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!”

St Paul Ballet installing Greatmats Portable Dance Subfloor with Marley Floor
Zoe Emilie Henrot
St. Paul Ballet
St. Paul MN 55104
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Greatmats brings National Award Series into 3rd Year of Honoring Instructors and Trainers

Greatmats National Award Series LogoMILL TOWN, WI – Greatmats is in search of trainers, instructors and coaches from across the nation who embody the essence of community service, customer service, integrity and quality in the industries of dance, martial arts, personal fitness training, dog training, horse training and cheerleading.

If you know someone who fits the bill, nominate him or her for one of six awards included in Greatmats 3rd Annual National Award Series. The winner of the award will be given the choice of $250 in new mats/flooring or $150 in cash.

The Martial Arts Instructor of the Year Award is part of Greatmats 3rd Annual National Awards Series, honoring instructors, trainers and coaches who have made a positive impact in their communities.

Greatmats Annual National Dance Instructor of the Year Award LogoThis year’s awards include:

National Dance Instructor of the Year

  • In its third year, the National Dance instructor of the Year Award contest has had nearly 2,700 votes cast over the first two years. Previous winners include Rosanne Vavasis and John Culbertson.

 

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  • In its second year, the National Martial Arts Instructor of the Year Award Contest witnesses more than 1,300 votes cast in its inaugural year which resulted in Grandmaster Bryant Harrell being named the 2016 winner.

 

 

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National Personal Trainer of the Year

  • 2017 marks the first year for the National Personal Trainer of the Year Award Contest. In 2015, Greatmats offered the National Aerobics Instructor of the Year Award, which has been expanded this year to include all personal trainers and fitness coaches. The 2015 Aerobics instructor of the Year was Jeanette Raichle

 

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  • In its third year, The National Dog Trainer of the Year Award Contest has also had approximately 2,700 votes cast in the first two years, resulting a back-to-back victories by Jeremy Joseph Brown.

 

 

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  • Also in its third year, the National Horse Trainer of the Year Award Contest. The 2016 contest, won by Jessica Moctezuma, generated more than 1,400 votes.

 

 

 

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  • In its second year, the National Cheer Coach of the Year Award Contest, has an overwhelming popular inaugural showing with 26 nominees and nearly 4,000 votes cast. Amy Beth Klopf was named to 2016 winner of the award.

 

Learn more about Greatmats National Award Series at https://www.greatmats.com/greatmats-national-instructor-of-the-year-awards-series.php.

Midwest Starz Regional Dance Competitions – Green Bay, Wisc.

Heart of the Valley Dance Academy Take High Point Award

April 26, 2017 – The Midwest Starz Dance Competition took its show to KI Convention center Green Bay, Wisconsin, March 24-26 for its 11th competition of 2017.

Highlighting the competition was the high point winning Solo Jazz routine ”I Want You” from Heart of the Valley Dance Academy in the 15-16 year old division. Studio Y won the Starzmanship award for outstanding sportsmanship.

Other Highlights included:
Ages 9-11 Solo – Lyrical winner Manty Dance’s routine ”Grace of God” – 271.74 points
Ages 9-11 D/T – Jazz winner Studio L’s routine ”Wings” – 272.74 points
Ages 9-11 Sg – Hip Hop winner Ignite Dance Studio’s routine ”Spice It Up” – 280.46 points
Ages 9-11 SG – Tap winner Ignite Dance Studio’s routine ”Shake Ya Body” – 281.46
Ages 12-14 Solo – Hip Hop winner Studio Y’s routing ”Trndsttr” – 271.24
Ages 12-14 Solo – Jazz winner Ignite Dance Studio’s routine ”Bird Song” – 288.06
Ages 12-14 Solo – Lyrical winner Kaleidoscope Dance Studio’s routine ”Rise Up” – 291.14
Ages 12-14 Solo – Open winner Transcendence Dance Company’s routine ”Galactic” – 290.14
Ages 12-14 Solo – Contemporary winner Transcendence Dance Company’s routine ”Day Dream” – 296.12
Ages 15-16 Solo – Hip Hop winner Studio Y’s routine ”Rock Your Body” 290.86
Ages 15-16 D/T – Tap winner Heart of the Valley Dance Academy’s routine ”Can You Feel It” – 290.68
Ages 17-18 Solo – Contemporary winner All That Dance Inc’s routine ”Heal” – 290.34

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

To learn more about Greatmats-sponsored Midwest Starz Dance Competitions and its competitors, visit Greatmats Midwest Starz Dance Competition Resource Page.

