How To Build a Dance Floor on Concrete Slab Using Wood, Semi-Flexible Panels & Vinyl (With Sketch Drawings and Diagrams)

How To Make a Dance Floor on Concrete Slab Using Semi-Flexible Panels, Solid Hardwood, Counter Battens, Tongue & Groove Plywood and Vinyl (With Sketch Drawings and Diagrams)

Contents:

  • Requirements of a Dance Floor | Design Properties
  • How To Choose or Buy a Dance Floor | Designing and Planning
  • Subfloor Construction
  • Sprung Dance Floor Installation
  • Harlequin Sprung Dance Floors

Drawing 1 – Sprung Dance Floor Details_Harlequin WoodSprung CounterBatten Floor

Aboriginal Dance in the Dust – Festival

As long as there was joyful music or song to listen to, people have been dancing since time immemorial. They only needed a reason and a floor. That floor was the natural ground they walked on. It had to be fairly flat, with a layer of fine loose soil or sod to provide some cushion and protection underfoot. Clouds of dust would rise in the air as men and women danced to the beat of drums and folk music.

Aboriginal Dance in the Dust

Nothing can stop you from dancing when you have reasonably soft and flat ground. You can dance on natural grass or sod, you can dance on dusty ground and even concrete. But do you know that modern research has shown that the type of dance floor you dance on can have an impact on risk of injury, joint stress, fatigue and performance? That’s why you have to design your dance floor carefully with regards to safety and health regulations. Dance floor technology is still in its development stage with international standards such as the European Norm (EN-14904-2006) and ESTA (American National Standard Institute) ANSI-E1-26-2006 and ANSI-E1-34-2009 already in place. In some countries, dance bodies and regulatory authorities have come up with regulations for safe dancing and specifications for safe dance flooring recommended by researchers and specialist manufacturers such as Harlequin PLC. As an example, in the United Kingdom, the CDET provides quality assurance certification for those in the dance industry, incorporating recommendations from Harlequin. As a result, the sprung dance floor, a design which first appeared in 1914 in the USA, was developed. It was improved by modern dance floor manufacturers such as Harlequin, and this floor system is widely recommended by bodies in the USA, Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand for use in schools, training institutions and performance venues. Where there is no central regulating body for dance floors, a sports surface standard such as the ESSS (European Sports Surface Standard) is adopted, as well as standards developed by independent associations such as ESTA (Entertainment Services Technology Association).

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