Our dance, irrespective of its style is closely connected with the floor and it has a major role on making the dance a great success. Dancers would understand the context of this statement and can term the floor as the ‘partner beneath their feet.’ Contrary to building a home, where flooring is given the least importance, dance organization’s greatest area of concentration is the floor. In fact, as effective foot control is the basic foundation for a dancer, no doubt, immense attention is given for the dance floors. A recent survey conducted by Susan Glazer, director of the school of dance at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, revealed that most of the dancers preferred to have Marley floors for wooden floors as the former is slip resistant and is made of reversible vinyl.
This enables dancers to slide with control and avoid themselves from getting injured. From the side of the dance organizations, marvel flooring is comparatively cheap and portable too. However, speaking about the cons of Marley floors, they owe great difficulty for the tap dancers in specific as it hinders them from effectively executing many of their tap steps. Wooden dance floors should be of supreme quality that has its direct relation with the cost. However, choosing the right type of floors is highly vital as it is very much related to the dancers’ health. The leaps and pounding of feet against the floor, slides all these when performed in an inferior floor affects the dancers’ spine though not immediately but consistently in the long run.
Hence we see that dance floors need to be of ideal quality to tap out the best from the dancers. Coming to the close, there is an interesting fact that many do not know that ballet dancers choose their shoes according to the floor!
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