St. Paul Ballet Leaps Forward With Greatmats Portable Dance Subfloor

Greatmats Portable Dance Subfloor System Improves Traveling Flooring System for Ballet Company

St. Paul Ballet at Mabel Tainter Memorial Theater
After performing on various forms of hard surfaces since it was formed in 1997, the St. Paul Ballet, which travels across Minnesota and Wisconsin to perform several times per year, has been in search of a portable dance subfloor that would ease the stresses on its dancers at an affordable cost.
St Paul Ballet with Greatmats Portable Dance Subfloor

While the dancers are able to practice on marley over a sprung dance floor, that system was too cumbersome for the Artist-Led company to transport for its traveling performances.

Instead, they’ve dealt with performing over hard surfaces, such as brick, cement or wood floors.

”We’ve performed on everything,” said St. Paul Ballet Artistic Director Zoe Emilie Henrot. ”Our Board of Directors and dancers have been looking to create a traveling dance floor for quite some time to help keep the dancers safe while performing while at the same time allowing the dancers to perform in many different types of venues.”

After much research, St. Paul Ballet Board President Dave Trayers decided that Greatmats’ Dance Subfloor system would be the most cost efficient subflooring system – and the easiest subfloor to travel with.

The Greatmats dance subflooring system consists of a layer of 2×2 foot interlocking foam tiles, topped by a layer of 1×1 foot snap together flat top plastic court tiles. The foam layer adds cushioning while the plastic layer offers a firm surface on which to lay a final layer of marley.

St Paul Ballet installing Greatmats Portable Dance Subfloor
St Paul Ballet installing Greatmats Portable Dance Subfloor

After ordering the subfloor, Trayers quickly went to work custom building a cart that would be able to both transport the tiles easily, but also fit neatly in the company’s trailer without wasting critical space.

”(It was) very easy to transport and install using simple carts on wheels,” Henrot said. ”Lightweight enough for anyone to help with the installation.”

That proved to be a good thing. As an artist-led company, the artist not only dance, but are responsible for administrative roles, organizing performances, outreach events, fundraisers, lectures and even installing their own floors.

The St. Paul Ballet was first able to test the flooring on Sept. 16, 2016 when they performed at the historic Mabel Tainter Memorial Theater located in Menomonie, Wisconsin. The 127-year-old theater, named one of the 15 most spectacular theaters in the world by CNN Travel, accommodated a relatively small 26×20 foot dance floor.

St Paul Ballet installing Greatmats Portable Dance Subfloor with Marley Floor

With a team of six working on installation, the subfloor was laid in about a half hour – the same amount of time it took to roll out and tape down the finished marley surface.

”I was very impressed with how little time it took to install the floor,” Henrot said.

After studying dance for more than 20 years and being professional dance for five years, Henrot knew exactly what she was looking for from the flooring system.

”Jumping felt great right away,” she said. ”This system definitely felt MUCH better on the joints when compared to the other floors we have performed on. … Our bodies were not as sore from the shock of landings the next day.”

The one drawback she found, however, was that the floor was ”just a little too soft” to support pointe work. ”It would be excellent as is for modern dance,” she said.

”We are thrilled to be working with Greatmats on the dance floor system,” Henrot said. ”We hope to be able to help design a floor that will protect dancer bodies for year to come!”

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Midwest Starz Regional Dance Competition – Wisconsin Dells, WI

Dollhouse Dance Factory takes high point at Wisconsin Dells Regional

May 24, 2017 — Competitors in the Midwest Starz Dance Competition circuit got to preview one of its National Competition venues April 21-13 when they competed at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells for a regional competition.

”We used the new Marley provided by Greatmats this weekend and it looked great on our stage,” said Joe Crook of Midwest Starz. ”It was 50 feet wide!”

The high point winning dance routine came from Dollhouse Dance Factory of Sheyboygan, Wisconsin.

”We had a great three stage day on Saturday,” Crook said, noting that the event ran more than 900 routines.

The first of two National Competition will take place at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center June 14-18.

