Could you benefit from a sprung floor?
A sprung floor is a floor that absorbs shocks; it has a firm but slightly bouncy feel. They’re very popular in professional dance studios as they help to cushion leaps and jumps. As a result, a sprung floor can potentially offer long-term benefits for dancers. Furthermore, a hardwood finish like Oak or Canadian Maple, for example, can add a premium feel to a studio.
A sprung floor is most commonly associated with Ballet, but it can offer benefits to all dance styles. However, for percussive dance, like tap, an additional vinyl floor covering is recommended to help protect the surface from shoe taps and give a confident grip.
If you’ve never danced on a sprung floor, it’s worth asking a flooring provider for a demonstration. Some companies, including Le Mark, have fully fitted demo studios that you can visit and test their floors. Trying out a dance floor is like test-driving a car; it gives you a hands-on feel of how it performs (before you buy it!) and is something I recommend wherever possible.