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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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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Cedar Rapids Iowa 52401
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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
    • 
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 Dance Competitions
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Duluth MN 55812
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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.

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Midwest Starz Dance Competitions
Green Bay WI 54301
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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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Midwest Starz Dance Competitions
Davenport IA 52801

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Customer Review-MaxTiles

If you happen to find yourself in Coralville, IA, be sure to stop in at New Moon Fitness.


Teresa H. has installed our MaxTile modular tiles as the flooring for their commercial gym facility. 

“We wanted a floor covering for a 1st floor cement slab,” she says.  “We laid down 3/8” rubber underlayment underneath.”

MaxTile is a wonderful all-around modular floor tile.  Its durability makes it one of our most popular and best-selling products.  The wood or stone-look vinyl top gives your floor a high-end appearance while still providing durability and toughness at a reasonable price point.  It is rugged enough for commercial applications like Teresa’s and waterproof so it can be used in a variety of different rooms like basements.  Many people even use the MaxTile as a portable dance floor. MaxTiles are made in the USA.

“We installed the floor in a few hours,” Teresa says.  “Rolled out a strip of underlayment, then snapped in a row of tiles and repeated the process across the floor.  Two rows of tiles had to be cut to fit around doors.  Cutting was easy with our table saw.”
Installing the MaxTile floor is simple.  You just lay the pieces together and snap them in place.  You need no glue so you can pull the floor up whenever you want and lay it down later.  The connection tabs are designed tough enough for repeated assemblies and disassemblies.

Teresa seems happy with the product.  We’ll let her tell you:
“Love this product.  Easy to install and tough.  I do slamball exercises with heavy medicine balls and drop dumbbells, and not a dent.  Even if one needed to be replaced, the snap in style of the tile will make it pretty easy to do.  We’ll be ordering more to fill out the office and closet when they’re finished.”

MaxTiles can be laid over any hard, flat surface and can even lay directly on concrete.  For applications like Teresa’s, we strongly suggest a rubber underlayment like she used.  This will provide an extra layer of cushion between the floor and the surface of the tiles.  It also helps with sound dampening.  These vinyl tiles come with a ten year residential warranty.

“We have already recommended it, “Teresa says.  “Including to several contractors who are doing some additional remodeling for us and had never seen the product before.”

Thank you, Teresa.  We’re sure you’ll be enjoying MaxTiles for years to come.

Call Greatmats at 877-822-6622.

Reversible Dance Floor Marley

The reversible and highly portable Rosco Dance Floor Marley is excellent for situations where a permanent dance floor cannot be installed.  It is lightweight (less than 2 lbs per linear foot-225 lbs per roll) and flexible so it can be easily rolled out and rolled back up as necessary.

This makes the floor great for touring dance companies and theatres.  The matte non-skid finish provides you with the controlled slip dancers require.   Our Rosco Dance Floor Marley is reversible with black on one side and your choice of white or grey on the other.  This dance floor is sold by the linear foot, or by the complete roll.
This portable dance floor is great for all types of soft shoe or barefoot dance types including modern, jazz, lyrical, ballet, hip hop, or for drill team use.
We strongly recommend that you use only Rosco vinyl gaffers or double stick tape.  Other tapes can damage your floor. 
Also, please note: the ROSCO rolls of vinyl should never be stored in a flat position as this will cause the dance flooring rolls to flatten that may cause rippling in the material when unrolled.
Specs:
Width: 63 inches (1.6 meters)
Length: 131.3 ft. (40 meters)
Thickness: 0.05 inches (1.3mm)
Colors: Black/Grey or Black/White -double sided
Weight: 1.9 lbs/linear foot
                                            
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