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

Wisconsin Dells Regional
Midwest Starz Dance Competitions
Wisconsin Dells WI 53965
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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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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
                                            
For more information, please call Greatmats at 877-822-6622.