Our Dance Flooring
Absorption of Energy
All movement activity generates energy. Energy directly returned to the body can result in shin splints, back and knee problems, fatigue, strains, and even broken bones. A non-energy absorbent floor or flooring system is dangerous and can result in injury to performers. Basket weave and foam sprung floating subfloors provide shock absorbent characteristics that eliminate the problems associated with hard, non-absorbent floors.*
In addition to absorbency, energy can be dissipated by resiliency – think of a diving board or trampoline. Energy transfers from the body to a subfloor that deflects and safely returns energy (spring).*
Lateral Foot Support
Perhaps the most important and most overlooked attribute of a floor is lateral foot support. Without lateral foot support, you can not maintain balance. Today, the leading cause of injury is not shin splints but ankle injury, due in part to flooring systems that rely solely on absorbent materials or systems that are too spongy.*
No flooring can be both the most absorbent and resilient at the same time.
For this reason, GDU has installed Springstep IV, by Stagestep, in our Dacula Studio. We believe this flooring provides an optimal balance for our dancers in the wide variety of styles and skill levels they encompass.
Springstep IV consists of 2′ x 2′ wood panels, with each panel resting on 6 3/4 inch, “L” shaped high density foam suspensions.*
Springstep IV ratings:
* from: www.stagestep.com