As our community navigates the COVID-19 pandemic, we are committed to keeping an open line of communication with our customers and always keeping the health and safety of our students and staff a priority. This is where you will find the most up to date policies and/or procedures for APA regarding Covid. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How can dance support your child during trying times?

"Dance is good for people as individuals, as well as for society as a whole. Dance is good because it expresses human nature – it’s not just fun, although it is certainly fun. It’s not just exercise, either. At its best, dance is an extension and expression of who we are as human beings in ways that can allow us to share emotions that increase our sense of community and connection. This is why, in good times and bad, in times of war, fleeing homelands and during pandemics, kids still bounce, leap and spin. They are feeling. And they want to share these feelings with others. This doesn’t stop when schools go online. This doesn’t stop when parks and playtimes are limited by fears of contagion. Kids still want to connect with each other in physical and rough-and-tumble ways. And one of the ways they want to do this is through dancing." Aili Bresnahan, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Dayton: We are proud of the safe space we have created for our dancers here to explore their emotions, communicate with their peers, and express themselves. We are committed to keeping this space open and serving our community as best as we can during this global pandemic - it is so important to keep supporting our youth and providing them with safe spaces to explore their emotions during these challenging times.

What is the plan for social distancing in the classroom?

-Foor spots
-Floor grids
-Dance bags spaced apart
-Hula Hoops
The Arkansas Department of Health requires us to maintain proper spacing.

Will class size be different because of Covid?

We have always had low student to teacher ratios for classes. Due to our new procedures and required exercising spacing by the Arkansas Department of Health guidelines, class sizes will be limited. Limits will be determined by the age of dancers and the square footage of the building.
If a dancer needs to isolate or quarantine, they will not lose their place in the class. Tuition will need to be current and paid for the spot to be saved. If a dancer officially withdraws from the class, a spot will open up and may be filled by the next dancer on the waiting list.
We will have waitling lists for all classes and will notify dancers of openings as soon as they are availalbe.

How do we sanitize?

In the schedule we have allowed time to clean/sanitize each studio between classes. We will be cleaning the bathroom surfaces more frequently as well. Hand sanitizer, soap, paper towels and tissues will be available throughout the building for dancers and staff. Frequent hand washing and sanitizer will also be encouraged.

Can I wait for my child in the lobby?

To maintain proper social distancing and allow space for dancers to enter the classroom safely, the lobby will be closed to parents and outside guests of children over 5, and there will be a limit of 10 people in the lobby. Parents may escort their dancer to the classroom with masks on, but are encouraged to please exit to make room for the next group of dancers entering the building. Preference in the lobby waiting space will be given to dancers who are participating in classes. While we know that parents want to stay and wait for their dancer, by limiting the lobby we can effectively limit the amount of close contact between students, parents and staff during high-traffic situations and keep our community safe and keep our studio open for business. To give parents a behind the scenes look into the classroom, we will be posting on Facebook and Instagram frequently . We will also open the lobby back up to parents waiting, when it is safe to do so and the threat of COVID-19 has passed.

Will the studio close in the event of a dancer or staff getting Covid?

We are doing all that we can to keep the studio open for In-Studio classes through this pandemic. Typically we align with the local school districts decisions regarding closure, however our setting and structure is not comparable to a full day school program. Our classes are shorter in duration, and our students/teacher ratio is much lower, and the number of dancers allowed inside each studio is small. We will make decisions independently that best meet the needs of our studio, our community and our dance families. If a case is confirmed, we can isolate and assess the risk within the affected area of the building without having to shut down. If that can't be done, the entire building may be closed for a period of 1 to 2 days for cleaning/disinfecting/contact tracing, in consultation with local health officials. Confidentiality will be maintained.
We may also move some classes outdoors.

How will tuition be handled if a certain class day or classes have to move to Zoom because of Covid?

Tuition is an annual fee, based on a certain number weeks of class. For the convenience of our families we collect this in 9 equal payments, payable by the 15th of every month September - June.
If a class, zone of classes, or the entire studio has to close we will move to offering classes via Zoom. This could happen for 1-3 days, two weeks, or a prolonged period. While we are doing everything we can to zone off the studio and keep the studio open, we must face the reality of COVID-19 and make alternative plans to keep our community safe.
Tuition will be 75% if a class is offered via Zoom. We will provide bonus classes and digital material to supplement their training to make sure that all families are still receiving the value they expect. Reasonable accommodations will be made to keep dancers dancing.

Are food and drinks allowed in the studio?

Bottled water or drink container with a name on it is encouraged as the water fountain will be closed. Snacks and or dinner may also be brought, but not shared.

What is the policy on face coverings?

It is the expectation that face coverings will be worn in the building especially where social distancing may be a challenge.
However, face coverings are not required by the State of Arkansas while exercising and maintaining proper social distancing, but we will encourage dancers to wear them when gathering and distancing can't be maintained, such as going to the restroom, across the floor, or to and from the lobby. We have set up the studiosto be compliant with these guidelines, so students do not have to wear face coverings while active and dancing. Bottom line: masks/face covering are recommended, especially when social distancing cannot be achieved.

What time do I drop off and pick up my dancer?

We will open doors 5 minutes prior to the first class and each block of classes will end 5 minutes early so we can sanitize in between.