Frequented by A-list entertainers, choreographers and beloved dance-competition TV series, world-renowned commercial dance leader EDGE demands the industry’s best floors for each genre performed in their studios. EDGE chose Robbins dealer Pacific Floor Co. to work with, and the Robbins Performing Arts division of sprung floor systems to help design and develop each studio: Studio 1 with DanzAire® Wood, Studio 2 with DanzAire® Vinyl, Studio 3 with Elan Basketweave, Studio 4 with DanzAire® Batten and Studio 5 with Pro Tap for professional and aspiring jazz, hip hop, contemporary, ballet, jazz and tap dancers. As always, Robbins integrated its biomechanical expertise into each custom-designed system to provide surfacea that accommodate the unique needs of dancers — including the superior comfort, energy absorption and consistent friction for the ultimate in dancer safety and performance. “The floors that we have at EDGE are the best anywhere,” said EDGE executive director Bill Prudich. “Each system is designed with a certain discipline in mind.” Upon choosing Robbins dance-floor products as well as Pacific Floor Co., he said, “It made sense to go with experts in the field that are constantly refining their products. That along with excellent customer service and on-time completion of all projects made it a no-brainer. Both Robbins and Pacific Floor … worked very diligently to provide us with the exact flooring we requested.”
Every dancer knows that safety is a priority as a slight injury can seriously waylay or even end a career, but with Robbins Performing Arts technology, the worries are unnecessary. “Each floor is designed for a specific type of class. The feedback from the floor is to dampen so that energy is absorbed and does not affect the dancer as much,” said Prudich about the resilient layering that provides maximum vibration damping and uniformity. Safety is further built into performance surfaces: The hardwood floors are custom designed to increase flexibility and resilience, the vinyl surface is slip resistant and dimensionally stable, and thick, resilient padding greatly reduces force and softens landing.
“Students are really enjoying the feel of the floor. They talk about less fatigue in their legs and how soft the landings from their jumps have become,” Prudich said. Innovative Robbins Performing Arts flooring reduces the impact of dancing not only to prevent risk of injury via fatigue, but to let dancers perform better for longer—and, for Bill Prudich, to ensure the best talent continues to dance at EDGE: “Hard flooring makes it very difficult to attract the professional teachers and dancers to our facility. And rehearsals also benefit from a floor that makes long rehearsals easy on bodies. We are proud of our association with Robbins and Pacific Floors.”
With the spotlight on the professional dancers, celebrities and students rehearsing, coaching and filming at EDGE, the gold standard in flooring holds up a lot of important people. It’s where high-performance dance floors meet high-performance dancers, both protecting them and pushing them to newer levels of their art.