How to Design Your Dance Studio

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Whether you are looking to install a dance studio in your home for you or your child to practice some moves or you plan to start a dance school of your own, there are some easy steps to follow to ensure the space has everything you need.

Choose your space. If you are planning a dance studio in your home, then this may be a spare bedroom or study, or even a garage or another small building separate from the main house. If your dance studio is meant for holding classes, then you will need to consider how many pupils you plan to teach and how much space they will each need. This will depend on their age (younger children require about 3 square meters each, but older children and adults will need more) and also the type of dancing you will be teaching.

Install suitable flooring. For your home studio, this means a wooden floor, preferably with a degree of cushioning so that the floor have some flexibility. It is not wise to dance on any kind of solid floor, such as concrete; this can increase the chance of injury. For a professional studio, the floor should be fully sprung and installed by a professional. Companies, such as Stagestep in the United States and The Ballet Barre Company in the UK, provide specialist manufacture and installation services.

Factor in space for storage, changing rooms and other facilities. If you are planning a professional dance studio, then you will need additional space for the dancers to change, lockers for them to store their valuables and also at least one restroom. You also need to consider access for the disabled when planning your space.

Plan your interior design. For a home studio and professional studio, this has both an aesthetic and a functional purpose. Mirrors are a must, as it is important that all dancers should be able to see themselves while they dance. However, these mirrors should also be curtained so they can be covered, if needed. Barres are often needed and can be either fixed to walls or portable, but they should cater to dancers of varying heights. When decorating your studio, try to make it airy and welcoming. For your home studio, you might want to include inspirational posters.


  • Do not make your dance space multifunctional, as this can increase the deterioration of your specialized flooring.


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Based in London, Cassandra Pope has been writing since 2006. She is assistant station manager of an online radio station and has written articles for the "London Student" newspaper, the culture blog Arts Attack and various other websites. Pope has a first-class Bachelor of Arts in war studies with film studies from King's College, London.

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