4. The Floors
To an audience, a skilled dancer’s jumps, leaps, and spins appear effortless; to the dancer, these actions feel difficult and can strain bones and joints. Such strain makes a quality dance surface a vital component to the dancer’s experience, especially since dance footwear does not provide any cushioning or support, and the shock of dance movement can place undue pressure on a dancer’s knees and back. The best way to prevent injury is by choosing a studio with a professional “sprung floor.” At Prima, our sprung floor rests on a system of elevated high density foam and wood to create the effect of a floating floor. The floor thereby absorbs the primary shock of jumping, reducing the risk of injuries and allowing students to dance longer without getting tired.
The top layer of the dance floor is also an important factor. The two most accepted surfaces for dance companies are wood and marley. It is good for dancers to have experience on both surfaces. Some dancers prefer wood because of how crisp and clean tap sounds are on it or because they enjoy controlling how slippery the floor is by the amount of rosin they use. Other dancers enjoy dancing on marley more because of its’ nice smooth feel underneath feet without being too sticky or too slippery. Despite the advantages, the expense of the floors prohibits most studios from using both services.
At Prima, we are fortunate to offer classes on both wood and marley floor surfaces, making us the only school in Rapid City to offer the 2 best floor types for dance. While sprung floors and surface type may seem like small issues, we at Prima are proud to protect our students physically from the rigors of dancing.
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