Hello parents and dancers!
In the past 2 weeks, we have been in personal contact with the governors office and our local health department regarding COVID-19 and its impact on our ability to hold classes within the studio.
Up until the new recommendations posted below, we were under the impression that if we returned before May 16, we would be violating the order. For the health and safety of our staff and dance families, as well as supporting our local, state, and national representatives, we were prepared to abide by that recommendation.
AND THEN! We received the following information!
According to these recommendations, we are able to resume classes beginning Monday, May 4 with the following safety protocols in place.
*ALL STAFF will be wearing masks and have their temperature checked before entering the building. We’re going to trust that if your children are sick, THEY CANNOT ATTEND. If we believe a child to be sick upon entering the building, we will immediately call you. You child must immediately be picked up. Make sure your contact info is up to date in your parent portal.
*Cleaning at the studio has been enhanced. Weekly and midweek cleaning protocols have been emphasized and updated. We are using APPROVED cleaning products. In addition to this extensive cleaning, daytime cleaning includes hourly wipe down of surfaces including doorknobs, light switches, faucets, toilet handles, the studio phone, and stereo buttons. Our cleaning staff is prepped and knowledgeable about protocols and procedures for main and situational cleaning.
PLEASE NOTE THE MANDATORY PROCEDURES BELOW
1 – The studio is a drop off only facility. Staff will be waiting at the door to allow children to enter and walk them to class. Staff will also walk children back to the front door to be picked up. Parents cannot enter the building. Please remember you can watch your dancer’s class via our closed circuit viewing system. (Some classes may get a separate email asking them to enter through one of the side doors at the studio. Please pay special attention to that.) The number of dancers per room will be limited, and we will be following the 6′ apart rule.
2 – All absences are excused. Immune compromised people should attend at their own risk. WE WILL STILL HOLD CLASSES VIA ZOOM FOR THOSE WHO ARE NOT YET READY TO RETURN. YOU MUST INFORM US BY EMAILING email@example.com ASAP SO WE CAN CONTINUE SENDING YOU THE LINKS.
3 – THERE WILL BE NO CHANGING CLOTHES,INCLUDING FOR BALLET ATTIRE. DANCERS MUST COME IN 100% READY TO DANCE. DO NOT BRING A DANCE BAG UNLESS IT IS FRESHLY LAUNDERED. CELL PHONES MUST REMAIN IN BAGS IF YOU CHOOSE TO BRING THEM IN. WE WILL NOT BE UTILIZING THE HOOKS IN THE HALLS. THERE WILL BE NO SNACK BREAKS FOR TEAMS THAT HAVE HAD THEM IN THE PAST.
4 – All classes will be washing their hands at the beginning of class using the recommended hand washing procedures. This will be instructor led. There is a protocol we are following to minimize contact.
5 – No partner work, holding hands in a circle, partner stretching, or constructive criticism using touch will be used. Performance and competition routines with lifts will be minimized.
6 – No ballet barres, PBT equipment, children’s props, stretch ladders, or portable mats will be used.
7 – The water fountain will not be used. Please bring a water bottle labeled with your child’s name.
8 – We will not hold Parent Observation Week for the month of May.
Important Date Updates
***Team pictures will be May 18-20 in Rigby and May 26-28 in Idaho Falls. More info to come!
***Our recital is rescheduled for Wednesday, July 1. We are scheduling 3 mini-recitals that afternoon and evening to minimize contact. Stay tuned for more info. Team classes will have a few June rehearsals FREE to finish preparing for recital. Moe info to come on that!
***Auditions are May 20 in Idaho Falls and May 21 in Rigby. You have the option to audition live in person or virtually. Neither choice will impact the results. Watch for those details!
***For those of you who were performing or competing at the Blackfoot Dance Classique competition, that competition has been replaced with a competition in Idaho Falls at Thunder Ridge on Saturday, June 27. The competition will feature scheduling to avoid contact, a Facebook Live award ceremony, and strict dressing room and backstage distancing protocols. ERD solos, duets, and trios, please message Carrie personally at 2082060428 for more information.
***For those of you who were performing or competing at Dance Fierce, Nuvo, OR NRG SLC, we are awaiting the reschedule of those events from their competition management.
***For those of you who were performing at retirement homes, stay tuned for our “ERD Performance in the Park” event! This is going to be a blast! Just a couple teams at a time to respect physical distancing. Bring your blankets and sit for 10 minutes per team to watch performances.
IDAHO FALLS-MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR TUESDAY, MAY 26 BETWEEN 6-8 PM AT PETERSON PARK IN AMMON AT 3740 SAMUEL ST . YOU WILL GET YOUR PERSONAL TEAM TIME SOON!
RIGBY-MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR WEDNESDAY, MAY 27 BETWEEN 6-8 PM AT RIGBY SOUTH PARK IN RIGBY AT 355 CENTENNIAL LANE.
