.

Tap dancing and clogging. Both tap dance and clogging need an extremely durable and firm floor. These dance styles generate noise as part of the dance. A few different flooring options work nicely for these dance styles.

A portable tap dance kit uses several tiles to create a small space that’s perfect for practice. The interlocking pieces stand up to stress without pulling apart. The firm surface yields the satisfying click noise you want for tap dancing, and it’s also durable.

Kits are a nice choice, as you will receive ramped border pieces that finish off the flooring perfectly. Adding a ramped border prevents someone from tripping of the edge of the assembled floor.

Cloggers can use a variety of flooring designs to receive the level of performance they’re seeking. Interlocking tiles are nice, as they’re easily transportable and have a tough vinyl lop layer. Sprung dance floors also work well for clogging.

For studios, a high-quality marley floor is the tap and clogging flooring of choice.

Ballroom dancing. When selecting the perfect ballroom dance flooring, you’ll want to pay attention to both the materials in use and the look they provide. Ballroom dance can be performed on a wood grain surface or a colored surface, as long as it looks stylish.

Because ballroom dancing can involve a variety of shoes, including high heels, the floor needs to have a high level of durability.

Vinyl is a common material for this type of dancing, as it doesn’t provide too much grip, allowing dancers to slide their feet as needed. But it’s also slip resistant. It can carry a high quality wood grain finish or a particular color in the top layer.

Should you need a temporary type of flooring for ballroom dancing, such as for creating a dance floor for a party or wedding, interlocking tiles that don’t require adhesive are a nice choice. In this case, the tiles will use a plastic base with a vinyl top. As these tiles often measure 1x1 foot, they’re easily transportable for installation almost anywhere. They can even be installed over carpet.

Marley flooring. When you need dance flooring that can handle multiple styles of dance, marley flooring is the best choice. Jazz, modern, and other types of dance work nicely with these rolls. The material can be cut to fit any size of area.

Because it is available in multiple color choices, including a reversible black and gray option, you can match any décor setting you encounter with a marley dance floor.

Rolls of marley have a low price per square foot of coverage. The materials in use are far from cheap in build quality, though, as some are durable product that can handle both hard- and soft-soled shoes used in dance. You'll want to pay attention to which marley you choose, however, as some are designed strictly for soft shoes and bare feet. These should not be used for tap.

Dance flooring guide. Some people choose rental companies when seeking a dance floor. While this can be successful in some situations, the smarter choice in terms of cost in the long run is a flooring purchase.

The peace of mind of owning your own floor and always having it available in the size and style you want – versus finding the floor you want out of stock at a rental company just when you desperately need it – is another significant benefit of flooring product ownership.

Should you need additional information on finding the right floors for your dancers, click on some of the links here, as they contain multiple options, ideas, videos, and customer testimonials.

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