Highlights from the regional competition included:

  • Ages 12 Lg Hip Hop: Dollhouse Dance Factory’s routine ”VMA’s” 292.044 points
  • Ages 15-16 Lg Hip Hop: Kehl School of Dance’s routine ”Dia De Los Muertos” 290.366 points
  • Ages 17-18 Lg Hip Hop: Dollhouse Dance Factory’s routine ”Jacksons” 290.37 points
  • Ages 15-16 Line Hip Hop: Dollhouse Dance Factory’s routine ”Witches” 291.886 points
  • Age 11 Lg Hip Hop: Dollhouse Dance Factory’s routine ”Royalty” 295.38 points
  • Age 10 Sg Open: Barb’s Centre for Dance’s routine ”Cold Hearted Snake” 292.46
  • Age 10 D/T Lyrical: Barb’s Centre for Dance’s routine ”We Can Dance” 291.56 points
  • Age 10 Solo Contemporary: Barb’s Centre for Dance’s routine ”Dissension” 292.98 points
  • Age 11 Solo Open: The Dance Academy of Cedar Rapids’ routine ”Skeletons” 293.28 points
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Midwest Starz Regional Dance Competition – Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Iowa Dance Competition draws more than 1000 routines

May 24, 2017 — Midwest Starz Dance Competitions ran more than 1000 routines at the Double Tree Hotel Convention Complex in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, April 7-9, and ”Runaway” from Nicole’s School of Dance took the overall high point award with a score of 297.18 in the 15-16 year old Lg Contemporary Division. Innovative Soul Dance Company earned the Starzmenship award for outstanding sportsmanship at the event equipped with Greatmats dance flooring.

Other highlights from the event included:

