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From: Description: trouble with part-time dance floors Hi, all. I'm a swing dancer (among other things) and went to a dance this past Saturday wher the ballroom floor was horrendous. The swing dance society rotates through several ballroom facilities. The most frequently used is at an Irish center. They must have waxed or refinished it over the summer. The last dance and this dance the surface was really slow, possibly sticky. I helped set up and after kneeling to tape the table coverings I received a black oily mark on my tan pants. This place doubles as a catering facility and is always short on cash. I had a similar experience at a swing dance weekend when a workshop was held in a small restaurant dining room. Also a sticky floor. My jazz shoes were trashed on the bottom. We also danced at a catering facility that had ultra slippery floors. The group leaders roughed up their shoe soles with wire brushes and sprinkled a bit of water around to no avail. People were slipping right and left. During the summer the City of Phila. holds outdoor swing band concerts at the waterfront on Thursday evenings. The space in front of the bandstand is concrete. A swing promoter brought a shallow box and poured Ivory Snow (I can't remember if it was powder or flakes) and we rubbed our soles in it to take the stress off our ankles and knees. It seemed to work well. My question: Do you have any suggestions for cleaning the floors that are sticky, and how long ahead can it be done before a dance. As a volunteer group I'm wondering about the committment needed. Can anything be done about ultra-slippery floors (other than dancing in sneakers.) Any tips for quick fixes like the soap flakes? A friend carries a candle in her handbag if the floor is too sticky. This was the second dance at this facility and I found it really frustrating. I like to spin and so do the women. I was reduced to pivots for both of us. My knees have been giving me trouble and, in fact, kept me from dancing over the past year. I'm just returning and am pacing my involvement. I used to open and close the dances. (7:30 to Midnight.) Any help is appreciated. Paul

From: (J.W. VanDenburg) I've only ran across sticky performance floors once, and for that we used one of those extra-wide dust mops FULL of dust to coat the surface, and had everyone scoot around to grind it in. > Can anything be done about ultra-slippery floors (other than dancing in >sneakers.) You might try resin and a ``cat-box.'' We use it all the time for slipperly dancefloors like Marly(sp?) or places that are maintained like a bowling alley. You can get it through the local ballet outfitter in leu of other resources. Water is really dangerous since it only provides a patchy surface and can be like dancing in cleats! > Any tips for quick fixes like the soap flakes? A friend carries a candle in >her handbag if the floor is too sticky. for the floor or her shoes!!?? ;-). Wax is extremely dangerous! We had a performance once where the candles on stage fell over and wax was left all over. People fell (and got injured) continuously the likes of which i have never seen before or since. They immediately redesigned the set before the next performance. --

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