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Why are sports  oors not suitable for dance?
Dancers experience similar physical demands to athletes but it doesn’t follow that sports  oors will meet the requirements of dancers. The  oor a dancer uses is a fundamental part of their work which is why making the correct choice of dance  oor is vital.
The Harlequin Floors
performance range
SPRUNG FLOORS
Harlequin has a range of sprung dance  oors including Harlequin Liberty – a modular sprung  oor panel system designed for permanent or portable installation. Harlequin Activity - a fully-  oating, permanent sprung  oor system based on the well-established ‘triple sandwich construction, and Harlequin Woodspring – a permanently installed sprung  oor system and update of the traditional ‘basket weave’ construction.
PERFORMANCE VINYLS
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Harlequin Standfast – a hard-wearing, durable, slip-resistant performance and stage  oor designed for permanent installation.
Harlequin Studio – a slip resistant, lightweight performance vinyl with a foam backing designed for loose lay or permanent installation.
STAGE FLOOR BUILDING AND REFURBISHMENT
Harlequin works alongside architects and stage consultants to design, build and install stage  oors. We also o er
a range of services including sanding and repainting existing wooden  oors, replacement of a ‘sacri cial’ hardwood top layer and the installation of hardwearing top surfaces.
BALLET BARRES AND MIRRORS
Harlequin has a wide selection of professional freestanding, wall and
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sports and dance di er greatly. Vertical deformation, impact reduction and ball bounce require very di erent speci cations. In broad terms, dance  oors are softer than sports  oors.
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 oor makes an important contribution to a safe environment for performance, reducing injuries due to slips and falls, and helping to protect against longer term stress injuries.
Harlequin’s  oors have been designed and developed speci cally for dance and performing arts and are trusted internationally by
the world’s most prestigious dance companies, performing art schools and venues. Established in 1977, Harlequin Floors is recognised as the world leader in advanced  ooring for the dance and performing arts sectors. Today Harlequin is the brand that dancers and performers trust.
The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts is considered one of the best performing arts schools in the world. At the top of LIPA’s agenda is student health and safety and so it understands the importance of installing the best quality performance  oors. Year on year,
Contact our highly experienced team to discuss your project requirements or to receive a free sample and copy of one of our comprehensive guides.
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Sarah E. Baker, Head of Dance at LIPA con rms “We chose Harlequin Floors because they are the best and because it’s really important to us that our students train on what they will be performing on once they graduate. The  oor plays a massively important part in the training of a professional dancer and to me, Harlequin means professionalism and healthy, long-lasting dancers”.
Harlequin has worked in close collaboration with the artistic, technical and medical worlds to develop a range of  ooring that is not only versatile and durable, but suitable for a variety of applications.
“The  oor plays such a massively important part in the training of a professional dancer”
Sarah E. Baker
Head of Dance, Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts
LIPA has put its trust in Harlequin as its  ooring company of choice.
Professional choreographer and LIPA dance graduate Thomas Ashton explains
“As a dance student you live and breathe in the studio so you have to feel at home and you have to feel safe in your training environment. The facilities
are quite possibly the most important part of the decision- making process”.
enquiries@harlequin oors.com Tel: +44 (0) 1892 514 888 Freephone: 0800 28 99 32 www.harlequin oors.com
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