January 10, 2021
Dear Mahogany Dance Arts Families,
Over the past couple of months, we have been committed to maintaining open communication with our dance families in order to ensure everyone is up to date on how we are navigating AHS/government’s mandated closures to help bend the curve of COVID 19 cases in our province.
Since November 14, MDA’s physical facility has been closed and studio programming has moved to our online platform, which has been such a huge success. We hope your dancer has enjoyed their classes. We have been very proud of our dancer’s resilience and commitment as they maintain attendance in their classes and progression in their training. We can always stretch more, strengthen more, work on positions, review class syllabus, move our bodies, engage our minds… and connect with our amazing dance family 😌
Due to the escalating cases of COVID-19, AHS and the provincial government have mandated an additional 2 weeks of closures in order to support driving the numbers down. This announcement along with our on-going support of policies/restrictions has meant MDA will continue to be closed for in-person classes. Our NEW Winter Sessional programs are on hold until we are back in the studio & virtual classes will be available, with schedule and participation dependent on your current class registration.
Emails have been sent to our current dance families with your dancer’s specific details & if you are interested in our online program please feel free to email us at email@example.com so we can provide you with further details.
We thank you in advance for always bending and pivoting with us along the way! It is vital to the survival of our small business and so important to the physical and mental health of the children that we continue to support each other. We will continue taking extra precautions to ensure the safety of our dancers, families, faculty, and community.
We look forward to seeing you all again soon💖
Warmly yours and with gratitude,
Gillian Howatt & Diana Radcliffe
Taking Every Precaution
Finally, thank you for your patience and for adhering to the precautions and guidelines that we have put in place thus far. Before heading back into the studio, we will also share our “Best Practices” protocol so we can stay safe together.
We ask in advance, for your support and patience while we work with any new procedures and processes which are all in an effort to keep everyone safe.
Here are some of the changes we have made in our business to best serve you:
- Safe procedures for drop off/pick up
- Mandatory touchless temperature checks upon entry of the studio and verbal confirmation that you agree to the 4 safety questions provided/outlined
- Classes will have a maximum of 10 dancers. This is to allow for physical distancing of more than 2 metres
- Floor markings with 2 meters between your child, other dancers and your teacher on all sides
- Additional time between classes to minimize congestion
- Dancers will remain within their class cohort & not change studio if participating in multiple classes back to back
- Consistent and strict attendance recording (in case of a need for contact tracing)
- Our lobby/hallway will remain closed to parents to ensure everyone’s safety
- The dancer holding area/change room will remain closed & dancers will bring all necessary items into the classroom with them
- Signage posted throughout the studio for a friendly reminder for the children as per Alberta Health Services regulations
- Daily deep cleaning and sanitizing of high touch surfaces
- In-studio barres & floors cleaned between each class. Each child will have their own props for their class that they are required to bring each week so there is no sharing of supplies
- Bathroom wipe down between each use
- Hand sanitizing stations throughout the studio. Frequent hand washing
- Staff & teacher health assessment before every class & expectations for our teachers regarding dancer’s safety
- Zero tolerance for illness – more information to come, but dancers – and teachers – must remain at home if they show any signs of illness and will not be permitted inside the studio if they should show any signs of illness. Should a dancer become ill during their class, their parents must come to pick them up immediately