Sometimes practicing at the studio just isn’t enough! Whether you want more space to work and get creative or another space to dance to your favorite songs, having an at-home studio for everything from turns to improv is a perfect use of extra space. There are several ways you can bring the studio home. Here are some of our favorites!
The floor is the main thing that you have to decide on when making your own dance studio. There are many different options out there for flooring like sprung floors, Marley floors, hardwood, and vinyl. Sprung floors are great to prevent injury because the sprung in it is easier on joints and muscles. Marley floors are another option that is typically used as a replacement for hardwood floors. Hardwood floors are the most common but aren’t typically used for at-home studios. And lastly, vinyl floors. Vinyl floors have an easy installation process for doing it yourself, and they are a cheaper option for practice floors.
Having mirrors in your dance studio is definitely optional, but also they are very helpful. If you want to be able to work on your technique, turns, lines, and flow you will probably want at least one full-length mirror. If you’re really investing in this space, hanging a whole wall with large mirrors can be great way to really get an idea of how you’re performing.
Lighting sets the mood for your dancing, so it’s important to have lighting you like! Plain white lighting, LED lights, or projectors can make your space well-lit and magical. There are so many great options. LED light strips are popular because you can change the color to fit the mood. You can also use them to backlight a mirror to watch your moves in.
You can always put your headphones in and dance, but you might want to consider getting a Bluetooth speaker or boombox to play music. No matter what you’re setting up, make sure the music is loud and clear and easy to adjust, so it amplifies your dance rather than being a distraction.
Your space is most important, but if you want to add a little extra function to your new studio, keep things like stretch bands, turn boards, weights, and foam rollers ready to stretch your muscles, work out, and help you with skills!