Reopening Danspace 2021

Danspace is working to offer safe, fun, and engaging programming with options to dance in the studio and to dance from home. This page is regularly updated with our reopening protocols, and we have signs posted throughout our space. In addition, Danspace will have a staff member designated as COVID Monitor during any classes offered in-person.

If you have questions or need additional information about reopening, please contact us any time: info@danspace.com.

Schedule of Classes and Enrollment Information

Email info@danspace.com to enroll in a class. You can view the schedule of classes here.

In Studio Protocols

IN STUDIO – FAMILY & STUDENT PROTOCOL

Danspace is committed to providing a safe studio environment for all dancers, families, faculty and staff. Danspace will follow guidelines set up by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and Alameda County Healthcare Services. Our goal is to provide a safe and healthy environment and to mitigate the potential for transmission of COVID-19 with cooperation among faculty, students, staff and parents.

General Protocol:

  • No more than the number of students that can safely distance will be permitted in a class.
  • All students and teachers must wear a mask while in class. Masks should fit snugly over the nose and mouth, not be touched once placed on the face, and washed or discarded immediately after each use. Danspace will have N95 masks available at the front desk in case one is needed, but dancers should plan to provide their own masks. You may wear one N95 mask, or two masks – paper disposable surgical mask with a cloth double layer mask over it. 
  • Lobby will be closed and no parents will be allowed to stay inside the building.
  • Each day an instructor and a Danspace staff member will be present in the event that a student needs assistance.
  • The barre and studio floor are marked for distancing. Students must remain in their marked sections during class.
  • Students are asked to limit their restroom use. The restrooms are limited to one person at a time. Students in studio 1 or studio 2 will use the lobby restroom. Students in studio 3 will use the restroom in studio 3. Please wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds when finished and use a paper towel to open the door after you have washed your hands. The bathroom will be sanitized and disinfected after each use. A staff person will be available to help young students with hand washing.
  • Students, faculty and staff are being instructed to cover their mouth and nose with their sleeve or a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth. Tissues should be disposed of in your own ziplock bag and hands should be washed or sanitized immediately afterwards. 
  • We will not have a trash can available for disposing of tissue, bandaid wrappers or any other garbage. Dancers should have a ziplock or plastic bag with them in case their own trash needs to be disposed of while at Danspace. 
  • Extended housekeeping practices are being implemented, including routine cleaning and disinfecting of studio surfaces and restrooms. Common areas such as door handles, floors, barres, benches, hand railings and bathrooms will be disinfected following classes. At the end of the day, the building will be completely disinfected and cleaned.
  • Doors and windows will remain open to increase ventilation. Each studio has an air purifier on when class is in session.
  • Danspace will have signage in the building reminding students to social distance and other safety guidelines. Additional communication will be ongoing and provided to all faculty, staff, parents and students as needed.

Family/Student Protocol:

Prior to Arriving:

Parents/Guardians of students will be advised to monitor their child for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Dancers should stay home when they are sick, when household members are sick, or when required by a healthcare provider to isolate or quarantine themselves or a member of their household. If you need to take medicine to feel well enough to dance, please do not come to class. Please notify Danspace at info@danspace.com as soon as possible if your student is not well enough to attend class.

Do not come to class if you or anyone in your household has had any of the following symptoms in the last 24 hours:

  1. Fever > 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit 
  2. Cough, usually dry
  3. Shortness of breath
  4. Sore throat
  5. Unusual headache
  6. Chills
  7. Congestion
  8. Muscle and joint pain that are unexplained 
  9. Nausea or vomiting
  10. Loss of sense of smell 
  11. Diarrhea
  12. Pink Eye

What to Bring:

  • Come dressed to take class with your hair secure and your face mask on (see “Masks” section below). The dressing room will not be available for use.
  • Consolidate your dance bag to a small bag and only bring what you need each day. Everything you bring in with you will be kept with you in the space designated for you to dance.
  • Bring your ballet slippers and pointe shoes (if applicable). We will not loan ballet slippers or dance attire at this time.
  • Keep your cell phone in your dance bag. Once you enter the studio, your phone must remain in your dance bag at all times and not used until after you exit the building or in case of an emergency.
  • Bring your own water bottle. No refills in the sink or water fountain will be allowed.
  • Bring your own bottle of hand sanitizer. To be effective against COVID-19, hand sanitizer must have at least 60% ethyl alcohol or 70% isopropyl alcohol and should be allowed to dry for 30 seconds. Danspace will provide hand sanitizer for use but prefer that students use their own when possible.   
  • Bring a sealable bag to dispose of any trash you may create while at the studio.

