Build Your Own Irish Dance Practice Stage

[Here’s an updated post, with an alternate Irish dance floor design]

I wanted to raise a virtual toast to Zebadiah and Beauregard’s Front Porch (update:  Z&B no longer accessible he’s back!), for the post on building a simple plywood dance floor for an Irish dancer. Our ID aficionados are still in early days and we weren’t quite ready to spring for a sprung Jubilee floor. So I was delighted when I found this site some time last spring and cobbled together my own floor based on their design.

That was nearly a year ago and an entire country away!  But I didn’t want to miss a chance to say thanks, because their plans are really clear (update:  Z&B no longer accessible he’s back!) and having a hard practice floor has meant a world of difference for practicing.  If you’ve got a dancer who is just starting with hard shoe, this will save your floors.  It’s also very helpful for your dancer to hear the foot hitting the floor and the resulting rhythms.

I modified the design slightly to make it a 6′ x 6′ square board, because of space considerations.  I also used thick weatherstripping for the bottom layer, as it was already the right width, padded and came with an adhesive that stuck it to the wood lattice.  The floor was easy to disassemble and move, but we haven’t gotten to the point of expanding our floor to the dimensions that Zebadiah and Beauregard’s Front Porch have.  But if you follow their directions (particularly the Harp Lager admonition), you can’t go far wrong.

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I improve information access and lead information teams. My books on finding information and managing it and practicing law using cloud computing reflect my interest in information management, technology, law practice, and legal research. I've been a library director in Canada and the US, as well as directing the American Bar Association's Legal Technology Resource Center. I speak and write frequently on information, technology, law library, and law practice issues.