We are beyond thrilled to see our dancers and staff and hope that all of you are healthy and safe!
At Eagle Rock Dance, the health and safety of our faculty and students are our most important priorities.
As COVID-19 continues to spread and affect many parts of the U.S., we have been closely monitoring local conditions. According to national and local recommendations avoiding social gatherings of groups of more than 10 people, we have determined that it is in the best interest of our faculty and families to temporarily suspend LIVE classes beginning Wednesday, March 18 to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
Our team of office personnel and instructors have been working for the last 5 days in anticipation of this to continue to bring high-quality, enthusiastic, and loving dance instruction to your children. It is with much excitement that we roll out our virtual and online classes! Please read the following information carefully.
1 – All classes will be held via ZOOM at their normally scheduled days and times.
2 – Download the free ZOOM app on any device you would like your children to tune into class on; laptop, home computer, tablet, iPad, etc. You do not need to create an account. Just download the app!
3 – Each night between 8-9 PM, you will receive an email for each one of the classes your dancer is registered for the following day (multiple emails for multiple classes or dancers from the same family). Click on the link for each class 1-2 minutes before each class begins.
HERE’S HOW IT WORKS!!!
Each room at the studios (both Idaho Falls and Rigby) has its own ZOOM account. The accounts correspond with the name of the studio (for example; Legacy, Create, Imagine, Succeed, Inspire, and Believe in Idaho Falls and Studio 1 and Studio 2 in Rigby). Virtual classes are held in the same “room” they are normally held in. Instructors teach in the same room they normally teach in. Instructors will open a ZOOM meeting a few minutes before a class is scheduled to start, the dancers click the link in their email to join the meeting, the instructor sees all their sweet little faces, and teaches class! At the end of the class, the instructor ends the meeting and goes to the next “room” to log in to the next class. Pretty smart, huh?!?! Best part…you don’t even need to worry about all of that…just click your link!🤗
TIPS FOR FACILITATING THIS PROCESS AS WE ALL EXPERIENCE A LEARNING CURVE!
A – Just like a homeschool or online learning course, create your learning environment. Decide where your dancer is going to take class at home. Move aside a table, a couch, etc, MOVE ALL WIRES. Have your dancer pick this space and make it ready! Excitement builds!
B – Dancers must be in their normal dance clothing. Instructors are taking attendance as they see their cute little faces and will check for dance clothing. This is to make our dancers feel as “normal” as possible and get them in the right frame of mind for class.
C – If your dancer is old enough, show them how to use the “mute/unmute” button or “raise their hand” to talk to their instructor. This is fun for them! And super simple. Younger dancers may need mom to help them with this button or even take class with them. 💖
D – If you have difficulty obtaining enough devices for multiple children or don’t have the Internet resources to facilitate this, please let us know immediately. We have a team full of people who are here to help anyone with anything they may need.
E – Our office staff is on standby for any of your questions should you have any trouble getting into any meetings. Their numbers are below.
Cherish Martin – 208-520-5088
Danielle Pitt – 801-897-6272
Amanda Jordan – 208-589-7034
F – If you have friends within a class that want to take class together, we would encourage that as long as we are practicing the recommendations of no gatherings of more than 10 people. This may help some of you who typically are at work during class time. Refer to the attached schedule for any questions on class start and end times.
It is our COMMITMENT to not only continue to provide you with high quality, enthusiastic, and loving dance instruction, but to absolutely EXCEED your expectations of service at this time. We need to maintain activity and normalcy at this time for our children. We are going to provide you with MULTIPLE resources in order to do this. In addition to live-streamed classes at our regular times, look for these additional resources this week.
1 – Facebook groups have been created for every team. Every group is a SOCIAL LEARNING GROUP. Instructors are in the process of posting the videos of dances for our youngest classes in those groups under FILES so they are easily accessed, and you don’t have to scroll to find dances.
2 – The studio is pre-recording so much content that is being added to our website. Need your dancers entertained for 10 minutes while you do the dishes? Click on our stretching video, and have them stretch at home. Need them to expend some energy? Click on our warm-up video, and have them get out the wiggles. New content added daily.
3 – Watch our social media for Storytime with Miss Carrie, TikTok Challenges, free online classes with industry leaders, links to activities at home, and more!
4 – Keep an eye on the mail as several of our dancers will receive a weekly practice chart and coloring sheet in the mail. Knock out your practice sheet and look for a prize in the mail the following week with that week’s practice chart and coloring sheet!
In the meantime, competition and recital dates remain unchanged. We will continue to monitor the situation, and should emergency directions be issued, we will update you accordingly.
Thank you for taking the appropriate steps with us to lessen the risk to our incredible community as much as possible. We plan to return to normal as quickly as we possibly can. We greatly appreciate your support during these challenging times.