Green Bay Regional Dance Competition
Midwest Starz Dance Competitions
Green Bay WI 54301
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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 Dance Competitions are equipped with marley dance floors from Greatmats.

To learn more about Greatmats-sponsored Midwest Starz Dance Competitions and its competitors, visit Greatmats Midwest Starz Dance Competition Resource Page.

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Midwest Starz Dance Competitions
Inver Grove Heights MN
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Greatmats sponsoring National Dance Instructor of the Year Award

Dance Instructor of the Year

Nominate a dance instructor for Greatmats’ National Dance Instructor of the Year Award before Nov. 7, 2015.

National dance flooring industry leader Greatmats is sponsoring a National Dance Instructor of the Year Award, honoring a dance instructor the best represents Greatmats values – service, integrity and quality.

Greatmats is currently accepting nominations for this award until Nov. 7, 2015.

To nominate a person for the award, email the following information to brett@greatmats.com before Nov. 7, 2015:

1. Nominee’s Name

2. Name and location of the nominee’s business (Must be located in the USA.)

3. A brief description of why you are nominating this person

For contest details, visit http://www.greatmats.com/gmats-dance-instructor-contest.php. Voting will take place from Nov. 16 through Nov. 30, 2015, at https://www.facebook.com/Greatmats.

Winners will be named on January 4, 2016.

Greatmats is a national specialty flooring industry leader based in Milltown, Wisconsin, since 1999. Identified as one of the top 3,000 fastest growing companies in the USA three times since 2008, Greatmats has earned an A+ Better Business Bureau rating and 9.5 TrustPilot rating through its Golden Rule customer service practices. Greatmats gives back to its local community by donating 5% of its annual profits to local non-profit organizations. It also supports green initiatives through the use of solar energy at its Wisconsin headquarters and by offering a large variety of products made from recycled and renewable resources. Find out more about Greatmats at www.greatmats.com or by visiting Greatmats on Facebook. View all of Greatmats dance flooring products at http://www.greatmats.com/dance-flooring.php

Get $100 off athletic flooring for your school!

Weight room flooring

Weight room flooring from Greatmats.

One of the most anticipated parts of heading back to school in many parts of the United States is the beginning of the fall sports season. Whether its football, volleyball, cross country or anything in between, Greatmats can help you train with the comfort and safety of high quality and stylish athletic flooring.

Two things all athletes share is the need for strength training and aerobics. While some activities may require a more concentrated effort on one than the other, the combination is essential for creating a well balanced, healthy and high performing athlete.

Schools and training facilities that best serve their student-athletes and clients provide a quality training surface for their pupils and take the proper measures to ensure those surfaces will last for years to come.

In honor of the back to school season, Greatmats is holding a Back-to-School Athletic Flooring sale on weight room flooring, gym floor covers, cheer mats, folding gym mats, gym wall pads and dance floors. For any order of these items totaling $2,000 or more before Oct. 15, 2015, Greatmats will take $100 off the purchase price.

Weight room flooring

While the vast majority of Greatmats’ dozens of weight room flooring options are made of durable 100 percent recycled rubber, it also offers foam options that will add greater cushion and comfort. Among the weight room flooring possibilities are straight and interlocking tiles, large mats and rolled flooring options.

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Gym Floor Covers

Protect your expensive hardwood gym floors with gym floor covers from Greatmats. Available in large roll out vinyl sheets or large carpet tiles, these floor coverings will ensure your gym flooring will not suffer the unintended abuse associated with using the multipurpose facility for non-sporting events such as school dances, banquets and ceremonies.

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Cheer mats from Greatmats

Cheer Mats

Ensure your school spirit by protecting its biggest advocates. Greatmats cheer mats are designed for high school, university and professional practices and competitions. Providing a non-slip surface, fatigue relief and shock absorption, these mats help ensure your cheer squad (and their spectators) will get the most out of the cheerleading experience.

