An extra large dance studio with blue beams in the ceiling, wall barres, a wall of mirrors and a piano

Collage Dance Collective’s Stunning Harlequin Floors Are Breaking the Ballet Mold

Stepping into Collage Dance Collective’s new Andrea Louise Jenkins Center for Dance, you immediately sense that you’ve entered a special space. With sunlight streaming through floor-to-ceiling windows, rafters painted in calm shades of blue and stunning brown-toned Harlequin dance floors, Collage’s studios instantly invite creativity and purpose, just like the company itself. Founded in 2006 […]

What Does It Take to Make a Safe Outdoor Stage for Dance?

Warmer weather is just around the corner, and with it comes a light at the end of a hibernation tunnel for many dance organizations: a chance to perform again. While social distancing and mask-wearing remain essential to gathering safely, the great outdoors has become an often-preferred performance venue. But, of course, nature likes to throw […]

James Whiteside on How—and Why—He's Giving Away Dance Floors to Kids

Usually at this time of year, James Whiteside would be in the thick of Nutcracker performances. But with theaters closed, the American Ballet Theatre principal instead came up with his own production: Fancy Nut Mix—an online benefit concert to raise money to send dance floors to young dancers in need. The show will air at […]

Why Your Barre Can Make or Break Your At-Home Dance Training

Throughout the pandemic, Shelby Williams, of Royal Ballet of Flanders (aka “Biscuit Ballerina“), has been sharing videos that capture the pitfalls of dancers working from home: slipping on linoleum, kicking over lamps and even taking windows apart at the “barre.” “Dancers aren’t known to be graceful all of the time,” says Mandy Blackmon, PT, DPT, […]

7 Essential Self-Care Steps for Your Body & Mind Right Now

Even though we’re not dancing as much as usual right now, our bodies are going through a lot these days. Without our typical routines, we’re stuck at home, mainly stationary—until we hop onto Zoom classes, trying to do as much as we can in limited spaces, sometimes on carpet or concrete. Take the time to […]

ABT & Other Companies Ship Their Dancers Pieces of Harlequin Floors

After canceling its spring tours due to COVID-19, American Ballet Theatre recently announced that it’s also calling off its eight-week season at New York City’s Metropolitan Opera House. It’s going to be a huge hit to the company’s bottom line. Nevertheless, ABT decided to send its dancers a gift last week: a piece of vinyl […]

How Harlequin Floors Helped the Show Go On At Houston Ballet Post-Harvey

“The show must go on” may be a platitude we use to get through everything from costume malfunctions to stormy moods. But when it came to overcoming a literal hurricane, Houston Ballet was buoyed by this mantra to go from devastated to dancing in a matter of weeks—with the help of Harlequin Floors, Houston Ballet’s […]

Your Ultimate Guide to Taking Class At Home

So you’re on layoff—or, let’s be real, you just don’t feel like going to the studio—and you decide you’re going to take class from home. Easy enough, right? All you need is an empty room and some music tracks on your iPhone, right? Wrong. Anyone who has attempted this feat can tell you that taking […]

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