COVID-19 Safety + Protocols

Updated: Jun 8

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We know that these are a bit unusual and unsettling times, so we wanted to ensure you that we are committed to the safety and well-being of you and your dancer. We have been, and will continue to, closely monitor the evolving status of the coronavirus (COVID-19), as well as continue to follow the recommendations prescribed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the NC Department of Health and Human Services. We have worked hard to provide a variety of ways for you to dance with us this season at Open Arts:

  • In-Person following NCDHHS and CDC Guidelines

  • Hybrid/Virtual via Google Meet (dancing remotely at home in coordination with your registered In-Person Class)

  • Personalized Pod Parties – private in-person classes/parties/child care for groups of 4-10

  • Private Dance and Voice Lessons – in-person or virtual

If you are a new family or are interested in learning more about our programs, we would love to schedule a private in-person or virtual tour at the studio for you! Please send us an e-mail to or give us a call at (919) 651-0447 to schedule a meeting. We have completed the Count on Me NC COVID-19 Training to implement enhanced safety measures to keep everyone in our dance studio and community safe.

Watch this video for a quick walk through of our new safety protocols and procedures. And continue to read on for even more details.

Here are a few things we can all be aware of and consider as we begin the re-opening process together:

  • The studio lobby will be closed until further notice. Only dancers and staff will be allowed inside the studio.

  • Staff will invite dancers inside the studio at the FRONT DOOR at the start of class.

  • Please wait in your car or socially distanced outside until your dancer is invited inside.

  • Staff will dismiss dancers at the BACK DOOR at the end of class. Parents can drive or walk around back to pick-up dancers. We will not allow dancers to be dismissed without a parent or guardian present.

  • All staff and dancers are required to wear masks inside the studio. We do have designated mask break areas that dancers can use as need. If your dancer has a health condition and can not wear a mask, please let us know. Staff will also be doing daily temperature checks before coming to work and we encourage families to do the same before sending dancers to class, too.

  • Dancers will be asked to wash hands/use sanitizer as they arrive and before they leave.

  • The water fountains will be closed until further notice. Dancers are invited to bring a water bottle to class ONLY IF IT IS CLEARLY LABELED with dancer’s first and last name! We have designated water and mask-break zones safely distanced in our lobby for student use.

  • We will continue cleaning and disinfecting our bathrooms, floors, surfaces, and other studio areas regularly.

  • Where possible, spots will be marked for dancers to stand, wait, and dance at socially distanced areas.

  • HEPA Air Purifiers have been installed in both studios to re-circulate the air 3-4 times per class session.

  • If your dancer is sick or feeling ill, or has been around someone who is sick, please keep them at home! We will always work with you to schedule a make-up class. (Or tune-in from home via our Google Meet Links)

  • We will offer Level I and up Classes as a hybrid option which means dancers can choose to take in-person at the studio or tune-in virtually via Google Meet. Pre-School and Kinder dancers can choose between in-person or virtual class options.

As always, if you have any questions. please let me know. Thank you, Ms. Maia

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