2019 SUMMER DAY CAMPS
BACK TO DANCE 2020/2021
COMPETITIVE RECREATIONAL CLASSES DIGITAL DANCE
STUDIO COVID POLICIES
RCDC is excited to get back to dance in 2020 and we know you are eager to know what that looks like!
We will be offering in-studio and digital classes starting in Fall 2020, leading up to our annual recital in May of 2021. As the Central Arkansas community navigates the COVID-19 pandemic, we at RCDC commit to keeping an open line of communication with our customers and always keeping the health and safety of our students and staff a priority.
To safely open for classes, our updated protocols will ensure that we limit the amount of close contact between students and faculty in high-traffic situations and times. These steps include:
-health screenings upon entry,
-separate & spaced out entrances,
-staggered class start/end times,
-smaller class sizes (limited capacity),
-class zones (students/teachers will not cross zones)
-sanitation of classrooms before/after each class,
-gridlines used in classroom to mark appropriate physical distancing,
-limited lobby access to reduce congestion
-dancer pick-up and drop-off occurs outside
-dancers receive a Bonus Zoom Class Subscription when registered for In-Studio classes.
Digital classes will be offered year round for dancers and families who are high risk and want to limit their social exposure. You can sign up for a specific Digital Zoom Class that meets on Wednesday evenings and get the Bonus Zoom Class Subscription. Details here.
Modifications to the offerings at Rock City Dance Center may happen mid season due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Rock City Dance Center will provide reasonable accommodations to all of our customers.
Classes - We will pivot to a hybrid classroom and offer classes via Zoom if required, until it is safe for us to return. Please see our decision tree for the most updated guidelines and procedures. Due to COVID-19 exposure, we may have to close a class, zone of classes, or the entire studio if community spread becomes substantial. Periods of closure could be: 24 hours, 1-3 days, 14 days, or longer periods based on ADH guidance.
Recital - In the event that a recital can not be safely held as planned, we will pivot and provide reasonable performance accommodations for all students. Recital tuition will be charged but could be modified to a lesser value based on accommodations. Please see the Magical Recital Experience we provided in 2020 as an example of a modified recital format. Recital tuition is non-refundable.
Our COVID-19 polices will be updated as new guidance and information is available. We commit to being fluid and keeping current with all CDC and Arkansas Department of Health directives. This page will be the source of updates to keep our customers informed at all times. Please see the FAQ below for more guidance.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
*Please note that this information is fluid and may be updated based on changing health conditions and guidelines.
How will you sanitize?
In the new schedule we have allowed time to clean/sanitize each studio between classes. We will be enhancing cleaning of high touch surfaces in restrooms as well. Hand sanitizer, soap, paper towels and tissues will be widely available throughout the studio for dancers and staff. Frequent hand washing will also be encouraged among students and staff.
What is your policy on masks/face coverings?
It is the expectation that face coverings will be worn where social distancing may be a challenge. When entering and exiting the studio face coverings should be worn.
What is the plan for social distancing in the classroom & during instruction?
We will be using a variety of systems in the classroom to keep dancers spaced.
Dance bag storage in multiple locations - spaced apart
Colored Spots on the floor for guidance
What is the health screening process when I arrive?
When your dancer arrives to the studio, they will enter through their assigned door. A staff member or teacher will greet the dancer and ask the following health screening questions. We ask parents to take their dancer's temperature prior to coming to dance. Anyone entering the building must answer no to all the following questions to be allowed entry (per: Arkansas Department of Health)
Are food & drinks allowed inside the studio?
At this time only water is allowed in the dance studio spaces.
Can I watch my dancer in class?
To maintain proper social distancing and allow space for dancers to enter the classroom safely, the lobby will be closed to parents and outside guests. Parents may escort their dancer to the classroom but are encouraged to please exit and wait in their car to make room for the next group of dancers entering the building. Preference in the lobby waiting space will be given to dancers who are participating in classes.
How do I know which door to enter through?
The week before your class begins (or upon registration if you are starting after 9/8/20) you will receive an email with detailed instructions.
How are teachers & employees being screened?
Will the studio close if someone is sick?
We are doing all that we can to keep the studio open for In-Studio classes through this pandemic. Typically we align with the local school districts decisions regarding closure, however our setting and structure is not comparable to a full day school program. Our classes are shorter in duration, and our students/teacher ratio is much lower, and the number of dancers allowed inside each studio is very small. We will make decisions independently that best meet the needs of our studio, our community and our dance families.
What should I do if my dancer is sick?
Stay home if you have a dancer that is sick or a family member who is sick. See our decision tree for the most up to date guidelines. (link is at the top of this page)
My dancer has to miss class, how can we make up?
Sick dancers may attend the Bonus Zoom Subscription classes or the Zoom classes on Wednesday evenings as a make-up if they are sick or isolated/quarantined. Please email the studio for more information on what class would be appropriate for your dancer.
Teaching often requires close contact (typically with toddlers). How will this be managed by teachers?
We understand that when teaching young dancers, close contact may be necessary. To the extent possible RCDC will put social distancing procedures in place. Teachers may use face shields, masks, and/or gloves where social distancing is not possible so that our dancers can receive the best education and experience possible from our staff.
Will there be a change in class sizes because of social distancing?
At Rock City we have always had low student to teacher ratios for all recreational classes. Due to our new procedures and required exercising spacing by the Arkansas Department of Health guidelines, class sizes will be limited. Limits will be determined by the age of dancers and the square footage of each studio.
How can dance support your child during a pandemic?
Can I still take class online from home?
YES! We are offering digital zoom classes to dancers and families who are at high risk and need a way to dance from home. Digital Zoom classes are on Wednesday afternoon/evenings and meet once per week. When you register for one of these classes, you will also get access to the Digital Zoom Bonus Class package with up to 5 additional "fun" classes offered per week!
If I sign up for a Digital Zoom Class, will I still have a recital?
YES! We will have a special digital zoom recital option for all dancers who sign up for the Digital Zoom classes on Wednesdays. This will be an optional add on package and will only be available for dancers registered for these classes. This package will include a costume, costume bag, award and more! More info will be provided in October to Digital Zoom Families.
How will tuition be handled if a class or classes have to move to Zoom due to COVID-19?
At RCDC recreational tuition is an annual fee, based on 30 weeks of class. For the convenience of our families we collect this in 9 equal payments, payable on the first of every month September - May.
What is the Optional Magical Christmas Experience?
NEW THIS YEAR we are hosting a Magical Christmas Recital Experience!! Were you able to join us for our recital last year and experience your dancer as the star of the show? Well Imagine adding Santa, Elves and a whole lot of holiday fun and you have our Magical Christmas Recital Experience!
Are dressing rooms and locker rooms open?
At this time we ask that all dancers arrive to class dressed and ready with shoes. We have all common areas closed - and will not have dressing rooms or locker rooms open. Yes, dancers will have access to use the restroom during classes.
When do fall classes begin?
Recreational - The first week of recreational classes begins right after Labor Day. September 8-14th, 2020. School Calendar can be found here.