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 Post subject: Dance floors
PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2002 11:47 am 
Do places like opera houses and certain theaters have to redo the floors specifically for dancers(provide a srung floor for example).<P>What company is good(Harlequin???I cant think of the other suppliers right now)


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 Post subject: Re: Dance floors
PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2002 12:54 pm 
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Last week, the dance floor in one of our studios disappeared. I discovered that Mark Morris company was in town, and that they were using our floor --- I presume, at the theater.<P>Our floors our specially designed and made by <A HREF="http://www.woodenkiwi.com/" TARGET=_blank><B>Wooden Kiwi Productions</B></A>. They have installed many floors in Boston, and they also make a touring floor.<BR>


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 Post subject: Re: Dance floors
PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2002 1:03 pm 
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When the San Diego Civic Theater was first built in the 1970's the floor was constructed without any thought for dance. Eventually many major companies wouldn't come to dance at the theater because of that floor.<P>At great expense the floor was completely redone so that I believe (as I heard) it is a sprung floor. However, when dance is being performed an additional layer is placed on top (from what I also have been told) so that it is a non-slip surface. That surface is removed for non-dance performances.


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 Post subject: Re: Dance floors
PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2002 2:08 pm 
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Harlequin and Rosco are leading suppliers of floor coverings. These coverings, even the expensive padded ones, do not (and cannot) take the place of a properly designed sprung sub-floor.

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 Post subject: Re: Dance floors
PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2002 2:31 pm 
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To clarify my post: Wooden Kiwi made our sprung sub-floors. I don't know where our surface came from.<BR>


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2002 9:29 pm 
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What happens for Irish dancing? JM?


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 Post subject: Re: Dance floors
PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2002 8:37 am 
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When ABT has their season at the Met they construct a sprung floor over the main floor. The regular floor at the Met has lifts and turntables that are horrible even with Marley over them. I was always so envious of the smooth surface.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2002 9:57 am 
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The SFB does the same thing. They build a sprung floor over the Opera House stage.


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 Post subject: Re: Dance floors
PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2002 11:27 am 
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When Houston's Wortham Theatre Center was being designed, there was the predictable argument over whether the floor should be sturdy and strong, to support opera sets, or light and springy, for the ballet.<P>The solution?<P>It's sturdy and strong -- with a fullstage "sprung" wagon that rolls on from upstage and sinks down 18", for the ballet.<P>------------------<BR>Jeffrey E. Salzberg, Lighting Designer<BR>"Shang-a-lang, feel the <I>sturm und drang</I> in the air!"<BR>Online portfolio: <A HREF="http://www.suncoast.quik.com/salzberg" TARGET=_blank>http://www.suncoast.quik.com/salzberg</A> <P><BR>

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 Post subject: Re: Dance floors
PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2002 3:02 pm 
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Cool!


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 Post subject: Re: Dance floors
PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2002 5:47 am 
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Very cool. It would have been cooler if the engineers had remembered that certain materials expand and contract with changes in climate, especially in cities like Houston.<P>So...$1,000,000 later....

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 Post subject: Re: Dance floors
PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2002 9:07 am 
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Oh no.<P><BR>Isn't that typical. Why is it that engineers spend all this time in school learning to do what they do, and then they forget simple things that us non-engineers would think of right away?


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2002 4:26 am 
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For everyone, it's important to listen to others and hear what they have to say. It's easy to believe you can skip that process if you're highly educated in a field.<BR>


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 Post subject: Re: Dance floors
PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2002 6:09 pm 
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The Kennedy Center also puts down a portable sprung floor. Several years ago it was the L'Air product///don't know if it still is. We did a day trip down there when we were considering purchasing it for a new studio.


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 Post subject: Re: Dance floors
PostPosted: Sat Mar 30, 2002 1:05 pm 
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You were considering purchasing the Kennedy Center?<P>Wow.

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