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Home Dance Flooring for Home Studios and Practice

Whether you want to become a Rockette or just have a little extra practice space, there is an easy, affordable home dance flooring option for you. Learn how to choose the best floor for your needs.

If you want to practice your dance moves outside the studio, you can create your own home studio with home dance flooring!

In this guide, you’ll learn about the different types of home dance flooring, how to install and maintain it, the pros and cons, and more!

Types of Home Dance Flooring

Practice Dance Tile Kits

There are two main types of flooring you can use at home: tiles and Marley rolls. They both have their own strengths and benefits. Here’s a breakdown so you can decide which option is better for you.



Practice Dance Tiles for Home

Dance floor tiles are most popular for at-home practice spaces. People love these tiles because they come together in a snap and they are ultra-portable, so you can move them around as you need.


Pros:
  • DIY-friendly: Dance floor tiles are very easy to install on your own. Just snap them together and you’re done.
  • Portable: The great thing about dance tiles is that you can pull them up and put them away if you need to use your space for something else. Plus, you can take them with you if you’re traveling.
  • Low-maintenance: They don’t require a lot of cleaning or care, and they’re built to last. That means you can spend more time dancing.


Cons:
  • Price: All that convenience comes with a slightly higher price tag, but it’s worth it for the time and effort saved.
  • Not as versatile: Dance tiles are usually more suited for social dance or as a very small practice space for other styles.


Marley Roll Flooring for Home

Marley rolls are dance rolls made of vinyl. They provide slip control while having just enough “fastness” for spins and other fancy footwork. The name “Marley” comes from an older brand that became so popular, the name is now synonymous with vinyl dance rolls.


Pros:
  • Optimal surface: Marley rolls offer the perfect amount of grip and slip for all dance styles.
  • DIY install: Just roll it out, tape it down, and get to dancing!
  • Affordable: Marley rolls aren’t as pricey as dance tiles.


Cons:
  • Storage: Dance rolls are pretty bulky, and that can pose a problem if you need to store them somewhere.
  • Portability: If you’re sharing your space and you need to move your floor out of the way, it can be a hassle to pull up the floor and move it.


The Best Practice Dance Flooring Options

Not sure what to choose? We have a few dance flooring options that are perfect for a home dance space. Explore the possibilities!


3' x 3' Practice Dance Floor

3’x3’ Practice Dance Floor

The 3’x3’ surface is just big enough to practice turns and choreography. You can put it down next to the counter and do an entire ballet barre section at home with plies, tendus, etc.

This vinyl-topped floor is the perfect surface for ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, and even social dancing. Not to mention, these tiles are much easier on your joints than traditional home flooring.

Best of all, this dance floor is lightweight and easy to move. For safety, make sure to place your floor over a hard, level subfloor and not plush carpet.

Practice Dance Tile Kits

Practice Dance Tile Kits

This dance tile kit is available in multiple sizes to perfectly fit your practice space. It comes complete with edge pieces for a finished look.

Our Dance tile kit is simple to assemble and take apart for multiple uses. Whether practicing beginners ballet, line dancing, or for use as event flooring, you are sure to find what you are looking for with our Practice Dance Tile Kits.

Practice Dance Tiles

Practice Dance Tiles

Easy, portable, versatile, and fun – these tiles are versatile enough for ballet, tap, jazz, events, and more. They are truly our do-it-all dance tile.

These tiles are American-made with the look and feel of real wood. They’ll give you the look of a fancy NYC studio flooring in your own home!

Bonus: These dance tiles are suitable for indoor and outdoor use. Just be sure to place your floor over a hard, level subfloor, and not plush carpet.



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ProStep Dance Floor Package with Subfloor

ProStep Dance Floor Package with Subfloor

This ProStep dance floor roll comes as a complete package with a supportive subfloor. It’s the ideal budget-friendly solution for your home dance floor. Just install it over any hard, flat surface.

This dance roll kit is suitable for contemporary styles, hip hop, lyrical, and jazz. You can also practice ballet, excluding pointe.

Home Dance Subfloors

All you need for your subfloor is a clean, flat, level surface.

That being said, we very strongly encourage you to think about a sprung floor or home dance subfloor. It absorbs impact and prevents injury when you’re leaping and spinning.

Whether you’re just creating a home practice space or even a beginner dance studio, you have a lot of super affordable options when it comes to your subfloor.


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3/8 Home Dance Subfloor Tiles

3/8″ Home Dance Subfloor Tiles

These lightweight yet durable subfloor tiles are perfect for home use. You can easily install them on your own to enjoy cushioned support for balance and landings.

This subfloor is not recommended for use with pointe. However, it can be used for introductory/beginner ballet, jazz, modern dance styles, and tap if used with a VersaStep floor.

