Dancers need a floor that can handle their twists, leaps, and other explosive motions during rehearsals and competitions, as well as during practice.
Choosing the right dancewear can be a challenge when there are so many different styles and materials to consider! Find the answers to your most pressing flooring concerns in our in-depth dance flooring guide, and learn how to make the best choice for your needs!
Where Can You Use Dance Floors?
All kinds of activities can be performed on dance floors! Are you ready to move to the music? Let’s take a leap into the unknown.
- Not only ambitious performers use dance floors at weddings and parties. Dance floors can be used for parties, weddings, birthdays, and more! Those in search of a surface that is easy to clean, easy to maintain, and won’t get ruined by a night of dancing may consider renting a portable dance floor. You can save money in the long run by renting a dance floor for your company’s events.
- Check out these videos to help you improve your pirouettes and hip-hop moves at home. Dance floor bundles and portable dance tiles and rolls allow you to take the studio with you wherever you go.
- To guarantee that its dancers have surfaces that fit well with the class style, studios often feature a variety of dance floors throughout their facilities. Tap and other specialized dances necessitate separate flooring than lyrical and ballroom dances, which are performed on the same floor.
- Resilient and heavy-duty dance flooring is commonly used in the production areas and stages of many musical theaters. Choreography in many musicals necessitates the use of sturdy flooring.
Are Dance Floors Necessary?
Dancing floors are essential for a safe and enjoyable experience. If you’re looking for a non-inviting surface on which to dance, try concrete, tile, grass, or even your normal hardwood floor.
Choosing dance floors as a flooring option has numerous advantages. Here are a few examples:
Pros of Dance Floors:
- Keeps your body safe: Every dancer needs to take precautions to keep their joints safe. Dancing on the stage is one of the most important considerations in preventing injuries. Dancers benefit from a flooring that absorbs shock, allowing them to move more freely and reducing the danger of damage.
- In order to facilitate pirouettes and acrobatics, dance floors are designed with materials that provide exactly the right amount of slide and grip. Performers will be able to do their performances with ease, as they will have all the control they need.
- Dancers’ joints can take a beating after hours of floor practice. The type of floor a dancer moves on has a direct impact on the amount of energy and force they can produce.
What are Dance Floors Made Out of?
Various materials can be used to make dance floors. Here, we’ve identified four of the most typical dancing studio selections.
- Vinyl dance floor rolls, also known as Marley flooring, are the most widely used and most versatile type of floor covering available.
- Hard plastic dancing tiles are one of the most versatile solutions we have available. As a stand-alone floor, atop carpet, or under Marley vinyl floors they are excellent. When it comes to dancing subfloors, these are superior to alternatives that may be too soft for certain styles, like as pointe.
- A cushioned yet strong surface for dancers’ joints is provided by sprung foam and rubber subfloors. Rubber dance mats and underlays absorb shock, which is good for the dancers’ legs. Drill and dance teams wishing to increase their plyometric training would benefit greatly from this resource.
How Do You Choose Between Dance Floor Rolls vs. Tiles?
The two most popular types of dance flooring are rolls and tiles. You can always rely on them to keep your event running well.
If you need to cover a vast area in a dance studio, dance floor rolls are an excellent option. They give off a polished appearance that can be used both temporarily and permanently because they are so simple to install.
If you’re seeking for a non-reflective and non-skid vinyl floor for your performance stage, we recommend ProStep Dance Floor Rolls.
Temporary flooring or dancing forms requiring good acoustics can benefit from the use of dance floor tiles, which are available in a variety of attractive colors and patterns. Solid-color, wood, and stone-look dance floor tiles are available to compliment any decor.
You may create a dance studio in your garage or basement by purchasing Practice Dance Tile Kits.
How Big of a Dance Floor Do You Need?
The size of your dance floor will be determined by a variety of factors, such as how many dancers will be participating in a single routine and whether or not the space will be utilized on several times.
Our tiles and rolls are also available in a variety of pre-configured and custom-order square foot options so that you can design your dance floor vision with the exact amount of material.
9 square feet per pair is a good rule of thumb:
- Three-foot-by-three-foot dancing floor for individual use
- Dance and aerobics practice area: 5 ft x 5 ft
- up to eight couples can dance and mingle on this large dance floor.
What’s the Best Type of Dance Floor?
If you want a floor that is ideal for dancing, start with the material and style of dance it was built for. Rolls and tiles are often interchangeable when it comes to resiliency, style, and longevity. Just a few of our favorites are included here.
Our VersaStep Dance Rolls are ideal for all types of dance, including jazz, lyrical, ballet, and ballroom. Their versatility makes them an excellent choice for dancers looking for a surface that is both grippy and stable.
Use Practice Dance Tiles for hip-hop, tap, Flamenco and Irish Jig! The intricate sole and partner dance will sound crystal-clear with the proper foot support and acoustics.
