Updated: May 31, 2020
We are truly experiencing unprecedented times during the international covid crisis. While we all have been inconvenienced in a myriad of ways, others have suffered more dramatically than others. And while our youth may not have suffered (statistically) as deeply with physical Covid-related illnesses, they have, indeed, suffered. Despite society's best efforts, our youth have suffered academically, socially, physically, and emotionally. It's time to resume some semblance of normalcy... and we want to ensure that you and your dancer feel comfortable adding studio time to your fall plans.
Here are some things that we will be doing to ensure safety:
First and foremost, we will follow expected guidelines set forward by government and medical professionals. Students who display any covid symptoms will not be permitted to enter the classroom.
Students will be provided with masks as part of their registration fees. While we anticipate that they will NOT have to wear them during classes, we recommend that they wear them in the public waiting area spaces.
Hand sanitizer stations will be available outside of each classroom. Dancers should sanitize coming in and going out!
We will have a bathroom available, but we ask that it only be used in cases of emergency. One of our staff will be cleaning restrooms each hour.
Ballet barres will be cleaned between ballet classes, since they are necessary tools for ballet instruction.
Floors will be thoroughly cleaned each evening.
Dancers will not be permitted to dance close to one another until we are permitted to do so. The classrooms are large enough for dancers to spread out six feet, as long as we monitor our class sizes. Classes will be capped at 12-15, depending upon the class location. This will ensure that enough space is allotted for appropriate distancing.
Parents are welcome to wait in the waiting area, provided there is enough space to be socially distant from others.
And what about tuition? What should parents expect if a resurgence requires the studio to close?
If the studio is forced to close, the dancer's tuition will be prorated so that parents are only responsible for payment for services rendered. If the studio is open for two weeks, then tuition for two weeks would be expected, for example.
If the family chooses to do so, they may be able to utilize several options (and tuition modifications) for whatever months we might be closed. See some of our initial plans below:
💙Students may participate in an online weekly ballet class ($25/month).
💙Private consultations will be available for students ($20/per half hour), where students can practice at home and receive live feedback, individually, from an instructor.
💙Students may subscribe to a weekly conditioning video (northern core, southern core, pilates, flexibility) ($25/month).
💙Students may also choose to participate in a virtual group dance, where they create, practice, and perform a dance that they record on Zoom as a virtual group dance. An instructor will meet weekly with them to support this option ($40/month).
💙Finally, students will be invited to participate in Accountability Groups whereby the Studio Staff partners students who are working on similar skills. The students will connect virtually to practice and provide feedback for one another. Studio Staff will host a "Show Us What You've Got" session at the end of each month for students to show off the skills they've been working on (no cost).
💙All of these options will help our dancers stay active and engaged, socially, emotionally, and physically, with one another.
We've tried to consider all possibilities of the evolving COVID crisis so that we're prepared for everything! While we hope that conditions continue to improve, we are committed to doing our part to keep our dance community active, engaged, and healthy!