Sprung Dance Floors | Dance Knowledge

Sprung dance floors

A floor's impact on dancer performance and wellbeing. 3 hrs time valued on demand CPD | taught by Dr Luke Hopper
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Course description

Dancers spend hours working on dance floors. 

Installing a new floor is a big investment for a studio. Floors can influence dancer injury risk and performance quality. 

The structure of a sprung floor is ultimately what gives the 'spring' to a floor. 

This course provides an in depth look into how a floor is made, how it effects dancers' bodies, the standards that apply to dance floors and how dancers perceive different floor types. 

3 hrs time valued on demand CPD. Includes three months access.

Course aims

  • Overview the mechanical properties of sprung floors
  • Show how floors are assessed for manufacturing standards
  • Consider the impact of a floor on a dancer's body
  • Discuss how dancers perceive and assess floors

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course students should be able to;

  • Conduct a basic assessment of a dance floor based on its mechanical properties
  • Carefully consider how a floor can impact a dancer's body
  • Survey dancers on their perceptions of different floors

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Dr Luke Hopper
Dr Luke Hopper
Founder, Dance Knowledge

An Australian dance scientist with a research focus on the biomechanics of dancer performance and injury. Luke’s research has involved collaboration with major ballet companies in the Australia and the UK. He has served on the board of directors of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science and is the president of the Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare.


luke@danceknowledge.com

Course Curriculum

The spring in sprung floors
09:17
Course introduction FREE PREVIEW
Action and reaction FREE PREVIEW
How a sprung floor WORKS for you FREE PREVIEW
Course notes
Working floors quiz
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Floor standards
19:12
Force reduction FREE PREVIEW
Quiz
Deformation
Quiz
American national standards for floors
Stiffness
The standard of a floor's behaviour
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Floors impact on a dancer
15:58
Bracing for impact FREE PREVIEW
The muscles of landing
Making contact
Quiz
Floors and ankles
Quiz
The impact of floors on dancers' ankles
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Dancers have the answers
20:15
Dancer perceptions of floor standards
Dancer perceptions of quantified dance surface mechanical properties
Dancer perceptions of floor performance
Dancer perceptions of the force reduction of dance floors used by a professional touring ballet company
Dancers have the answers when it comes to dance floors
Dance floors and injury
Dance floor discussion forum
Dancer injury rates on dance floors
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Reviews (2)

Described course

by Barbara Devereau Bourgeois
Very technical, more than I had anticipated but interesting. Learned much about the way floors affect the way a dancer moves, balances and the perceptions of same.

by carmen crespo

Described course

by Barbara Devereau Bourgeois
Very technical, more than I had anticipated but interesting. Learned much about the way floors affect the way a dancer moves, balances and the perceptions of same.

by carmen crespo