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Dance Modules, Winter 2021

Last revised: Feb 23, 2021

Scope

The School of Performance is one of the few schools on campus at Ryerson that has been allowed to offer small in person modules for classes that are impossible to move to an online format.  While on campus there are several university policies, City of Toronto by-laws and Government of Ontario regulations that will affect if and how these classes operate and guide the standards explained here.

This document will be regularly reviewed and updated as these laws and regulations change throughout the course of the pandemic.  Although every attempt has been made to make this activity as safe as possible, contracting COVID-19 is a risk that cannot be fully removed from this activity and everyone participating in these modules does so fully cognizant of this risk and of their own volition.  In person participation is completely voluntary this year. If you do not wish to participate in these modules, please contact Vicki St Denys to make alternate arrangements.

Vicki will assign all of the dancers wanting to participate in person to specific modules, groups and locations.  Please be aware that you will not be able to change from one group to another once a module starts.  If you have any questions or concerns about these groups, please direct them directly to Vicki.

Please use this document in tandem with the video, external link created to explain the Dance Module Procedures.  Please note that some policies have been revised since the video.  This is addressed in purple below and will be discussed on the first in person day of your module.

Common on Campus Policies

Although there are many specific procedures that we are going to apply to our spaces and classes, there are a few overall policies it is important to note:

  1. The Campus Mask Policy states that a cloth mask or face covering which covers the nose, mouth and chin must be worn by an individual whenever they are in a building on campus.  Although not specifically required yet, due to the propagation of the UK variant of the virus, a mask that has 3 layers of cloth and is tighter fitting is highly recommended. This mask policy is in compliance with Ontario regulations, external link
  2. All persons on campus will maintain physical distancing, external link of 2m whenever possible.
  3. Every day you are planning to come to campus you must visit the Ontario COVID website, external link and complete the self assessment.  If it recommends that you stay home, you will not be allowed to come to campus.  Please see the details listed below on when you can return to campus
  4. Before your first module, please complete the Informed Consent Form.  If you have not completed this, you will not be allowed on campus.
  5. You must fill in the School of Performance contact tracing form, external link every time you are on campus in one of our spaces. Please do this prior to coming on campus whenever possible to minimize traffic and crowding in lobbies
  6. Please sanitize your hands whenever you enter or exit a building and any time you need to touch your mask or do floor work. 
  7. When on campus for a class, please come dressed in the appropriate attire for your class.  Proceed directly to your class and do not congregate outside the classroom.  When class is over, please pack up and leave the campus directly.  Please do not congregate or loiter on campus.  Showers, kitchen, microwaves etc. will not be available for use.
  8. Make sure to bring enough masks to last you through all of your classes for the day.  At the beginning of your module you can pick up 2 masks from Ryerson that you are welcome to use in class or keep as backup.  In the event that you forget a mask, or need an extra one, the Door Monitors have a limited supply of disposable masks.  For more information on properly fitting, handling and washing masks, find more information at this link., external link
  9. The maximum number of people allowed in the same room at any time is 10 people.  If it appears the room you need to enter contains more than this number of people, please pause and wait for people to leave that room before entering.

Illness or Symptoms

If you feel ill please take the Ontario self assessment, external link and stay home or get tested if it recommends doing so.  If the self assessment recommends that you stay home, but not get tested or a doctor has diagnosed your illness as something other than COVID, you will be allowed to come to campus 24 hours AFTER all symptoms are resolved. Please let Vicki (vstdenys@ryerson.ca) know if you are staying home so that she can mark you as absent for the day. 

Instructors may ask any student appearing unwell in class to leave the campus and take the self assessment linked above. 

Positive COVID test

If anyone involved in the modules tests positive for COVID they must notify Vicki St. Denys (vstdenys@ryerson.ca) or Scott Martin (scottm@ryerson.ca) immediately so that we can begin to work with Ryerson Environmental Health & Safety and Toronto Public Health on contact tracing.  Any person testing positive must wait until the Toronto Public Unit clears them to return to campus, usually a minimum of 10 days after testing positive

Scott and/or Vicki will contact Environmental Health & Safety and report the positive case who in turn will contact Toronto Public Health and work with them to do contact tracing.  At no time will the names of any student, instructor or accompanist be reported outside of these individuals.  The decision to continue or cancel modules will be made by The School of Performance Leadership in consultation with Ryerson Environmental Health & Safety and the Toronto Public Health Unit.

SLC Studios

Arriving

You may enter the SLC through the main entrance at 345 Yonge St.  There will be a door monitor there to unlock the doors and ensure that you are able to gain entry to the building.  You may arrive up to 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, however more detailed arrival times will be communicated to you prior to your arrival.  Dancers should arrive already dressed for their classes.  After completing the Contact Tracing and Health Check form dancers may proceed down the main staircase.

