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Simon Smith

11-09-01, 09:01 AM (GMT)
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"Ballet floors"
   I need help with finishes for a ballet floor. We run a small Ballet school, we have a maple wood floor but are having difficulty finding a suitable non slip finish for ballet. Can anybody help or know of a source of specifications or standards? Thanks Simon

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  RE: Ballet floors Doris 12-09-01 1
  RE: Ballet floors David Davies 19-09-01 2
  RE: Ballet floors Viviane 20-09-01 3
  RE: Ballet floors Caz 21-09-01 4

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12-09-01, 09:10 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Ballet floors"
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   There was an article about dance floors in a past edition of Dance Expression magazine perhaps they can help

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David Davies

19-09-01, 03:38 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Ballet floors"
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   Simon - I have spotted your posting and I think I can help. The people to get in touch with are British Harlequin plc, Tonbridge, Kent, tel: +44 1732 367666, fax: +44 1732 367755, their website is at http://www.harlequinfloors.com/contact,html.

This company manufacture at least five kinds of dance flooring. All of these can be permanently installed or portable - in fact, they roll up. First there is 'studio' which is grey and medium thickness, then comes 'reversible' which is black one side and grey the other and light weight, then there is 'cascade' which is black and medium weight, and lastly 'allegro' which is grey and so heavy duty it makes concrete danceable.

These surfaces are widely used by touring companies, who can be faced with every sort of delapidated stage. Hoping this helps.

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20-09-01, 10:01 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Ballet floors"
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Harlequin-floors are indeed the best dancefloors I know about.
They are used worldwide by a lot of famous companies.

If you are looking for a less expensive non-slip finish for your woodenfloor there is no simple answer.
Unfortunately in my country specifications or standards for dancefloors don't exist, so one have to 'work with the more common sportaccomodation-rules.

I suppose you have an existing wooden floor that has been waxed or varnished before ?
A wooden floor that has been waxed is extremely difficult to put another type of finish on, because the wax will have saturated the wood. (sand the floor extremely well and wash away with a strong solvent) Better leave this work to a professional !
A lacquered or varnished floor can been stripped with a degrease-product, change product as often as possible.
I would suggest to ask a professional in your region for advice.

Years ago I had a good result myself with a simple dim (hope this is the right word ?), waterbased varnish.(polyurethan-acryllic) (note : this result is also depending on the condition of your floor)
Waterbased because it is much easier to apply the product and the drying-time is shorter....
This type of finish is easy to keep in a good state of repair and you are quite 'safe' for about 10 years.
Do realise that a good floor-finish depends also on the fact if one has respected the neccessary drying-time !
Most products have their full strenght after about 1 to 2 weeks....so, you can walk on the floor but not dance !

There exist products on the market that are used by professional companies : you can find lots of interesting info on this website : http://www.stagestep.com/
click on 'guide for floorcare and maintenance'
They recommend some non-slip finishes for wooden floors aswell.(Profinish & Proseal)
Unfortunately they are based in the US but there must be simular products available in UK.

Please read also their issue in 'Flooring & floorcare tips gone by' : "The environment and your floor", on cleaning and (really important !) the humidity in the studio !

Hopes this can point you out in the good direction

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21-09-01, 12:00 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Ballet floors"
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   A word of caution...

I don't know what finish they used on the floors in our studios but we have problems in humid conditions with the surface becoming tacky. So it's worth finding out how various surfaces react to temp and humidity changes.

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