We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy in their homes these past few months.
In May, we began offering virtual classes for our students in our current conditions. As we proceeded to soft open our studio, we limited studio occupancy for safety consideration.
This summer, we offered our students opportunities to dance including our summer intensives (current company members only), summer sessions, and virtual open classes. We opened registration for our 2020-2021 season on August 1, 2020 with hope for our new season.
We will also be hosting live Zoom information sessions and meetings throughout the season for parent engagement.
Below we have included our procedures for our summer sessions as we adhere to the State of Georgia and the CDC's guidelines. We will be limited on registration for all of our in-studio classes but we hope to offer virtual options for all of our interested students. Please reach out via our Contact page and look at our pages on our website regarding registration and meeting inquiries with our directors.
Navigate our Procedures
STAFF SAFETY AND PROTOCOL
Staff will perform temperature checks, have training on proper protective and safety procedures, facilitate hand washing and hand sanitizer throughout the day, and clean and sanitize equipment between uses.
Employees will enter after screening and will report 5 minutes before classes. if arrival is earlier, they must stay inside of their cars until report time.
“Stagger arrival and drop-off times or locations by cohort (group) or put in place other protocols to limit contact between cohorts and with other [dancers’] guardians as much as possible.” (CDC.gov)
We will assign dropoff and pickup times for each class.
“Parents should remain in their vehicles for drop-off and pickup to minimize contact, and the city is requesting that parents limit the amount of personal items brought to [activities].”
Parents dropping off and picking up dancers over the age of 8-10 must remain in their vehicles. For parents of dance under the age of 8, parents may bring their dancer to the door where they will be checked in.
Exception: Only 1 of Pre-Ballet/Tap 3 and Pre-Ballet/Tap 4 will be allowed into the studio during class. Each parent will be directed to a socially distanced seat inside of the studio for the duration of the classes. Parents must be masked and will be subject to temperature checks upon arrival.
A staff member will be outside to maintain the order of the students upon arrival.
Before entry, the student will be serviced with a hands-free temperature check. No one with fever, cough, other symptoms will be allowed to enter.
If their temperature is healthy and the student does not meet any other COVID-19 symptoms, they will be provided with hand sanitizer and directed to the correct studio for class.
If a student appears to have a temperature of 100.4ºF or above and/or have symptoms and their parent has already left the studio, the parent will be contacted and the student will be placed in a room in solidarity to await the parent’s arrival for pickup.
Encouraging regular handwashing and hygiene
Signage will be posted throughout the studio and will be communicated to students to thoroughly clean bathroom touch spots (including but not limited to toilet, (especially flush handle), handicap bar, bathroom door lock, bathroom door handle, and sink) as well as thoroughly washing hands for at least 20 seconds.
All dancers will be encouraged to avoid contact with each other.
All students and faculty will be required to wear a mask upon entering the studio. Everyone will be subject to a temperature check upon entry. Anyone who appears to have a temperature of 100.4ºF or above and/or have symptoms will be asked to return home and to quarantine for a minimum of 14 days.
Keeping students separated to minimize exposure
All students will be encouraged to maintain a 6 feet apart distance from other students as much as possible. We will also maintain distance between personal belongings as well as cleaning items upon arrival and departure.
All studios have been reconfigured to maintain social distancing guidelines. Studios 1 &4 have been equipped with 6'x6' boxes to ensure dancers stay socially distant.
Extensive cleaning and sanitizing of facilities will also take place, and there will be sanitizing stations throughout the building for proper use.
All bathrooms will be cleaned regularly and thoroughly before, during, and after occupancy of students. Only one student will be permitted at a time in the bathroom. The door will be closed to signify occupancy.
No one may enter until the occupant is gone.
This season, our dressing room will be only for limited use. All dancers will bring their belongings into the studio where their class is and will place around the room 6 feet apart to ensure no congregation in our dressing areas.
No clothing changes!
Dancers must come in their attire for class and are recommended to only bring the following:
Required shoes for class (ballet slippers, tap shoes, jazz shoes, socks)
Currently, We will not allow bare feet inside of the studio for sanitary purposes. All dancers' feet must be covered. Hip-hop classes are welcome to wear tennis shoes for these rooms will be cleaned promptly after classes.
A closed water bottle (with lid)
Outside clothes and shoes to be placed inside of a dance bag
Keeping personal items to a minimum will help to minimize risk for fellow dancers and teachers.
No food or drinks (except water) will be allowed in the studio. Our vending machines will be closed until further notice.
No outside studio inside of the studios to prevent cross-contamination.
*NEW THIS SEASON*
VIRTUAL CLASS OPTION
This season, for a select number of classes, we will be offering the option to attend class virtually! While it might not be the exact same experience as in-person, dancers can log into a live class from the safety of their home.
While we are taking numerous precautions in-house including an updated mandatory mask policy, new clothing and belonging policies, etc., we understand the need for peace of mind. We offer this option to our parents to keep our families safe.
The included classes will receive a Zoom link along with other resources from our amazing staff of teachers throughout the season.
Currently, classes for ages 3-7 will have a virtual option. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us via our Contact page.