4th Annual Greatmats National Award Series to Accept Nominations In October

Greatmats Annual National Award Series

Specialty flooring retailer Greatmats is awarding a series of national awards for athletic instructors as well as animal trainers who have made a positive impact in their respective communities. The national awards are designed to honor those positive leaders in the United States that have made a favorable impact on the lives of their students, clients and community through service, integrity and quality.

Click on the contest below to learn how to nominate or vote for someone and see the past winners and nominees for the national awards. In 2018 Greatmats will be accepting nominations in the following categories, starting in October.

Award Categories: (Click category of choice to learn more)
4th Annual National Dance Instructor of the Year
4th Annual National Dog Trainer of the Year
4th Annual National Horse Trainer of the Year
3rd Annual National Martial Arts Instructor of the Year
3rd Annual National Cheerleading Coach of the Year
National Fitness Trainer of the Year (3rd Year)
National Gymnastics Coach of the Year (2nd Year)

Sara Carson, The Super Collies

Sara Carson – 2017 National Dog Trainer of the Year

The first of its kind to recognize such a diverse group of individuals for both their positive professional and community influence, the Greatmats National Award Series began in 2015. Starting with Dance Instructors, Dog Trainers and Horse Trainers the award series has expanded to include Martial Arts Instructors, Cheer Coaches, Fitness Trainers and Gymnastics Coaches. More than 31,700 votes have been cast to honor these great instructors over the first 3 years of the National Awards Series.

Winners will receive:
– $250 in Greatmats Products (or $150 Cash Option) for the winner’s related business
– Profile story
– Greatmats national award certificate

Past Greatmats National Award Series Winners

 

Kelly Murphy-Alley - Striking KMA Performance Horses

Kelly Murphy-Alley – 2017 Greatmats National Horse Trainer of the Year

National Fitness Trainer of the Year
2015 – Jeanette Raichle – Owatonna Tennis and Fitness Center – Owatonna, MN
2017 – Thea Jorgensen – Thea Ward Fitness – Bismarck, ND

National Cheerleading Coach of the Year
2016 – Amy Beth Klopf – Coleman Junior Senior High School – Coleman, MI
2017 – Sherri Andrzejewski – Wilkes-Barre Bears – Wilkes-Barre, PA

National Dance Instructors of the Year
2015 – Rosanne Vavasis – Gotta Dance – Hudson, FL
2016 – John Culbertson – Dance Attack Dance Studio – Miami, FL
2017 – Heidi Sulminski & Heather Gerard – H&H Dance Academy – Millbury, MA

National Dog Trainers of the Year
2015 – Jeremy Joseph Brown – The Complete Canine – Tucson, AZ
2016 – Jeremy Joseph Brown – The Complete Canine – Tucson, AZ
2017 – Sara Carson – The Super Collies – Palmdale, CA

 

Rilee Sauer, Gold Medal Gymnastics

Rilee Sauer – 2016 Greatmats National Gymnastics Coach of the Year

National Gymnastics Coach of the Year
2016 – Rilee Sauer – Gold Medal Gymnastics – Chandler, AZ

National Horse Trainer of the Year
2016 – Jessica Moctezuma – Moctezuma Stables – Woodstock, IL
2017 – Kelly Murphy-Alley – Striking KMA Performance Horses – Wilmore, KY

National Martial Arts Instructor of the Year
2016 – Grandmaster Bryant Harrell – Real World Combat Academy, High Point Neighborhood Family Center – Clearwater, FL
2017 – Master Ron Poholik – Pride Martial Arts – New Lenox, IL

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Portable Dance Floor Tile 1×1 Ft

Portable dance floor tiles are durable, created to withstand repeated assemblies, and interlock to form a professional looking dance floor. This portable dance floor can go with you anywhere, and is the perfect solution for event venues, traveling dance troupes and more.