  • Ages 15-16 Solo Contemporary: Extension Dance Academy’s Routine ”Dead in the water”: 292.9 points
  • Ages 17-18 Solo Contemporary: Nicole’s School of Dance’s routine ”Trouble Weighs a Ton”: 296.4 points
  • Ages 15-16 Solo Jazz: The Dance Avenue’s routine ”You Don’t Own Me”: 290.78 points
  • Ages 17-18 Solo Jazz: Expressions of the QC Dance Academy’s routine ”Dangerous”: 291.8 points
  • Ages 17-8 Solo Open: Almost Famous Dance Studio’s routine ”Used To Be Mine”: 293.36 points
  • Ages 15-16 Solo Lyrical: The Dance Avenue’s routine ”Bound to You”: 292.98 points
  • Ages 17-18 Solo Lyrical: Nicole’s School of Dance’s routine ”Let it Go” 294.86 points
  • Ages 15-16 Solo Musical Show: The Dance Avenue’s routine ”Flaunt It”: 290.44 points
  • Ages 15-16 Solo Open: Studio A Dance Co.’s routine ”Happiness Won’t Wait”: 296.46 points
  • Ages 9-11 D/T Lyrical: The Dance Avenue’s routine ”Rise Up” 290.48 points
  • Ages 12-14 D/T Contemporary: Almost Famous Dance Studio’s routine ”Change” 294.72 points
  • Ages 12-14 D/T Lyrical: Nicole’s School of Dance’s routine ”Storm” 293.78 points
  • Ages 12-14 D/T Novelty/Character: The Dance Avenue’s routine ”Carl & Ellie” 291.58 points
  • Ages 17-18 D/T Contemporary: Nicole’s School of Dance’s routine ”Slow and Steady” 293 points
  • Ages 15-18 D/T Jazz: Expressions of the QC Dance Academy’s routine ”Heartburn” 292.7 points
  • Ages 15-16 D/T Lyrical: Expressions of the QC Dance Academy’s routine ”Heal” 291.02 points
  • Ages 15-16 D/T Open: Nicole’s School of Dance’s routine ”5 AM” 290.5 points
  • Ages 12-14 Solo Contemporary: Studio A Dance Co.’s routine ”Sun” 295.79 points
  • Ages 12-14 Solo Hip Hop: Almost Famous Dance Studio’s routine ”We Gonna Ride” 291.72
  • Ages 12-14 Solo Jazz: Extensions Dance Academy’s routine ”Fierce” 294.66
  • Ages 12-14 Solo Lyrical: Nicole’s School of Dance’s routine ”Glitter in the Air” 295.84
  • Ages 12-14 Solo Musical Show: Nicole’s School of Dance’s routine ”As Good as it Gets” 295.68
  • Ages 12-14 Solo Open: Nicole’s School of Dance’s routine ”Moon Shines Red” 292.9 points
  • Ages 12-14 Solo Tap: Project Dance Company’s routine ”Quiet Please” 292.1 points
  • Ages 12-14 Lg Hip Hop: Studio A Dance Co’s routine ”Work It” 293.55
  • Ages 12-14 LG Jazz: Nicole’s School of Dance’s routine ”Born to be Wild” 292.98 points
  • Ages 12-14 Lg Lyrical: Expressions of the QC Dance Academy’s routine ”953K” 293.88 points
  • Ages 12-14 Line Hip Hop: Almost Famous Dance Studio’s routine ”RiRi” 294.48 points
  • Ages 12-14 Line Jazz: The Dance Avenue’s routine ”Vogue” 292.14 points
  • Ages 12-14 Production Jazz: The Dance Avenue’s routine ”Villians” 294.32 points
  • Ages 12-14 Production Hip Hop: Studio A Dance Co’s routine ”One Woman Army” 293.68 points
  • Ages 12-14 Sg Contemporary: The Dance Avenue’s routine ”Human Family” 294.06 points
  • Ages 12-14 Sg Hip Hop: The Dance Co’s routine ”Bossy” 292.22 points
  • Ages 12-14 Sg Lyrical: Nicole’s School of Dance’s routine ”Explosions” 295.38 points
  • Ages 12-14 Sg Open: Nicole’s School of Dance’s routine ”Blackbird” 294.56 points
  • Ages 12-14 Lg Jazz: Almost Famous Dance Studio’s routine ”Right On” 294.12 points
  • Ages 15-16 Lg Lyrical: The Dance Avenue’s routine ”Titanic” 295.32 points
  • Ages 15-16 Sg. Contemporary: Nicole’s School of Dance’s routine ”Clearer” 295.52 points
  • Ages 15-16 Sg Hip Hop: Innovative Soul Dance Company’s routine ”Work” 293.64 points
  • Ages 15-16 Sg Jazz: Innovative Soul Dance Company’s routine ”Toxic” 295.64 points
  • Ages 15-16 Sg Lyrical: Nicole’s School of Dance’s routine ”Officer Down” 293.06 points
  • Ages 15-16 Sg Lyrical: Studio A Dance Co’s routine ”Piece by Piece” 296.58 points
  • Ages 15-16 Sg Musical Show: Expressions of the QC Dance Academy’s Routine ”100 Easy Ways to Lose a Man” 297.08
  • Ages 15-16 Novelty/Character: Nicole’s School of Dance’s routine ”Wonderland” 290.58 points
  • Ages 15-16 Lg Open: Expressions of the QC Dance Academy’s routine ”Gado” 294.42 points
  • Ages 15-16 Line Jazz: The Dance Avenue’s routine ”Bottom of the River” 290.58 points
  • Ages 15-16 Line Open: Studio A Dance Co’s routine ”The Art of War” 293.26 points
  • Ages 9-11 Sg Open: The Dance Avenue’s routine ”Rule the World” 290.84 points
  • Ages 9-11 Solo Contemporary: Nicole’s School of Dance’s routine ”Have You Seen Me” 295.56 points
  • Ages 9-11 Solo Jazz: Above the Barre Dance Academy’s routine: ”Play that Sax” 293.94 points
  • Ages 9-11 Solo Lyrical: Above the Barre Dance Academy’s routine ”Ave Maria” 294.5 points
  • Ages 9-11 Solo Open: Studio A Dance Co’s routine ”Look at Me” 291.18 points

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Midwest Starz Duluth Regional Dance Competition

Experience Dance Takes High Point in Duluth

May 3, 2017 — Experience Dance highlighted the Midwest Starz Regional Dance Competition at Marshal School in Duluth, Minnesota March 31-April 2, 2017, as the high point winner with its routine ”Gossip” which scored a 297.6 in the 17-18-year-old Solo Open Division. Meanwhile, Stephanie’s Dance Shoppe claimed the Starzmenship Award for outstanding sportsmanship. 

