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COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOL for 2020-2021 Season

July 28, 2020

NYCDA is committed to your safety and slowing the spread of coronavirus!

Together we can help slow the spread of COVID-19 by practicing our four Commitments of Containment, as we gather together at our events.

  • I will maintain 6 feet of physical distance
  • I will wash my hands often
  • I will cover my face in public spaces
  • I will stay home when I am sick

Following CDC guidelines, this COVID-19 protocol will be in place for all events, to insure everyone’s health and safety.

  • All NYCDA faculty and staff will be temperature tested each morning.
  • All NYCDA faculty and staff will be required to wear masks at all times except when teaching.
  • All NYCDA attendees are encouraged to be temperature tested in their rooms or at home before arriving in the convention area.
  • All NYCDA attendees will be required to wear masks in all common and public areas.
  • Though not mandatory, all NYCDA attendees are encouraged to wear a mask during workshop classes.
  • 6 foot spacing will apply in all ballrooms , and will be marked accordingly.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at all doors.
  • All doors will remain open to reduce touch points, and one-way entrance/exits will be marked.
  • NYCDA will maintain a maximum capacity of 50% at all venues.
  • Observers passes, when available, will be limited to 1 representative per studio per 10 dancers, in addition to paid Registered Teachers.
  • NYCDA will partner with all host venues to meet local safety regulations and will review each venue’s additional cleanliness and safety policies.
  • All merchandise and registration transactions will be cashless.

Competition Specific Policies

  • NO Deductions for safety modified costumes, including masks, gloves, etc.
  • NO Deductions for no costuming
  • NO Deductions for wearing a face mask while performing.
  • Props that cannot be solely managed by the dancer may not be used. Props may not be stored backstage prior to or after their specific entry.
  • One studio representative per entry will be allowed backstage.
  • All studio representatives backstage will be required to wear a mask.
  • No parents or additional spectators will be allowed backstage.
  • One audience member per registered dancer may watch competition live at the venue. All registered teachers welcome. All competition and awards will be live-streamed.
  • Audience at competitions will be standing room only.
  • All audience members will be required to wear a mask.
  • Studio entries will be scheduled to compete in blocks, based upon capacity of the venue.
  • The stage and dressing rooms space will be cleaned between each block.
  • Dancers are encouraged to come dressed to compete, to minimize use of the dressing room.
  • There will be no virtual competition option during a 'live' workshop weekend.
  • Virtual competition will only be available during entirely virtual events.

Awards Ceremony Specific Policies

  • Dancers will not gather onstage for awards.
  • We are working towards a ‘graduation style’ ceremony were one studio representative from each entry will come to the stage to receive their award, presented by a gloved & masked NYCDA staff member.
  • We encourage our “award donation” option that is already in place and all award donations will be made to a COVID-19 relief organization.

Still have questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) or email us info@nycdance.com.

Updated as of July 28,2020. Please check back regularly for updates.

The NYCDA team is working remotely for the foreseeable future. The best way to contact us is via email.