7 Things To Consider When Creating Dance Space In Your Home

Dancer sitting on ballet barre

If you have a dancer that is passionate about dance, at some point, they will ask if it is possible to have a dance studio on your home. They have made the most of the space in their room or throughout your house to practice, but they could do so much more with a dedicated space.  Have you heard those words?  “Mom, could we add a ballet barre over here and a mirror on that wall?”  My own daughter had quite a bit of dance space in her room and a space to tap, but the ideas were always flowing on how it could be further enhanced.

No matter if you are looking for a space for ballet dancers, jazz dancers, tap, ballroom and any other popular dance style, there are a variety of inspiration photos to create a space that works well for the dancers in your family. You will find a variety of design ideas from more intimate dance spaces to a larger studio layout.

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Updated:  3/29/2022

Decisions To Make For Your Home Studio

  • Where will it be located?
  • What type of home dance studio flooring would we like to install?
  • Where do you want mirrors?
  • What type of lighting?
  • What type of speaker or sound system?
  • Do you want a TV installed?
  • What accessories will allow you to get the most out of your home dance studio?

Creating dance space in your home begins with choosing a location.

Home Dance Studios – Space Options

  • A portion of a bedroom or bonus room
  • A room completely dedicated to dance
  • A basement area finished as an in-home dance studio

Home Dance Floor Options

Vinyl Flooring

Marley flooring which is roll-out vinyl dance flooring comes in a variety of options. Marley rolls can be installed permanently or rolled up for portable use. Marley is placed over sprung or floating subflooring to ensure your dancer is dancing on a surface that will help with injury prevention. Dancing is hard enough on the body, it is a necessity to protect their feet, ankles, shins, and knees. A lot of dance studios use marley flooring as it is easy to clean, durable and allows dancers to get a better grip when dancing.

Traditional Hardwood Floors

Wooden flooring should be placed on sprung subflooring in an effort to prevent injury to your dancer. This is particularly important if you are transforming a basement area and will be placing your wooden flooring over a concrete floor, laminate flooring, or carpet.

Practice Dance Tiles

Practice dance tiles are a great option if you would like to transform a smaller space or section of a room. There are a variety of companies that sell practice dance tile kits as well as you can find them on Amazon. Most get good reviews for durability

With any of the above flooring, weekly removal of dust and dirt will be essential to keeping the floor in tip top shape.

Dance Studio Mirrors

The type of mirror that is best for a home dance studio, is a traditional glass mirror. If you are adding a practice space to a room that will be used for other things, decide where you have a free wall that would be ideal for hanging mirrors. You will need to decide if you would like mirrors along one wall with a barre attached or on the opposite wall as shown below. Or as shown in subsequent pictures, the barre is attached along the length of the mirrored wall or on just a portion of the mirrors. Installing mirrors large enough such that the dancer can view their full body and check their position and alignment while dancing is important.

Home Dance Studio Lighting

Can lights work best, since they can be installed throughout the room to add ample light and do not interfere with your ability to move throughout the room. If you have lower ceilings this is an ideal option. If the space you are transforming has a fan installed in the center of the space and it would interfere with leaps for example, you may opt to switch that out to a light that does not hang down.

Music Systems or Speaker

This is completely personal preference and largely dependent on where your dance space is located. Is it part of a fitness area or in the basement in a space that is primarily used for entertaining. In that case, a speaker system may be a great option. Is it in a portion of the room or an area where a full sound system may be disruptive to others in the household. If that is the case, then a simple portable speaker may serve the purpose. Bose has wonderful portable speakers that have great sound quality and are easy to move about the house. Here is the one we own.

TV

Do we need a TV in our space? There are several benefits to installing a smart TV in your home dance studio. You can watch your dances and look for areas to improve. If you want to take an online dance class or happen to miss a class at your dance studio and need to get caught up on the choreography you missed, a TV is a great option for playing the video on a large screen – definitley easier than watching your phone or laptop. In addition, if the room is doubling as a fitness or workout area, a TV is a great way to stream fitness videos or watch them on YouTube.



Dance Accessories to Enhance Your Space For Dance And Cross-Training

Tumbling mats

Resistance Bands

Portable barre for practicing ballet technique if you decide not to mount one directly to the wall – there are both wood and aluminum options available.

Portable fan if necessary

Foam Roller

Flexi Stretcher

Turnout Training Discs

Bosu Ball

TRX System for strength training and building your muscles – these can be attached over closet doors or from the ceiling.

Shelves to display trophies

Wall Art


If you have questions about any of the items featured in these rooms, go to Houzz.com and each room has the option to ask a question. Just click the button, fill out the form and someone will get back to you.

Do you have any tips or suggestions for creating a dance space in your home? If so, leave a comment below.

Editors Note: This post was originally posted in August 2012 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.


16 COMMENTS

  1. I love these ideas! I have two daughters who dance. One does it as a hobby and goes once a week to a dance group. The other one takes it very seriously and is part of a dance school where she trains five hours a week and also recently began dance theory. When she’s at home, she often moves the couches away and the rug and then has a tiled floor to practice on. You can see her practicing here and read about her first performance in Cape Town, South Africa (we live almost 2 hours outside of Cape Town).

    http://abooksandmore.blogspot.com/2012/07/big-day-for-our-daughter.html

    I also have a Saturday blog hop going on right now. Have a great Saturday!

    • Thanks for stopping by Christina! So fun to be reminded that girls all over the world share a passion for dance.

  2. So many beautiful ideas! No dancers in my house, but it’s still fun to look.

    Happy Sharefest!

  3. We have three girls and are considering installing a ballet barre. These are good ideas–thanks!

  4. We don’t have the room for a barre but we made a portable dance floor. We bought a box of laminate flooring that makes a 4 foot square. My husband secured it with plywood underneath to make it sturdier. Whenever my daughter wants to practice her turning, she pulls the small dance floor out and voila!

    • Great idea Christine! Thanks for sharing!

  5. So many great options for dance space in your home. Having a dance studio, I always tell my students to practice, practice, practice. If they have a fun space at home dedicated to dance, I think practice is that much easier.

  6. Some of the rooms toward the end we’re really cute ????????????????????????????????????????????????

  7. Love these ideas cant wait to try
    one πŸ˜‰

  8. I would love to have one I’m 11 and my house is full have Any ideas I could consider?

  9. I am wondering why they place the mirror directly in front of the barre. The student won’t be able to the whole body, since it’s too near. I think the mirror should be placed on the wall across the barre.If possible, the best would be to have two mirrored walls.

    I had my bedroom converted into a dance space a few months ago by making our bed into a murphy. I wanted to keep my tufted bed instead of buying something already made. It’s king-size, so we had the carpenters strip it and replace the wooden joints into tubular metal. Then we bought gas struts that could carry the heavy bed. It was trial and error and we almost gave up, but we found gas strut makers from England who were able to customize 2500N gas struts that supported the weight of the bed. We had the carpenters put a mirror at the bottom of the bed, so that when it’s folded up, you have a full-length mirror. My closet, which is opposite the bed also has mirrored dooors. It’s great to be able to see your form while you dance. You are able to correct yourself right away.

    For the flooring, I got puzzle mats which mimicked Carrara marble to act as subfloor and bought Adagio marley flooring from my ballet teacher who imported it from the US. I am able to fold the marley and stow it under the bed, when it is not in use.

    I dance almost every day and the bed goes up and down a lot. I am so happy with the results. My teacher noticed it, too, and commented how lovely the set-up is. It’s like my very own dance studio. πŸ™‚

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