More than 470 routines were run at the three-day competition. 

”It was our first time running two stages,” said Joe Crook of Midwest Starz.

Other highlights included:

    • Ages 12-14: Solo-Contemporary: Northern Lights Dance Academy’s routine ”Courage” – 295.472 points
    • Ages 12-14: Solo-Jazz: Northern Lights Dance Academy’s routine ”Shackled” – 294.504 points
    • Ages 12-14: Solo-Lyrical: Elite Dance Productions’ routine ”A Thousand Years” – 295.3 points
    • Ages 17-18: Solo-Contemporary: Experience Dance’s routine ”Purgatory” – 296.328
    • Ages 15-16: Solo-Jazz: Dance By Kris’ routine ”Deep” – 294.936 points
    • Ages 15-16: Solo-Lyrical: Dance By Kris’ routine ”Lost Stars” – 296.28
    • Ages 15-16: Solo-Open: Elite Dance Production’s routine ”Run Boy Run” -296.64 point
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Ages 17-18 Solo-Ballet: Experience Dance’s routine ”Monotone” – 296.808 points
    • Ages 15-16: Solo-Tap: Dance by Kris’ routine ”Don’t Let Me Down” – 294.362 points
    • Ages 17-18: D/T-Lyrical: Dance By Kris’ routine ”Crystal Bed” – 296.68 points
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Ages 12-14: Production-Jazz: Duluth Dance Center’s routine ”Prince” – 295.006

Midwest Starz Dance Competitions are equipped with marley dance floors from Greatmats.

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Midwest Starz St. Louis Regional Dance Competition runs 384 routines

Expressions Academy of Dance Takes High Point in St. Louis

May 3, 2017 — Expressions Academy of Dance’s routine ”Bird” highlighted the Midwest Starz Regional Dance Competition in St. Louis March 31-April 2, 2017, as the high point winner with a score of 295.08. Meanwhile, Jo’s School of Dance claimed the Starzmenship Award for outstanding sportsmanship.
More than 380 routines were run at the three-day competition.

Other highlights included:
Ages 15-16 Solo – Contemporary – Imagine Dance Project’s routine ”Lamentum” – 288.74 points
Ages 17-18 Solo – Contemporary – Dance House’s routine ”Wicked Games” – 291.68 points
Ages 15-16 Solo – Lyrical – 5-6-7-8 Dancenter’s routine ”Tightrope” – 291.96 points
Ages 17-18 Solo – Lyrical – Studio L Dance Center’s routine ”Hallelujah” – 292.58 points
Ages 15-16 – D/T – Lyrical – 5-6-7-8 Dancenter routine ”Stand In the Light” – 290.08 points
Ages 15-16 – D/T – Contemporary – Dance House’s routine ”Let Me Go” – 290.22 points
Ages 9-11 – Sg – Jazz – Dance House’s routine ”Bo$$” – 288.28 points
Ages 12-14 – Solo – Lyrical – Expressions Academy of Dance’s routine ”The Scientist” – 280.46 points
Ages 12-14 – Solo – Jazz – Expressions Academy of Dance’s routine ”Saga” – 284.98 points
Ages 12-14 – Solo – Contemporary – 5-6-7-8 Dancenter’s routine ”Moksha” – 291.84 points
Ages 12-14 – D/T – Tap – Expressions Academy of Dance’s routine ”Feet Don’t Fail Me Now” – 293.98
Ages 9-11 – Solo – Jazz – Dance House’s routine ”Control” – 291.34 points
Ages 9-11 – Solo – Lyrical – 5-6-7-8 Dancenter’s routine ”Gypsy” – 285.5 points
Ages 9-11 – Solo – Tap – 5-6-7-8 Dancenter’s routine ”Rountable Rival” – 290.56 points
Ages 12-14 – Sg – Musical Show – 5-6-7-8 Dancenter’s routine ”Black Bird” – 291.82 points
Ages 12-14 – Sg – Contemporary – Expressions Academy of Dance’s routine ”Box Car Children” – 294.96 points
Ages 12-14 – Sg – Tap – Expressions Academy of Dance’s routine ”Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” – 293.2 points
Ages 15-16 – Sg – Contemporary – 5-6-7-8 Dancenter’s routine ”Piece By Piece” – 291.78 points
Ages 12-14 – Lg – Hip Hop – NiMoli Studio’s routine ”Fiddle Dee” – 293.58 points
Ages 15-16 – Sg – Lyrical – Imagine Dance Project’s routine ”(Dis)position” – 293.1 points
Ages 12-14 – Line – Musical Show – Image Dance Project’s routine ”Off Broadway” – 294.72 points
Ages 9-11 – Production – Open – Expressions Academy of Dance’s routine ”#BOOM!” – 296.06 points
Ages 7-8 – Solo – Jazz – Studio L Dance Center’s routine ”Raining Men” – 264.96 points

