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Why specifying the right floor for dance and the performing arts is critical

Architects and specifiers play a vital part when specifying the correct floor that is fit for purpose

Harlequin works with leading industry specialists to ensure our range of sprung and vinyl floors protect the health and wellbeing of dancers and performers. The floor is a dancer’s most important work tool; not only is it the canvas for their creativity, it also gives them protection against slips, falls and longer-term stress injuries. The correct floor is critical to the longevity of a performer’s career.

It is a common assumption that a well-designed sports floor will suit the needs of dancers, but this is not the case. There may be a temptation to specify floors for aesthetic or budgetary reasons, or to specify sports floors in the mistaken belief they will be suitable for dance, but only a floor developed specifically for dance will do.

New improved Harlequin Cascade dance vinyl with BioCote® antimicrobial protection

Harlequin has just launched a new, improved version of their highly regarded Harlequin Cascade performance vinyl. Harlequin Cascade is the ultimate heavy-duty dance floor and is the dance floor of choice for the world’s most prestigious dance companies, dance schools and studios, universities and colleges. Ideal for many genres of dance including ballet, contemporary, modern and many others, it now comes with Biocote® antimicrobial protection, an added ingredient that helps keep the floor hygienically clean so reducing the risk of cross contamination and infection.

In these difficult times it is more important than ever to focus on improving hygiene and this new improved Cascade with Biocote® means that microbes, such as bacteria and viruses will not survive on the surface of the floor. Biocote® integral antimicrobial protection uses silver ion technology, which is manufactured into Harlequin Cascade and is proven to offer protection for the expected lifetime of the product – it will not wear out or wash off.

The result is a floor which is easier to keep hygienically clean, therefore reducing the risk of cross contamination and infection by working constantly to reduce the presence of microbes on the floor.
Harlequin is the world leader in advanced technology floors for the performing arts, entertainment and display. Established in the UK over 40 years ago, Harlequin remains the industry choice for the world’s most prestigious dance and performing arts companies, theatres, venues and schools, production companies and global events.

Harlequin’s experience and reputation are founded on the design, manufacture, supply and installation of a range of high quality portable and permanent sprung and vinyl floors chosen by the world’s leading venues – from the Royal Opera House to the Bolshoi Theatre, the Paris Opera Ballet to Sydney Dance Company.


Harlequin is the global leader in its field with offices in Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific.

Contact: enquiries@harlequinfloors.com or call: +44 (0) 1892 514 888

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