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Keeping Our Families & Students Safe

Alaska Dance Theatre staff and Board of Directors would like to make sure that we offer the safest possible environment to our families, students, and employees during these uncertain times. We implemented the following measures towards this goal.


Comprehensive COVID-19 Mitigation Plan

ADT has instituted a comprehensive COVID-19 Mitigation Plan that covers protecting the public, workplace protective measures, self-quarantine of arriving workers, procedures for personnel who become ill, cleaning and disinfecting protocols, & more. When at ADT, ask our front desk team to see a copy.


Part of the Plan is the Assessment Survey which consists of a series of questions covering COVID-19 symptoms, fever, recent travel, and recent contact with possible/confirmed COVID-19 infected individuals. We encourage everyone who plans to visit our facilities to review the survey in advance of your visit. Persons who don’t pass the survey are asked to refrain from using ADT facilities that day, and encouraged to utilize the ADT's online classes instead, if applicable. Classes fall have an online session held concurrently as an option.


Additionally, in accordance with the plan, staff and instructors are required to have their temperature taken with a contactless thermometer before they are admitted to work each day. Finally, as part of the COVID-19 Mitigation Plan, we've made available bottles with hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes in all studios and in the lobby.


Studio Safety Standards (Updated August 27, 2020)

Following federal, state and municipal guidance, ADT has implemented health and operational procedures that will mitigate risk and ensure the safety of our students, staff, teachers, families, and dancers:

  • Limited Class Capacity. Classes are capped accordingly to the studio square footage in order to permit students at least 10 feet of personal space to adhere to social distancing requirements. Enrollment and space are limited. We will do our best to offer additional classes/make changes to the schedule to ensure that we have enough spots for all of our students. Please enquire with front desk about availability and consider being placed on a waiting list.

  • Performances. In the fall of 2020, we will hold virtual, audience-free performances. In 2021, ADT will adhere government guidelines for public gatherings. Any changes to our plans will be published and distributed to all families prior to any performance.

  • Virtual Meetings. Until further notice, all orientations, observations, and parent meetings will be held virtually.

  • Symptom Free. Students, staff, and faculty will be screened for symptoms (checklist or verbal), including temperature checks when feasible. Do not send students to class if they demonstrate any symptoms associated with an active illness, as they will be prevented from participating (e.g., fever, infection, sore throat, headache, stomach pain, lethargy, nausea, cough). If you have a sick family member in your household, you will not be permitted to join class until after 72 hours the student and/or family members are symptom free. Families will be required to follow all government quarantine and testing guidelines pertaining to travel.

  • Face Covering. Everyone entering ADT facilities is required to wear a face covering. Students are required to wear face coverings during class. However, there are exceptions. Students in the Beginning levels, Pre-Ballet, and Creative Movement classes are not required to wear face coverings. Face coverings should not be placed on students under the age of 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or who is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

  • Hand Washing & Hygiene. All individuals must sanitize their hands upon arrival to the school and throughout the day during pre-designated breaks. Students are also required to wash their clothing daily, including face coverings.

  • Drinks & Snacks. Water fountain will be turned off. All students are expected to bring a water bottle to class for hydration. Students may pack snacks and secure those snacks in a personal bag, not to be shared.

  • Contact Tracing Log. All students will be recorded and accounted for each class. All faculty, staff, and visitors who enter the school will be required to sign in on a contact tracking as soon as they enter.

  • Changing Rooms. All changing rooms will be off limits. Students are expected to be fully prepared for class prior to arriving with all personal items in a bag properly labeled. Outdoor shoes are not permitted in the studio and must be changed before entering. All personal bags will be maintained in the student’s assigned studio.

  • Common Areas. The lobby, changing rooms, and common areas will be restricted to provide 6-feet of social distancing and limited to people who are actively engaging in business (e.g., tuition payment, registration, etc.). Students and families will not be permitted to wait inside for classes to begin and must not congregate outside.

  • Curbside Drop Off & Pick Up. Parents are asked to drop off students at the curb if no business is needed inside of ADT. For Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet, Beginning Level and Level ½ classes, parents will be allowed to drop off and pick up their dancer, but will be asked to leave ADT during class time. One volunteer for the younger classes will help assist students in the building and using the restroom. At the end of each session, class will be dismissed in a staggered manner.

  • Curriculum Modifications. Instructors will be prohibited from providing corrections by means of physical touch[1]. Instructors will modify instruction to eliminate partnering. The use of common props, tools, and equipment in all studios will be prohibited unless approved by ADT leadership. Approved equipment will be sterilized thoroughly. Students will be encouraged to bring their own equipment.

  • Reporting Notifications. Any student or faculty member exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 will be immediately quarantined and sent home for a period of time that complies with CDC guidelines governing quarantine periods.

  • Health Requirements. A parent or legal guardian will be required to assist their students with any medical needs. Students categorized as high-risk or with an existing autoimmune deficiency will be prevented from enrolling in a program unless permitted by a physician, approved by the ADT Artistic Director, and a medical waiver is endorsed.

  • Enhanced Studio Cleaning Procedures. All studios will be frequently disinfected including door handles, railings, bathrooms, barres, and floors. Throughout the day, the class schedule will include time between lessons for the studios to be disinfected.

  • Zoom & In-person classes. ADT will follow the municipal emergency orders applicable to the closure requirements and capacity limits for daycare centers and camps, in order to determine whether to offer in-person classes, or switch to online Zoom classes. Zoom option is always available to students. We know from past experience that the Municipality of Anchorage can issue emergency orders at any time and with little warning. This is because the city is dealing with an unprecedented pandemic. We ask that students and families remain flexible and prepared for abrupt changes to schedule and class delivery.

Guidelines and the status of any program may change contingent upon environmental factors and subsequent governmental directives that increase or decrease requirements. The guidelines will be strictly enforced without exception. If instructors, staff, visitors, parents, guardians, or students do not comply with the health guidelines, it will be grounds for dismissal from the program without a refund. If you have additional questions, send an email to Niki Maple, nmaple@alaskadancetheatre.org, or call (907) 277-9591.

*For students in Acro classes, parents and students may choose to have instructors spot students during class, which would require physical contact. Instructors will work with parents and students first to receive permission in the event that a student wishes to be spotted.

Spare masks are available at the front desk free of charge. We also have fun ADT-branded masks available for sale at the front desk.


Should you feel uncomfortable being in our facility at any time, front desk staff are here to assist you via phone. Please give us a call (907) 277-9591, and we are more than happy to help.


We want to make sure that our staff and students remain healthy and productive. If you have further suggestions on how we can improve our policies, please email your suggestions to Niki Maple, Artistic Director, nmaple@alaskadancetheatre.org; or, Andrei Chakine, Interim Executive Director, ed@alaskadancetheatre.org.


Sincerely,

ADT Team


Alaska Dance Theatre is a nonprofit school of dance serving Alaskans since 1980. Voted #1 Dance School in Anchorage by Anchorage Press readers. Variety of dance styles available. Dancers all levels welcome!


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Alaska Dance Theatre is funded in part by contributions from businesses, individuals and foundations including: Alaska State Council on the Arts, Atwood Foundation, Municipality of Anchorage, the National Endowment on the Arts and the Block Foundation.

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550 E. 33rd Ave

Anchorage, AK 99503

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