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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.
Nearly 40 years after its creation, Harlequin Floors is still the world leader in flooring for dance and the performing arts. With a range of hard-wearing and long-lasting portable and permanent sprung and vinyl floors, trust and innovation are key and the company continues to reinforce its slogan “The world dances on Harlequin floors©”.
To find out more about Harlequin Floors, please visit http://www.harlequinfloors.com.