Covid-19 Safety Procedures

Thank you for continuing to dance with Dance Centre during these uncertain and ever-changing times. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Dance Centre is dedicated to providing your children with dance education in a safe and responsible manner.

We will follow all Suffolk County and New York State requirements, and follow guidance from the CDC. While the State of New York offers no specific guidelines for dance schools, the following instructions provide useful and relevant guidance, and so have been used to guide this process:

 

https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/SportsAndRecreationMasterGuidance.pdf

 

Please understand that our schedules and protocols are apt to change, as this is an evolving situation.

If you have any questions or concerns with this, please contact Director Margalit Kestin. The health and well-being of our students and their families is our top priority.

Parents: these protocols are addressed to your children; please help them understand these requirements.

Overall protocol
  1. Masks are required at all times, including while dancing.

  2. We will be practicing social distancing at all times.

  3. High-touch surfaces will be sanitized hourly.

  4. Dance floors will be mopped with disinfectant between each class.

  5. Barres will be sanitized between each class.

  6. Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the studios.

  7. Masks will be available for sale in the studios if a child arrives without a mask and still wants to dance.

Detailed protocols

The following describes the specific processes to be followed throughout your visit to the studio.

Before coming to class
  1. Self-check for any Covid-19 symptoms.

  2. Get dressed for class; dressing rooms will be closed.

  3. Use the bathroom at home; bathrooms will be available, for use only when necessary.

  4. Downsize your dance bag. We recommend a small washable bag with only the essentials.

  5. Pack: mask, with extra mask; dance shoes; water bottle labeled with your name; personal hand sanitizer; and a small bag to hold your used mask.

In the parking lot
  1. Say goodbye to parents; no parents will be permitted in-studio.

  2. Ensure that your mask is on properly.

  3. Wait outside (or in the car if it’s raining) on socially-distanced spots outside of the studio.

Upon arrival
  1. Remove your shoes and place them on the marked benches in the front entry room.

  2. Sanitize your hands.

  3. Be prepared for temperature checks at the door.

  4. For Ballet: Go straight to your assigned, marked spot at the barre.

    • You will be given a towelette wetted with sanitizer: use it to wipe your section of the barre.

  5. For Contemporary/Jazz/Tap/Modern/others: Go straight to an empty marked spot against the wall and place your belongings there, then select an empty marked square on the floor. You must remain in the center of that square to be properly distanced from your neighbors.

During class

  1. Your mask must be kept on at all times.

    • If you need a drink of water or need to change a sweaty mask, remember to sanitize your hands before and after touching your mask.

  2. Socially distanced spots have been marked on the floor, and will be used to ensure a safe distance from other dancers.

  3. Teachers will not be giving hands-on corrections; ask for clarification when needed.

  4. Things that we won’t be doing:

    • Anything with partners that would require social distancing to be broken.

    • Greeting each other with a hug – we will be teaching you a new Dance Centre greeting, choreographed with our feet.

    • Using the dressing rooms.

    • Changing in the bathroom.

Parents

  1. Please respect that parents will not be permitted inside. We miss you, but we need to keep a small population inside of our space.

  2. Pick-up and drop-off your children ON TIME! We need to keep a predictable flow into and out of the studio.

  3. If your child cannot properly social-distance and/or keep their mask on, we will request they continue dancing via Zoom only.

  4. If someone in your household is diagnosed with Covid-19 please alert the school immediately.

  5. If you have questions and/or concerns, please contact Director Margalit Kestin.

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