Greenville's Dance BLOG
With vaccines readily available to all persons 12 years old and up, we feel that we can now allow fully-vaccinated people to be in the building without wearing a mask. We would ask that you show us your vaccination card one time, and then we can keep it on file so we know who does and does not need to continue wearing a mask. Parents and others who meet this qualification may now be in the building as necessary when we are open. Fully-vaccinated faculty may choose to not wear a mask if they desire. We will no longer take temperatures, and will also cease enforcing social distancing in the classes, and will not clean the ballet barres between each class. We have disinfectant wipes available for anyone who desires to clean the barres before they use them, and we will still have hand sanitizer available throughout the building. Finally,
We have had a strange year since closing on March 15, 2020 with sporadic classes, a reduced enrollment, and several periods of closing. We know that some people are very concerned about contracting the virus and did not return to ballet classes this past fall. Others felt that we should have remained open and are not so concerned about the virus. We have tried to take into account the safety of our students and faculty, and have closed or reduced classes when we felt that it was appropriate. We have also maintained social distancing, mask-wearing, and temperature check policies when we were open. We hope that you understand. As a small, family-run business, our owner-teachers are in older, higher-risk categories and felt that sometimes their health was endangered. When we knew that staff or students had contracted of been exposed to the virus, we erred on the side of caution.
We were shocked and saddened to learn this week of the death of Chadwick Boseman. Chadwick’s brother Kevin trained and performed with the Greenville Ballet before going on to a successful performing career with the Martha Graham Dance Company, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, and national tours of The Lion King and Shrek the Musical. Our thoughts and prayers are with him in his time of grief.
COVID-19 Policies Due to the COVID-19 restrictions suggested by Federal and State agencies, as well as industry standards recommended by experts in our field, we will be enforcing the following policies: Everyone entering the building must wear a face mask that covers their nose and mouth and will have a temperature check and may not exceed 100 degrees F. Students who have a fever or are otherwise not feeling well should not attend. Students who have been exposed to someone who has the virus should not attend for two weeks after exposure. Students who are at a higher risk because of diabetes, heart conditions, asthma, or advanced age should not attend. Building occupancy will be limited to 40 people. Classes will be limited to 15 people. Only students and one parent of students in Pre-Ballet and Level 1 will be allowed in the building. No siblings or other visitors. Students