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These interlocking dance floor tiles ensure that you have a dance floor where and when you need one. Designed to withstand multiple assemblies, these tiles are durable, professional looking, and create an eye-catching dance floor perfect for banquet centers, performances, weddings, practice and more. Suitable for both indoor and temporary outdoor installations, this dance floor is ready to go wherever you do.

The Details About the Portable Dance Floor Tiles
These dance floor tiles are designed with the needs of a professional performer or business in mind. This floor holds up to the rigorous use expected of a heavy-duty dance floor, and it will look great during event after event. You can choose from many luxurious wood grain finishes, or opt for a slate finish for a more modern touch. With a secure, locking fit, these tiles create a stunning dance floor that doesn’t look temporary at all.


The portable dance floor is suitable for use with many different types of dance shoe types, including high heels.

When choosing the appropriate sized dance floor, we recommend 9 square feet of space per person. Each tile is 1 square foot, so you can order as many tiles as necessary to get the dance floor size that you desire. Expecting a larger crowd for a future event? You can simply order more tiles to create a larger dance floor.

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We also offer transport carts that can be used to stack and store the tiles, which can be particularly helpful when you’re working with larger portable dance floors.

These dance floor tiles can be installed over any flat surface, including concrete and carpeting. If you are assembling a dance floor on top of concrete, we recommend that you use a 3mm rubber underlayment to provide some cushion and sound dampening.

The tiles feature a durable tab assembly so that these tiles will withstand countless assemblies. The dance floor will not start to separate and wear out as some other products will. These tiles are easy to assemble and easy to break down, so you don’t waste time on setup and can instead focus more time and energy on your performance.

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And if you only use the tiles periodically, it’s no problem. The tiles measure 12 inches x 12 inches, so they’re easy to store in a closet, storage area, or basement until you need them again.

Why These Dance Floor Tiles Are the Right Choice for Your Next Event
Why choose these dance floor tiles? There are plenty of reasons why these tiles are better than the other products out there.

Portability
Max Tile portable dance floor tiles are designed with easy transportation, storage and assembly in mind. These tiles can be installed over any hard surface, giving you plenty of options no matter what venue you’ll be traveling to. Additionally, these tiles are built to last, meaning that through performance after performance, they’ll hold together as tightly as they did the first time you assembled the dance floor.

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Greatmats modular dance floor tiles

Though the 12×12-inch tiles are easy to store just about anywhere, consider keeping them assembled in larger squares of 9 tiles so that you can quickly and easily assemble a dance floor. It will mean less prep work for you and more time for you to focus on the event itself.

Quality
These portable dance floor tiles are made in the USA. With a 5-year warranty against manufacturer defects, you know that you’re investing in a quality product that a manufacturer is proud to stand behind.

These dance floor tiles are waterproof for use in any weather. They are made from a commercial-grade vinyl top, and feature durable interlocking tabs. These tiles are made to hold up under repeated uses and are ready to withstand the traffic of commercial use.


Versatility
Not only are these tiles versatile in terms of their ability to go nearly anywhere with you, but you can also customize the dance floor size to your particular needs. If you’re expecting a larger event, order some extra tiles and create a large floor with plenty of dance space. For a smaller event, you can set up just some of the tiles, so you don’t have the awkward appearance of a partially full dance floor. The ability to customize the dance floor’s size can be a major money saver, as you won’t need separate floors for different types of events. And if you’re not sure just how many tiles to order, don’t worry – if your dance floor turns out to be too small, you can always add on more tiles later.

Fast Installation
Your time is precious, and these dance floor tiles are the perfect solution when you’re on the go. You can assemble a 10 x 20 foot portable dance floor in minutes when you use these tiles. It’s even faster to disassemble the floor.

When time is of the essence, you’ll be glad that you’ve opted for these portable dance floor tiles. There are no large, heavy pieces to lug around, and no extra tools required for assembly. Plus, with no special tools required for installation, you won’t have to worry about arriving at an event only to discover that you’ve left an important tool back at home.


