Considerations and Procedures Regarding COVID -19
Please keep in mind this information will be adjusted and guidelines change
In Studio Class Option:
- Temperature screening upon entry
- Hand sanitizer on site
- Dancers maintain social distancing per CDC guidelines
- Dancers assigned their own 4 x 4 taped space centred ten feet apart from one another
- Maximum of eight students per class
- Staff and students must be in good health and free of fever, cough and malaise
- Closed water fountains. Students bring their own water bottles
- Street shoe removal prior to entry
- Limited student items permitted in studio
- Overhead ventilation
- Recent and up to date air duct cleaning in the building
- Ceiling fans continuously running
- Large room air purifier continuously running
- Interior doors opened bilaterally for increased ventilation
- Exterior doors opened weather permitting
- Student face coverings required, can be removed while exercising as needed
- Staff face coverings worn during class times
- Studio cleaning between each class
- Sanitation of any props used
- Staggered class release times for reduced traffic
- Students admitted into studio doors one dancer/family at a time
- Students released through studio doors one dancer/family at a time
- Closed lobby for reduced traffic
*Lobby will be used for student entry/exit on rainy/icy days
Tips for those choosing virtual lessons:
Virtual lessons are beneficial.
To make the most of them if you are able, provide a small dance area for your student. Many professionals have been posting live lessons online and most just use a chair and the space they have so I think it’s also beneficial for students to see you can dance anywhere with anything. However, certain things do help with mental preparation and optimal dancing for joint safety, etc at home by creating a dance space.
- The best thing you can do if use a stand or something to prop up the device your student is using so we can see their full body for proper corrections.
- A chair works as a ballet barre which are used in most dance classes regardless of genre at least here and there. You may also chose to purchase a small portable barre. Vita Vibe makes some great ones. You can also make one out of PVC pipes or (what I had as an adolescent) if you have a wall you can use simply sand a round long piece of wood and mount it on the wall.
- Mirror- This is more for practicing without a teacher but it’s nice to have a floor length mirror students can prop up to see themselves to work on certain corrections. We always give “homework” for upper levels ;).
- Flooring- small portable dance floors are great. Many are 4x4 or 5x5. You can also gather materials to make something. Thin foam pads with a board covered with a section of Marly also works on certain flooring. If you look online you’ll see lots of options for both DIY and for purchase. Again, this isn’t necessary for most dance levels but nice to have.
- Stretch Resistance Bands and Yoga/Exercise Mat. For our Stretch Sculpt Stamina Class series, Pointe and Pre-Pointe students and students practicing dance fitness and stretching at home we highly recommend these two items. Stretch bands should be a “medium” strength in most circumstances. I use a thicker mat (1/2 inch) I got off Amazon that works great and provides good cushioning nfor joints when stretching.
- Virtual classes ARE real classes. Even though being in studio is the most beneficial and we do alter what we teach and how when we are virtual we were/are pleased with what we could see and apply a lot of corrections virtually! We learned a lot of what works and what doesn’t on March-April. If virtual is the best option for your family please continue learning! Performing Arts are especially important at this time in history. They aid in expression, fitness, collaboration, confidence, public speaking and so much more!