WA STATE UPDATE AS OF JANUARY 4, 2021: All Washington State dance studios are now allowed to have up to 5 dancers in-studio as of January 11, 2021. This means we will be able to offer a mixture of Zoom-only, “hybrid” Zoom/in-studio classes, and some all-in-studio classes while in Phase 1 of this new guidance.
We’ve found dancers do better with shorter class times over Zoom. The classes below will be Zoom-only during the region’s new Phase 1 period and will follow the times listed here (but all start times will remain the same):
- Baby Ballet – 20 min
- Discover Dance, Pre-Ballet, Beginning Jazz, Tiny Hoppers, Beginning Kids Hip Hop – 30 min
When our region enters Phase 2, all of these classes will move in-studio, except for the few classes designated as always Zoom-only in the schedule. If not in Phase 2 by February 1, we may bring some classes in-studio, but at the 5-dancer maximum.
We are able to offer three types of classes during the 2020-2021 school year – “Zoom-only,” “hybrid” and “in-studio.”
- Zoom classes (Zoom) will be held over Zoom only.
- Hybrid classes (HC) will be held over Zoom, and, at the same time, with in-studio groups of 5 dancers. Dancers will be rotated through the in-studio classes so that all will get a turn. When not in-studio, they will take class online via Zoom. Class enrollment caps are listed in the class schedule web pages available via the links below.
- In-studio classes (ISC) will be held in-studio only and have a maximum enrollment of 2-5 dancers. These classes are offered for ages 2-7.
Dancers and families must agree to follow Studio West’s “COVID-19 Waiver and Agreement for Participation” guidelines (available at the studio or via email) and have signed both the COVID-19 waiver and our standard liability waiver (if not already signed) in order to attend in-studio classes. The liability waiver applies to all classes, whether they are taught through Zoom or in-studio.
Some or all classes may transition to Zoom-only if the state needs to shut down again due to COVID-19. Once the COVID-19 health situation improves and guidance from the state allows, we may be able to increase the number of dancers in-studio. The schedule and prices for the season will stay the same, whether dancers are taking classes entirely on Zoom, entirely in-studio, or via a hybrid model.
Balancing in-studio requirements, Zoom needs, and rotations is challenging. We anticipate a smooth year since we have had months of practice! However, there may still be bumps along the way and we appreciate your patience. We are going to make lemonade out of lemons for this 2020-2021 season. We thank you for joining us on this ride!