Do you love to dance, but feel uncomfortable dancing in public? Does your work schedule or a budget limitation make it difficult for you to sign up for professional dance lessons? Have you always dreamed of being a ballerina but are finding it difficult to locate a studio in your area that offers adult ballet classes?
Creating your own dance studio at home has many advantages. It gives you the opportunity to practice your dance moves when it's convenient for you in the privacy of your own home. You can purchase DVDs to teach yourself any form of dance you desire.
Professional dance lessons can also be expensive. Designing your own dance studio will involve some initial costs, but once you have your studio established, the upkeep is minimal to nothing.
Choosing a location
While you don't need a large space for an at-home dance studio, you should select a room that provides adequate space for moving freely. An unused basement is a good option if you prefer a large area, but a spare bedroom will work fine.
Mirrors are crucial
If you want to cut costs, mirrors are not the place to do it. Mirrors will be the focal point of your at-home studio. Splurge on good quality wall mirrors. Schedule a consultation with a glass company to measure your wall and custom design the mirrors for your studio. Mirrors should be installed along an entire wall in the room.
Avoid the temptation to install the mirrors yourself. The money spent having the mirrors installed by a professional glass company will be well worth the cost. Talk to a company like Glasshopper Schor Glass for help.
No carpet necessary
Remove any existing carpet in the room. If you can afford it, opt for a professionally installed floating floor. Floating floors are used in professional studies to help prevent dance injuries that can occur from repetitive dance moves.
However, for a home studio, laminate or tile flooring will suffice if you want to keep costs low.
If desired, a ballet barre can be installed directly on the wall opposite the mirrors. You can also purchase a portable ballet barre. One advantage of having a portable barre is the fact that they are adjustable.
If you plan to share your dance studio with a child in the family, the barre can easily be raised or lowered to accommodate the height of each person.
Every studio needs easy access to music. Whether you prefer an iPod docking station or a traditional stereo, good speakers and a remote control are important.
A wall-mounted TV, with a DVD player built in, will be necessary if you plan to watch instructional DVD'. The TV should be mounted in a corner along the same wall as the mirrors.
Keep wall décor to a minimum. Clutter is distracting in a dance studio. A few simple dance slogans or a dance-themed picture or two will be enough to add a nice touch to the room without being overpowering.
Setting up a dance studio at home is not difficult and will provide you with years of enjoyment. With minimal time and effort, you can create an at-home dance studio where dreams really do come true.
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