Easing of restrictions and group classes
As we return to class it has been important to follow government, scientific and dance industry guidelines. There are a number of points to be aware of. The main issues are social distancing, sanitisation, ventilation and consideration of movement around the room. We have decided to ease some restrictions but have kept a few of our previous mitigations in place.
When it comes to ballroom dance, travelling around the room is now permissible and we would just ask you to be mindful of 1m social distancing as you do this. With Latin dance and Fitsteps the travel around the room is not an issue as these dances are generally in one location rather than travelling. So, we will be able to offer more ballroom and latin teaching with the following mitigations in place.
Here are our full guidelines set out below:
Entry/exit to building
As you arrive please sit to change shoes in the pre-cleaned seats which will be ready for you, and leave your belongings on this seat. There will be one seat per couple. We would ask you to continue to wear a face covering on entry to class and exit.
If you have tested positive for COVID-19, have experienced coronavirus symptoms or have been in contact with someone who exhibits symptoms you must not attend your lesson.
If you exhibit symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 after you have attended your lesson you must inform us - for further info please visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works
The doors to the hall will be left open (until the weather cools) to avoid touching of the internal door and to aid ventilation. Fire doors in the hall will also be open for ventilation.
Please continue to use sanitising gel which will be available on arrival and on departure.
At the end of the lesson please leave by the one way exit.
Use of common areas and restrooms
If you do need to use the facilities, we ask that you spray and wipe down the areas touched including the toilet seat, and door handle after use.
The studio will be cleaned thoroughly before the start of lessons.
In the lesson crossover period all seating areas used will be sanitised.
Social distancing during lessons
We will continue mainly with no student-teacher physical contact during group lessons and social distancing will continue to be maintained where possible. For individual dancers we will offer a fixed partner for the duration of the class where possible. We would appreciate it if you could carry out lateral flow home tests for the benefit of your volunteer partner.
Partnering/contact dancing is of course permitted when members of the same household or support bubble attend together and now also with anyone that you choose to bring with you as a partner.
Face coverings are not recommended during exercise - however if you would prefer to wear one that is of course fine.
There will be no access to communal water – please bring your own where needed.
All personal property (which should be kept to a minimum) should be kept on the allocated chairs on arrival, and these will be sanitised at the end of your lesson.
Payment should preferably be made online prior to your lesson.
Payment method can also be made through BACS - if using BACS please use your surname as a reference. Account number 12091480. Sort code: 07 01 16.
On the day payments can be made via contactless/chip and pin card reader.
Any cancellations now require 24 hours’ notice as a minimum.