Best tap dance floors 2021, explained
By Hannah Tuohy
Global Flooring Manager, Le Mark Floors
Last updated: 04th March 2021
As more and more tap dance floors become available, it can be a little overwhelming to see through the mist and find what you’re looking for.
We’ve made it our mission to take away all the hard work and use our knowledge and experience to help you find the right dance floor for tap. We’ve covered three key areas: performance, portability and of course, price. This handy guide highlights Le Mark’s best floors and will help you find the perfect floor for tap dancing.
(1) Heavy-duty vinyl top (2) Sprung dance floor with a hardwood top. (3) Progressive impact-absorbent channels (4) Existing floor
Best high-performance tap dance floor
With superb tap sound, 59% shock absorption and a hardwood top, this is our ultimate floor for tap dance. The wood is supported by a 25-year guarantee for faulty materials and workmanship, and comes complete with a heavy-duty vinyl covering to help protect it from metal taps. Furthermore, the foam-sprung base provides progressive shock absorption, benefiting both adult and junior performers. This added cushioning makes dancing much more comfortable, potentially offering long-term benefit for dancers.
With rich tap sounds, shock-absorbing comfort and professional installation all included, you can sit back and watch your new floor come to life with the peace of mind of a long-term guarantee.
(1) Heavy-duty vinyl top (2) Click-together sprung dance floor with a hardwood top. (3) Impact-absorbent base layer (4) Existing floor
Best tap dance floor for home studios
Meadow™ Foam-Sprung Dance Floor + Nocturne™ Vinyl Top (package deal)
From £105.00 per m² (Self-installed)
A world-class tap dance floor that you can install yourself, potentially saving £1,000’s on installation costs. Offering 61% shock absorbency and a beautiful deep sound when tapped, it’s a great choice if you don’t mind some DIY. The pre-fabricated tongue & groove boards easily slot together, and a heavy-duty vinyl covering lays over the top to prevent damage from metal shoe taps. Furthermore, you can choose from a range of hardwood tops, including oak, maple and ash, to find a finish you’ll love.
With this combination, you can have an affordable tap dance floor that looks and sounds fantastic. Moreover, the foam-sprung base provides essential impact absorbance, potentially offering long-term benefit for performers.
(1) Heavy-duty vinyl top (2) Reinforcement layer (3) Heavy-duty vinyl underside (reversible – can be used on both sides)
Best value tap dance floor
Nocturne™ Vinyl Dance Floor
From £19.58 per m² (Self-installed)
From only £19.58 per m², you can cover an 8m x 8m studio space with a world-class dance floor for little over £1,000. It’s suitable for multiple dance styles but has a strong emphasis towards tap dance. As a result, it’s incredibly tough, able to withstand regular tap performances and offers superb sound for tap dance. Furthermore, its easy to self-install, trim to size and can even be rolled up and stored when not in use.
Best portable tap dance floor
My Dance Mat™ (Tap)
£74.94 (2x1m with carrying bag)
Never miss dance practice with My Dance Mat™. It’s the same Nocturne™ dance floor you’ll find in studios around the world – cut down to size for home use. This dance mat rolls out onto almost any hard surface to create a professional practice area that’s safe for tap dancing and offers excellent sound. 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. It also helps to protect existing surfaces from tap shoe damage (ideal if Mum and Dad have just fitted at a new floor).
The best dance floor for tap is a sprung floor, combined with a heavy duty vinyl top. This combination offers impact absorbency and an amazing sound from shoe taps. Additionally, the vinyl covering also helps to protect the hardwood.
However, you don’t have to spend thousands. Self-installing can save a lot of money, and opting for a standard vinyl can be even more affordable.
Ultimately, a dance floor supports every movement a tap dancer makes. Therefore, it’s well worth doing your research and finding the right floor for you.
- The best dance floor for tap is a sprung floor with a heavy duty vinyl top.
- Impact absorbent floors can potentially offer long-term benefits
- You get excellent sound from a dance vinyl that’s specifically designed for tap
- You can save money by installing some floors yourself
- 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.
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