Coronavirus/COVID-19 FAQ
As of March 23rd, in accordance with directives from the Governor of Maryland, Dance Conservatory of Maryland will remain closed until further notice.

This applies to all classes: Early Dance, Pre-Professional, Recreational and Adult program classes. We have been working on creating digital content to share with you so that the DCM community can keep moving together throughout this challenging time. We are more dedicated than ever to providing educational tools for our students to continue to grow and learn during their time away from dance.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to our staff at info@danceconservatoryofmd.com.

At DCM, we are practicing social distancing to do our part in keeping the community safe by limiting the number of people in the building, with most of our employees working remotely. At this time, we are closed to the public.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
QUESTION 1:
I AM A CURRENT STUDENT OR PARENT/GUARDIAN. WHAT WILL HAPPEN WITH SPRING TUITION FOR CANCELED CLASSES?

DCM had been hoping to hold makeup classes through June 27 th  for missed weeks of the spring session, but if we are not able to open by April 13 th  this will no longer be an option. 

If we can open for the spring session any time after April 13 th , DCM will be pro-rating tuition for the remainder of weeks we are able to open. Example: If we can open May 18th, we will be holding 6 weeks of classes through June 27 th  instead of 11 weeks and we will pro-rate all tuition and refund accordingly.

Families can choose to donate the balance of their tuition to a fund to pay DCM teachers or can use it to pay for private lessons through June 27 th  if that is a possibility. 

If we are not able to hold classes for the spring session DCM will offer tuition refunds. Families can choose to keep tuition as a credit on their account to pay for private instruction through June 27 th  if we are able to remain open. After that, they can choose to receive a refund of unused tuition or donate the balance to pay DCM teachers.

Click HERE to fill out let us know if you’d like a refund or to donate your tuition.

QUESTION 2:
WILL DCM STILL HOLD SUMMER PROGRAMMING?

Currently, all summer programs are still scheduled as planned. We are monitoring developments around COVID-19 on a daily basis and will do our best to let you know when/if any changes are made regarding summer programming.

QUESTION 3:
I AM A TICKET HOLDER FOR ONE OF THE DCM OR BALLET CHESAPEAKE PERFORMANCES THAT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. WHAT IS BEING DONE WITH MY TICKETS?

Ballet Chesapeake has continued to monitor the outbreak of COVID-19 as well as consider the recommendations of the CDC and government officials. We have been diligently working on rescheduling the performances, but there is no way to know what the future holds, so we have made the difficult decision to cancel Ballet Chesapeake's production of Swan Lake. With that being said, we ask patrons to consider donating the cost of tickets as a gift to Ballet Chesapeake. If you do choose to donate, your donation may be tax deductible; consult your tax advisor. If you would like a refund, we ask that you please email us at  info@balletchesapeake.org  with your request no later than 4/14/2020.
 
Non-profit organizations like Ballet Chesapeake have no contingency budgets in the case of civil emergencies like this one; our resources overwhelmingly go to producing work for the stage and training dancers. We are committed to continue paying our amazing faculty members and guest dancers. 
 
We are very grateful for your support, and we look forward to performing for you again as soon as possible.On behalf of everyone at Ballet Chesapeake – dancers, staff and faculty – we truly appreciate your investment in the ballet and in our ever-important arts and culture community. We wish you and your family good health and safety during this unprecedented situation.

QUESTION 4:
IF SWAN LAKE IS CANCELLED ENTIRELY, WILL ANY OF THE DANCES BE PERFORMED?

If there is a way to present the entire production or excerpts any time before August we are committed to making that happen.

QUESTION 5:
WHEN DOES REGISTRATION OPEN FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR?

Registration for Fall 2020 will open on June 12th for current DCM families. You will receive placement and a link to registration in the next few months.

QUESTION 6:
WILL BALLET CHESAPEAKE AUDITION STILL BE HELD?

We will be cancelling the company audition scheduled for May 3. All prospective members will receive an email from us about submitting a video audition for the 2020-2021 season. Look for an email in April with more information.

QUESTION 7:
CAN I RECEIVE A REFUND FOR JUNE CONCERT COSTUMES?

Costumes have already been ordered. We are not able to refund costumes. If the June Concert does not take place, costumes will be given out to all dancers once we are able to return to the studio.

QUESTION 8:
WILL PRIVATE LESSONS CONTINUE?

We will hold off on charging currently enrolled students for private lessons. If we end up refunding DCM tuition, we will deduct the cost of private coaching sessions held during the COVID-19 shut down from the total amount of tuition paid before offering a refund. Alumni and students not currently enrolled at DCM will need to pay per lesson for private coaching at DCM. 
QUESTION 9:
WILL I BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE OR RECIVE A REFUND FOR BALLET COMPETITIONS?

All competitions have been postponed, per the event websites. YAGP has communicated that full refunds are being processed.
 
QUESTION 10:
WILL THE NHSDA PERFORAMCES BE RESCHEDULED?

The performances will not be rescheduled. We hope to present an online showcase, so please continue your choreography at home.


We encourage you to follow the Harford County Health Department, Maryland Department of Health and CDC on their social media platforms for the most up to date information. Thank you and stay.