Ballet instruction requires discipline, focus, and careful attention to the health and safety of students, even in the best of circumstances. During the current COVID-19 pandemic, greater risks have been introduced into this equation. We feel that our students and faculty are uniquely prepared to rise to the challenge of accepting specific protocols to mitigate the danger of infection. They already come to the studio with a higher than average awareness of the need to adhere to discipline to keep themselves as safe as possible, and in our experience, dance students have been very self-motivated to follow the common sense and effective protocols necessary to keep in-person studio instruction possible.
The incoming Academy at Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance Owners/Directors have prepared these guidelines based on their own recent experience conducting in-person ballet classes since mid-June of 2020. Peter Merz, as Director of the Ballet West Academy, and Cynthia Ridler, as a member of the Principal Faculty, oversaw over 300 students at the main Summer Intensive and the new Young Dancers’ Summer Intensive from across the country, enforcing strict social distancing, mask-wearing, and enhanced cleaning and sanitization. Our studios have remained open throughout the fall, with close to 600 students participating in classes six days a week. In all of that time, we have had no cases of intra-studio transmission. And have been readily able to adhere to the CDC recommended guidelines.
Health and Safety Guidelines
Entering the Academy
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
In the Studio
If a student, staff, or faculty member comes in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19:
If a student, staff, or faculty member tests positive for COVID-19: