CDA is one of few dance studios to use professionally built “True Floating” floors.
Why are “True Floating” dance floors important?
True Floating dance floors have to right amount of “give” to them. Dancing on concrete or even wood joists laid directly on concrete results in the body absorbing the energy of that impact. A true floating dance floor means that every point on the dance surface is separated from the sub-floor by air. The preferred construction is a basket-weave design.
Concrete floors can create many physical problems because they allow no “give.” A properly floating floor absorbs energy, preventing overuse injuries. The added protection from the true floating floor provides consistency and cushioning for the dancer.
The impact force with which the foot strikes the ground will rebound off the surface and vibrate up through the body as an energy shockwave. This shockwave affects muscles, tendons and leads to joint trauma at the ankle, knee, hip, and lower back. According to Sports Medicine experts, the body feels three times its weight in pressure with each foot-fall while running and up to seven times its weight when it jumps. Jumping on a non-floating floor can result in shin splints, sprains or worse.
You will find a lot of studios skip this important step as these floors are very expensive to install. So before you sign up for classes at any dance studio, ask if they have “True Floating” floors.