Dear Families of Dancers in Ballet 1A and all 1st- 5th grades:
We are so happy to welcome you and your dancer to our Fall 2021 classes!
To safely hold these classes, we have put much thought and care into the arrangements. Please read all the points below as there are ongoing updates. On the first day, we will have a form for you to sign agreeing to the following policies.
As of today (8/26/21), we plan to hold classes indoors with students and instructors masked, and all windows and doors open. All instructors are fully vaccinated. However, LJD reserves the right to decide to hold classes outdoors should the Delta Variant situation become even more problematic and potentially dangerous. We cannot offer refunds should this change be necessary.
When indoors, the classes will take place in the large Studio at The Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Durand Rd., Maplewood NJ. If classes are moved outdoors, they will take place on either the patio at Burgdorff or the side grassy lawn on the right as you face the building from Durand.
NEW CLASS TIMES (to allow for entrance and exit times)
Time changes – We will now be leaving 10 minutes between classes to allow for more distanced arrival and dismissal. See the NEW class times below. In order to have less crowded conditions in the lobby we ask families to follow these protocols:
Please have all dancers dressed for class. It is too crowded to have kids changing in the bathroom.
ENTER: We will now have dancers and a maximum of one adult enter through front double doors. Our welcome and sign- in table will be outdoors as frequently as possible. Please wait outside with your dancer until your class is called to enter.
EXIT: Dancers will be exiting through the side door to the patio. For dancers 1st through 5th grade we will call names and each dancer can leave when we have seen their adult.
Creative Ballet: 4-4:45pm
Ballet with a Contemporary Twist, Level 1: 5:00-5:50pm
Ballet with a Contemporary Twist, Level 2: 6:00- 6:50pm
Teen/Adult Dance: 7:00-8:00pm
Contemporary/Modern, Level 1: 4-4:50pm
Contemporary/Modern, Level 2: 5:00-5:50pm
Contemporary/Modern, Level 3: 6:00-6:50pm
Student Company: 7:00-800pm
Creative Ballet: 9:30-10:15am
Ballet 1A: 10:30-11:30 am
Masks: Classes indoors require WELL FITTING masks. It’s important our dancers are not distracted by constantly pulling at masks or having to be reminded to pull them up over their nose. Please have your child practice moving at home with a mask to be sure their mask is good for a dance class. (If class is moved outdoors, we will let families know if these will require masks or not.)
Bathroom Use: If a child needs the bathroom, we will have an Intern walk them to the bathroom and wait outside the bathroom door to be sure the child washes their hands. Please have your dancer use the bathroom at home prior to coning to class.
Bring a Water Bottle: Each dancer should bring a personal water bottle.
Spacing: Color spots for safe spacing will be placed 4-6 ft. apart. We are aware of spacing throughout the class, but there could be times that children are briefly closer as they set up for movement sequences.
What to Wear: Our youngest dancers are free to wear ballet clothes of their choice to class! There is page on the website with What to Wear. We do realize that our youngest dancers may want to add some sparkle to these suggestions. PLEASE do have your dancer in Ballet Shoes. (If classes move to outside, this changes to sneakers.)
Emergency Calls to Parents: If a dancer expresses feeling unwell, we will have them walk to the side and we will call your emergency number. PLEASE leave your ringer on during class so you are reachable in case your child needs you.
COVID POSITIVES/TESTING: As we are dealing with the Delta Variant, if a child in class lets us know they have tested positive, every family would of course be immediately notified. Any child who tested positive is required to stay out of class for the CDC time recommended at the time this occurs AND to provide proof of a negative PRC test to re-enter the class.
LJD requires a negative PRC test and the ill student(s) can return to class and end isolation once the following are met:
FROM CDC as of 8/24/21: • 10 days out from the start of the symptoms, AND
• Fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication, AND
• Symptoms have improved
IMPORTANT CHANGES DUE TO ONGOING DELTA VARIANT
Every 13-session semester class has 1 make-up class scheduled at the end of the semester in case LJD must cancel a class. We always offer a full refund after the first class if its not a good fit. After that point, due to the extreme pandemic situation, as a not-for-profit struggling financially, LJD cannot be responsible for adding classes or issuing refunds in the case of multiple cancellations due to COVID-19 or due to weather cancellations if classes are held outdoors. If classes are moved outdoors, we will offer that day’s class on Zoom if bad weather is predicted ahead of time. In the case of bad weather that begins close to the time of class or during the class, we will have to cancel that class.
The possibility of losing classes that cannot be made up or refunded must be acknowledged by our families as they decide whether or not to enroll. As a not-for-profit, LJD remains committed to our mission of dance for all in our community. From the beginning of the pandemic, LJD has kept classes going, as we feel so strongly that children and teens need the uplifting and beautiful experience of dancing together now more than ever. Classes have been held on Zoom, Outdoors in Memorial Park, Outdoors on the Burgdorff patio, and Indoors, masked, at Burgdorff.
Our teachers and staff have lost significant portions of their income and yet continued to provide meaningful and uplifting classes throughout this global emergency. Our unique and warm community -- from our youngest preschool dancers through teen Interns, professional dancers and our supportive parents -- have been understanding and enthused about our ongoing programming. We thank you all and hope we can continue to be together dancing with fewer restrictions soon.