It pairs perfectly with any Marley dance floor rolls, such as VersaStep, Adagio Tour, and reversible ProStep.

Premium Home Dance Subfloor Kit

Premium Home Dance Subfloor Kits

This is a step up! The combination of affordable foam subflooring with a hard plastic top layer ensures maximum stability.

With our Premium Dance Subfloor Kits, you can practice ballet dance styles (including pointe), jazz, and modern. They are also great for tap, due to the increased sound quality with the hard top surface.

The top, ultra-sturdy plastic layer makes this subfloor a great option for all levels and most styles of dance. It’s also an excellent option for touring companies and studios who don’t have the option to use traditional sprung subflooring.

How to Install Practice Dance Flooring



Installing Dance Floor Tiles

Each dance flooring option has specific installation instructions, but the basics are always the same. Dance floor tiles are incredibly easy to install, and the edges interlock with a snap.

Just follow these six simple steps:
  1. Start at one corner and place the first tile with the peg edges facing towards the corner. The looped sides should face out.
  2. Insert the pegs of the second tile into the loops of the first. Gently step on the edge of the tiles to connect them. Repeat until you finish one full side of your dance floor.
  3. To start a second row, connect the top of your second-row tile with the bottom of your first-row tile.
  4. Follow the same process to fill in the whole floor.
  5. Add any finishing edge pieces you purchased. These will either have loop or peg edges. Start with the peg edges, and lay them out to be sure you have enough before clicking them into place.
  6. As you did with the peg edges, count out all of the loop edges to make sure you have enough. Once you are ready you can click the loop edges into place to complete your floor.
Note: If you’re installing tiles to cover the whole floor, you’ll have to cut them to fit when you come up to a wall. Just trim the tile using a tile cutter or a power saw with a fine-toothed blade. Be sure you leave a 3/4” gap between the tiles and the wall for expansion and contraction.


Installing Dance Floor Rolls

You can install Marley dance floor rolls with double-sided tape. It provides a strong hold without being difficult to remove.
  1. Unroll the flooring and let it rest until it lays flat. This could take up to two days.
  2. Install the roll with the shiny side down, and the matte side up. The performance top is textured slightly with calendaring to reduce the risk of slipping.
  3. If you need to cut it to fit, use a straight edge and a utility knife. Leave a 1/4″ gap between the roll and any walls to account for expansion and contraction.
  4. Apply double-sided carpet tape to the underside of each edge of the roll, and firmly press the edges to the floor, ensuring there are no ripples.
  5. When installing over foam subfloor tiles, you might have excess around the edges. Tape this extra perimeter down to your main floor using Mat Tape, to create a tapered installation. If there isn’t extra around the edges, simply tape the perimeter directly to the subfloor tiles using Mat Tape.
  6. If you have multiple rolls, use mat tape on top to join the seams.
Note: Over time, you may need to replace the tape as it gets worn down or torn from footwork. You should refresh the top tape every few months. The double-sided tape underneath can last for a couple of years.

How to Clean and Maintain Dance Flooring

ProStep Dance Floor - Custom Cut

Our practice and portable dance floors are tough, durable, and built to last. Many boast up to a 12-year warranty so you can be certain this floor will last you for years or practice.

To keep it clean, just vacuum or sweep up any loose crumbs, dust, or debris. For tougher dirt, damp mop the floor with a mild soap and water mixture. There’s not a lot of fuss, which means less time for cleaning, more time for practice!

Dance Flooring FAQs

Premium Home Dance Subfloor Kit

Get answers to some of the most common questions about home dance flooring.

Can You Put Home Dance Flooring Over Carpet?

You can install dance flooring over carpet as long as it isn’t too plush. You can often assemble dance tiles directly over low pile carpet. For Marley rolls, you need to place plywood boards first to create a stable subfloor.


Can You Practice Pointe at Home?

You can practice pointe at home if you have the right flooring. You either need to use dance floor tiles or a Marley roll with a firm subfloor underneath it. Overdoing it and practicing too much outside of class, or practicing with the wrong flooring could result in injury.


Can You Tap Dance on Marley Flooring?

It’s possible to tap dance on Marley flooring as long as you have the right subfloor. You need a firm surface underneath that will better conduct the sound, such as our Premium Home Dance Subfloor Kit.

Home Dance Flooring Reviews

ProStep Dance Floor Package with Subfloor
ProStep Dance Floor Package with Subfloor

“Perfect, fast, high quality, everything was included, instructions were clear. My daughter, who is a high school senior dance student loves the floor. She is making her college entrance audition tapes from home this year and needed a floor where she could practice and display Modern, Ballet, and Pointe techniques correctly. She has been accepted to nearly every school she applied to.”
– Scott

Conclusion

Ready to get dancing? Order free samples of our dance tiles or go for it and order your full-blown dance floor kit today!