Dancer on Stagestep's home studio tap board. Great sound at home. It can fit in a closet, under a bed, and in the trunk of your car for travel. It is lightweight and great over virtually any floor surface.
Without the proper dance flooring at home, you are inviting injury. A safe environment maximizes your performance potential and keeps you healthy. There are three elements to a safe floor:
1. A floating wood subfloor or a duel density foam-backed flooring system is essential. You jump (small or large) hundreds of times during class. Each time you hit the floor, gravity times three hits your body and over time causes fatigue and injury. Having a shock absorbing subfloor helps reduce that harmful impact. Less pain more dance. 2. It is important to have a flooring system that supports you when you balance. You can't dance on a trampoline because it does not have any lateral (sideways) foot support. Carpet is not an ideal surface for the same reason. You need a floor that supports your foot. You will surely tumble trying an arabesque on a pillow. Staying upright should not be an iffy option. 3. It is called coefficient of friction. You may call it slippery or sticky. We like to call it fast or slow. Ballet dancers like slower floors. Jazz and tappers like faster floors. The wrong floor surface can make you feel like you are dancing on an ice skating rink or stuck in mud. Both are uncomfortable and dangerous.
The point is there are a number of components to consider before choosing the proper floor. Make sure you pick the type that will keep you safe. There are many options. Ask questions!
Safety first, but there are some other considerations to ponder. What will this cost? Where will it go? How big a space do I need? Is the space going to be used for other purposes? Is it easy to install and perhaps, more importantly, can it easily be removed?
What do you need? There are small personal practice boards and mats, and that may do the trick. It is also possible to have a professional dance studio floor in your home. Portable mirrors and barres can be added to complete the project. It depends on your budget and what you want to accomplish.
Expressions Dance Alliance president Liz Ladley addressing the company (Sabrina Thadani, courtesy Liz Ladley)
Do you dream of running your student dance company or becoming captain of your dance team? Are you a triple threat eager to direct your school's next musical? If you have big ideas and the drive to make them a reality—as well as a strong rapport with your fellow performers—you might be a good fit for a leadership role. But even the most dedicated dancers can stumble during the transition from peer to peer leader. Try these tips to make the most of your tenure at the top.
In today's dance world, versatility is key. It's not enough to be a master of one style—even when they specialize in one area, dancers are frequently asked to fuse multiple genres, or step out of their comfort zone for specific projects. With their wide variety of summer programs, Joffrey Ballet School aims to prepare dancers for the demands of a professional career. We asked five faculty members to share how they do this:
Right now, it seems like the entire world is equal parts obsessed with and thoroughly creeped out by Jordan Peele's Us, the horror film about devilish doppelgängers that's currently rated 94% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
But while the normal human reaction to Us is to hide under the covers for approximately 17 years, "Step Up: High Water" superhero Kendra "K.O." Oyesanya's reaction was to make a totally bananas dance video.