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Everything You Need to Know About Portable Ballet Dance Floors


There’s nothing quite like walking into a ballet studio—mirrors all around, barres along the walls, and flooring perfect for practice and performances. While this atmosphere can’t be replaced, recent pandemic lockdowns made us all realize that the show must go on somehow. 

An excellent solution when you can’t make it to the ballet studio, for whatever reason, is the portable or mobile ballet dance floor. By having the most crucial piece of the studio available at all times, you can continue your routine when and where you please. 

O’Mara Sprung Floors produces high-quality, long-lasting portable dance floors for dancers and athletes looking to continue their craft at home or on the road. You can browse our full line of dance floors to find the perfect match for your needs.

Let’s learn more about portable ballet dance floors and how they can benefit you. 

What Is a Portable Ballet Dance Floor?

A portable ballet dance floor is just what it sounds like—a portion of a standard ballet floor that can be moved easily to wherever you need it. The portability of these dance floors makes them ideal for dancers and studios alike, as they provide flexibility and versatility without compromising on quality. 

Portable ballet dance floors can come in various sizes. For instance, we manufacture several sizes of mobile ballet dance floors:

  • 3′ x 4′ Sprung Vinyl Ballet Dance Floor
  • 4′ x 4′ SoftShoe Ash Dance Floor
  • 4′ x 6′ SoftShoe Ash Dance Floor
  • 4′ x 8′ SoftShoe Ash Dance Floor

We also manufacture larger sizes of portable ballet floors, which take only a little more effort to move and store than our smaller sizes. These floors start at 6’ x 8’ and can be made as large as you need, up to the size of a stage or studio. The different flooring types provide various features based on your dancing needs.

Sprung Vinyl Ballet Dance Floor

Our singular piece dance floor is constructed from raw birch with vinyl ballet floor pre-attached. The design protects your joints and is slip-resistant, making it perfect for ballet or any other type of dance style. 

A significant advantage of this vinyl-topped sprung floor for ballet is you can practice your pointe work without rosin. Plus, all of our portable practice floors come with handles pre-attached, making them easy to move. The single-piece floor is easy to transport in the car or around the house since it weighs only 34 pounds.

SoftShoe Ash Dance Floor

Another option for practicing your ballet moves anywhere is the O’Mara softshoe ash dance floor. You can opt for the 4′ x 4′ size, consisting of two 2′ x 4′ panels, or expand it by adding another panel or two to create a 4′ x 6′ or 4’ x 8’ dance space, respectively. The panels are made of ash wood and include a clamp and cable set to secure them together safely. 

This type of portable ballet dance floor is great for studios, gymnasiums, or classrooms and is highly versatile as you can use it for almost every dance style except tap. The floor is pre-finished with ProLine Urethane, making it highly slip-resistant and durable.

Advantages of a Portable Ballet Dance Floor at Home

Having a portable ballet dance floor at home offers some significant advantages.

Durability

While it may look graceful and elegant, ballet is a highly demanding art form that takes its toll on the body. Anytime you’re practicing, whether it’s for a few minutes or a few hours, you need the right kind of floor at your feet to ensure you don’t do your body damage. O’Mara’s dance floors are built with this in mind, as they provide the right balance between durability and functionality for dancers.

Grip

Staying safe while dancing is essential, regardless of where you’re practicing. Using any floor type could put you at risk of slipping and falling. O’Mara uses ProLine Urethane to pre-finish all of our portable wood ballet dance floors, ensuring your feet can move about as you want them to without the fear of losing your grip. 

Convenience

The most beneficial aspect of a portable ballet dance floor is its convenience. You can set up your dance floor quickly and easily, wherever you have enough space. This portability allows dancers to practice at home or wherever life takes them. 

Important Information to Keep in Mind

Portable dance floors can open up many opportunities outside of a dance studio that would otherwise be unavailable to dancers. However, every user should keep in mind some crucial aspects of owning a portable ballet dance floor. 

Storage

It’s important to remember that you’ll want to have a place to safely store and protect your dance floor when it is not in use. Leaving it out for people to walk on may cause damage, and improperly storing it could impact its longevity. If your dance floor doesn’t have its own dedicated space or corner where no one will walk across it with street shoes on, good options for at-home storage include sliding it under a bed or in leaning the dance floor panels upright in a closet where the floor will stay safe and dry.

Maintenance

It’s essential to keep your dance floor clean and dry. For this reason, we do not advise you to use your O’Mara portable ballet dance floor outdoors. If the board gets wet, dry it immediately and thoroughly. To keep the floor clean, sweep the floor gently then use a water-dampened towel to wipe away any debris, making sure no water seeps between the floor’s seams. You can also vacuum the floor carefully, as long as the vacuum does not have the potential to scuff or scrape the floor.

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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

We are loving the floor and received rave reviews during our first season!

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.

Forrester G.

USA

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.

Roger & Rita O.

USA

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.

USA

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