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Are Portable Dance Floors Suitable for All Types of Dance?

There are only a few people in the world who won’t take advantage of an opportunity to dance. Whether you’re a professional dancer, an aspiring beginner, or a casual fan of the practice, portable dance floors make it easier than ever for you to get your steps in.

When it comes to finding the best portable dance floors for your needs, you have to keep your intentions and guest list in mind. If you want home dance floors for personal use, the floor you invest in may be different than that suited for an upcoming wedding.

What Are Portable Dance Floors?

As the name suggests, portable dance floors are dance floors that you can semi-permanently install in hotel rooms, your home, wedding venues, and other locations. These dance floors are easy to pack away and travel with, but they also provide you and any guests you may have with a distinct space in which you can practice your dancing.

Portable dance floors come in handy if you’re on the go or want to hold a dance-oriented event in an unconventional location. Because these dance floors are relatively easy to secure, you can take an hour or so to set them up yourself and ensure that all visitors or fellow dancers can make the most of the space you’re in.

What Types of Portable Dance Floors Are There?

There’s more than one kind of portable dance floor available on the market today. These floors vary in both size and material, meaning that you have ample opportunity to shop for the floor that best suits your needs.

Some of the most common portable dance floor materials include:

  • Vinyl roll floors
  • Wooden portable dance floors
  • Foam-based portable dance floors

Dance Styles and Dance Floors for Home

The type of home dance floor you’ll want will depend on the dancing you intend to do. When you break down portable dance floor options by popular dancing styles, you’ll find that different floors are better suited for different needs.


While ballet-specific shoes and rosin help dancers grip the portable ballet floor they’re dancing on, you’ll want to ensure that your portable dance floor doesn’t disrupt your overall control. Slip-controlled floors are some of the best suited for standard ballet and pointe work, whether you’re in the studio or working from home.

Dance-specific vinyl, sometimes called Marley, increases the amount of friction that exists between your pointe shoes and the floor. Some of these vinyl surfaces are designed specifically to provide enough slip resistance that you won’t need to use rosin for pointe work. You can rely on these floors to limit any missteps and prevent slip-related injuries.

Tap Dance

Tap floors need to withstand a significant amount of wear and tear over the course of your practice. That being the case, both wood and vinyl floors have a place in a tap dancer’s practice studio. Vinyl rolls limit slippage while also providing dancers with a sturdy surface to move across. Wood floors tend to take on a little more damage than vinyl floors, but they’re also the most traditional floors to practice tap upon and provide the best sound quality The specific finish of the wood floor will determine whether the floor is slippery, or if it provides a good slip-resistant surface for both ultimate safety and sound.

Modern Dance

Whether you’re performing modern dance barefoot or while wearing sneakers, you need a floor that will prevent injuries without limiting your ability to slide. With that in mind, wood floors tend to be your best friend. Portable wood dance floors offer a stable and smooth surface without the taped seams that often disrupt the smooth feel of a vinyl dance surface.  As you leap, slide, and twist, you can trust these floors to keep you both stable and mobile.

As with any dance floor, and especially If you plan on practicing particularly aggressive moves, it’s in your body’s best interest to ensure that the floor you’re dancing upon is a sprung portable dance floor. 


Jazz dance is not the same as tap dance, though many people outside of the practicing world may conflate the two. Instead, jazz dance is relatively non-aggressive. This means that you can practice jazz patterns on a wooden floor with ease. 

Wooden floors tend to allow for slipping movements without compromising your safety. So long as you have jazz-appropriate socks or shoes on, you can take advantage of a portable wooden floor whenever you need to stretch your legs.

Swing and Ballroom Dance

Swing and ballroom dancing involve a reasonable amount of fast footwork and long gliding motions That means you need a portable dance floor that can hold up to quick, widespread movements as well as significant wear and tear. 

Again, vinyl floors can work well  here, but even better are hardwood floors. While you may want to avoid footwork that requires a more slippery surface, as many ballroom dancers prefer, you can still practice safe lifts, dips, and basic steps on either of the surfaces mentioned above.

Find the Best Dance Floors for Home

The best portable dance floors on the market today marry safety and versatility. As you’re shopping for the home dance floor that suits you best, you can shop vinyl, wood, and foam-based sprung portable dance floors that are all designed to travel with you. 

Make sure you have the appropriate equipment on hand, and you’ll find it easier than ever to make time for dancing, no matter where in the world you roam.

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I LOVE my O'Mara Maple portable practice panel. It sounds absolutely fantastic and my joints/feet never hurt after using it (like they do when I take class at the studio)! It is a superb dance floor!!

Sharon G.

Texas, USA

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Kevin P.

California, USA

Thanks so much for your excellent customer service, everything went like clockwork! The delivery, packaging, and timing were exceptional! The quality and precision of your products is outstanding, not to mention the fact you include all of the tools needed to install the floor. As a contractor it was difficult to believe that we did not have to make a single cut, everything was numbered and the diagram was spot on, thanks again.

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From the moment the floor arrived your meticulous attention to detail was evident. The way it came crated blew me away. Nothing was left to chance, everything was secured and protected. It said a lot without saying a word. Rita called me earlier today after completing her first class..... "The floor made all the difference in the world" was her quote.

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I would highly recommend the O’Mara Sprung floor system to anyone. The floor is studio quality, easy to maintain, and beautiful to look at, even after hours of tap dancing.

Cindy V.

California, USA

We are happy with the floor. The shipping was secure and done well. So everything is good. The floor is expensive but you can tell it is higher quality. I am actually using the floor in a 4 by 8 pattern right now since the 8 by 8 was slightly big for my space right now but at least I can expand it when ready. So I love the fact that you can change the size of the floor. Keep up the good work!!

Rick S.


It is perfect for tap dancing. It is well made and high quality. I have practiced or taken lessons in four different studios and until I practiced on this floor I could never really hear the steps clearly and how I was doing them. The sound and clarity of the floor is wonderful for tap dance. You can really “hear” if you are doing the steps right or not.

Christine K.

Florida, USA

I’ve been meaning to email and thank you for all of your assistance and support with setting up our floor. We are very happy with it and the dancers like it as well.

Alexandra O.

Michigan, USA