Posted on: September 17th, 2013 by Ben Gonzalez
Can you dance? I sure as hell can’t. But I think I can. This delusion, of course, is largely to the detriment of my loved ones. You’d have to see it to believe it. I get really into it too. From my epileptic hip ‘swinging’ for salsa and samba, the drunken shuffling of my bachata, to the lunatic flailing of arms ode my “modern hip-hop” choreography, no family or friends’ events are safe from the disaster of my overconfidence. It’s better than going to the gym with my exercise mat…for me anyway.
Little would you know, but I am actually a fairly accomplished musician. This, however, does not help me dance in the slightest. Not well at least. Something to do with the stiffness and lack of communication between my limbs. Also, facial expressions… yikes! Luckily, I’ll be taking dance lessons soon.
Before I set foot in one of these places, I was really imagining something along the lines of a nice, rich mahogany floored studio space with a beautiful Spanish instructor teaching me the ways of romantic dance in front of a Mylar mirror . I was excited! Would I finally fulfill my long lived fantasy to be the foremost competitive dancer/lover in the world? No… not at all. I set foot into what seemed like day care. Matlay Dance floor, I thought, but instead… primary colors! PRIMARY COLORS EVERYWHERE! It also didn’t help that I was at least 12 years older than everyone else in that class! The teacher might have actually been younger than me too! I’m not even 30!
After swallowing my pride and getting a little comfortable, a simple waltz was guided by a map of
Poly Pads feet laid out across the floor to guide my (very clumsy) feet. After about an hour of waltzing, I decided never to return to the dance class unless it was required by law since a) I realized that flailing is more fun than being proper and b) I think I broke their toilet just before I left the establishment.
Moral of the story is when it comes to dancing, do YOU!
Posted on: May 15th, 2013 by Kelly Green
I am always looking for things to do with my children. Someone once gave me this bit of sage advice, â€œThe hours are long but the years are short.â€ With a 10, 12 and 14 year old, I have experienced this first hand. As any parent can tell you, it seems like once the little people enter your life, if you blink, they age a year.
I remember growing up in a theatrical family, where we were always putting on homemade plays, skits and sketches. The highlight of the show was always me with my headband pretending to work out on my exercise mat and my older sister Tap Dancing with bottle-cap taps, on a cement floor in our garage.
Tap dancing has always been my favorite form of dance; making noise while you slap your feet on the ground, learning a time step, how to shuffle off to Buffalo. I learned to tap when a local high school needed a little kid to tap for a production of Gypsy. Here was something I could do with my kids.
Getting the tap shoes was an expensive but easy process but getting the right surface on which to tap proved a bit more difficult. It had to be portable, with a hard striking surface yet have some give and traction. After experimenting I came up with two, 6â€™x8â€™ plywood floors, covered with a Matlay Dance Floor â€œskinâ€ from MatsMatsMats.com that I secure with vinyl tape which I also got at MatsMatsMats.com. Â Now I have portable, professional looking vinyl dance floor that I can lay down anywhere and give the kidlettes basic tap lessons. My son has had me in for a father/son talent show that had us time stepping in tandem on the flooring. I even had a couple moms ask me where I bought the Marley floor.
All of my kids can now tap better than I, having received lessons at a local dance studio but we all get together and they teach me what they have learned. My wife asked if I could expand the flooring enough to learn ballroom dancing. . .yikes!
Posted on: November 2nd, 2012 by Chris Aviles
Christmahanakwanzika is coming and Iâ€™d like to tell you guys about my favorite products.Â Unless youâ€™re a gymnast or dancer yourself, you might not know what things to look for- let me help!
My most favorite product is by far the Mylar Mirror.Â They have the most clear reflection (better than a regular mirror) and they donâ€™t reflect a lot of light which makes those duckface pictures in the mirror so much easier to take, since the flash doesnâ€™t bounce back at you! Just kidding!! If youâ€™re a dancer you know that the reflection of a light can obstruct your view of yourself, which makes rehearsing in front of a mirror kind of pointless. There are also no ghost images. Â So if youâ€™re standing further away, you wonâ€™t see a blurry or double image of yourself.Â I also really like how light these glassless mirrors are. Whether you have them on rolling frames or mounted to the wall, they are easy to maneuver or reposition. The other cool thing about them being so light (especially if you have school and you need multiple mirrors) is that whether you purchase one or six, shipping cost will stay the same.
My next favorite product would probably be the Softwood or Soft Floor Interlocking Tiles.Â The wood ones I really want to put in my living room. Every once in a while I want to lie on my stomach and watch TV, but I donâ€™t have carpet so itâ€™s not very comfortable.Â Having these foam tiles would make it much better.Â Since they look like wood I wouldnâ€™t have to worry about putting them away- this speaks to my laziness.Â A lot.Â The colored ones are great for kids playrooms, the Soft Rubber Tiles work amazingly in work out areas or washrooms where youâ€™re potentially standing on your feet for a while. Over all the Soft Floor Tiles are very versatile.
The Matlay Dance Floor is another product I wish I would have known about when I used to dance. I canâ€™t tell you how many splinters Iâ€™ve gotten from trying to dance on wood, and you certainly canâ€™t tap on wood, or tile for that matter. The Matlay floor is a smooth, and strong, material that allows you to move smoothly and protects any floor if you happen to tap.Â One other great thing about Matlay flooring, if you tap or have people in your house that do, is that it helps muffle the sounds.
Lastly, I like the Folding Exercise Mat.Â The fold in half, which makes storing them and taking them out very easy.Â They might come in handy this weekendâ€¦Iâ€™m having a party and there are always people that are too..uhâ€¦tired to go home so I could just pull out a mat from my closet or under a couch and let them sleep there.
Posted on: June 14th, 2012 by Alex Miller
I received a phone call the other day from a previous customer who has purchased from us on multiple occasions.Â During our conversation, I asked him how the Matlay Dance Flooring he purchased from us a couple of years ago was holding up.Â He said that he was actually hesitant at first to purchase our vinyl dance floor because he wasnâ€™t sure how it would hold up in a tap dance environment and with various pieces of equipment that they would often put on the floor. Â He then proceeded to tell me that the matlay dance floor looks almost as new as the day he bought it.
Â He further stated that he hasÂ recommended our company over the years to several other dance studios and they have all been extremely happy with our service and how quickly they received the flooring after they placed their orderâ€¦ and of course the money they saved. Â He said he will continue to recommend people to our company and thanked me again for our great sales and customer service team.
I wanted to share this customer story with you because I received a phone call the other day from another customer of ours was looking into buying the adagio flooring, but got a quote that was about twice the cost of our dance flooring.Â I think we know who she ended up buying from!Â Â Â So, to anyone who may have hesitations about purchasing our Matlay Dance Floor, hopefully this gives you a little peace of mind.