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.
What is the plan for social distancing in the classroom?
-Dance bags spaced apart
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?
Will the studio close in the event of a dancer or staff getting Covid?
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.