Give Your Body and Career the Best Dance Floor
With an overall height of just 1.5″, an O’Mara Sprung Floors protects dancers. Choosing a dance floor for your space is one of the most important decisions you will make. The resilient wood and foam blocks used to make every O’Mara Sprung Floor create one of unmatched beauty, protection, and longevity. An O’Mara Sprung Floor protects dancers from the effects of practicing on hard, unyielding dance flooring, providing the best possible results for practice and performances. Vinyl (roll out Marley), even padded Marley, atop concrete is not enough to protect dancers from injury. A resilient dance floor is the most important investment you can make for your dancers.
Quality is evident in every aspect of an O’Mara Sprung Floor. From the selection of fine hardwood veneer panels and resilient foam blocks to the application of our ceramic finish, specifically engineered to provide a safe dancing surface, nothing is overlooked. Our unique design combined with the highest quality materials available, make O’Mara Sprung Floors the best investment for all styles of dance.
The 70% shock absorption afforded by an O’Mara Sprung Floor helps prevent bodily injury and pain, such as shin splints and low back aches. Foam blocks suspend the dance floor above your existing hard, unyielding surface. Compression of the foam blocks relieves stress on the joints and protects the back from forces of landing. The resilience is consistent throughout the entire dance floor. You will find the return of the floor doesn’t create a trampoline effect. The moment you start dancing on one of our sprung floors, you will notice the difference. Dancers should not have to compromise or hold back to prevent injury. O’Mara Sprung Floors gives every dancer the freedom to work at maximum potential. With an O’Mara Sprung Floor, your space becomes a dancer’s dream.
An O’Mara Sprung Floor arrives ready to install in your space. With our Patented Cable Tuned™ System, anyone can install an O’Mara Sprung Floor. No carpentry skills are needed. The floor panels interlock with a continuous tongue and groove system. Just lay out the cables, connect, clamp, and tighten. It’s that simple! This installation system offers ease, simplicity, and fine tuning. A 1600 square foot floor can be installed in one day!
Enhance Your Performance
You work hard to put together the perfect performance and your floors should work even harder to make that process easier on you. Our floors not only absorb energy, but also push energy back into your body…making dancers less fatigued with every step, jump and leap.
As your dance career takes you to different cities, new studios, or traveling performances, our floors will move with you. Completely portable, our cable system allows your floor to be easily removed and re-assembled in your new location, sold, or left permanently in place.
A hard-working floor will continue to provide for your dancing needs for years and years to come. Some of our sprung floors have been in use for over 20 years. Our hardwood panels have been carefully selected to provide dimensional stability. Each piece is sealed on the top, bottom, and all sides to prevent moisture damage to plywood. This also improves its warp resistance and size stability, resulting in a beautiful and durable dance floor. Our Maple Sprung Floor and Ash Sprung Floor are finished with our revolutionary, ceramic urethane.
Invigorate Your Health
It is essential a dancer protects every hard-working bone and muscle which can only be done with a sprung floor…most importantly, the suspension system. O’Mara Sprung Floors provide 70% shock absorption to protect your body from injury and strain. The layout and thickness of the foam blocks underneath our sprung floors have been precisely determined to provide the shock absorption and resilience dancers need.
The last thing a dancer needs to worry about is avoiding seams in their dance floor. Our tongue and groove seams are precision machined and engineered for exacting tolerances, providing almost unnoticeable seams that avoid potential trip hazards.
O'Mara vs. Competitors
We are proud to offer resilient, easy-to-use and install, customized dance floors that improve your performance and your health beyond what others can provide. View our comparison chart below to see how our floors are a step ahead of the rest.
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What is a Sprung Floor?
A sprung dance floor is designed to help prevent injuries.
Your dance floor should create resilience, the absorption and return of energy through the floor. You should be looking for a shock absorption rate of at least 53%, per DIN standards. Dancers experience landing forces up to 3.5 times their body weight every time they land a step. This means a 130 pound dancer could experience the equivalent of over 440 pounds of force exerted upon their body when landing! Sprung floors are designed to absorb this force. The combination of quality wood and foam blocks properly configured create an even point elasticity (compression) over the entire dance floor, which can be noticed when landing. The foam blocks used in O’Mara Sprung Floors, though more durable, can be most likened to the foam found in high-quality running shoes.
Not a Sprung Floor
Plywood stringers on top of a cement floor do NOT make a sprung floor.
Roll-out vinyl on top of a cement floor does NOT make a sprung floor.
Four Different Suspension Methods
- This option provides the best resilience.
- Closed-cell foam blocks will retain functionality for well over 20 years.
- Floor height is only increased by 1.5″ to 1.75 “overall.
- Foam blocks are the choice product when building a modern sprung floor.
- Padding provides shock absorption but not much resilience or energy return.
- Full roll padding, if made of closed cell foam, will last for years, but because there is no “unpadded space”, dancers often have a hard time feeling the resilience of the floor.
- Height of floor will vary between 1.5″ and 2.5″, depending on foam thickness.
- Least desirable, but still provides some resilience.
- This is the original method of constructing. These were used in theatres and dance halls for years, but are not used much anymore.
- With the basket weave style floor, soft spots will develop where there isn’t any wood support structure.
- Basket weave floors are 3-4″ in height.
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.
This floor is amazing. It is a great surface for all forms of dance. I do tap, swing, modern and martial arts. It looks great and the cushioning is superb. I couldn’t be happier from the ease of assembly, maintenance and helpful staff at O’Mara – I am completely satisfied with this top of the line product. The quality of the floor and the tooling is superb. Don’t give it a second thought if you are comparing with other manufacturers. Get the O’Mara Sprung Floors for total satisfaction!
An O’Mara floor is definitely worth the investment. It is truly a sprung floor which means no more pain in the lower extremities. Also, Mary and Ed were extremely helpful. Anytime we needed help or something changed on our part we always received an immediate phone call. I truly appreciate that Ed called us back at 7:30am to answer a question and the fact that Mary was able to work with our architect and the shipping company. Thank you for all your help Mary and Ed…it was truly appreciated.
I am extremely happy with the floor…it’s extraordinary.
We are excited about our beautiful floor! In fact, we are “Dancing on Air”!! That’s what we advertise “Come and dance on air at Dance Whirl”! Thank you for all of your help, guidance and everything in getting this wonderful floor. All of the dancers, even our beginners, really appreciate it.