When choosing a dance floor for your studio or home practice, one of the first decisions to make is what type of floor is best for you….
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How to set up your home dance studio ?August 3, 2023
Setting up a home dance studio can be an exciting project that allows you to conveniently practice and improve your dance skills. Depending on the type of dancing, the condition of your room, and your budget, there are several factors to consider when setting up your own dance studio.
On what surface can my studio be set up?
Firstly, one common question we receive is whether it’s suitable to lay a dance floor over a carpeted surface. The short answer is yes, but be aware that the soft and spongy nature of the carpet may cause your dance floor to sink or give in. While it is acceptable for home training, for the best results, it is recommended to lay your dance floor on a firm and level surface such as timber or tiles.
Sprung Floor or Dance Vinyl ?
Next, you might wonder if you need a sprung floor or just vinyl. A sprung floor provides a more professional dancing experience, but it might not always be the best option due to budget constraints. Ultimately, your budget will play a significant role in this decision, and if possible, it is advisable to go with a sprung floor.
What is the most suitable dancing surface?
Regarding the choice of vinyl, consider the type of dancing you’ll be practicing. If you’re doing tap dancing or any other hard shoe dancing, opt for a tough vinyl that can withstand the impact of your shoes. For general soft shoe dancing and pointe work, a thicker dance vinyl will offer better protection.
Ballet Barre, Mirror & More ?
In a home dance studio, three major items are usually needed: the dance floor, ballet barre, and mirrors. If your budget allows, having all three will provide an experience similar to a professional studio. However, you can start with the dance floor, as it is the most important item that offers a dance-friendly surface for practice. Later on, you can consider adding a ballet barre for support during balancing and stretching exercises.
In summary, setting up a home dance studio requires careful consideration of the type of flooring, budget constraints, and the specific needs of your dance practice. With the right setup, you can create a dedicated space that allows you to pursue your passion and improve your skills from the comfort of your own home.
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