Dance floors require different materials and subflooring, depending on the type of dance and activities done in the space. Getting the right amount of resilience and comfort for a dance floor is crucial in providing a healthy environment for elite athletes to practice on. Not only do you need to consider the type of dance you’ll be doing in the space, but also the type of footwear—tap shoes will cause different levels of wear on floors than ballet.
The subfloor is extremely important. The subfloor is what gives the dance floor the right amount of comfort, shock absorption, and bounce. Dancing on surfaces with no subfloor is hard on the body. It takes a toll on tendons, joints and bones, and can often lead to stress fractures and shin splints within hours.
Marley flooring is a type of vinyl product designed specifically for dance. Marley is a great choice for a dance area that primarily focuses on ballet. Marley floors are widely regarded in the dance community as the premier dance flooring option, but that doesn’t always ring true. Dance floors are subjective and depend entirely on the needs of your space.
Wood floors are also a great option for dance spaces, because wood is a versatile, multipurpose surface. Wood floors can be customized with different finishes, depending on preference and type of facility. Hardwood floors are durable and can last for decades with proper maintenance and care.
Anderson Ladd is a turnkey athletic facility equipment and flooring designer, installer and service company. Since 1949, the company has serviced thousands of athletic facility owners, designers and builder contractors. AL offers total turnkey solutions, from design, to installation, to maintenance. With design services, you can see your facility before construction starts. Project Managers are on hand during installations to guarantee your vision is realized and carried out, and our fully trained installation staff is there throughout the project. Anderson Ladd provides full maintenance and repair for all of our flooring options. Our trained technicians are on hand to assist you in making sure you maintain the lifespan of your investment.