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Marley Dance Floor Marley Floors, Disco Dance Flooring

 
 

What is Marley Flooring?

The short version: Marley floors are the premier dance flooring option, used in studios, performance spaces and schools worldwide. They’re made from slip-resistant vinyl that simply rolls out for an effortless installation.

 
 

 
 
Dancers love marley because it gives a safe, controlled surface with enough slide for turns and enough grip for big jumps and fancy footwork.

If you want to get technical, Marley was the brand name of the pioneer in vinyl dance flooring rolls.

It’s like when you talk about q-tips. Everyone calls them q-tips. If I said “I need to go to Target for ‘cotton swabs’”, you would look at me like I had 3 heads. But that’s what they are. The Q-Tip brand just became so popular that everyone now refers to cotton swabs as q-tips.

The same thing happened with marley. The original Marley brand was so popular that, these days, all vinyl dance flooring rolls are commonly referred to as marley. In fact, you can’t even purchase the original Marley floors anymore. They’ve been off the market for years.

So now, all vinyl dance flooring rolls are most-commonly referred to as marley. Even though they’re not technically the Marley brand.

These days, the marley flooring standard is Rosco dance floors. In fact, our most popular marley floors are Rosco dance floors.
 
 

 
 

Marley Flooring Lingo

So you’re ready to choose your floor, but there’s a lot of lingo. It can get a little overwhelming. Here are the main things you need to know:
  • Marley floor type. This is where you’ll use your floor. Are you putting it in a dance studio? Taking it on tour? Or, setting the stage in a theater? This will help you make sure you choose the right floor for your location.
  • Marley floor installation. No, this isn’t how to install the floor (although, we’ll get to that!); this describes the permanence of the installation. This will also help you decide whether the marley will work for your location.
  • Floor speed. This term describes how fast you will move on the marley. Each floor has a unique slip to grip combination, making it better for particular dance styles. The fast floors don’t work well for ballet, especially pointe shoes. Alternatively, a slow floor won’t work well for barefoot turns - ouch!
 
 

 
 

Why Choose Marley Floors?

Marley style roll out dance flooring rolls are definitely the big guys in dance flooring.

 
 

 
 
Here’s why:
  • Best slip resistance / grip. Marley floors are the safest option for turns and jumps. No wood floor will ever be able to compare.
  • Super easy installation. Roll, tape, voila!
  • Price. Marley floors are really quite inexpensive for what you get. And you can save money on installation because they are super DIY-friendly.
  • Maintenance. All marley requires is regular sweeping and mopping with our Dance Floor Cleaner.
  • Portable options for touring companies. Dance tiles aren’t the only portable option! There are plenty of marley options that you can pick up and take on the road.
 
 

 
 

How to Choose the Right Marley Floor

Here’s where people tend to get confused. There are a lot of options, but don’t stress!

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There are a few main points we suggest taking a look at when making your decision.
  • Dance style. The most important thing is making sure the marley floor you choose is suitable for all dance styles you plan on using it for. If you’re just using it for one style, we’ll tell you what the best choice is for that style. If you have a multi-use studio, we’ll steer you towards the most versatile marley floor rolls.
  • Touring needs. Some rolls are portable and great for tours, while some only work in permanent situations. We’ll tell you your installation options for each roll so you can pick one that will work for you.
  • Price. While we don’t recommend making your decision solely on price, we understand it is a factor. We’ll break down your options by price so you can make a quick, easy decision.
 
 

 
 

Where to use Marley Floor

Marley floors are incredibly versatile. In fact, you can install them just about anywhere. Popular uses for marley floors include:
  • Studios
  • Theaters
  • Home practice spaces
  • Portable stages (for touring)
 
 

 
 

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The Best Marley Floors for Ballet

Marley is indisputably the best flooring for ballet. The precision and skill of ballet and, in particular, pointe, require a delicate balance of slide and grip to keep dancers safe.

Most Popular Product:
Dance Floor >>
The go-to marley option for ballet and contemporary, perfect for studios and touring companies.

Pros: Dance Floor Rolls are versatile and lightweight, perfect for ballet and modern studios, tour companies and more. They have extra resiliency and just the right amount of slip control.

Cons: They're not suitable for tap, ballroom or permanent installations.

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any style marley floors

The Any-Style Marley Floor

For most studio owners, you need a floor that can hold up to every style you teach, including ballet, jazz, tap and more. Luckily, you have a few options that are engineered with versatility in mind to give you the very best all-purpose marley floor.

Most Popular Product:
Adagio >>
The premier tap and jazz flooring; our most popular and versatile marley.

Pros: Adagio Rolls provide excellent tap sounds. They were specially designed to hold up to any dance style, installation or location.

