Founded in 1963, Pennsylvania Ballet is recognized as one of the premier ballet companies in the United States, performing a diverse repertoire of classics and innovative new works.
The Pennsylvania Ballet performs The Nutcracker each year at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. A specialized flooring solution was required to provide a safe surface for the dancers while being durable enough to withstand production needs. After dancing on Harlequin floors for years at their rehearsal studios, the Ballet knew Harlequin would provide a solution that also provided a safe performance surface for their dancers.
22 Harlequin Liberty LatchLoc™ stage panels were customized to support the weight of PA Ballet’s Nutcracker scenery & props, including the massive, recently overhauled Christmas tree. They work interchangeably with the standard 115 Liberty LatchLoc panels used throughout the rest of the stage. The stage also features Harlequin Cascade™ vinyl performance surface.
It is worth noting that, compared to prior years, dancer injuries were greatly reduced throughout The Nutcracker performances after having Harlequin installed. A proper sprung floor and performance surface are critical to ensuring dancer safety.