At the bottom of the stairs in the lobby is a location along the wall marked with your name where you can leave your boots, bag and any outdoor wear.  It is recommended that you bring as little as possible to school with you.  You may then go to your assigned studio.  At no time will more than 10 people be allowed in this space, so please do not loiter and arrive on time for your class as we are trying to minimize the interactions between dancers in separate studios.

Studio 1 or Studio 2

After entering your Studio, you may leave your water and small personal belongings in a bin on the floor (dancers must provide) at a marked location under the ballet barres or in front of the shelves.  Please follow the directions of the instructor as to the best locations for their class to use.  This location is ideally as close to your personal space in the room as possible and does not require you to cross into another’s space to access it.

Personal dance space is marked in the room by a “x” at the centre of a 3m-5m circle.  Please try to stay as close to this x as possible and move in the same direction as the dancers in neighbouring spaces.

If you are using ballet barres, sound systems, pianos or drums, it is asked that you use the provided sanitizing wipes to wipe down these surfaces before and after you use them.  Although they are scheduled to be cleaned every night, it is best practice to do this yourself so that you are confident that it is cleaned to your satisfaction.

When leaving the studio, please do so only through the main entry door.  Be aware that classes are time to minimize the overlap of arrival, departures and breaks to keep the number of people in the lobby below the acceptable limit.

Changing

Although changing areas are being provided, we ask that you use these only if you must.  Please try to wear one change of clothes that are suitable for both of your classes and leave still wearing these clothes.  If this is not possible and you need to change between classes, please use the smaller washrooms closer to the studios and lock the door upon entry to limit the capacity to the 1 person limit posted.

Water & breathing

All dancers, instructors and accompanists are asked to bring a bottle(s) of water with enough so that a refill is not required. In the event that you find yourself without enough hydration, you may use the touchless filling station in the lobby, however please respect physical distancing at all times and follow directional areas to keep traffic flowing in one direction. 

Although masks are required while dancing, if you need to take a drink of water in class, please go to the location along the wall where you left your water bottle and remove your mask long enough to drink and then replace your mask.

If you need to catch your breath without a mask on, do this only at your personal space along the wall where you left your water bottle and remove your mask only for the length of time until you are able to breathe comfortably. Immediately don your mask before leaving this space.

After Class

After class is over, collect your water bottle and small personal belongings and exit the room through the main door into the lobby. Once you have donned your outdoor wear, proceed to the back stairwell (stairwell C) and exit the building to O’Keefe Lane.

Ryerson Theatre

Arriving

You may enter the Ryerson Theatre through the main entrance at 43 Gerrard St. E. There will be a door monitor there to unlock the doors and ensure that you are able to gain entry to the building. You may arrive up to 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin. Dancers should arrive already dressed for their classes. After completing the Contact Tracing and Health Check form dancers may proceed into the auditorium. Please choose the Left or Right door as labelled based on your last name. (signage is on the door)

Proceed down the aisle to the row labelled with your name and leave your outdoor wear and boots on a chair in that row. You may then continue towards the outer aisle and proceed to the stairs up to the stage.

On Stage

Once on stage, you may leave your water and small personal belongings in a bin on the floor (dancers must provide) at a location along the side and back wall marked with a stripe of red tape. Please follow the directions of the instructor as to the best locations for their class to use. This location is ideally as close to your personal space in the room as possible and does not require you to cross into another’s space to access it.

Personal dance space is marked in the room by a “x” at the centre of a 2.5m circle. Please try to stay as close to this x as possible and move in the same direction as the dancers in neighbouring spaces.

If you are using ballet barres, sound systems, pianos or drums, it is asked that you use the provided sanitizing wipes to wipe down these surfaces before and after you use them.Although they are scheduled to be cleaned every night, it is best practice to do this yourself so that you are confident that it is cleaned to your satisfaction.

Changing

Although changing areas are being provided, we ask that you use these only if you must.Please try to wear one change of clothes that are suitable for both of your classes and leave still wearing these clothes. If this is not possible and you need to change between classes, male students and any instructors will change in the washroom located in the lobby of the theatre. Women will change in the coat check area between the washrooms down the stairs under the lobby. Please note that this area has a capacity limit of 3 people.

Water & breathing

All dancers, instructors and accompanists are asked to bring a bottle(s) of water with enough so that a refill is not required. In the event that you find yourself without enough hydration, you may use the water fountain at the bottom of the lobby stairs on the way to the lower washrooms, however please respect physical distancing at all times. As this station requires you to touch the button to turn on the water, please ensure that you sanitize your hands before touching any other surface or your face

Although masks are required while dancing, if you need to take a drink of water in class, please go to the location along the wall where you left your water bottle and remove your mask long enough to drink and then replace your mask.

