Fall 2020 Registration
Welcome back to The Dance Inn! When Covid-19 interrupted our dance programming in March 2020, we experienced disbelief, insecurity and fear. We sheltered in place, and through Zoom, we danced in our driveways and living rooms. With caution, many of us have tentatively left our homes and ventured into more social activities. Here at The Dance Inn, we have recently experimented with on-site and outdoor classes and we are now confident that we can offer a safe return to regular dance programming. Starting September 14th, we are offering a 6-week session to try out a new model. Most classes are an hour long and both on-site & virtual will be $120. If your class is 45 minutes, the cost will be $100. If the model is successful and our community remains healthy, students will be invited to continue through early December. Plans for the 2021 season remain dependent on the success of our programming and the effectiveness of our safety measures. Our goal is to offer a full year of dance training for all of our dancers.
Numerous safety precautions are in place to ensure that dancers can have their own 6x6 foot private dance space. These precautions include the following guidelines that have been recommended by the Lexington Board of Health. In addition, we are following the protocols put in place by the Munroe Center for the Arts. Visit their website at https://www.munroecenter.org/covid-19.html to see the full spectrum of actions being taken to safeguard you and your family.
In our classrooms and studio, we are taking the following steps:
1. Dancers and all staff are required to wear masks at all times.
2. Masks must be at least double-layered, must fit properly, and must cover the nose and mouth. Gaiters, masks with ventilation, and kerchiefs are not allowed.
3. All students and staff are required to complete a wellness checklist prior to each class. This checklist includes questions related to health conditions associated with the virus, such as "do you have a temperature," have you been with someone who has recently tested positive?," have you recently lost your taste or smell?" The checklist will be emailed to all students who register for classes and will be completed online.
4. All students and staff are expected to use hand sanitizer and/or wash hands before entering the classroom. Hand sanitizers are available at all entrances and in all classrooms.
5. Class times have been staggered to allow for safe distancing while entering and leaving the studio. For these 6 weeks, most classes are either 45 minutes or one hour.
6. Only 6 students are assigned to classes in Studios A and B. Studio C is the corner studio on the first floor of the Munroe Center and it is large enough to accommodate 9 students in 7x7 ft. blocks. Outdoor classes can have 18 students. These class sizes will be strictly adhered to so please register soon if you want to secure a space for you and/or your child to dance.
7. Touch points in all classrooms and common areas, including the restroom, will be cleaned between classes and a complete professional cleaning will occur every evening.
The schedule we are sharing includes the following options:
register for one or more in-studio classes;
register as a remote learner for one or more studio classes. Students opting for this choice will receive additional information about safe protocols for dancing at home, including internet connections, space and flooring;
register for an outdoor class, understanding it moves to Zoom if it rains;
Kindergarten classes are scheduled for in person (with masks) or online. We are not offering any preschool classes at this time.
Additional opportunities for all registered students:
All studio classes are being streamed. Once registered for a class, a student will receive links to the comparable class that is being streamed. For example, a student registered for the Monday TJ I class will receive the links to all the TJ I classes offered that week. We want to encourage all our students to dance as often as possible, especially given that many students will be spending more time than usual on computers. Safety measures will be in place to ensure that only Dance Inn students are attending online classes.
Although we are disappointed to limit dancers to a confined space, we are excited to try new and creative approaches to teaching and choreographing. In particular, we look forward to the individual attention we will be able to offer each student. We anticipate that our dancers will make remarkable progress with the small class size and we look forward to welcoming them back as members of our Dance Inn family. We know there may be interruptions to our plan, but we move forward with faith that, with mutual respect and strict adherence to the guidelines, we will dance together again!
Thelma and the staff of The Dance Inn