COVID-19 HEALTH & SAFETY PROTOCOL FOR IN-STUDIO CLASSES

Beginning June 29, PDAZ will open for in-studio classes with restrictions until directed otherwise. Most classes will continue to be available via the zoom platform by registering online or contacting the studio. We realize this is not a “one size fits all” situation and respect the decisions you make for your family. Your health and safety are most important to us!!

We will continue to monitor and implement the local, state, and federal recommendations as they are announced and make changes as necessary. We will keep you updated on what is happening via email and Facebook. We take pride in our facility and how it operates and would like to highlight the policies we have in place at our studio to help our dance families stay healthy and safe. Bear with us... we want to be sure we cover it all!

Expectations of our faculty and staff, dancers, and parents:

  1. Separate outside doors will be utilized for each studio classroom.
  2. Entrance/exit traffic flow will be adjusted.
  3. Classrooms will be marked with floor tape to aid with social distancing.
  4. Class sizes will be kept at a minimum per studio dimensions.
  5. Frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned between every class.
  6. Students will use hand sanitizer prior to entering the building and during class.
  7. Corrections from faculty will be exclusively verbal; no hands-on adjustments will be utilized.
  8. No close contact will be allowed. Students will not be permitted to hold hands, high five, or touch each other in any way.
  9. The lobby will be closed.
  10. Students, faculty and staff will wear cloth or disposable face masks. Instructors will advise when masks will be worn during class.
  11. Faculty and staff will complete a health screen questionnaire on each day of work.
  12. Parents will take their child’s temperature on their class day and keep their dancer home if it is elevated.
  13. No student, faculty, or staff member shall come to class if they or a member of their household is displaying symptoms.
  14. Parents will notify PDAZ if a child or family member tests positive for COVID-19 so that we may take additional precautions.

What Can I Do to Prepare for In-Studio Classes?

There is a lot you can do to help things go smoothly! This is new for everyone, so we will all be called upon to exercise patience as we do our best to keep our students and studio family as safe as possible. We thank you in advance for being flexible as we make adjustments to our protocol as needed. Here are some easy tips that you can do to help things go smoothly:

Prior to Class

  • Please take your child’s temperature on class day and stay home if it is elevated, or if she/he or any family members are sick or displaying symptoms.
  • Dancers should use the restroom at home before class. Our facilities are available for emergencies, but please help us try to limit use as much as possible.
  • Talk to your dancer about respecting others’ personal space.
  • If your dancer is not accustomed to wearing a face mask, practice at home for 10-15 minutes a day to increase comfort level.

What to bring

  • Small storage bin. Every student should have her/his own plastic bin to transport dance shoes to and from the studio. A dish or small toy bin will work well. No dance bags will be allowed inside the building.
  • Dance shoes. Dance shoes are not to be worn outside the classroom. Hip hop dancers must have a pair of sneakers dedicated to class that are not worn outside of class.
  • Cloth mask, to be worn into and out of the building. Instructors will advise when masks should be worn in the classroom.
  • Hand sanitizer (optional). Hand sanitizer is available at each entrance and in each classroom, but students are welcome to bring their own.
  • A labeled water bottle to last through class(es) that day. Our water fountain is closed.

Entrance/Exit Procedures

Dancers: Put your mask on while inside your car, then use the stairs closest to the main entrance to come up to the balcony.  Locate the outer door associated with your class and stand on a mark outside your entrance to wait for your instructor to invite you in. Your instructor may ask you a few health questions and then lead you and your classmates to your classroom. Please arrive ready to dance; dressing rooms and locker areas are closed. Cover-ups may be worn into the building and stored in your personal bin.

When exiting, walk past the elevator and use the far staircase to walk down to the parking lot.

Parents: Our lobby is closed. Please drop off and pick up dancers on time. During the first week, parents of younger children may walk students up to their entrance before class and wait on the balcony at pick-up time. Masks are required. *If your dancer is not able to use the bathroom independently, please see the Preschool Dance section below.

Classroom Procedures

Dancers:

  • Carry your dance shoes, water bottle, and any necessary personal items into the classroom in your plastic bin. Your instructor will direct you to a spot by the mirror to change from your street shoes to your dance shoes. Street shoes are not to be worn past the front line of tape in the classroom.
  • Class instructors will advise when to wear and remove masks during class.
  • You will be expected to maintain a respectful distance between other dancers and faculty; floor tape in the classrooms may aid in spatial distancing.  At the beginning of class, you will be assigned a place to dance in the center and at the barre (if applicable).
  • No close contact is allowed between other students or faculty. “Air” hugs and waves are encouraged!

Parents:

  • Our lobby is closed.
  • Ms. Kari or another staff member will be accessible at the bottom of the stairs for the first and last ten minutes of each class should you need assistance.
  • Parents are welcome to wait inside their car on the premises, or drop-off and pick-up at class time.

Please know that we are here to address any concerns or issues and are happy to hear from you on additional ways we can keep our community healthy. We are looking forward to when we can hug all of our dancers again, they are such a bright spot in our day!

Thank you for being a part of our studio family,

Prima Dance Arizona faculty and staff

**Parents of preschool dancers, please read the additional section below.

Preschool Dance

Teaching dance to preschoolers comes with a bit of chaos during the best of times.
In addition to following the studio guidelines listed above, we ask that you do some preparation with your child prior to bringing them to class in order to help us offer a positive learning environment.

In addition to a plastic storage bin and other items listed in the “What to Bring” section above, preschool dancers may bring one (1) stuffed toy or doll to dance with.

  • Please speak to your child about our new dance class procedures. Knowing what to expect makes new experiences a lot less scary.
  • Reminders at home about personal space will aid in normalizing social distancing in dance class.
  • Be sure to let them know that they will be going to class by themselves like the big kids do. Talk to them how you’ll give them a big hug before they go with their teacher and how you’ll be right there waiting when they are finished. Remind them they will be able to bring their stuffed friend or doll with them to class.
  • Please have your child use the restroom at HOME before class. Our facilities are available for emergencies.
  • **If your COMBO dancer is unable to use the restroom independently, ONE parent may wait in the lobby opposite Studio C during class, AFTER your child’s class has begun. After waving goodbye, please wait until class is well underway and then enter the building through the “C” door. In order to minimize the impact on other dancers, NO parents of combo dancers will be allowed to enter the lobby with their child.
  • Parents of Creative Movement dancers (under 3.5 yrs) may wait in the lobby during their child’s class. Masks must be worn while in the lobby.
  • Please have your dancer practice changing shoes at home so that she/he is comfortable with changing them independently. Instructors will assist as necessary.
  • Please send your dancer in street shoes that are easy to slip on and off. Combo dancers must wear tights, which help make shoe changes easier. Dance shoes are NOT to be worn outside the studio classroom.
  • Tap shoes that tie MUST be worn with tap “buttons,” available at dancewear shops or at the front desk. The foot should be able to slip into the shoe without the buttons needing to be removed. In lieu of buttons, a piece of elastic may be tied in a knot or sewn together as a fastener.
  • All dance shoes must be labeled with dancer’s initials or last name. Including ‘R’ and ‘L’ in tap shoes is helpful. Ballet shoes are interchangeable.

We truly appreciate your support and cooperation, thank you for sharing your child with us.