Building a Dance Studio in Your Home Building a Dance Studio in Your Home
Build a dance studio in your own home to give you the freedom to dance whenever you want. You do not have to be a professional dancer to enjoy a studio in your house, but you do need the drive to want to get up and dance. Here are a few simple steps on how you can transform a room in your home into a your own dance studio.
- First, choose a place in your house for your dance studio. This will be your own space, and what goes on inside should not bother anyone else. Remember that you may be blasting music, so pick a space that is either soundproof or can be treated with soundproofing materials. This should also be a space where you will feel comfortable dancing. You may want to avoid a room with lots of windows in case you will be dancing at night when neighbors can see in. While a detached garage or storage building may be ideal for this project, make sure you will be able to access it on a rainy or snowy day.
- Never dance on cement or pavement because it can damage your knees and other joints. Your studio floor should be made of wood. If you do not have a spare room that already has wood flooring, you can install it yourself or have a professional put it in for you. Consider laminate as an inexpensive wood alternative, as it also provides adequate cushioning.
- You will need ballet barres along the walls for stretches and other exercises. If it fits your budget, purchase barres from a dance store, or use simple handrails instead.
- Every dance studio has the floor to ceiling mirrors, but you can always improvise if you need to. Buy large mirrors from a hardware store or even one large one from a department store. A long mirror on rollers may also be a good option as you will be able to move the mirror where you need it. Most importantly, make sure you can see yourself move in various spots on the floor and in different positions so you can critique yourself.
- Bring in a portable stereo or have it installed into the room. It doesn't need to be anything too fancy—just enough to play the music that inspires you to get up and move around. Pop in CDs or make a playlist on your MP3 player for a unique personal dance soundtrack.