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Midwest Starz Regional Dance Competition – Inver Grove Heights, MN

D.D.’s Dance Studio is High Point Winner

April 26, 2017 — The Midwest Starz Dance Competition took its show to the Simley High School Theater in Inver Grove Heights March 24-26 for its 10th competition of 2017.

Highlighting the competition of 265 routines was the high point winning ”Magnatize” routine from D.D.’s Dance Studio which scored a 295.528 in the contemporary field for 12-14 year olds.. D.D.’s Dance studio also own the solo contemporary category with its routine ”Castle” which scored a 290.86.

Stacey’s Studio of Dance had numerous highlights. It recorded a score of 276.33 with its routine ”Opportunity” to top the Solo Lyrical field for 9-11 year olds. It also added a score of 280.702 for its Musical Show routine ”Consider Yourself” in the same age bracket. Its 9-11 year old Open routine ”Robots” produced a score of 284.294. Stacey’s Studio of Dance continued to set itself apart from the competitions in the 12-14 year old lyrical field with its ”Beside You” routine, which finished with a score of 288.522, and its 12-14-year old Musical Show routine ”The Chorus Girls” (293.094). These are just of few of its winning routines.

Janet Lang Dance Studio won the solo contemporary category for 15-16 year olds with a ”Can’t Stop the Gods” routine that scored a 292.28, and earned a score of 233.696 in Pointe for 15-16 year olds with its routine ”Unpredictable.” Janet Lang Dance Studio also tallied a 291.282 in 17-18 year old tap with a routine called ”Goody Two Shoes.”

The competition featured all kinds of dance including:

  • Jazz
  • Lyrical
  • Tap
  • Musical Show
  • Hip Hop
  • Ballet
  • Contemporary
  • Acrobatic
  • Novelty/Character
  • Pointe
  • Song & Dance
  • Open
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Midwest Starz Regional Dance Competition – Davenport, Iowa

Ignite Dance Center High Point Winner at Regional Dance Competition

March 28, 2017 — The Midwest Starz Dance Competition returned to the Davenport, Iowa, area for the third time March 17-19 for a regional dance competition at Davenport’s River Center. Nineteen regional dance studios competed in front of a approximately 500 spectators.

Ignite Dance Center of Burlington, Iowa, was the high point winner for its Open Solo routine ”Breathe and Receive” received a score of 294.598 out of 300 points. Ignite Dance Center also had Jazz Solo routine called ”Lips” which scored a 292.38.

Meanwhile, Studio E Dance Company of Edwardsville, Illinois, claimed the Starzmanship Award for its outstanding showing of sportsman-like conduct.

While this was the first a Midwest Starz Dance Competition, equipped with Greatmats Dance Flooring, that was held at the River Center, the Midwest Starz staff said, ”It was a great venue.”

The competition featured dancers, ages 5 and up, performing all kinds of dance including the following:
– Acrobatic
– Hip Hop
– Jazz
– Contemporary
– Musical Show
– Tap
– Lyrical
– Clogging
– Precision/Cheer
– Line
– and Open

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