The Top 2 Factors in Choosing Dance Flooring
By Created: June, 2017 - Modified: December, 2021
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Choosing the right dance floor to install can be a daunting task. With literally hundreds of different forms of dance out there, each has different needs in dance flooring. So how do I know I'll pick the right dance floor for my studio, hall or home?
Two key areas to watch are slip resistance and shock absorption. Both factors should play large roles in fitting dance styles with the appropriate flooring. Dancing on improper surfaces, such as concrete can cause pain, injury or even irreversible damage to your body.
Slip resistanceDifferent styles of dance require different levels of slip resistance. Ballet dancers need a much higher degree of grip than do ballroom or bare feet dancers. While much of the slip control can be regulated through the use of proper footwear, floor surfaces still play a critical role.
Engineered wood is also a common economical alternate to expensive hardwood dance flooring as it is less liable to warp or shrink.
Proper care, storage, and cleaning is critical to maintaining proper slip control on your dance surface and extending the life of your dance floor. Avoiding even minimal dirt and water can play a huge role. Gym floor coverings can help protect your dance floor surface when not in use for dancing.
Sprung floors can be supported by resilient materials, such as foam backing or rubber feet, or by mechanical cushioning, such as criss-crossing wooden slats.
An alternative to sprung floors is having the floor built over a wooden frame, which will provide some give and spring.
Another alternative to sprung floors is using layers of foam and athletic flooring tiles beneath your finished dance floor surface. This system provides excellent shock absorption, but does not offer spring.
While slip resistance and shock absorption do not account for all factors for proper dance flooring, they'll give you a solid start to narrowing down your options in your quest for the perfect dance flooring.
Which Dance Floor is Right For You
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