Group classes will re-start on 19th May 2021!
Thank you for coming here to read this. We have given a lot of thought to how we can return to classes safely and here is our statement so far. As the situation changes so will this, so we may need to update it quite regularly. It’s not short, but it is important, so please read on.
Of course what we really want to do is give all of our students a HUGE HUG, but that isn’t possible at the moment.
We feel we owe it to you to explain sensibly how we hope to go back to classes and we hope you understand why the tone of the following is quite serious.
We will only run classes in venues where we are happy with their capability and approach to cleanliness and disinfecting of our rooms and the facilities, as well as their other safety procedures in place.
Both Pilrig Church Hall and Cockenzie House have been amazing and are taking this very seriously. They are both implementing extensive and thorough cleaning procedures and ways to move people around the building the safest way possible.
Class particpants will need to be healthy (no COVID19 symptoms) and not under any quarantine or local lockdown restrictions. If someone has to cancel a class due to ill-health, we will refund the cost of the class.
Students will have their temperature checked upon arrival with a non-contact thermometre
We will only teach if we are healthy (with no COVID19 symptoms).
We have lateral flow tests at home and will test ourselves before group classes.
If we have to cancel the class due to our ill-health, we would refund the cost of the class to the participants.
All class participants will be expected to sanitise their hands on entrance and exit. We will have longer gaps between classes to allow time to sanitise surfaces before, after and in-between classes.
We will sanitise our own hands regularly.
All of our classes will be run with physical distance (2m) between participants. Couples from the same household or support bubble can dance together normally, but will maintain 2m distance from other couples.
We will run separate classes for couples and for solo dancers, so that each dancer can benefit the most from each class.
For your safety, we will maintain physical distance from all students.
To Maintain all this distance, the dance floor will be marked with fixed areas for each couple or solo dancer and for our own teaching space. It is vital to respect these areas. Each area will have it’s own chair(s) to change shoes. These surfaces will be sanitised inbetween classes.
In order to run the classes with social distance and also to reduce numbers in the building, we will have reduced class numbers. We have planned the space at Pilrig Church Hall and can take a maximum of 7 couples or 12 solo dancers, with the space we would like to give you.
Fun and Tango
It will be so lovely to see our students, we know that it will be great fun doing the classes, even with all the social distance. We have had a year of teaching onilne, and throughout that time we have developed new skills in teaching without contact, and even without a 3D view of our students. We feel that this will really help as we return to this new format of classes
Masks will be necessary for moving around the building, but not during class. If we feel that we are needing to raise our voices to teach and that this might increase your risk, we will wear masks. We are also considering the use of microphones in order to avoid having to raise our voices, but as mentioned earlier, we will always maintain a distance from our students.
This is just one stage in our return to classes, we will update this when it is possible to accept larger groups and when it is possible to hug again. One step at a time ….