A Message From Peter & Paz
Dec 19th, 2020
Hi Everyone – it’s been a while since our last update, and a lot of virus-water has flowed under the bridge since then. Normally, within our regular schedule, Dec 18th would have been our last day for a couple of weeks, but now, who knows – indeed, who knows what normal even is anymore…..
We’ve had zero communication with anyone regarding a return to drop-in’s. Initially, there was talk about reviewing the situation in the new year, but there’s no chance of that happening for a while yet as nobody knows anything, so what’s the point. Yes, there is a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel, but best guess right now is that the 2020/21 dance season is a right off – sincerely hope that’s wrong, but it’s probably a little wishful thinking on our part.
Here’s wishing you all a safe comfy calm holiday season and beyond, as we all hold our breath waiting for our own individual V-day. Stay active and try to get a few practice dance steps in here and there!
Paz & Peter
Important Update – Oct 15th 2020
All Drop-ins cancelled until further notice
Due to mounting concerns about the Covid19 situation, SD#57, the owners of the Highland Centre, have cancelled all social activity at our dance venue.
News of this action has been passed along to us by our landlords, the YMCA, and is effective immediately until further notice.
There will be no drop-in session Friday (16th) or any other date until at least the end of 2020.
We are told that the situation will be reviewed at the end of the year and a new determination made at that time.
Naturally, Dance North is very disappointed with this turn of events, but as we have been advising all along, it comes as no surprise in this current climate. Any pre-paid fees for November will be refunded.
We will stay in touch with the situation and keep you posted.
Please pass along this information to anyone you know that might be affected by the cancellation.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns – contact info below:
Peter: 250-961-1111 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Paz: 250-640-0490 – email@example.com
2020/2021 Season – Sept to May
There will be a Sani Station at the door for all attendees. Please Mask-up and use Sani wipes or Sanitizer before moving on to mandatory registration. If we employ the recommendations below, together we will create the safest dance environment possible for everyone to enjoy.
Firstly, we are still at the Highland Centre Wed & Fri @ 7:30, beginning Wed Sept 9th, so that part stays the same, however we need to emphasise that everything will now operate on a “month to month” basis, so we all need to be prepared for change or re-direction at any time. Your participation and support is more critical than ever if we hope to keep this dance group active and successful in these trying times
$7 at the door – first come, first served – no refunds
$20 per/mth in advance for all the Wednesday Classes – first come, first served – no refunds
$30 per/mth in advance for ALL Classes – includes Wed & Fri – first come, first served – no refunds
Overall attendance is on a first come first served basis and limited to 22 attendees
We will now be focusing on one dance style per/mth, with some reviews – please see the Covid Edition schedule. Most months will cover 4 weekly sessions
Partnering will be restricted to a regular partner that you attend with only. Singles can arrange to attend with a permanent partner between themselves – no rotation
Covid19 Regulations & Registration:
Under the Emergency Program Act (EPA), the BC COVID-19 Related Measures Act (CRMA) is kicking into high gear with enforcement becoming more rigorous as we move into a potential second wave in BC. The consequences of organising a group activity that does not conform to Government regulations are serious, and can result in fines up to several thousand dollars. That aside, our primary focus needs to be based on health and safety. The onus is on all of us to be diligent in our approach to living within this new order and all the implications and risks that involves
As organisers, DN has certain very clear responsibilities, so we have implemented a number of new procedures for our drop-in sessions – please read all the material provided in order to make a smooth transition from the way we were used to things pre-Covid
Each attendee will always be required to register. Please read and sign the “onetime” Attendee Release & Waiver Form for the 2020/2021 season which will be kept on file
Every attendee will be required to confirm attendance at each drop-in by way of a daily drop-in sheet – this must contain correct, up-to-date contact information for tracing purposes
Clean face masks will be required to be worn at all times (instructors will drop their masks while instructing the group at a safe distance) – dancers are asked to bring their own masks. The type and choice of mask or face shield is left to the wearer’s discretion
Regular hand washing is highly recommended
Awareness and common sense to be applied to distancing practices – due to its very nature, dance presents an extra challenge in this area
Use of Sani products recommended when/where practical – again, dancers asked to bring their own Sani wipes or Sanitizer
We are required by the Highland Centre to wipe down everything and sanitise before and after dance – anything that each individual can do to assist with this process will be most welcomed
Learn With Us
Dancing is a unique form of exercise as it provides the health benefits of aerobic exercise while allowing you to engage in a comfortable, social environment. Physical benefits aside, dancing has a way of brightening up a person’s day!
Does your level of dance determine or even restrict the type of social event you might attend? On a particular occasion we overheard someone saying that, although they would love to, they were not going to a particular prominent dinner & dance event in town because they couldn’t dance well enough – how unfortunate, especially when that scenario is so avoidable. A little commitment, a little determination and yes, regular practice, and most anyone can become a proficient enough dancer to have the confidence to attend any type dance event they like.
Dance North offers regular practice in a comfortable and friendly environment. We work on basics, lead and follow, frame and dance floor etiquette, from beginner to intermediate levels. With all our dance sessions, we focus heavily on fundamentals and basics. With these elements in place, it creates a solid platform for any level of advancement.
Drop-Ins – Cancelled Until Further Notice
Please note that Dance North is a SCENT FREE environment.
Weekly drop in’s are held Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:30, September through to June. ($5/person – no coins please)
Y Annex at 155 McDermid Drive (Highland Development Centre)
About this Website
This website is set up to provide the basics on background information and contact details for Dance North. We do not post to this website on a daily basis, so for the very latest information and schedules, please go to contacts for email or phone information – we will be very happy to pass along the skinny on what’s happening at that particular time.
Also see our New Years Eve event, Boogie with the Stars, which is held every 2 years.
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To allay any concerns on a point of personal privacy, we at Dance North wish to assure you that we do not monitor or log the emails or IP addresses of those who read our correspondence or visit our website. We have better things to do with our time, such as focusing on dance and sharing that experience with you.