If you need to catch your breath without a mask on, do this only at your personal space along the wall where you left your water bottle and remove your mask only for the length of time until you are able to breathe comfortably. Immediately don your mask before leaving this space.

After Class

After class is over, collect your water bottle and small personal belongings and exit the stage into the auditorium. Proceed to the row where you left your outdoor wear. Once you have your outdoor clothing on, proceed toward the centre aisle and then out to lobby doors marked as exits. 

Lower Gym

Arriving

You may enter the Lower Gym through the doors in the North-west corner of the quad. There will be a door monitor there to ensure that you are able to gain entry to the building.You may arrive up to 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin. Dancers should arrive already dressed for their classes. After completing the Contact Tracing and Health Check form dancers may proceed down the stairwell and to the closest doors into the lower gym. 

In the Gym

Once in the gym, you may leave your outerwear, water and small personal belongings in a bin on the floor (dancers must provide) at a location along the wall marked with a stripe of red tape. Please follow the directions of the instructor as to the best locations for their class to use. This location is ideally as close to your personal space in the room as possible and does not require you to cross into another’s space to access it.

Personal dance space is marked in the room by a “x” at the centre of a 3m circle. Please try to stay as close to this x as possible and move in the same direction as the dancers in neighbouring spaces.

If you are using ballet barres, sound systems, pianos or drums, it is asked that you use the provided sanitizing wipes to wipe down these surfaces before and after you use them.Although they are scheduled to be cleaned every night, it is best practice to do this yourself so that you are confident that it is cleaned to your satisfaction.

If you need to leave the studio for any reason please use the doors on the opposite end of the gym from where you entered. There is signage on the doors to remind you.

Changing

Although changing areas are being provided, we ask that you use these only if you must.Please try to wear one change of clothes that are suitable for both of your classes and leave still wearing these clothes. If this is not possible and you need to change between classes, ladies will change in the curtained off area near the rear of the room (capacity 4 people). Male students and any instructors will change in the curtained off area closer to the front of the gym (capacity 1 person).

Water & breathing

All dancers, instructors and accompanists are asked to bring a bottle(s) of water with enough so that a refill is not required. In the event that you find yourself without enough hydration, you may use the water fountain around the corner to the right from the gym, however please respect physical distancing at all times. As this station requires you to touch the button to turn on the water, please ensure that you sanitize your hands before touching any other surface or your face

Although masks are required while dancing, if you need to take a drink of water in class, please go to the location along the wall where you left your water bottle and remove your mask long enough to drink and then replace your mask.

If you need to catch your breath without a mask on, do this only at your personal space along the wall where you left your water bottle and remove your mask only for the length of time until you are able to breathe comfortably. Immediately don your mask before leaving this space.

After Class

After class is over, collect your water bottle and small personal belongings and exit the gym through the doors on the opposite end of the room from where you entered. Proceed up the stairs on the side indicated by the directional arrows. At the top of the first flight of stairs exit into the quad through the door indicated by the signage.

Cleaning

The SLC Studio 2, Ryerson Theatre and Lower Gym will be cleaned every night, Monday through Friday and all surfaces will be thoroughly sanitized.  Any participants in the modules are encouraged to use the sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer provided in each studio to augment this cleaning and for self-hygiene.

The door monitors will be sanitizing the high traffic touch points on the SLC Ground floor after dance classes have begun, before any production students are allowed to use the entrance to access the wardrobe or Lighting & Sound Lab.  Door monitors will also sanitize any wireless microphones at the end of each day during their lockup procedures.

Bathrooms are cleaned multiple times per day by Facilities Management & Development (FMD).


Contact Info & Revisions

Author: Scott Martin

Reviewed by: Vicki St Denys, Caroline O’Brien, Kim Lan Sauer

Last Updated: Feb 23, 2021

Original Draft for Review: Oct 13, 2020

Rev2 Feb 23

  • Revised to reflect an updated mask policy: “Although not specifically required yet, due to the propagation of the UK variant of the virus, a mask that has 3 layers of cloth and is tighter fitting is highly recommended”
  • Reference made to properly fitting, handling and cleaning masks was added along with a link to a detailed document from gov.on.ca
  • Changes made around the traffic flow in the SLC to reflect classes in both Studio 1 & Studio 2 in the winter semester
  • In the event of a positive case, language was changed to follow directions of the Toronto Public Health Unit before returning to class, rather than setting our own timeline to accurately reflect broader public policy