Our ProStep Dance Rolls can be utilized with a wide range of styles, including advanced pointe, thanks to their compatibility with soft-soled shoes. Full roll and custom cut choices make ProStep a budget-friendly solution for residential installations and on-the-go flooring when traveling..
Is the Springstep subfloor hard to install? What do I need to install it?
Springstep IV does not necessitate the use of any installation products. Snapping together its components is made simple by an innovative tongue and groove mechanism. Even a beginner installer can do it. Glue or screws are not required. Customizing the panels to match your room will require a circular saw, although the floor panels require only minimal trimming. The Springstep IV is a subfloor that doesn’t need to be attached to the floor or wall, yet it looks and functions like one. Adding or subtracting additional square footage is always an option when using the Springstep IV subfloor.
How many pieces of dance floor will I need?
We can only construct dance floors in multiples of three due to the fact that each floor component is 3’x3′ in size. To find this out, divide the length by 3, then divide the width by 3, and multiply these two values together to get the number of pieces required.
Count the number of dance floor pieces by multiplying the length by the width.
30 pieces for a 15′ by 18′ (153)x(183) =
This is an example of how to calculate the number of pieces needed for a 12-by-12-foot area.
How many pieces of sub floor will I need?
If your dance floor (seen above) requires a subfloor (such as grass, gravel, bark dust, etc.), you’ll need to figure out what big it should be. Sections of the dance floor are 3’x3′, with the edge pieces adding an additional 3″ to the perimeter. There are a few 4′ × 4′ pieces among our subfloor materials, but most are 4′ x 8′. To get the nicest aesthetic, you’ll want to go for a dance floor size that has the least amount of excess subfloor around the perimeter of the dance floor. Since it takes up 15.5 feet by 15.5 feet and rests on a 16-foot-by-16-foot subfloor, our 15-foot-by-15-foot outdoor dance floor is by far the most popular. The difference in size is only 3 inches all the way around the dance floor.
How does delivery and set-up work and how much does it cost?
In addition to the cost of delivery and pickup, setup and disassembly are available for $4.00 per piece (two up, two down). The installation of a subfloor is included in the cost of the dance floor setup and dismantle. Delivery and pick-up costs are depending on the distance and number of people needed to provide the final formal quote. Inquiries about this fee can be made by contacting our store.
When should I reserve my dance floor?
To increase your chances of getting the dance floor you want, all of our dance floors are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Please call our store and explain your situation if you need a rental on short notice. It is recommended to give us at least two to three months’ notice, but if your event falls during our busiest season, we ask for at least four months’ notice (May-September).
Can I set up a dance floor outside?
Yes. Our snap lock dance floors are safe for outdoor use, however if being placed on grass, gravel, bark dust or other uneven surface, a layer of sub floor will be required to create stability and safety for you and your guests.
Is there a deposit for dance floor?
However, the refundable deposit is only required for our snap-lock dance floors and not the indoor dance floors. Each portion of our snap lock dance flooring is comprised of nine 1’x1′ sections. In order to ensure that the dance floor is returned in three-by-three-foot parts, a refundable reassembly deposit of $4.00 per three-by-three-foot section is required for self-setup. If you have our employees set up and break down your account, this deposit is not necessary.
Can I set up my own dance floor?
Yes. If you have the manpower and time to set up and take down your own dance floor, you can save a lot of money. Customers are welcome at our store to pick up the parts themselves or have us deliver them to them.
How much is shipping? How long will it take for me to receive my product?
Due to the weight and distance of each item, shipping time and cost will vary. Upon request, a Stagestep employee will give you an estimate of shipping costs free of charge. Most orders are delivered within 7 to 10 business days of the order being placed, if not sooner.
How Can You Install Dance Floors?
- In the case of touring dance troupes, performers on the go as well as event flooring, portable dancing floors are ideal because they are lightweight and easy to set up. Many alternatives are available in the form of interlocking dance floor tiles, which may be stacked or put in a bag for convenient transportation and storage.
- Double-sided dance floor tape can be used to create semi-permanent flooring, which can be kept in place for a long period of time. Semi-permanent is a popular option for individuals in want of a more durable, although yet easily removed, temporary installation.
- Dance studio flooring that is permanently installed is the most popular and strongest option. Your dance floors should last for many years and be free of buckles if they are installed correctly.
With one or two volunteers, installing dance floors is a reasonably simple task! Installation can be completed in just a few hours to one day for the vast majority of consumers.
Do You Need a Subfloor for Dance Floors?
You can think of it as an extra layer of defense between the subfloor and the main floor. Consider it as everything below the stage, and you’ll have a better picture.
In order for the subfloor to absorb the energy that is transmitted from the main floor into the subfloor, dense foam, hard plastic, or rubber, must be used. Sprung dance floors, which support and stabilize the joints of dancers, require subfloors.
If a subfloor isn’t in the cards, a piece of plywood can act as a protective barrier between your carpet, tile, or concrete base.