DCM COVID-19 Policies and FAQ
We are THRILLED to announce that our facility will be opening again Saturday, June 20!!! Class sizes will be limited and we will be following strict guidelines to protect the health and safety of our students, teachers, and dance families. We understand that these changes may be confusing, so please let us know if you have any questions at all.

Summer Camps and Programs: 7/6 - 7/24
You can register for summer camps and classes in July HERE .
Drop off and Pickup

We have made a change to drop off location and ask that no one park in back door parking spots. Our dancers' safety is our top priority.
Thank you!

Dancers should arrive for class with the following:

  • Dance bag
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Tissues
  • Water bottle
  • Face covering
  • Dressed for class (dressing rooms will be closed)
  • Dance shoes and other class items


Drop Off Procedure:
  • All vehicles must pull up TO THE FRONT OF THE BUILDING TO DCM'S FRONT DOOR
  • Plan to arrive no more than 10 minutes before class time.
  • Cars must stay in line for drop off
  • Masks are required to enter end exit facility.
  • Health screening will be conducted by staff while dancer is in vehicle. (Review health screening questions below)
  • If dancer passes screening, parent/guardian must turn in parent agreement (Download, review, and sign below)
  • After receiving parent agreement, dancer may exit vehicle, sanitize hands, and enter facility.

Pick Up Procedure:
  • Cars must stay IN LINE with passenger door closest to our building.
  • DO NOT PARK IN BACK DOOR PARKING SPACES
  • All vehicles must pull up to the back door of the building
  • Parent/guardians must remain in vehicle.
  • Dancer will be directed to their vehicle by DCM staff or volunteers
Safety Guidelines and Information:

Here are some changes you will see in our facility and policies:

Masks and class activities:
  • Masks are required for parents and dancers to enter end exit facility.
  • We encourage students to wear a disposable paper mask or other face covering that is easy to breathe in throughout the duration of the class for the protection of themselves and others. We know that when everyone wears a mask, everyone is more protected. We appreciate you having this conversation with your dancer and having them try.
  • We understand that some medical conditions may limit the ability to wear a face covering. If there is a specific reason that your dancer should not wear a face covering, please let us know ahead of time.
  • Instructors will plan classes to accommodate a slow build up to more aerobic activity over time, and will check in with how students are feeling.
  • Class activities will be structured to maintain the maximum distance possible between dancers.
  • Floors and barres will be taped off with a space for each dancer to help maintain physical distancing
  • Masks will be optional for activities held outside where students can be six feet or more apart.

New Policies and Procedures:
  • Smaller class sizes per restricted occupancy
  • Class times have been adjusted to ensure time for the dancers to get in and out of the studio without a crowd, to provide time to wipe down the equipment between each class and for teachers to thoroughly wash their hands. 
  • Staff will have required safety and hygiene training
  • Temperature checks and health evaluations of the staff prior to work
  • Temperature checks of all those entering building
  • Drop off and pick up outside with no parents entering the building or waiting in the lobby.
  • Anyone with symptoms of runny nose, excessive sneezing, coughing, or elevated temperature will not be allowed in our facility
  • Anyone in contact with someone who has/had Covid-19 should not come to the studio. Stay home and self quarantine.
  • If a dancer misses class due to illness, we will ask that dancers first try to make up the class. If a make up is not possible, we are happy to pro-rate a credit to your account.

Cleaning and Facility Changes:
  • Additional intensified disinfecting of the facility throughout each day in addition to daily commercial cleaning
  • Mandatory hand sanitation for staff and students prior to participation and afterwards
  • Sneeze guard at front desk and checkout areas
  • Bathroom monitors sanitizing frequently
  • Touch-less paper towel dispenser and soap dispensers
  • Water fountain closed, dancers must bring their own water bottles 
  • Dressing rooms will be closed
Looking for Volunteers!

We are asking parents to please volunteer to help with check in and out as well as bathroom monitoring.


Other DCM Questions:

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

We are working on editing our Fall schedule to accommodate smaller class sizes, staggered start times, and time for cleaning facilities between groups. We hope to open Fall registration in late July.

WHAT IF MY DANCER NEEDS TO MISS CLASS DUE TO ILLNESS OR EXPOSURE TO COVID-19?

If your dancer is not able to attend classes because they do not pass the health screening questions required to enter the building, DCM will provide a makeup class time or a credit to your DCM account to be used for future classes.

WILL PRIVATE LESSONS CONTINUE?

Yes! Private lessons are a great option to maintain social distancing. Please contact the DCM office with your availability to schedule private coaching.


WILL NUTCRACKER PERFORMANCES STILL BE HELD?

We do know that Ballet Chesapeake will not be able to hold any Nutcracker performances at Towson University this year. We are looking into other options and will make a decision about Nutcracker performances by September 1.