Folding gym mats

Folding gym mats can be some of the most valuable accessories to any training program, portable, easily stored and easily installed, these mats are ideal provide an added level of safety and versatility in nearly all training environments.

Gym wall pads

Wall pads from Greatmats

Gym Wall Pads

Ramp up the safety features for your most precious assets with gym wall padding, made in the USA of top quality materials. In addition to defending against injuries, wall pads are also a great place to showcase your school spirit with the ability to add a graphics of your logo or mascot.

Dance Flooring

Greatmats offers are large variety of vinyl, foam and plastic dance floor options. Available in large rolls, cut lengths and modular tiles, it’s easy to find the right flooring for permanent and temporary uses, all with easy installation. Sprung and rubber dance subflooring is also available.

Call our customer service team 877-822-6622 for more information on the sale or products.

A Wisconsin-based specialty flooring company since 1999, Greatmats operates using the Golden Rule of customer service, leading it to a A-plus rating from the Better Business Bureau and a 9.5 Trust Pilot rating. Greatmats offers professional customer service and quality products with the best pricing online, backed by a price match guarantee. Our national flooring experts will ensure you find the perfect athletic flooring for your needs.

Picking the perfect dance floor

adagio-dancersChoosing the right dance floor to install can be a daunting task. With literally hundreds of different kinds of dance out there, how can you be sure you have the right floor covering to meet the demands of your studio, hall or home?

Without getting too in depth, two key areas to watch are slip resistance and shock absorption. Both factors should play a large role in determining how  easy and comfortable the performance surface is to dance on. Dancing on an improper surface such as concrete, even for short periods of time, can cause pain, injury or even irreversible damage to your bones, joints and entire body.

Slip resistance

Each form of dance requires different levels of slip resistance. Ballet dancers need a much higher degree of grip than do ballroom or bare feet dancers. While much of that can be regulated through the use of proper footwear, floor surfaces still play a critical role.

Marley, or vinyl, floors such as the Rosco Adagio line of rolled dance floor provide a solid non-slip surface for dances such as jazz, modern, ballet, Irish, Flamenco, lyrical, drill team or tap and are typically preferred when more general community all-purpose use takes place. It provides a medium-fast floor speed and is excellent for semi-permanent or permanent installation. Adagio’s marley floor rolls also accommodate touring, although its specialty touring line typically works better in those situations.

Jill of Marietta, Ohio said, “I wish I would have had this a long time ago,” after purchasing Adagio dance flooring from Greatmats.com for her dance studio which offers ballet, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical and tap classes. “I LOVE THIS FLOOR! and it looks really sharp.”

For more specialized applications, a smooth, unfinished hardwood floor provides less friction and is ideal for social or ballroom dancing. Meanwhile, its hard surface lends well to tap or Riverdance where sound is important. Hardwood is not appropriate in all environments, such as those exposed to moisture or outdoor conditions. In those cases, portable or laminate flooring is a good option, given an appropriate underlying structure.

Engineered wood is also common economical alternate to expensive hardwood dance flooring as it is less liable to warp or shrink.

No matter what material the floor is made of, proper care, storage and cleaning is critical to maintaining proper slip control on your dance surface and extending the life of your dance floor. Avoiding even minimal dirt and water can play a huge role in the life of your dance floor. Gym floor coverings are also an option to protect your floor.

Shock absorption

Most performance dance surfaces involve a sprung floor system underneath. The dance floors can be either laid on top of a sprung floors (also known as floating floors) or have one built in. Hardness of the surface greatly affects what type of protection a sprung floor can give to the dancer. Hard performance surfaces protect from serious injuries while soft surfaces defend against minor injuries. There is very little overlap.

Sprung floors can be supported by resilient materials, such as foam backing or rubber feet, or by mechanical cushioning – such as criss-crossing wooden slats.

An alternative to sprung floors is having the floor built over a wooden frame, which will provide some give and spring.

Keeping slip resistance and shock absorption factors in mind while choosing your dance flooring will surely help you find the proper dance floor for your needs.adagio-may2015-sale-email