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How Dance Floors Can Change the Look of a Floor plan

Blog Updated: June 22 2024
Dance floor image with giant plastic bubbles on it. The room and floor are white with blue lights.

Getting creative with event layouts is always a popular topic. During the COVID-19 Pandemic, event pros had to get even more creative with event layouts to factor in both capacity restrictions and social distancing. There were still many ways to design event layouts that were both beautiful and unique, even during the pandemic. One way to get creative with a floor plan and completely transform the look and feel of the event was, and still is, through the use of a dance floor.

We spoke with Heather Rouffe, managing partner of Atlas Event Rental, to gain insight on how dance floors can change the look of a floor plan along with ideas on how to best incorporate them into the layouts.

The Dance Floor as a Focal Point

Few people realize that a dance floor can be used as a statement piece in an event floor plan. With so many options to choose from, there is a dance floor that is perfect for every style and type of event.  Consider creating a vintage vibe or a cool, modern feel by selecting a black and white dance floor like the one used here at this vibrant wedding at The Breakers West Country Club. Dance floors are actually one of the most photographed (and videoed) elements of an event; choosing to incorporate them is a worthwhile investment.

Dance floor image by Tina Blanco. A black and white dance floor is setup like a chessboard, but with lots of flowers and a place for the band.
Photo Credit: Tina Blanco Photography

Choose a sleek, all-white dance floor for a crisp, clean look, or personalize it with monogrammed lighting or decals. This all-white round dance floor took center stage at the Frost Science Museum for the Under the Sea themed Gather and Soar Summit. The dance floor was monogrammed to show thanks to the sponsors of the event.

Dance floor image with giant plastic bubbles on it. The room and floor are white with blue lights.
Photo Credit: Claudia Rios Photography

You can also use lighting effects to spotlight the name(s) of the guests of honor across your dance floor. The personalization possibilities are endless.

Image of a very cool event space.

Opportunity For Creativity

Working with a statement dance floor provides you with the opportunity to break out of the ordinary and get creative with your floor plan. Use the dance floor as your focal point and build your layout from there. You can also use dance floors in the eating area. Set up tables over a black and white dance floor to provide a pop of ambiance to your floor plan and really wow your guests with the unexpected.

Dance Floors During a Pandemic – or even a flu outbreak?

While we may be dancing on our own sometimes, dance floors will still be a valuable asset in event design. Not only can dance floors transform a space and elevate the overall look and feel of your event, but they can also be used to designate areas for socially distanced seating pods or highlight a special moment in your event. Use multiple dance floors to create chic lounge areas for your guests, or create a special dance floor just for a first dance or cake cutting at a wedding. Dance floors are built-in pieces which allow for endless customization possibilities.

Groups of seats and tables are spread out at even distances so groups won't sit near each other.
Photo Credit: Atlas Event Rental

Outdoor Dance Floors

Dance floors are another great way to elevate your guest experience when celebrating outside. As the pandemic continues, we are seeing outdoor events trending in popularity. “We are seeing a significant increase in backyard weddings,” says Rouffe. “Adding a dance floor to level the ground is not only visually appealing, but more comfortable for your guests. Paired with a subfloor, dance floors can be used outside to keep your guests comfortable on soft ground, uneven ground, or in the sand or grass.”

A beach wedding scene offers a unique situation to consider when deciding whether to use a dance floor or not.

Don’t Sacrifice

A dance floor is a focal piece and can be as important as selecting which linen and chair type to select for the event design. Keep in mind, once again, that the dance floor is one of the most photographed elements of an event and displayed within videos since it is the main area where guests will dance and gather. Too often people sacrifice their options for dance floors and choose to use the floor provided by the venue. It really is worth selecting a dance floor as an upgraded rental piece, just as you would a charger or other tabletop item.

And remember, when designing floor plans within Prismm, it’s easy to mark the area and dimensions of the dance floor within the layout. The ability to view in both 2D and 3D really assists vendors and clients in visualizing the dance floor within the layout during the planning process.

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