PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE READ OUR GUIDELINES BELOW BEFORE RETURNING!
Classes will return from Saturday 15th August and we cant wait to see you!
The not so good news is that at the moment dancers must operate in "fixed teams" which is exactly like the bubbles that have been used in schools. Because of this, our dancers can only take one class at the moment so we will be running a TEMPORARY reduced schedule to reduce the risk of running empty classes. You will also notice that class times have been temporarily reduced following government advice. Classes will return to their usual, longer timings once it is safe to do so.
If you could let us know which class your child will be choosing to help us to track numbers, it would be much appreciated. If texting us, please be aware that we do not store numbers in our phones so please let us know the name of your child!
We're also really sorry to say that at the moment, we won't be able to bring back the Little Steppers (because of social distancing) or acro classes (because of spotting and the equipment which is shared). Please bear with us, we will get these classes back up and running asap!
Time table from Saturday 15th August:
9.30-10.10 Syllabus 1
10.15-11.00 Syllabus 2
11.00-11.40 Street Dance 1
11.45-1.00 Syllabus 3
1.00-1.45 Street Dance 2/Urban Cheer
1.50-3.00 Syllabus 4
1.55-2.40 Contemporary 1 & 2
*Please note that if we find that we are running a class with very few numbers, we may have to considering delaying this classes start date which may impact on other class times.
Classes will be at the reduced cost of £3.50 or £4.40 for syllabus 3 & 4 to reflect the shorter timings.
Sibling discounts are still offered.
Can you help us?
Due to reduced classes and our dancers being limited to the amount of classes that they can take at the moment, our business, like many others, is going to struggle until we can return to our normal schedule. This combined with the refunds that we owe due to cancelled classes from March at the beginning of 'lock down' (which will be credited on your future invoices) means that our out-goings will be significantly higher than our incoming, particularly in August . We love our school and the dancers that we teach so we are more than happy to work without pay to get the school up and running again during this rough patch. However, until we can resume our normal schedule and fill our classes it's very likely that in August and perhaps even September we will be unable to cover the cost of room hire. We know that this has been a very difficult time for all families but if you feel that you are at all able to donate some of your refund, even just one class or a pound or two, to help us to cover the cost of room hire we would be extremely grateful. Please don't feel obliged, we do understand that money is tight at the moment.
A million thanks to those of you who have already done this, it's because of you that we can even consider taking the financial risk of reopening before things have fully returned to 'normal'. We are extremely grateful.
Once again we'd like to thank you all for your continued support over the past few months and for keeping in touch with us. It's been brilliant to see our dancers continuing their practise at home and hearing how they're looking forward to returning to their classes. We can't wait to see them all on the 15th!
Guidelines for Returning (Providers of Grassroots Sport and Gym/Leisure Facilities)
-Dancers will be asked to use hand sanitiser on entering the building and when leaving
-Door handles will be cleaned in-between classes
-Classes that cannot follow social distancing guidelines (Acro, Min Acro, Little Steppers) will return at a later time to other classes once guidelines deem it safe to do so.
Further mitigating actions include:
-Class times will be temporarily reduced
-Dancers will be working in fixed teams; this means that dancers can only take part in one class until guidelines adapt to allow dancers to participate in more than one fixed team.
-Dancers will use side to side formations. If teachers need to work face to face (whilst maintaining social distancing rules) then a mask will be worn.
-Please arrive in uniform. Only bring dance shoes and water into the dance space (no bags or coats).
-Music will be played at lower level to avoid having to raise our voices. This is because of the potential for increased risk of transmission
-Floor markers will be used to allow dancers to follow social distancing rules.
-Classes will operate with side to side facing, contact work and face to face formations will be removed from choreography for the time being.
-Payments should be made in an envelope or money bag clearly marked with your child’s name and the amount being paid.
-Parents/Guardians/chaperones will not be able to enter the dance space as we are limited to how many people we can allow into a room.
-Unfortunately we will not be able to provide a waiting area during this time.
-If parents do need to talk to us, please consider texting, calling or emailing us. This is because class times have been put into place to reduce overlaps so it is important to start and end classes on time. If you need to talk to us immediately, please allow us the time to get all dancers into the building and settled into their dance space
Manage capacity and overcrowding
-We will be operating in fixed teams of 15. Two teachers will be teaching each class to allow bigger classes to be split into 2 groups to maintain teams of 15.
Moving in, out and through facilities
-We will be operating a one way system for entering and exiting the building to minimise contact with other groups. This will create 2 queuing systems; one for dropping off children (to the right as you are looking at the building and using the bottom entrance) and one (to the left as you are looking at the building) for those waiting for their class or for chaperones collecting their child
-Floor markers will be used to help our dancers to observe social distancing rules.
Contact while using facilities
-Contact will be removed from choreography for the time being.
-We will observe social distancing rules at all time with the exception of an accident, emergency or the help younger children change their shoes. Dancers in syllabus 1, 2 and 3 should come ready to start in their tap shoes, this is to minimise the contact between dancers and teachers whilst tying shoe laces. If your child cannot yet tie their laces, please consider replacing laces with elastic.
-Classes that require shared equipment (acro) will return later than the rest of our classes when guidelines deem it safe to do so.
-Dancers will enter the building with just the essentials that they need for their class (shoes, water). These items will be taken to their own space that will be marked out to allow for social distancing and to avoid congestion in doorways/entrances/exits/changing spaces
Supporting Test and Trace
-The opening up of the economy following the COVID-19 outbreak is being supported by NHS Test and Trace. As usual, we will keep a register of attendance but we will also ask children who has dropped them off for their class and record this information which will be kept for 21 days to assist NHS Test and Trace with requests for that data if needed to help contain clusters or outbreaks.
Spectators & children
-We will not allow any spectators of classes at this time
-Chaperones to children will be asked to drop off and collect children at the door and observe social distancing rules whilst waiting
-Our younger classes that require chaperone participation will return at a later time to the rest of our classes when guidelines deem it safe to do so.
-Uniforms will still be available to purchase, please bring money in an envelope clearly marked with your child’s name, size and item required.
Providing and explaining available guidance
-This information will remain here on our website to be reviewed as guidelines change.
-Signage for queuing systems will be used
-Tape will be used on floor to mark out personal dance space
-Guidelines will be reviewed and updated as we go through this process. Information will be posted to our website, Facebook, Instagram and we will also try our best to send out texts. Please help us to contact you by text by providing us with an up to date mobile number.
-Please note that our new timetable is only temporary to comply with government guidelines. We will return to our usual timetable once guidelines deem it safe to do so. This will be communicated by the methods listed above.