The Dancenter·is one of the few privately owned Performing Arts Studios to use professionally built·"True Floating"floors.·
Why are·"True Floating”··dance floors important?
True Floating·dance floors have the right amount of “give” to them. Dancing on concrete or even wood joists laid directly on concrete results in the body absorbing the energy of that impact. A·true floating·dance floor means that every point on the dance surface is separated from the sub-floor by air. T.
Hard floors can create many physical problems because they don't allow "give" when the student athlete lands on the floor from a leap, jump or simply walking on the floor. A properly·floating·floor absorbs energy, preventing overuse injuries. The added protection from the·true floating·floor provides consistency and cushioning for the dancer.
The impact force with which the foot strikes the ground will rebound off the surface and vibrate up through the body as an energy shockwave. This shockwave affects muscles, tendons and leads to joint trauma at the ankle, knee, hip, and lower back. According to Sports Medicine experts, the body feels three times its weight in pressure with each foot-fall while running and up to seven times its weight when it jumps. Jumping on a non-floating floor can result in shin splints, sprains or worse.
You will find most studios skip this important step as these floors are very expensive to install.
So before you sign up for classes at any dance studio, ask if they have·true floating·floors and actually walk and jump on them. The Dancenter encourages parents (of our students or other schools) to come by the dancenter to feel what a propper dance floor feels like so you can encourage your studio to install true-floating floors. Our goal in this offer is not to take students away from other studios but rather to encourage other studios to take the time and money to protect as many dance athletes as possible with the proper dance floors.
Also, we don't install or sell floating dance floors but we can pass on the names of professionals that can build the proper dance floor for your studio.