Proof of Vaccination
As of March 1, 2022, proof of vaccination will no longer be required for dancers ages 12+ to enter the studio. We still strongly encourage vaccination for all students as many members of our dance community are, or care for someone who is immunocompromised.
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. Dancers are required to wear masks during class at all times as well.
Teachers will be wearing masks at all times.
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. All dancers besides dancers under 6 will use 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, 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.
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.
Physical Distancing & Sanitization
Class sizes have been limited in order to better maintain distancing.
We have adapted new cleaning protocols. Washrooms, stereos, and barres will be cleaned throughout the 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. Unfortunately we are unable to provide any refunds for classes missed due to close contact isolation, however we do provide credits on family accounts for dance missed due to the studio being closed during lockdowns.
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 🙁
Dancers who test positive for COVID are prohibited from attending classes until their 5-days isolation period has passed and provided they have been symptom-free for 24 hours. If you or your dancer do not meet the requirements to attend school/work that day, they should not be coming to dance.
Following OPH guidelines, dancers who don’t meet one of the following requirements must stay home if someone in their household tests positive:
- previously tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days and does not have symptoms
- is over 18 years old with a booster shot or under 18 years old and fully vaccinated
If you are staying home from dance, please let the studio know.
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.