On Jan 4, 2016, at 10:18 AM, Buddy Weaver <bluestar(a)buddyweaver.com>
We use a floor specifically made for dancing. It is SwissTrax and I
am a representative for this product that is made in the US.
I have some questions for you.
I know your name as a modern western square dance (MWSD) caller,
and I know Blue Star as a MWSD record label. So am I correct in
assuming that when you write "We use ...", the "We" to whom you
refer is some MWSD group or venue?
I managed to find a coupe items about SwissTrax dance floors
(found by direct Google searching for with search terms
"SwissTrax" and "dance", btw, since it was not clear how toI
find such info by navigating from the home page), but I couldn't
find anything about two important topics:
* Do the dance floor pieces have any built-in springiness
(beyond the effect of having them laid over carpet)?
* What is the floor like in terms of surface friction?
In my experience, swings and balances are typically both more
energetic and much more frequent in contemporary contra dance
than in MWSD. I see that the SwissTex website emphasizes the
non-skid properties of at least some of their products. While
a contra dance floor shouldn't be dangerously slippery, contra
dancers do want our shoes to glide smoothly over the floor during
swings and spins. Also, people who want a portable floor for
contra dancing may sometimes use that floor for other dance
styles where dancers need to need to be able to pivot smoothly
(e.g., hambo, zwiefachers) or where some vertical resilience
will spare wear on the dancers' knees and ankles (e.g., polka,
Can you offer any comments about what the SwissTex dance floor
is like in these regards?