COVID updates and policies will be updated here as needed.
Please keep in mind that all is subjective to change.
SINGLE Studio Entry Competition
Studios and performers will be allowed into the venue based on a timeline, about 30-min prior to their scheduled performance time slot. A strict schedule will be followed by all registered studios, performers and families.
Each venue has their own occupancy guidelines; we anticipate being able to allow 1-2 guests/chaperones per dancer plus the dance studio staff into the venue. This is venue specific and we cannot guarantee we will be allowed to have an audience, as each state operates under its own guidelines. Studio directors will be given advanced notification of the specific venue restrictions, and requirements regarding capacity limits.
All attendees WILL BE REQUIRED to wear a face mask/covering properly at all times while in the venue. Only dancers will be permitted to remove the face covering while performing LIVE on stage. Once again this may change due to venue specific requirements. We will follow, and enforce, all venue guidelines for the safety of all involved, including our staff members.
Venue Specific – Studio directors will be given advanced notification of the specific venue requirements regarding the use of props.
Dance Studio owners will provide the order for all performances. Please note there will only be ONE studio in the building and ONE studio performing LIVE on stage. Our events will now be LIVE STREAMED so everyone can enjoy watching the event from the comfort and safety of your own home. Parents and/or spectators are not allowed in the backstage area at any time.
After each studio performs on stage they will take home their Adjudicated Awards. All Overall and Specialty Awards will be presented virtually via LIVE STREAM on Tuesday following the competition at 6pm (Local time of the Event city). We will ship all of the High Point & Specialty Awards directly to the studio director.
ADDITIONAL ITEMS TO KEEP YOU SAFE & HEALTHY
CLEANING & SANITIZING: We will be cleaning and thoroughly sanitizing between studios and/or sections. Gems will partner with a top-notch janitorial distribution company, to provide the best and most efficient products available for cleaning and sanitizing our competition space, utilizing effective products for combatting COVID-19. These include disinfectants for floors and high touch surfaces, sneeze guards, social distancing signage, bodily fluid spill kits, etc.
PREVENTATIVE MEASURES: As the health and safety of all involved and attending our events are of the utmost importance, please know that extensive measures have been implemented that include wearing masks, health screening for staff members, and touchless infrared thermometers. We will temperature check and symptom check dancers, their guests, and studio personnel when they arrive. An official waiver will need to be completed and signed prior to arrival at the competition. You can electronically sign and complete the waiver prior to arrival.
MERCHANDISE: The Merchandise area will be a no-touch display, at this time we will not permit the trying on of our garments and merchandise, all merchandise will be handled by Gems crew until purchased. All sales are FINAL. Social distancing will be enforced and encouraged.
DRESSING ROOMS: Distancing will be required in ALL dressing room locations and backstage areas. Dancers should arrive in FULL costume and make up for their first performance. Please note that costumes and props are completely optional. Scores will not be impacted should anyone choose not to wear costumes.
PHYSICAL DISTANCING: Please keep a physical distance of six feet between yourself and others. Please do not hug, high-five, or shake hands with anyone.
Thank you again for your loyalty and support, we can not wait to WELCOME you back to the Gems stage! We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we make the comeback to dance as supportive and safe as possible for all involved.