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About Dance Flooring

There are so many dance flooring options out there, so it only makes sense that you want to do some research before you consider buying. Stick around to get all the details on the many types of dance flooring.

Dance Flooring - Everything You Need To Know

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Dance Flooring FAQ

Dance Flooring Overview

Dance flooring is designed to be safe, durable, slip-resistant and sturdy. Whether you prefer jazz, tap, ballet, contemporary, or even social dances, there’s a flooring option specialized to heighten your performance with optimal grip, sound, and comfort.

Dance floor products come in a variety of styles, from highly portable tiles to ultra-versatile vinyl floor rolls. You have the opportunity to set up your own studio or home dance practice room or take your show on the road with a temporary setup.

So, no matter what you’re looking for, you can be sure there’s a flooring option out there for you.
 
 
 

Dance Flooring Pros and Cons

What are the advantages of dance flooring?
  • Portable tiles: Tile flooring options are perfect for those dancers who are always on the go. If you need a quality surface to practice or perform when you’re away from the studio, portable flooring is the way to go.
  • Easy installation: Most dance flooring is very simple to install - just spread out that marley roll over a sprung subfloor, or connect those tiles together! Most dance floors can be DIYed, and that’s important if your dance company is on the road a lot.
  • Durability: It’s no secret that a dance floor faces a lot of high-impact traffic. All those leaps, twirls, and taps can take a toll on the floor. Fortunately, it’s designed with those challenges in mind. It’s durable enough to last you for the long haul.
  • Versatility: Since there are so many kinds of dance flooring, you’re bound to find a product designed for your specific needs. You get the durability, grip, and fastness that you need to dance your best every time.
  • Grip and slip-resistance: Each category of dance surface is designed to offer you the optimal grip and slip resistance for your dance style. That means enhanced safety and better performances from you.
  • Low-maintenance: After an intense dance session, the last thing you want to do is spend a ton of time taking care of the floor. Fortunately, dance flooring is developed to reduce the hassle. A regular sweep and a mop will keep the surface hygienic and at its best.
What are the disadvantages of dance flooring?
  • Price: When you get into more of the high-end dance floor products, price can be a limiting factor, especially if you want to cover a large space. Keep your budget in mind as you shop some of the pricier products.
  • Roll portability: While marley dance floors are one of the most popular products, they’re pretty tricky to transport. Those big, bulky rolls may be great to dance on, but they’re not as much fun to lug around.
 
 
 
 

Types of Dance Flooring



Dance Floor Tiles

Dance floor tiles are really popular for social dancing and at-home practice spaces. People like using tiles because they come together in a snap and they are ultra-portable so you can move them around as you need.
 
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Dance Floor Rolls

Vinyl flooring rolls are one of the more popular options for dance flooring. They offer the best grip and slip-resistance on the market. They’re sometimes referred to as marley rolls, which is an older brand name of dance flooring that’s not around anymore, though the name stuck.
 
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Dance Floor Kits

Kits are for the dedicated dancer who wants a home practice space. Portable dance floor kits are an easy, relatively inexpensive option perfect for practicing tap, turns, ballet barre, centre and adagio and more.
 
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Dance Flooring Categories

Uses


Product Type Ballet Modern Jazz Tap Ballroom Drill Team Flamenco Irish Lyrical Hip Hop
Adagio
Multi-Purpose
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Adagio Tour
Multi-Purpose
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Dance Floor
Touring
X
X
X
X
X
X
Performance Floor
Studios - sound absorptive
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
Studio Floor
Studios - very light absorptive
X
X
X
Studio Tiles
TV Studios and Production
X
X
X
ProStep
Touring
X
X
X
X
X
X



Installation


Product Type Temporary Semi-Permanent Permanent
Adagio
Multi-Purpose
X
X
X
Adagio Tour
Multi-Purpose
X
Dance Floor
Touring
X
X
Performance Floor
Studios - sound absorptive
X
X
Studio Floor
Studios - very light absorptive
X
X
Studio Tiles
TV Studios and Production
X
X
Show Floor
Specialty, Events, Commercials
X
X
ProStep
Touring
X
X




Ballet Flooring

For ballet flooring, you need to make sure your floor has the proper amount of slip control. Traditional ballet floors are engineered to offer just the right amount of traction to allow for triple pirouettes while keeping you from sliding to the ground when you land your grand jete.

Most ballet companies or studios use “marley” flooring, which is a slip-control rolled vinyl dance flooring. There are lots of types of marley flooring, depending on your studio or company’s needs.
 
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Tap Flooring

You want your tap dancing to look pretty, but it’s really all about the sounds. That’s why choosing the correct floor is such a high priority. When you’re buying tap dance flooring, you want to look for a faster floor with just enough grip to keep you safe on your slides and turns. You also want to look for a floor designed with tap resonance in mind.

Your choices boil down to natural wood or “marley” flooring. Wood will often produce the best sounds, but it can be slippery. Typically, a marley vinyl roll designed for tap dancing will give you the best combination of sound and safety. If you want an even brighter, louder sound, then dance tiles are the way to go.
 
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Jazz Flooring

Jazz is one of the few styles where dancers often alternate between wearing jazz shoes and dancing barefoot. This means you want a slightly faster floor with a little more slide than grip.

Most jazz studios and companies use “marley” flooring, since the slip-control vinyl offers the best of all worlds. We have several different marley options to suit your specific needs.
 
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Flamenco Flooring

Flamenco combines the sound from tap and Irish step with the heels and fast footwork of ballroom dancing. Because of this, it requires a special dance floor.

To get the most out of your choreography, we recommend going with hard plastic dance tiles. You can also use a marley floor if it’s rated for Flamenco specifically.
 
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Lyrical and Contemporary Flooring

Contemporary dance is the only style where dancers are primarily barefoot. You still need some slip resistance, but too much, otherwise, you tear up your feet.

Remember that you (or your dancers) will be rolling and sliding all over this floor. There’s nothing worse than leaving rehearsal with floor burns all over your body. Most contemporary studios and companies are using either plain old wood floors or vinyl “marley” flooring.
 
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What is Marley Dance Flooring?

If you’ve been dancing for a while, then, of course, you know what marley dance flooring is. You know it has a reputation for being the best of the best. You know it’s versatile and heavy-duty and all-around wonderful.

But did you know you can use marley rolls for tap and ballroom? Are you familiar with all the options? Dive in to discover all there is to know about this popular dance flooring.

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What Should You Look for in Dance Studio Flooring?

When you’re shopping for a dance studio floor, there are tons of factors to consider. What’s the safest option? How can you make sure all dancers and dance styles can get the most out of the floor? Which dance floor is easiest to maintain?

Don’t worry! All those questions (and more) are answered in this in-depth guide to buying studio dance flooring. We know this is a big decision, and we want to make sure you’re totally prepared with all the facts before you make a purchase.

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