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Harlequin Activity permanently installed fully-floating sprung floor system

Harlequin Activity™ is a permanently installed sprung floor system, based on a revolutionary triple 'sandwich' composite construction, so it completely eliminates the need for metal springs and rubber pads. And because it is a fully floating system with no fixings to the floor, it can be laid on almost any surface without preparation. Shock-damped to avoid a 'trampoline effect’, and combining area and point elasticity to offer identical characteristics across the whole floor, Harlequin Activity™ is ideal for ballet; reducing injury risk and enhancing dancers' performances. Harlequin Activity™ is installed by the Harlequin Contracts Division and finished with either a vinyl or hardwood surface.

Harlequin Allegro Performance Vinyl Surface

Harlequin Allegro is the thickest roll-out dance floor available worldwide and provides great protection for dancers due to its point-elasticity and slip-resistant dance surface. Harlequin Allegro is ideal for contemporary, modern, hip-hop, jazz ad street dance, as well as aerobics and zumba, as it can help to reduce performer fatigue and impact injuries. Harlequin Allegro is a substantial heavy-duty floor. It is specified for permanent installation within dance institutions, dance studios, schoold and gymnasiums, although it can be utilised as a loose-lay option.

Harlequin Cascade Performance Vinyl Surface

Harlequin Cascade still delights generations of professional dancers, artistic directors and technical and stage managers as the ultimate heavy-duty dance floor. The silky smooth embossed surface that's often described as giving 'warmth' to a performance, also provides deceptively good grip and a high-quality base for lighting designers. Harlequin Cascade is ideal for ballet, contemporary, modern and theatrical use, as well as aerobics, zumba, hip-hop, jazz, street, salsa, percussive including flamenco, Irish and tap, multi-purpose use, concerts and for operatic performances. Harlequin Cascade is specified for loose-lay or permanent installation within dance institutions, dance studios, schools and theatres.

Harlequin Cascade vinyl dance floor designed for loose-lay or permanent installation

Harlequin Cascade™ is a reinforced sheet vinyl, which is specified worldwide for loose-lay and permanent installation in dance studios. For a minimum quantity, Harlequin Cascade™ can be produced in a colour of your choice. Harlequin Cascade™ has delighted a generation of stage managers and professional dancers as the ultimate heavy-duty stage floor, which is ideal for dance. The surface has a silky smooth emboss which gives deceptively good grip and provides a good base for lighting designers. Harlequin Cascade™ conveys a soft feel, which is described as ‘warmth’, and this gives dancers an unmatched confidence for demanding choreography. It also withstands general stage use, heavy props and sets, etc.

Harlequin Fiesta Performance Vinyl Suface

Harlequin Fiesta was developed because of the need for a floor which looked exactly like wood, but without all the associated problems of cleaning and maintenance. The floor's oak-strip performance surface provides the ideal solution. Harlequin Fiesta is suitable for ballroom, salsa, percussive dance including flamenco, Irish and tap, multi-purpose use, hip-hop, jazz, street, aerobics zumba and for use in theatres and operatic performances. Harlequin Fiesta is specified for permanent installation, when the joins are welded to provide a continuous surface. It can be laid on any hard, smooth sub-floor and is an excellent choice as the vinyl performance surface in conjunction with a Harlequin sprung floor.

Harlequin Fiesta vinyl dance floor that looks like real wood but without all the associated cleaning and maintenance issues of real wood

Harlequin Fiesta™ was developed because we saw a clear need for a floor for dance and drama studios which looked exactly like wood, but without all the associated problems of cleaning and maintenance. Harlequin Fiesta™ is for permanent installation, when the joins are welded to provide a continuous performance surface. It can be laid on any hard smooth sub-floor and is an excellent multi-purpose surface for our sprung floor systems. Harlequin Fiesta™ stands up to the rigours of percussive dance, such as tap and Irish dance, but is great for social dancing and for all kinds of general activities. It is not recommended for ballet at intermediate or professional level.

Harlequin Floors - vinyl floors brochure

The following brochure contains the current range of vinyl floors available from Harlequin Floors. These include both permanent and portable vinyl floor options.

Harlequin Liberty sprung floor panel system for portable or permanent installation. This floor is also ideal for touring dance companies

Harlequin Liberty™ is a permanent or portable floating floor system, composed of sprung floor panels. Harlequin Liberty™ is designed for safety and is suitable for a range of performance disciplines. When combined with a Harlequin vinyl surface, Harlequin Liberty™ provides the ultimate floor, allowing performers to concentrate on their art without fear of falling or injury. If a permanent Harlequin Liberty™ floor is required, then installation will be completed by the Harlequin Contracts Division. The floor can then be finished with either a permanent or portable vinyl surface.

