Continued Response to COVID-19

August 29, 2020

Published by DSOB

As we move into another season of dance, we are surrounded by constant reminders of how different this year will be. These differences in our dance season are all designed to keep your dancers and their families, as well as our faculty and staff, safe while keeping dance in all of our lives. In the past months, DSOB has been in consultation with leading physicians and experienced dance medicine professionals. We have also studied articles and we are keeping abreast of the constantly changing CDC guidance. The dance day is designed for safety, and we are excited about the steps we have implemented! Below is a list of our extensive COVID-19 safety protocol:

  • Each dancer will fill out a prescreen health form, which will be returned to the office prior to their first dance class.

  • Class start and end times are staggered in order to limit contact with members of other classes. Class times are reduced in order to accommodate the enhanced cleaning protocol we have in place.

  • Everyone entering the building will have a temperature check. Screening questions will be asked on a regular basis.

  • Masks must be worn on the premises at all times by faculty, staff, dancers, and families. Mask breaks will be given at regular intervals for the dancers to step outside and distantly breathe fresh air.

  • We are limiting our in-studio class sizes in order to properly distance. Each studio has been marked at 6 foot (Church Street) or 7 foot (Sams Street) intervals, so students have set, distanced locations. Modifications have been made in class planning so that dancers limit crossing another dancer’s space.

  • In between each class, the studio floors are mopped, and the barres are wiped down with a CDC approved cleaning solution. Frequently touched surfaces throughout the building are cleaned multiple times a day and the common areas are fully cleaned at the end of each day.

  • Families may choose in-person classes, virtual classes via Zoom, or a hybrid option of both in-person and virtual. In the event a class is larger than the classroom will safely hold, we will employ a rotating in-person and virtual schedule for every student. Each studio is outfitted with a television, so your dancer will be clearly seen during their Zoom sessions.

  • If your family is not yet ready for group dance and your dancer is uncomfortable with the virtual option, we also offer private lessons. We can also accommodate small, home school groups for dance instruction during the school day. Please feel free to contact our office to schedule a private lesson or be to be placed with an instructor.

Following registration, you will receive a prescreen health form and liability waiver as well as detailed instructions for drop off, pick up. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. We are so excited to see you at dance this year, however you choose. We thank you for choosing Decatur School of Ballet for your family’s dance education!