Dancers - Industries and Sectors
What are the best floors for your needs?
The dance studio is essentially a dancer's 'work' environment, with the floor being the tool that is a fundamental part of their work. This is why making the correct choice of dance floor is vital.
Whether you choose a sprung floor with a vinyl or hardwood surface, or simply a vinyl floor, there is increasing focus towards choosing dance floors that meet both performance aspirations as well as conforming to health and safety requirements to minimise the risk of falling or incurring injury.
- Sprung dance floor: Provides some degree of bounce and flexes under impact. Performers need this to absorb shock and protect their joints from injury, especially when performing jumps.
- Semi-sprung dance floor: Designed to dampen bounce. Very thick vinyl flooring is often referred to as semi-sprung.
- Vinyl dance floor: These can be used alone or as a dance surface on a sprung sub-floor. They offer added assurance for better protection from the risk of slipping and falling.
Choosing a floor very much depends on the dance style. Browse our range to get a better idea of the best floor for your needs, use our Floor Selector Guide to narrow down your search or contact our friendly and experienced team.
How Harlequin are supporting this sector
Harlequin Floors has been working closely with the dance community for many years to develop a range of floors suitable for all forms of dance; from classical ballet to tap and street.
Reducing dancer injury is an important part of Harlequin's product development. Through testing and discussions with some of the world's biggest dance companies, we are continually trying to improve our product offering. A White Paper entitled 'The facts about sprung floors for dance' outline the research that has been carried out concerning dance floors.
- You may hear terms like 'area elastic' and 'point elastic' when discussing floors. An area-elastic floor flexes over a wider area to avoid the 'trampoline effect' whereas a point-elastic floor shows deflection or 'give' only at the point of contact.
- When planning a dance space, the height of the room is just as important so dancers do not feel inhibited in achieving height, especially when jumping. Often, one dancer may need to stand on the shoulders of another and raise his or her arms in the air, so a ceiling height of at least 3.5 metres is ideal.
- The UK dance space rule of thumb is to provide primary school aged children with 3m² of space per participant and for secondary school children and adults, 5m² per participant.
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Guide to Dance Floors
Harlequin Aspire specification sheet
Harlequin ballet barres leaflet
Harlequin News - 2014
Harlequin Professional Home Studio Kits
Harlequin's vinyl floors leaflet
Specifying Dance Floors - White Paper
Why sports floors are not suited to dance
If you would like further information, FREE samples, a quote or just wish to discuss your requirements in more detail then feel free to contact our experienced sales team. They've worked on a wide range of projects and can advise on the best floors for your needs, along with accessories and aftercare.