Cons: They're heavier than some of the touring options.

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marley floors for tap and irish step

The Best Marley Floors for Tap & Irish Step

People are often surprised when we recommend marley floors for tap dancing. The truth is, there are some vinyl marley rolls that either cannot hold up to the abuse of tap shoes or don’t produce good sound quality.

However, there are many marley rolls specifically designed to not only hold up to your shoes but to produce fantastic sound quality, as well.

Most Popular Product:
Adagio >>
The premier tap and jazz flooring; our most popular and versatile marley.

Pros: Adagio Rolls provide excellent tap sounds. They were specially designed to hold up to any dance style, installation or location.

Cons: They're heavier than some of the touring options.

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marley floors for jazz

The Best Marley Floors for Jazz

The speed, precision and high-energy movements of jazz require a tough floor with just enough grip to keep you from sliding out of those kicks and turns. Jazz is usually fast moving with big, explosive movements and marley is the best man for that flooring job.

Most Popular Product:
Adagio >>
The premier tap and jazz flooring; our most popular and versatile marley.

Pros: Adagio Rolls provide excellent tap sounds. They were specially designed to hold up to any dance style, installation or location.

Cons: They're heavier than some of the touring options.

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marley floors for contemporary and lyrical

The Best Marley Floors for Contemporary & Lyrical

With lots of floor work, contractions and choreography that pulls you off your center, often into less than natural positions, you need the right floor to support you. Marley is the best flooring option for contemporary dance – just make sure you don’t pick one with too much grip if your dancers plan to dance barefoot.

Most Popular Product:
Dance Floor >>
The go-to marley option for ballet and contemporary, perfect for studios and touring companies.

Pros: Dance Floor Rolls are versatile and lightweight, perfect for ballet and modern studios, tour companies and more. They have extra resiliency and just the right amount of slip control.

Cons: They're not suitable for tap, ballroom or permanent installations.

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marley floors for hip hop

The Best Marley Floors for Hip Hop

Hip hop is pretty low maintenance. You can really do it on any surface (although, I highly, highly recommend sprung subfloors) and in just about any location.

You don’t need marley for hip hop, but it’s a great choice if you’re also using the room for ballet, jazz, etc. Most marley rolls are great for hip hop, but you want to steer clear of the most delicate and the highest grip options.

Most Popular Product:
Roscoleum >>
Your taps, heels and most intense dance moves are no match for this thick, durable dance flooring.

Pros: Roscoleum is the beefiest, brawniest marley roll. It was specially designed to handle the abuse of hard-soled shoes.

Cons: Roscoleum is only suitable for permanent installations.

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marley floors for ballroom

The Best Marley Floors for Ballroom

While traditional wood floors are often best for ballroom, there are a few marley options that can hold up to those pointy heels and still provide enough slide for turns and fast footwork.

Most Popular Product:
Arabesque >>
Heavy duty, tough and durable enough to hold up to the most intense dance company rehearsals.

Pros: Arabesque Rolls are thick and sturdy, perfect for long hours of abuse from just about any type of shoe. This marbled roll not only looks extra special and even hides scuff marks and other wear.

Cons: They are not suitable for tours or ballet.

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marley floors for flamenco

The Best Marley Floors for Flamenco

Lots of intense, hard-hitting footwork requires a tough, durable floor. Like tap and ballroom, not all marley floors can hold up to the demands of flamenco. But similarly, there are a few that are up to the task and can help keep dancers safe with just the right amount of grip.

Most Popular Product:
Arabesque >>
Heavy duty, tough and durable enough to hold up to the most intense dance company rehearsals.

Pros: Arabesque Rolls are thick and sturdy, perfect for long hours of abuse from just about any type of shoe. This marbled roll not only looks extra special and even hides scuff marks and other wear.

Cons: They are not suitable for tours or ballet.

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marley floors for drill teams

The Best Marley Floors for Drill Teams

When it comes to drill team, precision is key. Marley is the perfect choice to provide stability with enough slide to land those turns perfectly.

Most Popular Product:
Adagio >>
The premier tap and jazz flooring; our most popular and versatile marley.

Pros: Adagio Rolls provide excellent tap sounds. They were specially designed to hold up to any dance style, installation or location.

Cons: They're heavier than some of the touring options.

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marley floors for home

The Best Marley Floors for Home

Need a place to practice your pirouettes outside of the studio? We feel ya!

The best marley floors for home are our portable/touring options. Listen, you don’t want a big, heavy floor intended for the stage in your basement. It’s just not practical.

A light, multi-style option is the perfect solution for dancers looking to get some home practice.

Most Popular Product:
Dance Floor >>
The go-to marley option for ballet and contemporary, perfect for studios and touring companies.