Professional Appearance
When you’re traveling to a performance or are providing entertainment at a wedding, you want a dance floor that is eye-catching and professional looking. These dance tiles create a floor that will not disappoint. Choose from a variety of attractive finishes for the exact aesthetic that you want. Easy snap-on border ramps and corners create the perfect event floor package. Your dance floor will look clean and complete.

Potential Uses for Portable Dance Floor Tiles
These versatile portable dance floor tiles are ideal for countless situations. Some of their most popular uses include:
– Temporary dance floors for dance troupes on tour who never know just where they’ll be performing.
– Backup dance floor solutions for professionals hosting dance workshops or competitions who need a little extra space just for a few days.
– Removable dance floors for venues, like hotels, which host banquets and weddings.
– Traveling DJs or entertainment professionals who need a dance floor that can go with them.
– Temporary dance floors for venues, such as recreation centers, hosting dance classes or events.

When you invest in these portable dance floors, you’re investing in your business and your future. A portable dance floor allows you to:
– Travel anywhere without worry about the facilities at the next venue
– Perform confidently, knowing that you will always have a safe, quality dance surface (even if it’s only a backup to a venue’s stage)
– Travel to or perform at venues which couldn’t otherwise accommodate a dance performance
– Perform both indoors and out without worry of damaging your dance floor
– Expand your studio capacity, yet save space by simply packing up your dance floor when you’re done
– Increase your DJ business’ appeal by being able to accommodate just about any venue
– Host dance workshops, classes, or events without the significant cost or space requirement of investing in a permanent dance floor
– Maximize the usefulness of a space, allowing for multiple activities including dance without any permanent changes or construction
– Access a dance floor quickly without the need to work with a contractor or wait for construction to be completed
– Practice dance in the comfort of your own home

The potential uses for these dance floor tiles are endless.

Alvas Matlay & Marlay Dance Flooring

Alvas Matlay Dance Flooring

Greatmats Matlay Dance Flooring Vinyl Black White ReversibleMatlay Vinyl Dance Flooring is one of the top choices for professional and home dance studios. This marley is lightweight and reversible with a non skid, matte finish on both sides. This flooring will work with many types of dances.

Matlay dance flooring is available in black/gray and white/gray. The full size roll is 6×60 feet in dimensions. Matlay flooring is also available in smaller sizes. This vinyl dance flooring is 1.1 mm thick.

GreatmatsGreatmats Matlay Dance Flooring Vinyl Black Gray ReversibleMatlay flooring can be used for temporary or semi permanent uses by installing with tape. Because a full roll of matlay weighs 120 pounds, it will make installation easier with at least two people. A hard, flat subfloor will be needed when installing.

Cleaning is easy and no special cleaner is needed. Just sweep and mop with 3 parts hot water to 1 part distilled white vinegar.

 

Alvas Marlay Dance Flooring

Greatmats Alvas Marlay Dance Flooring RollMarlay Dance Flooring is versatile and double-sided dance floor. This marley-type PVC vinyl flooring is great for many forms of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, modern, hip hop and many more. Both sides of the Marlay have a matte finish and a surface texture that is not too fast and not too slow. This dance flooring is available in Light Gray/Dark Gray reversible.

Installation

When Marlay is used for dance, it is suitable for laying on a hard, smooth floor, but it is ideally paired and recommended with a sprung or floating subfloor to provide proper cushioning for dancers to prevent injuries.

    • Permanent: Weld seams together with welding rods for permanent installation. We recommend hot welding be done by a professional in order to avoid permanent damage to the floor.
    • Semi-permanent: A semi-permanent installation can be done with gaffers tape for the perimeter and vinyl tape for the seams.

 

 

 

For more dance flooring options including marley, portable tiles, and subfloors, visit our Dance Flooring category page.

