Best ballet dance floors 2021, explained
By Hannah Tuohy
Global Flooring Manager, Le Mark Floors
Last updated: 3rd March 2021
Installing a professional ballet floor can raise a studio’s profile and allow students to perform at the best of their ability. A modern sprung floor, for example, offers invaluable shock absorbance and potential long-term benefits for dancers. Similarly, a controlled-glide surface can completely change how a dance floor feels and introduce a confident level of grip when performing.
Thankfully, there are many options out there, from traditional wood sprung floors to instant roll-out ballet floors. I’ll talk you through some of the best ballet floors from Le Mark and give you tips on what to look for.
(1) Sonata™ controlled-glide ballet vinyl (2) Hardwood-topped sprung floor (3) Progressive shock-absorbent channels (4) Existing floor
The ultimate dance floor for ballet
Performing on this floor is enchanting; you feel virtually weightless as you glide across the beautifully sprung surface.
This is the quintessential dance floor for any world-class ballet studio – 59% shock absorbency, confident grip and a gorgeous hardwood finish that’s backed by a 25-year guarantee.
Not only is it a delight to perform on, but it cleverly adapts its shock absorbency, soaking up impacts from both adult and junior performers. As a result, this floor can potentially offer long-term benefits for dancers from a young age, right through to adulthood. Furthermore, the ballet-specific vinyl, which lays directly over the hardwood, allows such graceful movements and offers confident grip throughout a performance.
With this complete dance floor package, you can take your studio and its performances to the next level. Moreover, this floor includes professional installation to any UK mainland address.
(1) Sonata™ controlled-glide ballet vinyl (2) Click-together sprung floor with a hardwood top (3) Impact absorbent base layer (4) Existing floor
Best ballet floor for home studios
Bring studio-quality into your home with this hardwood-topped, foam-sprung dance floor.
This floor is a dream to perform on. With an incredible 61% shock absorbency and a ballet-specific covering, performing feels beautifully buoyant and elegant. Furthermore, the hardwood-topped, pre-fabricated boards are easy to assemble and installing yourself can potentially save thousands on professional installation costs.
This beautiful ballet floor allows dancers to practice at home, giving them the rehearsal time required to become one of the best. It’s easy to install and transforms a standard room into a world-class ballet studio.
(1) Controlled-glide top surface (2) Reinforcement layer (3) Reinforcement layer (4) Impact absorbing foam
Most affordable ballet floor
Sonata Foam-Sprung Ballet Floor
From £24.70 per m² (Self-installed)
This roll-out ballet floor can transform an empty space into a luxurious foam-sprung performance area.
This floor ticks so many boxes for professional studios – it’s delightful to perform on and can be laid directly over a suitable hard floor, even concrete. Additionally, the foam-sprung base offers much-needed shock-absorption for leaps and jumps. Furthermore, the lightly textured, controlled-glide surface is world-class, providing a level of grip that gives confidence to dancers of all abilities.
With this floor, you can bring a sprung-like feel into almost any studio. Ultimately, if the sub-floor is already smooth and level, minimal preparation will be needed, making the whole transition fast and low cost.
Best practice mat for ballet
My Dance Mat™ (Ballet)
From £81.98 (2x1m with carrying bag)
Never miss dance practice with My Dance Mat™. It’s the same Sonata™ dance floor you’ll find in studios around the world, cut down to size for home use. Dance mats roll out onto various hard surfaces to create an elegant practice area that’s comfortable and affordable. Available in a range of sizes, they’re durable, easy to roll out and long-lasting. Additionally, the 2×1 My Dance Mat™ comes complete with a travel bag for tidy storage and easy transportation.
With a My Dance Mat™, you can practice almost anywhere and never have to miss out on a dance class.
The best dance floor for ballet is a sprung floor, combined with a ballet-specific vinyl top. This combination allows professional dancers to appear almost weightless when performing and provide a confident level of grip.
However, you don’t have to spend thousands. Self-installing can save a lot of money, and opting for a foam-sprung vinyl can be even more affordable.
Ultimately, a dance floor supports every movement a ballet dancer makes, from learning first positions to grand allegro. Therefore, it’s well worth doing your research and finding the right floor for you.
- The best dance floor for ballet is a sprung floor with a ballet-specific vinyl top.
- Impact absorbent floors can potentially offer long-term benefits
- A quality dance floor can bring out the best in a performer
- You can save money by installing some floors yourself
- Foam-sprung vinyl is a cost-effective alternative to a fully-sprung wood floor
- Do your research and ask lots of questions before choosing your new dance floor
All references and comparisons in this article relate to Le Mark’s dance floor range only. Other floors may be available. The prices stated are intended as an example only and exclude VAT. Included installation applies to a single UK mainland address. Full detail on Le Mark’s 25-year guarantee is available on request. All floors require a suitably smooth, level and robust subfloor. Additional sub-floor preparation may incur extra costs.
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