What are the best floors for your needs?

Choosing the correct floor for dance is important for health, safety and artistic performance. Whether for the world’s leading dance companies or classes in school, the same fundamental criteria apply.

Two important flooring related health and safety issues could arise due to unsuitable floors. Expecting children to dance on a hard, unyielding surface can lead to a variety of ankle and shin stress related injuries that may also reduce a dancer’s career in the longer term. Medical specialists in dance injuries have established a link between the quality of the floor and injury. A floor with a consistent degree of spring is strongly recommended. The other factor is the dance surface itself which should offer a degree of ‘traction’ that allows dancers to be able to fully and artistically express their dance movements without the fear of slipping or falling due to a shiny or slippery surface.

Browse our range to get a better idea of the best floor for your needs or use our Floor Selector Guide to narrow down your search.

How Harlequin are supporting education

Academic research has provided insights into the relationship between injury and the quality of the floor. Harlequin has taken a lead role in working closely with the dance community, funding research and then employing the latest developments in materials technology to create floors that provide an optimal solution.

It might be thought that access to this latest technology in dance floors is only available to major dance companies, but this is not the case. Harlequin floors are widely used in educational establishments and even include versions that can be rolled out for classes in a gym or hall.

The result of decades of research and development is now manifested in a range of dance floor options allowing teaching of dance at the grass roots level to be conducted as safely as possible. 

Interesting facts

  • Many think a sports floor is suitable for dance but there are fundamental differences. Sports footwear is designed to provide cushioning, offering athletes protection on a hard floor whilst giving predictable bounce for ball sports. The opposite applies to dancers, who typically wear ballet shoes or perform barefoot and rely on the floor to offer a degree of cushioning.
  • Researchers in dance medicine report that some 80% of professional dancers will sustain some form of injury within the course of a year. This number needs to be drastically reduced, which is why Harlequin works together with some of the dance industry's leading organisations to develop products which minimise injury risk.

Education Case studies

University of the Arts London

Over 1,600m² of Harlequin Activity ...

Education Testimonials

Dave Porter - United Nations International School Hanoi

A specially constructed Harlequin semi-sprung...


Case study - University of the Arts London
Cleaning a vinyl floor that IS NOT or WILL NOT BE dressed with emulsion
Cleaning a vinyl floor that IS or WILL BE be dressed with emulsion
Harlequin News - 2014
Harlequin News - 2015
Harlequin's ballet barres & brackets leaflet
Harlequin's Guide to Dance Floors
Specifying Dance Floors - White Paper

Still unsure?

If you would like further information, FREE samples, a quote or just wish to discuss your requirements in more detail then feel free to contact our experienced sales team. They've worked on a wide range of projects and can advise on the best floors for your needs, along with accessories and aftercare.