River City Dance – Sheryl Baker Clogging on Adagio Marley Dance Floor

Standing Up To the Abrasiveness of Appalachian Clogging

By Brett Hart

River City Dance St Croix Falls WI Greatmats Marley Dance FloorDance, and especially clogging, is in the blood for St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin’s River City Dance studio owner Sheryl Baker. Now in her 40s, Sheryl has experience dancing on the stages of Dollywood in Pegeon Forge, Tenn., for six seasons, dancing for two years on the TV show ”The Old Midwest Barn Dance” and coaching several national champion soloists, receiving overall awards and gold medals at the AAU Junior Olympics, NCHC Championships and National Clogging Champions of America.

River City Dance Owner Sheryl Baker St Croix Falls WI GreatmatsGetting her start in figure skating, tap, jazz, ballet, and Appalachian clogging, Sheryl has been a national clogging instructor and judge since 1990. Sheryl was the recipient of the ”Glen Hill Pioneer Award” in 2006, recognizing her for her contributions to the clogging community in choreography, teaching and spirit. In 2013, she was inducted into the clogging ”Hall of Fame.”

In addition to River City Dance, the 30-year veteran of dance instruction also runs the River City Cloggers based on the other side of the Scenic St. Croix River in Taylors Falls, Minn., and a competitive team called The Clogging Premier. She caters to clients ranging from preschool to 92 years young.

river-city-dance9”Appalachian clogging is wonderful for all ages,” Baker said.

Baker’s clogging teams are known for their acapella clogging skills that combine the best tap sounds with rhythm and sound.

”Our team has the national title for the overall acapella team in the world,” Baker said. ”Our clogging nationals teams have won in some of the precision categories, hoedown categories and some of the line categories.”

Her 17-year-old daughter, Alyssa Keller, is also a two-time national champion in acapella clogging.

Finding the Proper Flooring for Clogging

River City Dance Greatmats Marley Dance FloorAs the popularity of Baker’s instruction grew, she decided to open River City Dance earlier this year and needed some quality flooring to meet the needs of this aggressive form of dance as well as other styles.

While searching for dance flooring online, she found Greatmats.com and was impressed by its descriptions of the types of dance flooring available and ultimately chose Rosco Adagio marley flooring.

”I was looking for a floor that was really durable and would stand up to an abrasive type of activity,” Baker said. ”It was very easy to install. It just laid down, and we got it installed very quickly. We opened our studio after two weeks of prepping the space, and it has really held up.”

river-city-dance2She was also impressed with the controlled slip the flooring offered.

”Because (Appalachian clogging) is so aggressive, and you’re picking your feet up so high, it does move very quickly, you’re looking for a floor that has a surface that has non skid. … The dancers risk falling if you’re on a slippery surface.”

”This floor in particular, the marley floor, is wonderful, where we can do our movements and not have fear of falling,” Baker added. ”I always welcome anyone to look up River City Dance. It’s a fun atmosphere.”

River City Dance also offers classes in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Fitness and Canadian Step Dancing.

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Sheryl Baker
River City Dance
St. Croix Falls WI 54024
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20 Dance Teachers Vie For Title of National Dance Instructor of the Year

Greatmats Annual National Dance Instructor of the Year Award LogoMilltown, WI – Dance instructors from all across the United States have been nominated for the 3rd annual National Dance Instructor of the Year Award, presented by Greatmats. The award is part of Greatmats annual National Award Series, which is designed to honor instructors who have made a positive impact in their communities. Nominated by their peers and community members for their displays of service, integrity and quality, the National Dance Instructor of the Year nominee field will be narrowed to two finalists via a social media vote on Greatmats Facebook page Nov. 16-30, 2017.

Greatmats will choose the finalist it feels best represents service, integrity and quality while serving her community to win the award.

