Different Styles of Floor for Different Styles of Dance
Different styles of dance, or even aerobics, require different styles of dance floor. From tap to ballet, and kickboxing to yoga, the floor makes a huge impact on the athlete and their body.
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. 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. This 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 Dance Floors
Marley flooring is a type of vinyl product designed specifically for dance. These 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. In the end, marley is a great choice for a dance area that primarily focuses on ballet or other soft soled shoes.
Hardwood Dance Floors
Wood floors are also a great option for dance spaces,
because wood is a versatile, multipurpose surface. Wood floors are customizeable with different finishes, depending on preference and type of facility. Hardwood is durable and can last for decades with proper maintenance and care. In general, hardwood dance floors can be used for any dance style, but are typically used for tap.
The flooring experts at Anderson Ladd and Haldeman Homme can help you design a dance floor that meets the individual needs of your facility. After installaion, Anderson Ladd will help you put a maintenance plan in place, customized to your type of floor, ensuring your investment lasts for years to come.