How we have safely prepared for COVID-19
Dancing by its nature is a social activity that has always required safe personal hygiene and protective business practices. With the safety of our students, staff and guests being our top priority, we follow the recommendations provided by the CDC and local health authorities. During this COVID-19 pandemic, that means taking even more precautions for your safety and for the safety of our staff. On this page you will find many options to continue the pastime we all enjoy. No one knows you better than yourself, so ultimately you need to make the best decisions for your yourself.
Here's how we are doing business
PRIVATE & GROUP LESSONS
We have changed the way we conduct private and group classes:
Private lessons will be limited to no more than three private lessons in any of the three ballrooms. With the largest studio in the area, 8,000 square feet, we can insure a greater level of social distancing than other studios.
We will also stagger start times to allow for cleaning and to insure there is no congestion at the front desk. We ask students not to bring visitors, family members, etc. and we ask you to wait until your appointed time to enter the studio so that we can sanitize in between students.
Group lessons are conducted with limited in-studio numbers and social distancing (online classes are conducted simultaneously). There is no rotating partners- you will be dancing with your same household partner throughout.
We will conduct temperature checks of all staff and students upon entering the studio. You will also be asked to fill out a short questionnaire. Payment may be made in advance online to avoid congestion at the front desk.
Both staff and students are required to wear masks. If you have a medical reason that would prevent you from doing so we encourage you to take advantage of online lessons instead.
Staff and students will be required to wash hands before and after each lesson.
In the studio we have implemented policies, in accordance with Federal, State, and local regulations and guidance, and informed by industry best practices, regarding: Social distancing and protective equipment, temperature checks, sanitation, HVAC filters and disinfection of the studio.
We have also posted informative signs throughout the studio to remind staff and students to follow CDC guidelines.
We're minimizing unnecessary touch and personal contact while teaching and dancing. Want a no-touch in-studio dance lesson? Just ask.
SOCIAL DANCE EVENTS
We have modified our Friday night dance socials to meet Virginia guidelines and directives. The socials will typically take place in two separate ballrooms with shag in one room and ballroom in the other. At the present time we cannot allow movement between the rooms. The social will begin with a group class (with the above group class restrictions) and a dance social immediately following. Size of these events will be limited to 30 in the dance club and 50 in the main ballroom to allow for social distancing. Note: Each of these room have their own restrooms, kitchen, and front desk check in.
Please keep in mind that all rentals must abide by both by Virginia State COVID-19 protocols and CDC guidelines. Currently Virginia is limiting indoor social events to fifty people, therefore we are not accepting deposits for events larger than this size. Also be sure to plan ahead if you wish to obtain a Banquet License from Virginia ABC as the wait time is a little longer than usual due to COVID-19.
Frequently Asked Questions
I have a package that expires soon, are you extending the expiration date?
Yes, all current package expiration dates will be extended. This includes private lesson packages, group lesson packages, wedding packages, Let's Dance Specials, and celebration packages.
What about the expiration on Group-on's?
We have arranged with Group-on for purchases to be extended for one year. These new expiration dates will be reflected on your Groupon account. When you are ready we will be happy to schedule your lesson.
What about the Virginia Beach Dance Challenge?
Yes, the Virginia Beach Dance Challenge is scheduled for May 14-15. Also you will receive full credit for any payments made for VBDC 2020.
SCHEDULING VIRTUAL LESSONS
I am interested in virtual lessons, what dates/times can I take these lessons?
You can coordinate a day and time directly with your teacher. You will find that you actually have more flexibility with scheduling virtual lessons. Contact your teacher here.
How do I know how many lessons I have left in my dance package?
Contact us by e-mail here. We will get back to you as soon as possible.
I had set up an auto pay prior to the temporary closure, is this auto pay still continuing?
We believe we have contacted all students who are currently on auto pay. However if we missed you, you have options and we will be happy to assist you: You may pause your payments until you are ready to resume lessons. You may also continue your payments in which case they will automatically stop once you package is fully paid for. In any case you will not lose any lessons- they will be waiting for you when you resume.
Are you still having dance socials?
Yes. However we have modified how we conduct these events. On Friday night class will start start off with a group class- there will be not rotating of partners. This will be followed by a dance social. Size is very limited so we strongly recommend you purchase your tickets in advance as they typically sell out. This also allows us to avoid congestion at the front desk. Masks will be worn, temps taken and screening questions asked. The are hand cleaning stations throughout.
When will you reopen and what will that look like?
We are open! However we have made significant changes to studio operations. We will keep you up to date here and on social media.