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Butler Center for Dance & Fitness

Health & Safety Protocols

UPDATE 10.19.2020: As we begin to see a dramatic rise in national and statewide levels of COVID-19 infection and hospitalization rates, and as flu season arrives to further complicate this global pandemic, we’ve spent the last two weeks seeking the advice of our medical and legal advisors and reviewing the guidance of CDC, federal, state and local orders. Based on this information, Ballet Austin is updating our health and safety protocols to enforce the wearing of facial masks at all times when in the Butler Dance Education Center.

POLICY. The virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to others by infected persons who have few or no symptoms. Because of the hidden nature of this threat, it is the policy of this business, with the guidance of Federal, State, and Local Orders, to require the following:

  • FACE COVERING REQUIRED IN ORDER TO ENTER PREMISES. All persons over the age of ten (10), including employees, customers, visitors, invitees, and contractors (“Patrons”), who enter this business MUST wear a face covering over their nose and mouth, such as a commercially made or homemade mask, scarf, bandana, or handkerchief. The face covering must be worn at all times.
  • SOCIAL DISTANCING
  • Details of our policy is found below

Keeping you active and well is part of Ballet Austin’s mission, which is why we will continue to offer you 3 alternatives to ON SITE classes:

Our goal is to keep you moving by continuing to offer you safe options. Choose the path that is right for you.

What you need to know before taking a class on site at Ballet Austin:

COVID-19 HEALTH & SAFETY POLICY

COVID-19 HEALTH & SAFETY POLICY

POLICY. The virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to others by infected persons who have few or no symptoms. Because of the hidden nature of this threat, it is the policy of this business, with the guidance of Federal, State, and Local Orders, to require the following:

  1. FACE COVERING REQUIRED IN ORDER TO ENTER PREMISES. All persons over the age of ten (10), including employees, customers, visitors, invitees, and contractors (“Patrons”), who enter this business MUST wear a face covering over their nose and mouth, such as a commercially made or homemade mask, scarf, bandana, or handkerchief. The face covering must be worn at all times however, this face-covering requirement does not apply to the following:
    o While giving a speech or teaching class for a broadcast, and alone in a room.
    o While alone, or in the presence of only members of the same household or residence, in a separate room or single space not accessible to the public at the time, and not in an indoor common area.
  2. SOCIAL DISTANCING PROTOCOLS. Even with the use of appropriate face coverings, individuals should maintain a minimum of six (6) feet of social distancing from others outside their own household whenever possible.
    • Employees should not work within a minimum of six (6) feet of one another, except to the extent necessary to provide services.
    • Patrons should maintain a minimum of six (6) feet of separation from others outside their own household, to the extent feasible, when inside these premises and must do so while queuing or waiting.
  3. VIOLATIONS. Individuals who do not wear a face covering will be asked to leave the premises and may not be provided goods or services until the face covering requirements of this policy are followed.
  4. NOTICE AND SIGNAGE. Notice of this Health and Safety Policy will be posted in a conspicuous location on these premises.

Before You Come

  • BEFORE COMING TO EACH CLASS:
    We ask that you conduct a self-screening before coming to Ballet Austin on the day of your class. (you will be asked to verify at check-in) As part of our efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, we ask you to stay home if you answer say “yes” to any of the following questions:

    1. Are you, or anyone in your household, exhibiting flu-like or COVID symptoms (coughing, sneezing, shortness of breath)?
    2. Within the past 24 hours, have you, or anyone in your household, had a temperature of (or in excess of) 100.4 degrees?
    3. Within the past 14 days, have you, or anyone in your household, come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?
  • Make an advance reservation for On-site classes (dance & fitness classes and Pilates group reformer classes) to ensure: 
    • Class capacity limits are maintained 
    • Payment for classes is made online prior to arrival to expedite the “touchless” check-in process:
      • Online:  You may sign up/ pay for classes through MINDBODY
      • Phone:  You may call ahead and sign up/pay for class by phone 512.501.8704
  • Cancellations using a COVID or “not feeling well” reason for requesting an early cancellation will result in you NOT returning to Ballet Austin for a class for 14 days unless you have a test with a negative result (must SHOW the test result in order to return sooner than 14 days)
  • Be aware that in order to support the goals of social distancing, only those taking class will be admitted to the building
  • The requirement to wear a facial mask when entering the building / in all public spaces as per Ballet Austin Policy.
  • Hydration is important while working out. Because water stations must remain closed in order to avoid public water sources (at this time), we ask you to bring your own water
  • Should you forget to bring your water bottle, individual packaged/sealed water bottles will be sold at the front desk 
  • During this time when mats will not be available for loan, we ask you to bring your own/personal mat for mat-based classes
  • Should you forget to bring a mat, mats will be available for purchase at the front desk 
  • Bring your own resistance band for classes using bands 
  • Should you forget to bring a resistance band, resistance bands will be available for purchase at the front desk
  • Bring a small towel for use during your workout
  • Limit personal belongings not needed for your workout

AT CHECK-IN WHEN YOU ARRIVE

AT CHECK-IN FOR YOUR CLASS:

At check-in you will be asked to confirm that you conducted a self-screening before coming to Ballet Austin today and answered “NO” to all of the following questions:

  1. Within the past 14 days, have you, or anyone in your household, come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?
  2. Within the past 14 days, have you been a part of any gathering of non-family members without mask-wearing?
  3. Are you, or anyone in your household, exhibiting flu-like symptoms (coughing, sneezing, shortness of breath)?
  4. Within the past 24 hours, have you, or anyone in your household, had a temperature of (or in excess of) 100.4 degrees?

You will also be asked to confirm that you understand it is Ballet Austin’s Policy that masks are required at all times, including when taking a class. No exceptions.

