Summer is coming to an end, and that means that dancers will be heading back to school and spending hours in their dance studios and spaces.
In a recent article with Dance Magazine, students and academic professionals were asked to share their experiences in their studios, and what Harlequin Floors means to them.
Here are some of their comments:
“The studios’ expansive layouts and beautifully sprung floors make George Mason’s facility one of the most inviting environments I have experienced throughout my training. The spaces themselves and their amenities invite all dancers to take the space with such confidence and fervor, and I think that this shows in our dancing as a school!” —Morgan Olschewske, George Mason University, BFA in Dance, ’24
“Harlequin Floor systems are essential to the pre-professional development process. SMU has a triple-track program of ballet, modern, and jazz. The floors need to provide the appropriate spring, traction, and durability to support proper training in these diverse movement modalities. When students are working on a well-sprung floor, their joints are allowed the necessary buffer to support lengthy rehearsals without wearing down the muscles that support the key weight-bearing joints of the hips, knees, and ankles.” —Christopher Dolder, Chair and Associate Professor, Division of Dance, Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University.
“The new Harlequin floor in our studio has helped me jump higher and dance fuller, knowing that my body will be safe dancing on this floor.” —Elena Andriopoulos, DeSalles University, BA in Dance, ’23
You can read the full article with all of the students’ experiences right here.