This year’s National Dance Instructor of the Year will win the choice of new dance flooring or a cash option. 2017 nominees hail from 15 different states. They include:

Alabama – Alison Woodward of Crazy About Dance in Anniston

Colorado – Patricia Hoffman of Colorado Ballet Society in Colorado Springs

Delaware – Amanda Pollard of Delaware State University and Danceworks Dance Studio of Delaware in Dover and Newcastle, respectively

Florida – Tara Foxworth of Oceanway School of Dance and Performing Arts in Jacksonville

Indiana – Stephanie Pairitz of Epic Dance Studios in Elkhart

Kentucky – Allie Baue of Studio Dee in Fort Wright, and Amber Bryant of AB Training Facility in Somerset

Louisiana – Elizabeth Warshauer of Articulate Motions Dance Academy in New Orleans

Maryland – Kassandra Serafini of Wiley H. Bates Middle School in Annapolis

Massachusetts – Heidi Sulminksi and Heather Gerardi of H&H Dance Academy in Millbury

Minnesota – Laura Perez of Just for Kix in Spring Valley

North Carolina – Bonita Simpson of Bonita’s School of Ballet in Monroe

Oregon – Mandy Conforth of South Lane Ballet Academy in Cottage Grove

Pennsylvania – Danielle Fritz O’Brien of 3d Dance Studio in Northampton, and Alice Mount of Adrenaline Dance of York in York

Tennessee – Ashlie Wells of Center Stage Dance Company in Winchester

Wisconsin – JoJean Retrum of Monona Academy of Dance in Madison, Meaghan Johnson of Neenah-Menasha YMCA in Neenah, Anne Marie Abderholden of Valley Academy for the Arts in Neenah, and Alicia Knopps of Diamond School of Dance in Eau Claire

Learn more about the 2017 National Dance Instructor of the Year Award at https://www.greatmats.com/dance-flooring/greatmats-annual-national-dance-instructor-of-the-year-contest.php

As part of the National Award Series, Greatmats is also presenting awards to to Martial Arts Instructors, Cheerleading Coaches, Dog Trainers, Horse Trainers and Personal Trainers. Learn more about the National Award Series at https://www.greatmats.com/greatmats-national-instructor-of-the-year-awards-series.php

L.E. Phillips Senior Center – Aerobic Fitness and Dance Floor

Seniors Stay in Motion at Eau Claire Senior Center

Max Tile Aerobic and Dance Flooring at L.E. Phillips Senior Center in Eau Claire, Wisconsin

By Brett Hart

LE Phillips Senior Center close up Greatmats Max Tile Aerobic Dance FloorWhat better way is there to maintain or regain your youthful vigor than to keep your body moving? The folks at L.E. Phillips Senior Center in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, have fully adopted that philosophy. Among the numerous activities for its more than 2,000 members ages ”50 and better,” are approximately a dozen fitness classes which take place on Walnut patterned Max Tile Raised Floor Tiles. The not-for-profit senior center, now in its 18th year at its current location on Bellinger Street, purchased the vinyl wood laminate flooring tiles from Milltown, Wisconsin-based specialty flooring company Greatmats in December of 2010. Four and a half years later, Executive Director Mary Pica-Anderson is still thrilled with the decision.

Greatmats Max Tile Aerobic Dance Floor at LE Phillips Senior Center”The floor was easy to put together,” Mary said. ”My husband and I did it. It cleans exceptionally well and has held up to all kinds of usage (five classes per day plus large group lectures as needed) and still looks great!”

Underneath the modular, interlocking raised tiles is a 3mm rubber floor underlayment, also acquired from Greatmats. The rubber underlayment adds much-needed cushion and sound buffering qualities, that make it a perfect multipurpose fit for the center.

Greatmats Max Tile Jazzercise Dance Floor at LE Phillips Senior CenterAmong the fitness classes offered at L.E. Phillips Senior Center are Chair Yoga, Circuit Training, Jazzercise, Pilates, Reflexology, Walking, Strength Training and Tai Chi. Through quality programs and flooring, this Wisconsin facility is set to meet the needs of its community for years to come.

 

LE Phillips Senior Center Aerobics Class using Greatmats Max Tile Aerobic Dance Floor

Mary Pica-Anderson
L.E. Phillips Senior Center
Eau Claire WI 54703
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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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