Choosing the correct floor for dance is important for health, safety and artistic performance. Whether for the world’s leading dance companies or classes in school, the same fundamental criteria apply.
Expecting children to dance on a hard, unyielding surface can lead to a variety of ankle and shin stress related injuries that may also reduce a dancer’s career in the longer term. Medical specialists in dance injuries have established a link between the quality of the floor and injury. A floor with a consistent degree of spring is strongly recommended. The other factor is the dance surface itself which should offer a degree of ‘traction’ that allows dancers to be able to fully and artistically express their dance movements without the fear of slipping or falling due to a shiny or slippery surface.
Harlequin has also developed four dance floor education packs suitable for teaching dance from the youngest age group upward, including roll out floors and a sprung floor option. These include packs that meet the required area dimension for GCSE and A-level dance.
Browse our range to get a better idea of the best floor for your needs or use our Floor Selector Guide to narrow down your search.
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Academic research has provided insights into the relationship between injury and the quality of the floor. Harlequin has taken a lead role in working closely with the dance community, funding research and then employing the latest developments in materials technology to create floors that provide an optimal solution.
Harlequin floors are widely used in educational establishments and even include versions that can be rolled out for classes in a gym or hall.
University of the Arts London
Over 1,600m² of Harlequin Activity ...
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and ...
Royal Academy of Dance
There are many things that a dancer has to ...
A specially constructed Harlequin semi-sprung...
Case Study - Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London
Case study - University of the Arts London
Guide to Dance Floors
Specifying Dance Floors - White Paper Summary