As a studio policy, masks are required until further notice for everyone during pick up, drop-off and while they are in any studio common areas such as hallways, and bathrooms.
Teachers will be wearing masks at all times.
If you have travelled outside of Canada (air or land travel) or if you have been on any flight within the last 14 days of your class, please disclose your travel information to the studio before attending any class.
Drop Off/Pick Up Procedures
Drop Off and Pickup for all dancers (regardless of studio) is at the front door (plaza side). Please park in the lot and wait for your dancer outside to avoid congestion.
Dancers are to come dressed and will enter the studio one by one. No parents allowed in-studio at this time for dancers over the age of 6, no siblings allowed in the studio at this time.* Dancers will sanitize hands upon entering and exiting the studio and before and after using the washroom.
The pickup for Studio 6 is the plaza entrance, and the pickup for all other studios is the back entrance, Merivale road-side, near the Dollar Tree.
Entering the Studio
All students will have a designated space to leave their outdoor shoes and bags and will be given a plastic bin for what they need to bring inside the dance studio for class. We ask that dancers only bring NECESSARY items for the evening such as dance shoes, a ziploc bag for their mask, nut-free snacks (must be sealed in a ziploc bag/container) and LOTS of water. ALL electronic devices (such as cell phones) must also be kept in a sealed ziploc bag for the night. We ask that dancers bring only the essentials in a small bag, whenever possible, to avoid congestion in the hallway.
If dancers have a break between classes, they are to wait on the marked benches in the hallway.
Squares have been taped out on our dance floors to adhere to physical distancing guidelines. Changerooms will be open with very limited availability for those who need to change between classes. We ask that dancers come dressed for their first class whenever possible and not linger or socialize in the changeroom.
Please bring snacks pre-wrapped or in a sealed container. The microwave will not be available for dancers to use.
Studio Class Size Limits
In order to ensure proper distancing between dancers, we have taped each of the studios into 6’x6′ squares. The following are class sizes maximums for each studio:
Studio 1/2: 14 dancers
Studio 3: 12 dancers
Studio 4: 10 dancers
Studio 5: 5 dancers
Studio 6: 23 dancers, but maxed out based on class guidelines
Physical Distancing & Sanitization
No dancers will come in physical contact with one another and will maintain 6 feet apart from others AT ALL TIMES.
We have adapted new cleaning protocols. Washrooms will be cleaned throughout the evening and stereos and barres will be cleaned in between classes and teachers. The entire studio will be disinfected each evening. All dancers will be required to apply hand sanitizer upon entry and exit of the studio, as well as before and after using the washroom. We encourage dancers to bring a personal bottle of hand sanitizer with them to use at the studio, however hand sanitizer will be available.
We will not be holding in-person office hours at this time. If you need to contact the office, we are available by email and phone.
Should an outbreak occur at our studio or in our larger studio bubble, we will follow Public Health’s direction with regards to closing the studio temporarily, moving virtually, and contact tracing.
We do not want anyone coming into the studio if they are feeling unwell. If your dancer is feeling under the weather, please let us know as soon as possible that they will not be in class.
Dancers and staff that show ANY symptoms upon arrival or at ANY POINT during the evening, will be sent home 🙁
If you or your dancer do not meet the requirements to attend school/work that day, they should not be coming to dance.
If anyone receives a message from OPH that they were exposed and therefore need to be quarantined/tested, that individual can only return to dance upon receiving a negative result. In addition, GLS will also ask anyone in their household to not return to the studio until the above criteria has been met.
It is imperative to be transparent with regards to any possible exposures and/or warnings directed to your household by public health. Many members of our GLS family are at higher risk, and we want to ensure the studio is a safe space for everyone.