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Why Do We Make All of Our Dance Boards with Sustainable Wood?

First, you may be wondering: What is “sustainable wood”? When we speak about the wood we use to create our dance boards being sustainable, we are referring to the way in which the wood is sourced. Sustainably-sourced wood comes from forests where logging is minimized and animal habits are protected and preserved.

You may have seen us post on social media about how the wood we use for our dance boards is 100% FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) Certified. This means that the wood we use comes from forests that are responsibly managed and that are used to benefit the environment and society.

When you purchase Dance Daze Dance Boards, which are made from FSC Certified wood, you are supporting sustainable forest management, protecting wildlife habitats, and reducing the emission of greenhouse greenhouse gases.

Additionally, all FSC Certified forests are required to prioritize the rights of indigenous people and their land, and all FSC certificate holders must ensure that forced labor, child labor, and discrimination in employment are eliminated and abolished.

We want you to improve your technique, build your confidence, and have fun while using your Dance Daze Dance Boards. But we also want you to know that you’re using a product that is made with you, other humans, and animals in mind. We want you to DANCE WELL and DO GOOD right along with us.

If you’re doing good for the world–by volunteering, donating, mentoring, and more–be sure to use the hashtag #DanceWellDoGood so that we can see your hard work and share it on social media!

3 Places to Take Pictures On Your Dance Daze Dance Board This Spring

If you’ve been around for a while, you know that Dance Daze Dance Boards Co-founder Saumirah loves a fun, quick, outdoor photo shoot on her portable dance floors.

In fact, when she and Jeff first started the business back in 2020, they made sure to spend time having a few photo shoots around town in Sacramento, California, where they make the dance boards.

Below are 3 tips for places to take photos if you’re planning on bringing out your dance board for a photo shoot this spring.

  1. In Front of Cool Garage Doors: Saumirah absolutely loved this red garage on a wide street in Midtown, Sacramento. She’d wanted to take a photo in front of it for a long time and finally got the chance one day when Jeff was her photographer! We like the sold color of the garage door, the shape of the building for adding some character to a zoomed-out photo, and the in-the-street look for a “diamond in the rough” effect for the background space.

2. On a College Campus: Many college campuses have great grassy areas that are open for the public to use! In the fall of 2020, Jeff and Saumirah had an iPhone photo shoot at a local campus. They loved the background of trees, leaves, and grass that the campus provided. However, it was tricky working with shadows on a fall afternoon! The sun was great for that Golden Hour glow, but the shadows were coming in strong during this photo shoot!

3. In Alleyways: I’m not sure how it is where you live, but many big cities have areas of town with alleys or space between buildings, which often are decorated with incredible graffiti art or painted murals.

If you have any additional tips, be sure to drop the in a comment or send them to us at info@dancedaze.org. Happy dancing!

FREE GIFT with Any Dance Board Purchase This Month (February 2022)

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we are excited to announce that we will be sending an adorable (if we do say so ourselves) FREE GIFT along to anyone who purchases a Dance Daze Dance Board this month!

Stay tuned for more info (and photos and videos about what this free gift is) coming soon!

Learn more: DanceDazeDanceBoards.com or follow us on Instagram @DanceDazeDanceBoards

Happy Dancing!

5 Reasons Why You Might Need A Dance Daze Dance Board

As business owners, we love creating high quality products that solve problems for our clients.

At Dance Daze Dance Boards, we work to support the work of recreational and pre-professional dancers. This means that we design our portable dance floors in consideration of what recreational children and adult dancers and pre-professional dancers between the ages of 9 and 18 might need when in terms of practicing, supplemental training, creating influencer content, traveling for different dance opportunities/experiences, and more.

If you are a recreational or pre-professional dancer, keep reading to learn about why you might need a Dance Daze Dance Board in your life.

You participate in virtual dance classes via Zoom, Instagram, TikTok, and more

While some of our clients were already participating in virtual dance classes before 2020, a lot of our DDDB family began dancing at home after the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Many fantastic programs launched in 2020 that were completely virtual, including those that were only temporarily virtual and those that began as online programs and will remain as online programs so that they can serve a wider audience all over the world.

Personally, I’ve lived in a variety of spaces including college dorm rooms (both in the United States and abroad!), simple apartments and luxury apartments, and homes in both rural and urban areas. So I know that the space we have in our living areas can vary! Some years, we may be able to grand jeté across a huge backyard and in other seasons of life, we may be fearful of scraping our elbows if we attempt a pirouette turn in our living room.

With differences in living spaces in mind, Dance Daze Dance Boards come in a variety of sizes, that we hope will be helpful and meet the needs of dancers practicing at home, whether they have a small space or a large space in which to practice dance.

For those with limited space — perhaps in a small bedroom or in a section of a shared college dorm room — we have our Jet Setter dance board. At just 23 inches in diameter, this board can be used to practice non-locomotor movements, simple jumps, and long and short tap dance combinations as well.

Additionally, our Jet Setter can be easily stored in the trunk or backseat of a car, under a bed, or in a closet. Beginning this year (2022), our Jet Setter dance board comes with an adorable carrying tote so that this board can be easily taken on trips. And, there is even enough room in the bag to add some extra dance clothes, tights, leotards, and a makeup bag too, if you’re heading to a dance convention or dance competition!

