Updated: May 16
It is hard to believe that after a couple months of self-isolation the world seems to be opening up again. With the thought of “getting back to normal” reassuring everyone, stores, restaurants, and classes are reopening again. However, with everything starting to shift back to the idea of normal, it is important to keep in mind, we are still in the thick of it and need to keep some things in mind to stay safe and keep the curve down! While getting back into the routine of dance classes again, you may be wondering what has changed and what you can do to stay healthy and safe; here are 4 tips on attending dance class post quarantine life.
1. Register ahead of time.
First and foremost, make sure that you are registered for class. Not only is it important to make sure that you are registered before-hand (at least 48hrs), many governments have set regulations that limit the number of participants in a dance class. So, to be safe and to make sure that you have a spot in the class register before-hand; that way you don’t have to worry about getting a spot in class. Additionally, cash payment will no longer be accepted in respect to the stopping of the spread of germs. Registering before your class online is the best and safest bet upon attending the class. In opposition, if you need to cancel the class that you have booked, be sure to cancel at least 24 hrs before the class takes place. This will allow for a smooth transition from your bookings online as well as offer the position to another individual who is waiting to attend the class.
2. Keep your belongings clean.
To keep yourself healthy and to help keep the curve down, be sure to keep your belongings clean. Make sure that your bag, clothes, water bottle, and anything else that you are carrying with you to and from class is clean. Keep yourself clean as well, like washing your hands and using hand sanitizer will help stop the spread of germs and other forms of bacteria. Hand sanitizer will be offered by studios before and after class. If you are planning on using the change room upon your arrival at the studio, I suggest you come and leave in the same clothes you are planning on dancing in. (This also helps you carry less things when traveling to and from the studio!) Many studios, stores and already open facilities have closed down their changing rooms or limited the number of access of people (1-2) to the changing rooms. To save yourself the hassle, it’s best to arrive in the clothes you plan on dancing in.
Tip: If you are planning on traveling with a face mask on and don’t want to wear it during class, bring a plastic bag or separate small reusable bag and use it to store your mask during class. Not only will this keep your mask clean from surfaces when you place it down, but will also keep the rest of your bag clean from the spread of germs.
3. If you’re not feeling well stay home
This may seem like an obvious one, but it’s better to be safe than sorry! If you feel slightly off, whether it is a small cough, runny nose, or even just a slight headache, it is best to stay home and get the rest that you need. Not only will your body thank you later, but you are no longer running the risk of obtaining or transmitting any germs. Even if you feel like you can get through the day and it’s just a “small cough”, others who pass you by outside may be vulnerable to any form of virus even if it is a common cold. So stay home, get some rest and when you are feeling 100% again, sign up for that next dance class!
4. Be kind to yourself
The changing of routine again might not be easy for you. If you feel like you fell behind on your dancing that’s okay, you will be able to get back into it! Things are still not 100%, and it will take some time to get used to everything shifting again. So be sure to take some time for yourself and do what’s best to help you process. Before you go to class stretch so your body feels ready, drink some water and eat healthy foods like fruits and vegetables so you are full of energy for the upcoming class. Remember we are all in the same boat, and we will get through this together.
The opening of dance studios again is a great way to get back into your routine little by little. However it is important to keep the safety of yourself and others at mind. If you are interested in getting back into your dancing, be sure to check out our classes here. Can’t wait to see you out there dancing away!