An Ode To Marley Floor

When dancers are asked to describe a dance studio, there are three things that come to their mind: the mirrors, the barre, and the floor. While the first two are important, most dancers will agree that it is the vinyl “marley floor” that is essential for their everyday work. A good marley floor provides a feeling of safety and security to a dancer – not only to adequately perform, but to also push their own skills and artistry in the art of dance performance. It provides a stabilizing foundation that eliminates a dancer’s sense of worry so that they can wholly focus on the art they’re contributing to the stage.

The surface of a marley floor serves as the perfect union of floor and performer – in pointe, tap, jazz, modern or other styles of dance – in their efforts to create the extraordinary. Most dancers may not realize it, but they’ve been looking at a marley floor most of their lives; it is a timeless object that, if not consciously, then subconsciously, they associate with safety – especially when tackling new skills.

Most young dancers don’t have an appreciation for what marley actually is, however, as they grow and pursue more advanced forms, the surface of the floor grows in importance. The marley floor is, literally, always there to support them. Professionals who dance from before kindergarten through college will not only master their dance techniques, but they’ll also learn many life-lessons on a marley floor. As a dancer progresses, the marley floor will come to represent their hard work, their determination, their sweat, and their perseverance. That’s the floor where they first went en pointe. That’s the floor where they executed their first Grand Jete and their first single (then double, then triple) pirouette. That’s the floor where they learned to dance.

The marley floor inside a dance studio is important. That means that choosing the right marley floor is just as important. Rosco’s range of vinyl “marley” dance floors provide the perfect support for professional company members and students alike, as they learn, experiment, grow and create their art. Rosco offers a wide array of floors, each with its own unique combination of grip and slide, to match up to the styles of dance inside your studio. Visit the Rosco website –  www.rosco.com/floors – to learn more about all the types of marley dance floors we have to offer and to find the right one for your studio.

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Joel Svendsen

About Joel Svendsen

Content Marketing Manager: Joel's Rosco career began in Rosco's Hollywood office in 1999 – first in sales covering the Western US and the Los Angeles Film & Television market, and then as Product Manager for Rosco's Film & Television Products. In that time, his knowledge of Rosco's products and how they're used in each of our marketplaces makes him well suited for bringing the stories in Spectrum to life.

4 thoughts on “An Ode To Marley Floor

  1. Avatar Hope Kass

    My Goodness Joel!
    You almost brought a tear to my eye!
    I think I’ll print this out and display it by our Rosco Dance Floor Display in our showroom!

    Thanks!
    Hope

  2. Avatar Joel Svendsen

    Thanks for the kind words Hope. This one was a real pleasure to write. I was thinking of entitling it “Reflections On Marley, From One Old Dancer Who Rarely Dances Anymore To ALL The Young Ones Dancing Every Day.” But it didn’t roll off the tongue as nicely as “An Ode To Marley Floor” did. 🙂

  3. Avatar Roxanne

    I fondly remember the days of your little ‘study break’ dance class you gave in college, Joel! I loved tapping away the stress of the days! Well written article.

  4. Avatar Joel Svendsen

    Thanks Roxanne – I remember those classes too! They WERE fun! #ShuffleBallChange

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