Pros: Dance Floor Rolls are versatile and lightweight, perfect for ballet and modern studios, tour companies and more. They have extra resiliency and just the right amount of slip control.

Cons: They're not suitable for tap, ballroom or permanent installations.

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marley floors for tours

The Best Marley Floors for Tours

For touring dance and theatre companies, it’s crucial to have a high-quality marley floor you can easily transport and take on the road. These floors are going to be installed and uninstalled hundreds of times. The last thing you want is heavy, bulky marley rolls that make your job harder.

Don’t worry; you can find a sharp, gorgeous marley floor with the lightweight ease you need for travel and enough versatility to support multiple styles. These babies are still ultra-durable, built to handle the abuse of tours, buses and more.

Most Popular Product:
Adagio Tour >>
The #1 portable marley, perfect for touring companies and temporary stages.

Pros: Adagio Tour Rolls provide excellent tap sounds. They were specially designed to hold up to the demands of tour in any style.

Cons: They are only suitable for temporary installations.

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reversible marley floors

Reversible Marley Floors

Two colors are better than one!

What’s better than a gorgeous, sleek vinyl marley roll? A gorgeous, sleek vinyl marley roll that gives you two color options, of course.

Our Dance Floor Rolls are specially designed to be portable and easy to move. These lightweight rolls are simply taped down, making them easy to untape, flip and get a whole new look.

Most Popular Product:
Dance Floor >>
The go-to marley option for ballet and contemporary, perfect for studios and touring companies.

Pros: Dance Floor Rolls are versatile and lightweight, perfect for ballet and modern studios, tour companies and more. They have extra resiliency and just the right amount of slip control.

Cons: They're not suitable for tap, ballroom or permanent installations.

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Why you need a dance subfloor

One of the last things that people think about when installing Marley Flooring is the subfloor. Most people think that if I put these rolls over a foam underlay, then everything will be fine.

Well, that is not the case.

Putting these rolls over concrete or any underlay is not an ideal installation method if this flooring is going to be used for all types of dancing. While dancing, there is a lot of stress and pressure put on your lower leg that can cause pain and injury over time.

We very strongly encourage you to think about a sprung floor subfloor. I know, I know, it’s an extra expense, but it is so worth it.

Whether you’re a studio, school or professional company, the last thing you want is injured dancers. And the best way to prevent injuries is to start with a sprung subfloor.

The sprung subfloor absorbs and distributes the dancer’s weight, which allows dancers to continue to jump, leap and roll with a lower risk of injury.
 
 

 
 

Marley Flooring Durability / Longevity

All of our marley rolls are specifically designed to hold up to years and years of dancing of all levels. In fact, most of them boast at least a 5 year warranty, with our wood-look options offering as many as 10 years.

These rolls are in it for the long haul.
 
 

 
 

Marley Flooring Installation

Each dance flooring roll is a little different. Each of our marley dance floor rolls is rated for either permanent, semi-permanent or temporary installation. Just check the manufacturer’s specifications and follow the direction for your desired installation.

Traditionally, you can easily install marley dance rolls yourself by laying rolls flat and using vinyl tape over the seams. Of course, we always recommend checking the product specifications before installation.

For best results, loose lay your marley rolls 24-48 hours in advance to allow them to fully relax. Leave a 1/16”-1/8” gap between rolls (but no more – you don’t want to have full-on cracks in your floor!) to allow for expansion and contraction. We also recommend topping them off with a matching vinyl floor tape.
 
 

 
 

Marley Flooring Cleaners & Maintenance

No matter how many signs you put up that read “No shoes in the dance studio”, you know people are gonna walk in with their shoes and track in outside dirt and grime all over your beautiful floor. I know, it is so frustrating!

The best way to combat how difficult it is to keep the outside dirt away is to choose a dance floor that is easy to take care of. You’re going to have to end up cleaning it regularly, so you don’t want a floor that requires a big song and dance (pun intended).

The good news is all of our marley dance flooring options are super easy to clean and maintain. The just require sweeping/vacuuming and a damp mop with our Dance Floor Cleaner.

If you end up with scratches that really bug you, you can give it a more careful scrub. But, generally speaking, it’s really just as easy as taking care of any home floor. Just make sure to clean up spills right away and you’ll be good to go!
 
 

 
 

Marley Floor Tape

Most marley floors are glue-free. All you need is a little vinyl tape to keep your floors in place and you’re good to go.

We offer Dance Floor Tape in every marley color to match your floor and offer a seamless appearance. Additionally, you can use double-sided carpet tape around the edges of your floor to keep everything in place a little more.

Dance Floor Tape is a quick and easy add on. Plus, it comes with free shipping!
 
 

 
 
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