Updated November 27, 2020
Current updates from the British Columbia Health Department with Bonnie Henry and Adrian Dix have indicated a further rolling back of the Phase 3 measures. The newest measure from November 7 until midnight on November 23 has been extended to December 7 and, now, to include the entire province. Under this new order there are to be no group activities whatsoever, socially spaced or not, but, as of November 19 there has been a new post on the BCHealth website stating that there will be a system in place for approving group classes and practices for dance studios, so stay tuned for further updates on that subject. Until that time, we have cancelled the in-person attendance for any of our covid-prevention-friendly group classes and practices at least until we go through the approval process (when that becomes available). We will reassess at that time what exactly can be reinstated. The group classes will be held at the usual specified times via Zoom for remote participation only, until then.
With our careful covid-prevention procedures in place, we are excited to continue in the studio with private, in-person lessons and prearranged solo practice times - all distanced and by appointment. The private lessons have a Zoom option for participation at home, if preferred.
Gatherings of all sort have been cancelled, for now. We have even decided to postpone our Medal Day (originally planned for Saturday, November 28), a series of socially spaced, personal appointments throughout the day, adjudicated from a distance. Keep posted for when that will be rescheduled.
Being part of the global network with Arthur Murray Studios has also given us access to cutting-edge ideas and procedures to keep the studio operational in a safe manner for everyone concerned, staff and students alike. We have been observing and learning since the Arthur Murray studios re-opened in Italy, the first of the Arthur Murray studios to experience the pandemic wave move through their country. We're moving forward positively, in the safest manner possible!
The social gathering aspect of the dance parties will continue to be held virtually (online via Zoom) on Friday evenings at 8:15pm. Our Spotlight Ball event went great with its new format for safe covid attendance. Stay tuned for more exciting in-person and virtual event ideas as the year progresses - Medal Ball, Festival events and Ballroom Blitz.
Of course, we will be assessing procedures ongoing as new recommendations become available and implementing necessary measures on a timely basis. Please know that our studio procedures have all been designed in accordance with the Worksafe BC checklist for Covid-19 and the recommendations of the BC Centre of Disease Control.
The safety and wellness of our students, studio staff and their friends and families is our first priority. Our studio procedures have been updated to the higher standards in response to the current outbreak situation. Please be assured that we are taking all the necessary steps to keep the studio environment a safe one for your dancing.
Everyone scheduling any private lessons, practice times and group classes in the studio will be contacted with details. If you have any other questions or concerns make sure you let us know! You can always contact us by phone, text or email, on our Arthur Murray Coquitlam Contact Page. We welcome hearing from you.