2022 Illness Policy

Masks are optional 

Gotta Dance will no longer be social distancing or contract tracing in the studios. It’s important to note that, for the most part, dancers maintain a natural social distance because they have assigned spots to dance in. Our waiting rooms will continue to be closed until further notice. Masks are optional.  Please advise your children not to discuss anyone’s choice to wear a mask and to always be respectful. We follow nj.gov and local school policies. Masks will not be required unless future New Jersey laws or regulations should require masks. If New Jersey’s governor announces another mandate by law we will follow it.

Studio Guidelines

In-Person Classes

We offer fully in-person classes that meet weekly. Dancers will continue to enter studios two minutes prior to their classes and use hand sanitizer before and after classes.

Illness Procedures

  • If you have a cough, fever, or are sick please stay home. You are welcome to participate in virtual classes instead.
  • Dancers who test positive for Covid-19 or are in close contact with someone who has tested positive must quarantine for 5 days.

Important Arrival Procedures and Departure Procedures

Arrival Procedures

Please arrive on time! Punctuality is crucial. Please review our procedures thoroughly and carefully.

To minimize exposure:

  • Enter the building exactly two minutes prior to the beginning of class.
  • Change into your dance shoes.  Place all of your belongings including street shoes and coats in your dance bag. Water bottles and dance bags are the only items allowed in the studio.
  • Enter studios directly after changing shoes and use hand sanitizer.
  • Dancers will use the bathroom within each studio instead of the lobby.
  • Dancers will take water breaks during class.
  • Parents may observe class by logging into zoom and watching from their devices outside of the studio. Parents must turn their cameras off while observing.

Dancers ages 2 1/2 to 3rd grade

  • Only parents of 3rd grade and younger dancers are permitted to escort their dancers into the lobbies, assist with the changing of shoes and drop them at the classroom door.
  • Parents must exit the building immediately after drop off.
  • Should a young dancer need some assistance with adjusting to class, parents may sit next to their dancer in the studio or on the side of the studio until their dancer can be left to join the class independently.

Dancers ages 4th grade and older

  • Dancers ages 4th grade and older may walk into the studio lobbies independently no earlier than two minutes before class to change their shoes and prepare for class.

Dismissal Procedures

  • Dancers will be dismissed by an InTurn or Dance Educator out the front entrances of each studio.
  • Please pick up your dancer promptly. If you are over 5 minutes late then your dancer will wait in the lobby.

Virtual classes are an option

  • Dancers must turn on their cameras to take class virtually. If cameras are not on then dancers may not participate.
  • We have made significant improvements to our cameras to enhance the virtual class experience and connection to the dance educator.
  • This season we will be using zoom to dance virtually. Zoom links will correspond with each studio and will be emailed separately. The links will stay the same for the entire season so please save and/or bookmark them.
  • Parents are welcome to watch class via zoom but we ask that you turn your camera off.

Daily Safety Protocols in place

Everyone is required to:

  • Use hand sanitizers at arrival and departure.
  • Complete Illness Policy form (submitted at registration).

Important Preschool Note

All preschool dancers (ages 2.5 years to 5 years) will receive a bag of dance props for each dancer to bring back and forth to class.

Illness Procedures

  • If you have a cough, fever, or are sick please stay home. You are welcome to participate in virtual classes instead.
  • Dancers who test positive for Covid-19 or are a close contact with someone who has tested positive must quarantine for 5 days.

Cleaning Procedures in place

Doorknobs and bathrooms will be cleaned using Clorox, Lysol, or Fantastic.

MERV Filters installed in all HVAC Systems 

Our studios have MERV-13 air filters installed that improve indoor air quality by trapping and blocking 98% of airborne particles. These will be changed every three months which is double the recommended six months. There are also additional Medical Grade air filters installed that clean the air in the studios every hour.

Dance Attire & Attendance

We ask that dancers wear the class dance attire to in-person classes and when they dance at home. Class attendance will be taken in every class.

Acrobatics

Dancers will use hand sanitizer multiple times and will be spotted.

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