COVID 19 Update - Our Plan for 2021!
From the Encore DCS family, thank you for your support this year. Although we missed seeing so many of you, we are grateful we were able to hold many of our events this season and look forward to a brighter 2021!
Until further notice we will plan our competitions with the following procedures in place to assist with social distancing and increased safety and sanitation. Each city and venue has different rules and guidelines, but the information below outlines how most events are being run at this time. In the event that rules are different in a particular city, teachers will receive a detailed email with information at least two weeks prior to the event.
We strongly encourage a maximum of 2 spectators for every dancer.
Because seating is based on guidelines set by the venue and local government, seats will be limited and we kindly ask that you encourage parents to exit the space when their students are not performing so that others have a chance to watch their children. Saving seats by placing personal belongings on chairs will not be allowed due to limited capacity.
Dressing room space will be assigned and each studio will have a designated area. We ask that only one adult per child is in the dressing room, with no additional siblings or friends. For students that are only competing solos, we highly encourage you to come dressed and ready to perform, as space is limited. If possible, we encourage students over the age of 12 to help each other with quick changes so we can limit the number of people in the dressing room.
For group competition only, each studio will be assigned a "meeting space" to gather for warming up and dressing for one hour prior to your session. You will be able to move to the dressing room behind the stage after the previous session has ended and we have sanitized the area.
Solo and duet/trio competition will be scheduled as normal, but in smaller groups to lower the number of people involved at a time.
Group Competition will be divided into sessions. There will be a limited number of studios in each session of the competition and the auditorium will be sectioned off so that each studio will have a separate seating area. Please ask your parents and students to only be in the auditorium during the session in which your studio competes and to sit in the designated seating area reserved for your studio indicated with signs. There will be a 10-15 minute judges break between group sessions so that the area can be sanitized.
Solo/Duet/Trio awards will be in person with limited numbers of people in each ceremony. We will have a designated area on stage for each studio. Awards will also be live streamed for those that prefer to watch virtually!
Studios have the choice of watching group awards virtually OR participating in an in person ceremony on stage. If your studio is participating on stage we kindly ask each studio to select one representative from each routine to represent you on stage. We will have a designated area on stage for each studio. We encourage all other students and parents to watch awards via live stream. Packets with award pins for each student will not be handed out on stage. Teachers can pick up award packets in the lobby following each group awards ceremony. If your studio chooses to participate virtually teachers should pick up awards before the end of the competition weekend. Trophies and awards cannot be shipped after the event.
Our mask policy is based on the local government and the venue at the time of the competition. At this time, masks are required for all spectators in most venues. Students do not have to wear masks when they are performing, but should wear one at all other times. If dancers choose to wear masks on stage there will certainly be no penalty or deduction.
Photos and videos of each routine are provided at no additional cost! Teachers will receive an email with your media password and more information. Media will be available at www.encoredcs.com within five days of the event.
As always, we offer live stream of all performances! We invite and encourage family and friends to watch online, especially the elderly, high-risk individuals or those with underlying health conditions.
Teachers must submit a signed waiver for each student before the studio is allowed to compete.
Studios are eligible for a full refund if the event is cancelled. It is our policy to only discuss financial matters with teachers and studio owners.
Your health and safety is of utmost importance to us and we will continue working with each venue to ensure the most sanitary environments for your dancers. Guidelines and mandates in each city and state may differ and we will continue to update you on any changes to the guidelines above. Please let us know if you have any questions. As always, we are here to help in any way we can. We know you and your students are continuing to work so hard during this time and we are so proud of your dedication and perseverance. We can't wait to see you on the Encore DCS stage soon!
Encore DCS Directors
203 West Butler Street
Lexington, SC 29072