DT: When is the best time to fit out a studio? Emma Seedman: The best time is generally during school holidays as this has less impact on the running of the business and loss of income. As each studio is different, downtime for fit outs can vary. For some studios it may be either at start or end of term instead of the holidays if holiday classes are offered.
Depending on the size and scope of works required, the amount of time the studio will be out of action can vary from 1 day through to a week or more. Planning ahead makes a difference and to avoid disappointment it is best to get in early. With high demand for school holidays, the Christmas period in particular is often booked out by Aug/Sep.
Past experience has shown it can take up to 8 weeks for a dancer to become accustomed to the characteristics of a new floor. Allow ample time for your students to adjust and avoid changing your floor right before the examination period. This ensures a smoother transition for the dancer and can build confidence in technique and performance.
Fitting out a studio is a long term investment, it’s never too early to enquire!
Harlequin Floors was established in 1977 and supply floors for dance, performing arts, entertainment and display.
The company is recognised as the world leader in advanced technology flooring for dance and the performing arts and has offices in Asia Pacific (Sydney, Hong Kong and Tokyo), Europe (London, Luxembourg, Berlin, Paris and Madrid) and the Americas (Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Fort Worth).
Harlequin Floors’ experience and reputation are founded on the manufacture and supply of floors which are preferred by dancers and performers at the world’s leading venues from Sydney Dance Company to Paris Opera Ballet and the Royal Opera House to the Bolshoi Theatre.
DT: What are the short and long term benefits of a sprung floor? Tim Blaikie: What are the short and long term benefits of a sprung floor?
Tim Blaikie: A FIBA rated semi-sprung dance floor improves dancers experience through comfort of movement and reduction of injuries. Shin splints and associated injuries can be significantly reduced by dancing on a floor that offers 60% force reduction.
Be sure to check:
– Can the floor be removed at a later date
– Has it been rated by FIBA or a similar body for shock absorption
– Does it come with a warranty, typically 10 years is standard.
Whilst a case can be made for installing a permanent sprung floor due to its perceived initial cost benefits, from a capital expenditure perspective the benefits of having a removable floor is significant. A quality semi sprung dance floor can typically be picked up and moved to another venue should the need arise.
Avoid being pressured into buying something you don’t need, shop around and make sure you are getting the floor that suits your needs. Expensive alternatives often offer nothing more than a more affordably priced option. Get in touch to discuss your studio and sprung floor needs Australia wide.