NEW LIABILITY WAIVER

General Liability Waiver: As the students/client and/or the parent/guardian of a minor participant, I understand and expressly assume all risks involved in connection with dance or fitness instruction, rehearsal, rental of space, and performances at Ballet Austin’s Butler Dance Education Center (Ballet Austin), including but not limited to risk of bodily injury occurring as a result of contact with other students/clients, instructors, walls, equipment, floors, and structural objects located in or near the studios, or the Student’s physical condition or physical limitations, and the student/client warrants that they are physically fit and able to participate in all activities involved in dance or fitness instruction, rehearsal, rental of space, and performances at Ballet Austin. Students/clients waive all claims arising out of dance or fitness instruction, rehearsal, training and performances at Ballet Austin, loss, theft, property damage or otherwise, which students/clients may ever have against Ballet Austin, its successors, and assigns, and its officers, directors, shareholders, employees and agents, and their heirs, executors, and administrators.

COVID-19 Warning and Waiver:

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. COVID-19 is reported to be extremely contagious. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. There is no known treatment, cure, or vaccine for COVID-19.  Ballet Austin cannot prevent you or your child(ren) from becoming exposed to, contracting, or spreading COVID-19 while utilizing Ballet Austin’s services or premises.

I have read and understood the above warning concerning COVID-19.  I hereby choose to accept the risk of contracting COVID-19 for myself and/or my children in order to utilize Ballet Austin’s services and enter Ballet Austin’s premises.  I release and waive my right to bring suit against Ballet Austin and its officers, directors, managers, officials, agents, employees, or other representatives in connection with exposure, infection, and/or spread of COVID-19 related to utilizing Ballet Austin’s services and premises. I understand that this waiver means I give up my right to bring any claims including for personal injuries, death, disease or property losses, or any other loss, including but not limited to claims of negligence and give up any claim I may have to seek damages, whether known or unknown, foreseen or unforeseen.

Photograph/Likeness/Videotape Release:

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT BY ENTERING THIS BALLET AUSTIN’S BUTLER CENTER FOR DANCE & FITNESS, YOU CONSENT TO YOUR VOICE, NAME, AND/OR LIKENESS BEING USED, WITHOUT COMPENSATION, IN FILMS AND TAPES FOR USE IN ANY AND ALL MEDIA, WHETHER NOW KNOWN.

As the students/client and/or the parent/guardian of a minor participant, I authorize Ballet Austin, Inc. and/or its representative, agent, or employee to photograph and/or videotape and use any photograph/likeness for any purpose, including publicity, choreographic archives, promotional materials and/or any other reason deemed appropriate by the directors at Ballet Austin.

Enhanced Cleaning Protocols

We continue to follow rigorous sanitation protocols that include:   

  • Ongoing scheduled disinfection of high-touch surfaces
  • Overnight deep cleaning
  • Your help with the observance of sanitation practices before and after your class
    • Disinfectant spray or wipes located in each studio 
    • Hand-sanitizing stations are conveniently located in each studio for use before and after your class

A Safer Way To Dance & Work Out Together

We’re taking careful actions to facilitate social distancing. Look for signage and way-finding markers to guide you through each space. 

  • After entering through the front door (southwest corner of 3rd and San Antonio), stop at the front desk to check-in for your class, completing the temperature check and self-screening process, and precede directly to your studio
  • You will notice fewer classes and smaller class sizes for a while, as well as increased spacing within studios to allow for appropriate and safe distancing. Thank you for remaining in your personal workout zone at all times during the time you’re in the studio
  • The wearing of facial masks is required at all times, including during a workout
  • Small paper sacks are available as needed for storing your personal belongings during your workout. Pick one up at the front desk
  • To support social distancing goals and consistent with state mandates, waiting and lounge areas, locker/dressing rooms and/or shower access will not be available during this time
    • Enter the studio dressed in workout clothing
    • ONLY use the restroom on the floor where your class is located

Departure After Class

  • Exit the studio immediately at the end of class to assist us with keeping the class schedule on time, allowing time for arrival cleaning protocols for the next class
    • AVST – Exit studio by turning left, leaving through AVST doors
    • Armstrong/Connelly Studio – exit studio by turning right (when facing the mirror), leaving through AVST doors
    • Herman/Verastique and Mills/Ruiz Studios – Exit studio by passing City View Lounge, turning left and proceeding to the main staircase
  • One person at a time on the staircase.  When entering the stair case, yield to anyone already on the staircase
  • Exit through the front door (using forearm to push the bar to open the front doors)

What You Can Do To Help Us All Stay Healthy

In an effort to keep everyone healthy, your help is needed to support a safe place to dance and work out. Together, we each do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • While enjoying classes at Ballet Austin, please follow the protocols (following the current CDC guidelines):
  • Wash your hands vigorously and frequently
  • Use a hand sanitizer that’s at least 60% alcohol
  • Keep a minimum of 6 feet apart from other people
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Wear a facial mask at all times
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Prioritize your health. Get at least 20 minutes a day of exercise, eat a nutrient-rich diet, and get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep to help bolster the immune system

Current Parking Information

You can find current parking information during this time on this page.

Dance & Fitness Class Schedule

 

View the schedule of on-site drop-in dance and fitness classes. Be sure to make an advance reservation as we have smaller class capacity.

You may also be interested in our NEW Create-A-Class option! Find out more here.

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Virtual Dance & Fitness Classes

 

For those interested in dancing and working out at home through an online platform, BA LIVE will continue to offer classes virtually.  We also offer an On-Demand Library of over 70 Dance & Fitness class videos.

Virtual Class Information

Pilates Center Information

 

If you are interested in Pilates reformer classes or privates sessions in our Pilates Center, please read the health & safety protocols that are unique to the Pilates Center.

Pilates Center Reopening Information
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