Masks:

  • Masks should fit snugly over the nose and mouth, not be touched once placed on the face, and washed or discarded immediately after each use. 
  • A mask can make it harder to breathe during exercise, students should self-monitor for symptoms of: lightheadedness, dizziness, numbness or tingling, and shortness of breath.
  • Practice walking, talking and breathing with a mask on for a couple of weeks prior to taking class to become familiar with wearing a mask for longer periods of time.
  • Monitor the intensity of your class/workout as you get used to wearing a mask during exercise. Your body will adapt over a few weeks to wearing a mask.
  • If you start to feel dizzy, imbalanced, or over fatigued, stop your activity and rest.
  • Do your best not to remove your mask during class. If you need to remove your mask, dispose of single use masks in the trash or place a reusable mask into its own sealable bag, wash your hands and/or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer letting it dry for 30 seconds and then replace it with a clean one.
  • Students may require multiple masks to get through the day (please bring extra masks in your dance bag). If your mask becomes saturated with moisture from breathing or sweat, you need to change into a dry mask. A wet mask is less efficient at filtering bacteria and viruses.
  • Danspace will have N95 masks available at the front desk in case one is needed, but dancers should plan to provide their own masks. You may wear one N95 mask, or two masks – paper disposable surgical mask with a cloth double layer mask over it. 
  • Masks should only be worn once and then replaced with a fresh mask.
  • All reusable masks must be cleaned before being worn again, ideally in a washer with hot water and soap and then dried in a dryer prior to next use. Ironing on the highest setting can also disinfect after washing and drying.

Student Drop off:

  • Students must arrive 15 mins before the start of their class. Please drop off students in front of the building pulling into the drop off area with the marked cones. Students must put on their mask before they exit the car.
  • The lobby will be closed and all students will enter the studios from the outside entrances (Studio 1 and Studio 2 have street door entrances on Hudson Street, Studio 3 has an entrance on Miles Avenue.) Markers for lining up will be placed 6 feet apart outside for the students to safely line up on either side of the building.
  • A Danspace staff member will be outside to greet the student and do a symptom check and a temperature check with a contactless thermometer before they enter the building. Danspace reserves the right to send dancers home if they meet 100.4 or higher, or show other signs/symptoms pertaining to COVID-19.
  • A doctor’s note ensuring the student’s health may be required before the student can return to class.

Entering the Studio:

  • All inside doors will be propped open during business hours so that students do not need to touch door handles. Please plan to wear/bring layers in case it is chilly in the studio.
  • Students will be asked to line up outside to have their temperature checked.
  • Once the teacher is ready, students will be allowed to enter the studio one at a time.
  • Each student will be asked to walk to the door, remove their street shoes and change into their ballet shoes.
  • The student will be asked to sanitize their hands and then they will be assigned a space to dance and keep that same space for the duration of the class. 6-foot sections are marked on the barres with tape and the student will be asked to stand in the center of the marked spaces. For classes that do not require a barre, the instructor will assign your spot and give your guidance during class for maintaining distance. This could include visual markers, like a piece of colorful tape.
  • The student is to leave their dance bag at their barre space, or closest to the perimeter of the room.
  • Once the first student has entered the studio, the next student will be invited to repeat the process.
  • If a student has to use the bathroom during class, please notify the teacher. Only one person can be excused from class at a time.

Leaving the Studio:

  • At the end of class, students will be dismissed one at a time, making sure they sanitize their hands before leaving the room and repeat the same process they did when entering the building.
  • Students will be asked to line up and wait for their parent/ride to arrive. Students in Serendipity to Ballet 2 will wait inside the classroom for their adult to arrive for pick up. 

Upon enrollment you will be asked to read the following and sign and date to indicate your agreement:

(1) I am willing to practice social distancing and will maintain at least 6 feet between individuals in all areas of the studio and outside the studio; (2) I am healthy enough to participate, and do not have symptoms of COVID 19 such as feeling sick, coughing, sneezing, shortness of breath, fever or are not feeling well; (3) I do not live with and/or I have not visited a person or family member that has been diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID 19; (4) I consent to having my (or your minor child’s) temperature checked upon entering the studio each day; and (5) I will adhere to all the above protocols and release Danspace, its owners and employees of all liability in regards to exposure to COVID-19.