You travel for dance competitions and dance conventions

If you’re someone who travels for dancing — whether you attend dance conventions in order to learn from the best dance teachers and to about the latest dance products, if you’re a dance educator who attends arts education seminars in different cities or in different states, or if you’re an adult ballet dancer who goes to summer intensives designed just for adults in different cities across the U.S. and abroad — we believe a Dance Daze Dance Board will fit your life style!

You regularly create dance content, both inside your home and outdoors

Another trend that became huge in 2020 was creating content on platforms such as Instagram Reels and TikTok!

Whether you’re someone who creates aspirational or educational dance content, likes trying out the latest TikTok dance moves, or enjoys goofing off making content with your friends and family, you can probably use a Dance Daze Dance Board in your videos!

I personally love using my Dance Daze Dance Board when I’m creating educational ballet and tap content, when I’m showing off some original choreography, or when I’m taking a popular trend and “making it ballet” or adding a tap dance twist to it.

I also love having 2-3 boards with me when I’m outside so that I can use one board to hold my iPhone tripod, one board to step on/sit and put on my dance shoes, and one board for posing for photos! Dance Daze Dance Boards are great for dance photography as well. And, your dance photos you take with your Dance Daze Dance Boards are perfect for seasonal or end-of-year time-lapse videos!

You like practicing new combinations outside of the studio

When I was training as a pre-professional dancer (and even now, any time I pop in for an adult class of any kind!), I loved going home and practicing what I’d learned in class.

Now, as a child who was also a competitive tap dancer (before I began my pre-professional classical ballet training), this could be slightly problematic when I thought the best place to tap dance in the house was on the kitchen floor.

With a Dance Daze Dance Board, I’m able to practice a variety of styles of dance in my home without ruining any floors! This is another way our dance boards serve both children and adults who are dancing at home.

You enjoy creating your own choreography at home

One of the main ways I maintained my sanity during 2020 was creating, creating, creating. I spent most of my shower time making up tap dance combinations or thinking about what songs I wanted to use for my weekly “Monday Funday” Instagram Live Ballet Barre class that I taught on Monday evenings for most of that year.

Additionally, I spent about 3 hours per week recording content for an online dance program for children.

As a dance educator, creating choreography and warmup combinations for children and adults, a Dance Daze Dance Board can be perfect. Using a Dance Daze Dance Board can remind us of the small space in which our students may be dancing at home. Additionally, it can remind us of the myriad ways in which we can use our bodies to make BIG movements and shapes, even when we are confined to a small space.

If you have a Dance Daze Dance Board, how has it helped solve problems for you? Let us know in a comment, email us at info@dancedaze.org, or text co-founder Saumirah at 916-378-1952.

Spotlighting Our 2021 Best Seller: The Jet Setter Dance Board

Our smallest dance board and our best-selling dance board in 2021 is The Jet Setter. We designed this board because we wanted an extremely portable, affordable dance board that recreational and pre-professional dancers could use to practice their technique at home or on-the-go.

Co-founder Saumirah discovered that, though it is only 23 inches in diameter, the Jet Setter is still perfect for practicing tap dance combinations (it really forces you to dance with your feet underneath you!), non-traveling pointe exercises, and even pirouette turns if you’re already a somewhat strong turner (otherwise, you may fall off of the board, so be prepared for that!).

https://www.instagram.com/balletgisselle/ (Gisselle is posing on her Manhattan Dance Daze Dance Board in this photo, but it’s such a great snow photo, that we had to add it to this post about Jet Setters! ;)

Some of our DDDB Brand Ambassadors (search for the hashtag #DDDBambassador across social platforms!) have shown us that they really DO use their Jet Setter in ways that we intended and beyond! Meaning, we’ve seen Jet Setter Dance Daze Dance Boards in college dorms, in front of coffee shops, acting as a solid platform in the middle of a field covered in snow, and more! Basically, our Brand Ambassadors are truly the jet setters that we imagined they would be!

With that in mind, but also with the knowledge that we’re still a small family-owned business, we wanted to create a way to make it easier for our community to carry around their Jet Setter dance boards. We didn’t want to cut a space for a handle in the board itself because we didn’t want there to be any less space on an already small platform or to break up the smooth surface for tap dancing and pointe work that our Jet Setter dance board provides. Additionally, we didn’t want to add a piece of fabric for a handle that might not be secure enough with glue alone. And, we didn’t want to ruin our beautiful Jet Setter boards by sticking nails through the wood in order to secure a handle to the back side.

Therefore, at the end of 2021, we decided that we’d begin selling all Jet Setter dance boards with a simple tote bag *included in the regular price, at no additional charge*!

So, beginning in January of 2022, all Jet Setter Dance Daze Dance Boards purchased will not only come with foam padding at the bottom to create a sprung board (oh yeah, that’s another change we made to Dance Daze Dance Boards this year — ALL of our dance boards are now sprung floors!), but they will also come with a carrying tote! We are so excited to make it even easier for you to carry around your Jet Setter dance board, whether you’re bringing it on a road trip, to the park, to a friend’s house, to a dance convention, and more!

We can’t wait to see where you’re dancing next on your Dance Daze Dance Board. Remember to share your photos and videos with us with the hashtags #DanceDazeDanceBoards #DancingColorfully and #DanceWellDoGood!

Let’s chat again soon, friend!