Harlequin Marine Performance Vinyl Surface

Harlequin Marine is extensively installed on cruise liners and conforms to marine standards and fire ratings. It is specified for permanent installation and is suitable for fitting within confined spaces on marine vessels and for scenery docks on cruise ships. Harlequin Marine is also suitable for multi-purpose use, percussive dance including flamenco, Irish and tap, concerts, television, theatre and operatic performances. Harlequin Marine is a hard-wearing, homogenous PVC dance floor. It is fire resistant, with a slightly marbled surface to resist scuffing and hide marks. It can be laid on any hard, smooth sub-floor and is an excellent choice as the vinyl performance surface in conjunction with a Harlequin sprung floor.

Harlequin Reversible Performance Vinyl Floors

Harlequin Reversible is the original double-sided dance and stage floor. It's a lightweight calendered vinyl that rolls out quickly, lays flat and stays flat. It is hard-wearing and slip-resistant on both sides, thus providing two floors in one! Harlequin Reversible is suitable for ballet, contemporary, percussive dance including flamenco, Irish and tap, multi-purpose use, hip-hop, jazz, street, aerobics, zumba, concerts, display, exhibitions, television, theatres and for operatic performances. Harlequin Reversible is our most versatile loose-lay floor and is extremely popular among our extensive clientèle. It is ideally laid on any hard, smooth surface and is particularly suited to touring due to ease of handling and portability.

Harlequin Studio Performance Vinyl Surface

Harlequin Studio is produced forma a particularly hard-wearing vinyl and its formulation focuses on the demands of dancers. The result is a slip-resistant floor that offers dancers added confidence for demanding choreography and movement. Harlequin Studio's firm but lightweight foam backing provides protection against hard sub-floors and is a great choice when touring. It's ideal for aerobics, zumba, hip-hop, jazz, street ballet, contemporary and modern dance. Harlequin Studio is designed for dance, studio and stage use and is specified for loose-lay or permanent installation within dance institutions, dance studios, schools and theatres. It's also a superb choice as the vinyl dance surface in conjunction with a Harlequin sprung floor.

Harlequin Studio slip-resistant foam-backed vinyl dance floor to protect against hard sub-floors

Harlequin Studio™ is one of our special hardwearing floor coverings designed for dance, studio and stage use. It is a complex vinyl construction incorporating a strong mineral fibre interply and a firm foam backing. The surface is produced from a hard-wearing vinyl and its formulation focuses on the demands of dancers. The result is a slip-resistant floor to reassure performers and a predicable surface to give confidence to dancers for demanding choreography and movement. The firm but lightweight foam backing helps to protect against hard sub-floors. It is available as a loose-lay or permanent floor. Harlequin Studio™ stays firmly in place on the floor and is excellent for touring or as the surface for a sprung sub-floor.

Range of freestanding and wall-mounted ballet barres

Whether you choose portable freestanding or permanent wall-mounted ballet barres, you’ll realise they are almost a prerequisite for the dancer. Without a comfortable and sturdy barre, it is hard to do the essential warm-up and stretching exercises. Both amateurs and professionals can minimise the risk of injury by stretching properly to increase blood-flow to the muscles and improve flexibility whilst achieving an elegant stance.

Specifying Dance Floors - A Guide for Architects. This guide explains the differences between sports floors and dance floors as well as useful information for specifying for dance

With a growing interest in the provision of spaces suitable for dance – for professional performance and rehearsal, private dance schools and throughout the education sector - there is increasing focus towards specifying dance floors that both meet performance aspirations and conform to health and safety requirements. The purpose of this guide is to introduce architects to recent developments in dance floor technology and practice, specification issues – including aesthetic versus performance considerations – and why the choice of floor is also critical in minimising injuries to dancers.

Specifying Dance Floors - White Paper Summary

Professional dancers can spend 6 to 8 hours a day working in a dance studio and as their place of work it should offer a safe environment fit for the purpose. The dance floor makes an important contribution to safe performance without risk of slips and falls or longer-term stress injuries. A good dance floor instils confidence in dancers to give full expression to their creativity, safe in the knowledge the dance floor will offer a consistent response. This publication reviews the issues relevant to specifying floors suitable for dance, progress on defining standards and new research.

Stage Floor Construction and Technical Solutions

Useful guide for those involved with in theatre planning. Helpful tips on stage building and refurbishing, case studies and innovative products such as the Harlequin Ballet Wagon.

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