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Your Guide to Portable Ballroom Dance Floors

The swift and elegant moves of ballroom dance make it such a timeless dance style. The precision and gracefulness it demands take hours of practice to master. But if you’re a practicing ballroom dancer, you’ll find you can’t sweep your feet or glide the same way on your carpet at home. In recent years portable dance floors have emerged as a way for dancers of all skill levels to practice their moves at home and wherever life takes them. A portable ballroom dance floor can help you do the same.

Who Should Get a Portable Ballroom Dance Floor?

Anybody serious about ballroom dance as a hobby or career would benefit from investing in a portable ballroom dance floor. Whether you are a trained dancer, a blossoming student, or a teacher, mobile ballroom dance floors can be a great tool in further honing your skills.

For dance instructors, mobile ballroom dance floors allow you to give private lessons in areas where a permanent dance floor might not be installed, like your home. 

Benefits of Mobile Ballroom Dance Floors

Wondering what mobile ballroom dance floors can offer you that you can’t get with just any flooring? Or how do they compare to permanent installations? Mobile ballroom dance floors have a few benefits you can’t get anywhere else. 

Low Cost

Compared to permanent dance floor installations, mobile ballroom dance floors are a much better value. Overall they cost less because you can assemble them yourself and take them with you when you move locations. A portable dance floor is an investment that moves with you. . Portable ballroom dance floors allow you to keep your house in its original condition while also safely practicing your moves to improve while you’re out of the dance studio. 


Whether you need to practice at home, in a hotel room while traveling, outside, or in any other unconventional setting, portable ballroom dance floors give you the ability to do so. You’re no longer restricted to practicing in the studio when you can take the ballroom with you anywhere you go. 

Injury Prevention

Having a dedicated dance floor can help prevent injuries caused by slippery floors or unforgiving, hard surfaces. Sprung dance floors will help alleviate a lot of the pressure put on your joints during landings. And although ballroom dancing is not known for such intense landings, ballroom dancers still find the sprung floor provides just the right amount of “give” for ballroom lifts and lively dances such as the tango, waltz, or foxtrot. 

Vinyl vs. Wood Dance Floors

For ballroom dancers, vinyl and wood floors both seem to offer unique advantages, which causes a lot of people to have a hard time deciding which one they should choose. The answer is really quite simple.

Vinyl flooring, also known as Marley flooring, is typically a thin sheet of durable vinyl that can be rolled out when needed and then rolled back up and stowed away. It comes in many sizes and provides a slip-resistant dance surface. What some dancers do not realize though, is that vinyl dance surfaces are often too slip-resistant for ballroom, and do not give the glide that ballroom dancers require.

They are also typically much cheaper than sprung wooden floors. However, they are not resilient, meaning they don’t prevent injuries to your joints caused by repeated impacts. Sprung wood floors provide dancers with a shock-absorbing surface very similar to the flooring used in many professional dance studios. 

How to Choose the Right Portable Ballroom Dance Floor at Home

To choose the best portable ballroom dance floor for your needs, keep these simple tips in mind when shopping.

Look for a High-Quality Wood

Your dance floor’s wood type will play a role in determining the resiliency of the dance floor and the lifetime of the dance floor. Some inexpensive wood panels are prone to cracking or getting soggy, while other high quality wood panels are durable, resilient and long-lived, just like trees. 

You want something that will absorb a lot of impact energy to protect your joints while also being able to withstand years of wear and tear. 

Consider Your Budget

If you know your budget before you start looking at dance floors, it will be easier to ask for options that may get you the quality of floor you want, in a manageable price range . Something important to consider is that though you may want the largest possible floor, there are options for you to purchase a smaller floor now and expand it later. This gives you the benefit of being able to purchase a high-quality, long-lasting dance floor and increase its size over time. 

How Do I Find a Portable Ballroom Dance Floor Near Me?

It might be challenging to locate a portable ballroom dance floor for sale in your area unless you are lucky enough to have a dedicated dance supply store nearby. Luckily, several trusted brands sell their portable ballroom dance floors online and will ship the floor to you. 

One such brand is O’Mara Sprung Floors. We’ve been in business for over 25 years, providing dancers worldwide with top-notch flooring. Visit our online store today to learn more about the excellent products we offer and get your portable ballroom dance floor at home. Or reach out to use for a free estimate.

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Hear it From Our Clients

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.


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.


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