Ballroom Dance > Advice for Building a Dance Floor

Discussion in 'Ballroom Dance' started by caw, May 6, 2014.

  1. dlliba10

    dlliba10 Well-Known Member

    Ah, I think that's where I kept going astray -- I thought you were asking about floors for a business / practice space in NYC. Yes, then, do whatever makes sense financially and for the space you have.
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  2. caw

    caw Active Member

    Has anyone experienced DURA dance floors, or things of the sort? I heard good stuff about them from one person.
  3. Miss Silly

    Miss Silly Well-Known Member

    We didn't do anything extra to the finish. The finish as-is (with this brand i guess LOL) was fine. But either way, I highly recommend not using bamboo ;-)

    I have a craft room workshop that is in the basement as well. We recycled the laminate from the upstairs that we tore out and put it in my Lady Cave (LOL). There is that blue foamy stuff between the laminate and the cement. I honestly prefer that to the bamboo floor we constructed. Plus the seams are flush. The finish isn't quite as nice but hardly a problem....mind you it's too crammed full of stuff to really practice ;-) So similar to jump'n'jive.
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  4. caw

    caw Active Member

    I think I've found a place that has wood floors, which will save me the cost of putting them in. But the floors are unfinished and I'm not sure how to finish them to make them danceable. I've seen finished floors that are too slick, too sticky, and just right.

    Any advice?
  5. Joe

    Joe Well-Known Member

    Unfinished is best.
  6. tangotime

    tangotime Well-Known Member

    If its real wood, Parafin wax, it comes in "blocks ", grate sparingly, and buff lightly... needs to soak in for a couple of days .

    JANATHOME Well-Known Member

    "lady Cave".... very funny!
  8. caw

    caw Active Member

    It's real wood. Maybe I'll have them sand it down and see how it feels, then decide if it needs wax. Thanks
  9. Joe

    Joe Well-Known Member

    No wax!
  10. caw

    caw Active Member

    Okay, two votes for no wax. Thanks
  11. Larinda McRaven

    Larinda McRaven Site Moderator Staff Member

  12. RiseNFall

    RiseNFall Well-Known Member

    I can't imagine that a raw wood floor would work though--what should be put on it??
  13. Bailamosdance

    Bailamosdance Well-Known Member

  14. Joe

    Joe Well-Known Member

    Tung oil, or nothing at all.
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  15. Larinda McRaven

    Larinda McRaven Site Moderator Staff Member

    When I had my own studio I put nothing on the floor. It was a bit weird for the first year. But after that it was the nicest feeling floor I had ever been on, until the latin kids dowsed it with castor oil that is...
  16. Dancing Irishman

    Dancing Irishman Well-Known Member

    So an unfinished wood floor really works? I'll have to file that away in the "in 5-10 years when I'm a homeowner..." pile of information.
  17. Joe

    Joe Well-Known Member

    It works...for dancing.

    JANATHOME Well-Known Member

    Bringing this back to the top with a question...
    I am looking to install a floor in my basement,(basement is finished) and I am looking at pre finished engineered hardwood. I have the engineered wood on a whole level of my house and I love it, but looking for any suggestions if it is a good floor to practice on.....

    Why this? My house will go up for sale within the next 5 years and so not only am I considering a practice floor for now, but resale value a bit down the road. Right now the basement is carpeted.
  19. QuickQuickSlow

    QuickQuickSlow New Member


    How is your floor coming along? I am also considering building a basement dance floor.

    JANATHOME Well-Known Member

    Oh, it is all done and I am very happy with it.

    I did use an engineered oak hardwood. I was working with a basement with a cement floor and a walk out door. If I put a subfloor on the cement and then hardwood the floor would of been too high... Since this is a walk out basement the doors would of been an issue... The other option was to remove the cement and dig it out so the floor would be even with the door, well out of my price range.

    The cement was sanded, leveled and treated. A lot of extra padding put between the cement and the floor. It does not hurt my knees and I don't find the floor slippery even though there is a slight pre finish on the wood. I also had full length mirrors installed on one wall of the length of the room, which is awesome!!

    Of course my choice would of been hardwood, but as a second choice I am happy with it.
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