FAQs

Last updated 8/24/2021

This page will be regularly updated. Please submit questions you would like answered or added to this document to info@danspace.com

 

Will students be distanced in class when the fall semester starts in September 2021?

  • No more than the number of students that can safely distance will be permitted in a class.
  • The students and teacher will be spaced at least 6 feet apart for the duration of the class.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) recommends physical distancing, also referred to as social distancing, to reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. According to the CDC, the virus that causes COVID-19 spreads primarily when people come into close contact (within about 6 feet) with each other for a prolonged period (approximately 15 minutes or more). This policy complies with CDC, state, and local guidelines regarding physical distancing protocols for dancers and is adopted for the protection of dancers, employees, and families. This policy is in effect until local and state health officials provide guidance that such physical distancing measures are no longer necessary.

Are you planning to limit class size in order to hold in person only classes?

For our young dancers, a virtual or hybrid class has not yet been successful. We offer in person only classes for students enrolled in Serendipity and Pre-Ballet (age 4-7). Our current class size is 5-7 students in a class. At any time, you may request to attend your class virtually on zoom. Please allow a reasonable amount of  time for us to accommodate the request.

For students in Ballet 1 and up (age 8-18) we will evaluate each class and the needs of the class to determine compatibility with an in person only or hybrid learning format. Email info@danspace.com to participate in a class conversation about what works for the group.

Will all the staff be vaccinated?  

All staff is fully vaccinated.

Any requirement for the students who are eligible to be vaccinated?

Adult Division: Our current requirement for adult students is asking to provide proof of vaccination or a current negative COVID test if one prefers to not share their status.
Youth Division: We encourage students who are eligible to get vaccinated. We are not requiring proof of vaccination from our students age 12 & up at this time. We are protecting ourselves by staying masked in the space, keeping at least 6 feet distance while inside, providing a good air flow & an air purifier in each studio.
Children’s Division: A vaccination is not available for our young students under age 12 at this time. We are protecting ourselves by staying masked in the space, keeping at least 6 feet distance while inside, providing a good air flow & air purifier in each studio.
A dancer or employee who has been required to quarantine as a result of contracting COVID-19 or being exposed to a person with the disease will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 test before returning onsite.

If the COVID situation worsens significantly in the next few weeks and we decide it is not the best time to take indoor classes, it is possible to get a refund before the September 13 start date?

Yes, you may request a refund if you do not feel safe dancing in the space or if anything changes that would prevent the class from meeting as scheduled. After the third week of classes, we do not issued refunds but will offer alternate class meeting formats.

What is Danspace’s capacity?

Pre-pandemic maximum capacity for each studio is:
Studio 1: 100
Studio 2: 66
Studio 3: 82

To reopen we’re limited to 25% capacity as our new maximum which is:
Studio 1: 24
Studio 2: 16
Studio 3: 19

However, in order to maintain the required 6’ minimum between people, we’re planning to start at the following capacity, to ensure there’s enough space between each person in the space, prioritizing the safety of our students, faculty, and staff:
Studio 1: 9 maximum people, including the teacher
Studio 2: 7 maximum people, including the teacher
Studio 3: 9 maximum people, including the teacher

(capacity updated 9/1/2021 after further evaluation of each studio.)

The information listed below was posted in May 2021

Alameda County is in the Orange Tier and approved for in person activities. Will Danspace offer some in person classes for the rest of the spring 2021 semester?

The spring semester will be finished out virtually, with a few potential test pods coming into the space to inform a hybrid format classroom for the upper level dancers. When we have more information on moving forward we will send an email with the re-opening plan to students and staff. 

It is exciting that we are progressing towards more options for class instruction, and we’re proceeding with safety and good health being the top priority. 

Will your safety plan be available on your website?

Yes! We’re developing our protocols for the space, for our students, and for our faculty and staff. Those will all be posted on our website, posted in the physical space, and be sent to our enrolled students by email. We will notify all students when any major changes to the plans are made.

We are planning to continue to offer virtual class options, even as we begin reopening. If you prefer to dance virtually, you will still be able to do so for the foreseeable future.

Will the schedule (times of classes) stay the same or do you expect those to change?

Right now, we’re planning to release our fall schedule in June. We have noted which classes are all virtual, which are in-person only, and which are hybrid (virtual with some in-person opportunities for students who are comfortable coming in person).

