The importance of specifying the correct floor for dance education

The importance of specifying the correct floor for dance education

Whether you are specifying a dance floor for the world’s leading dance companies or for classes in schools, colleges or universities, the same fundamental criteria apply. Wherever a student chooses to study dance, it is important to make sure that the learning environment is equipped to professional standards with sprung floors, mirrors, and barres.

Choosing the correct dance surface is vital for dancers’ health, safety, and artistic performance. All sprung floors are not the same and understanding the differences between various types of floors available is important.

The floor is a dancer’s most important work tool. Not only is it the canvas for their creativity, it also gives them protection against slips, falls and longer-term stress injuries.

Experts in biomechanics have established a clear link between the quality of a dance floor and the likelihood of injury, demonstrating that a floor with a consistent response and the correct degree of ‘traction’ is vital.

Ensure correct specification

The flooring manufacturer has a role to play in ensuring dancers have a safe environment in which to rehearse and perform.

Harlequin is widely recognised as the world’s leading authority on dance floors. As an enlightened manufacturer Harlequin has always worked closely with the dance community to develop floors that dancers feel confident performing on. Harlequin has over 45 years’ experience manufacturing, supplying and installing professional performance floors, chosen by the world’s leading venues - from the Royal Opera House, to the Paris Opera Ballet and the Queensland Ballet.

This assurance of quality is not only applicable to elite dancers. It is equally important to provide amateur dancers in performing arts colleges, universities and schools with the same quality flooring. Aspiring dancers need protection too if they are to avoid cutting short their future careers in dance.

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