Dancing, Tips&Tricks

Building a Dance Studio

gym-526996_1280Every dance studio I’ve ever visited or danced at myself has always had a wooden floor in the main space used for dancing. I never really paid it much mind, but lately I’ve been thinking about it thanks to some plans I have to build a dance studio of my own.

It wouldn’t be anything big or spacious, just something for a single person to use for practice, that sort of thing. I’ve been looking at the larger studios for clues on how I should build my own and the wooden floors seem like a major point to me. Maybe it’s because they’re smooth and don’t stick, or because they don’t get cold as easily as tile floors.

Well, if we’re going to be building a floor made out of wood, the first thing we’re going to need is the wood itself. I’m not going to go into great detail about selecting the wood you want to use for your floor.

That’s a process you’ll need to undertake yourself, keeping in mind things like cost per square foot, total area to be floored and so on.

Where the wood actually comes from is more interesting to me. Reclaimed wood from barns and other old buildings can be sanded, finished and used again to great effect, as many home improvement stores would tell you.

But for those people who want fresher wood supplies, the process is different. Sometimes wood is ground up and then flattened into sheets after being glued back together – something similar to press board or plywood but more durable and much easier on the eyes.

In other cases, whole logs are split in two using devices like this to apply pressure and make the break. Once halved, flat sheets of wood can be sliced from both halves, then sectioned off and turned into pieces of wood ready for flooring use Newer wood does tend to cost more though, so keep that in mind.

As for building your studio, you’ll want a space which can be soundproofed to keep outside noise on the outside, as well as prevent you from being a nuisance to your neighbors.

In my experience, I’ve found that making one wall into a massive mirror can help a lot for studying form and movement. If you don’t have anyone else around to spot for you and call out mistakes, you can simply watch yourself while you dance and spot the errors on your own.

In the end it all comes down to the floor, however. You won’t be dancing up and down the walls, and your space could be the quietest in the world and it wouldn’t matter at all if the floor was unkind to your feet and prevented you from dancing in the first place.

So, if you’re looking for some fresh wood to work with, you could check out http://logsplitterpro.com/ for more information about machines used in treating wood and making it more usable. While you probably won’t buy one of these, wood you purchase for use in studio construction might just come from the jaws of such a machine.