Our overall schedule will look different than in previous years — we’re leaving longer transition times between classes to allow each class to fully exit the space, for our staff to clean the space and prepare it for the next class, and for the next class to transition in. That has shifted our schedule slightly and has moved some classes into different spaces. We were able to add mirrors, add barres, and improve the floors in Studios 2 and add Studio 3 (and a new floor!) to our available space, so we’re able to keep all of our classes on the schedule at similar times for the Fall.

If you have conflicts with the classes available for you/your dancer, please contact us so we can see if there are other options. 

If I choose an in-person or hybrid class, will masks be required?

Yes. In order to reopen in Alameda County, every person in the building (students, teachers, staff, renters, cleaning staff) must all be masked at all times (the only exception is if someone is alone in the space). We will have more details about masks in our reopening plan.

If I’m fully vaccinated, do I have to wear a mask?

Yes. In order to comply with reopening guidelines, everyone in the space must be masked, even if you’re fully vaccinated.

If I opt into in-person or hybrid classes then decide I’m more comfortable dancing virtually can I change back to virtual-only?

Yes. If at any time you do not feel comfortable dancing in person for any reason, please contact us. If there’s accommodations we can make we’ll do our best, and if virtual dancing ends up being best for you, we’d love to see you in class virtually. In these unprecedented times, we support each of our students, faculty, and staff in making the choice that’s best for them.

What’s the difference between “in-person” and “hybrid”?

For our youngest dancers, we are planning to offer separate in-person classes from virtual classes (pending enrollment). We think it will be too difficult for our youngest dancers to thrive in a hybrid class.

For dancers who come to class more than once per week (Ballet 2, Ballet 3, and Ballet ⅘) and for Adult classes, we’re planning to offer hybrid classes with registered students grouped into pods. If you opt-into a hybrid class, you will receive a schedule of when you’re able to attend class in-person and you will attend the other classes on zoom. In hybrid classes, there will always be students on zoom and in-person at the same time.

Dancing on zoom is not my preference, but the only available classes for me are hybrid. Is there any way I can sign up to always dance in person?

Not yet, but we hope that we can offer that soon. Reopening guidelines require space between students, and we cannot accommodate a full class in our space yet and maintain a safe distance between all the humans. We’re hopeful that as vaccinations continue to increase, cases decrease, and guidelines become less restrictive that we can welcome more dancers into the space at once. We will update you as that becomes a possibility (we can’t wait either!). 

Can I do a drop-in class (for adults) or a makeup class in person?

Not yet. Right now, the students able to opt-in to in-person options must be enrolled so we can pod everyone. If you need to do makeup classes or want to do drop-in classes, we’d love to have you in class virtually.

What is Danspace’s capacity?

Pre-pandemic maximum capacity for each studio is:
Studio 1: 100
Studio 2: 66
Studio 3: 82

To reopen we’re limited to 25% capacity as our new maximum which is:
Studio 1: 24
Studio 2: 16
Studio 3: 19

However, in order to maintain the required 8’ minimum between people, we’re planning to start at the following capacity, to ensure there’s enough space between each person in the space, prioritizing the safety of our students, faculty, and staff:
Studio 1: 6 maximum people, including the teacher
Studio 2: 5 maximum people, including the teacher
Studio 3: 3 maximum people, including the teacher

The studio will be taped with marked spaces for each person that you must stay within while in the studio. More details about entering/exiting and spacing will be available in our reopening plan.

Will there be any changes to the ventilation at Danspace?

We’re planning to hold in-person classes with the doors and windows open to allow for additional airflow. In addition, we’re adding an air filter to each studio. For dancers in the studio, we encourage additional warmups and layers throughout class as needed to stay warm.

If I choose to stay on zoom, will I have a good experience taking class if some students are in the studio with the teacher?

We hope so! This is new territory for us, so we ask for your patience and flexibility as we get some practice at teaching this way. We welcome your feedback as we go to help continue to make the class rewarding and engaging for all students, in the room or on zoom.

In order to keep as much airflow as possible, the door to the studio stays open, so you will hear more road noise and neighborhood noise than you may have previously. The music sounds good and the teacher can absolutely be heard, but that is something that we’ve noticed as we test hybrid classes.

Have other questions?

Please email info@danspace.com so we can update this document and answer your questions.