Carolyn Dutra Dance Studio
Tradition...with an EDGE
Studios in Warwick, Cranston, Smithfield, RI
Winner BEST Dance School in RI, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
In-Studio Guidelines
CDDS In Studio COVID19 Waiver.pdf
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COVID19 Screening Tool 7.3.20.pdf
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COVID-19 Face covering.pdf
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Last updated 9/15/20. This page will be updated as we enter different phases and seasons/weather change.
Mommy & Me parents are considered dancers and will stay with their child at all times :)
Camps see website for specific details.

We are so glad to be able to provide a safe happy place for our dancers. Thank you for your trust and dedication to our CDDS family.
CDDS is following all Covid government guidelines in order to remain open. CDDS Staff are ready to take care of your children's needs and safety while inside the Studio.
  • It is of utmost important that no one enter the Studio if they have any sick symptoms. 
    • Take temperature and review screening tool each day of class. 
    • Absent students may make up in available online classes. In-Studio makeups are not permitted due to Covid guidelines.
  • If any students who comes in-Studio or their parents test positive for Covid, please notify the Studio via email immediately. info@carolyndutradancestudio.com
  • All students and staff must wear masks at all times inside the Studio and during class.
  • Class curriculums have been adapted for social distancing and mask wearing.
  • Due to limited parking, vehicles cannot remain in the Studio parking lot during class. Please drop off your student and promptly exit the parking lot to make room for the next class.
Preschool/Primary parents:
With social distancing requirements, it is important that in-Studio students can change their own shoes and use the bathroom on their own. Please have your child practice independently putting on and off their own Ballet and Tap shoes, taking their own leotard and tights off and on when using the bathroom, and being comfortable wearing a mask for the duration of class. Parents are not permitted inside the Studio.

Know before you go:
  • If anyone feels sick - stay home.
  • If dancers travel to a state which RI requires a 14 day quarantine upon return, within 14 days of class, they are not able to attend. RIDOH
  • Regardless of outside socialization, social distancing must be maintained at all times while at the Studio. Please follow all protocols set up inside and outside the building as we must uphold our COVID-19 Control Plan.
  • Masks must be on at all times inside the Studio and when lined up outside (upon exiting vehicle).
  • Neck gaiters and bandanas not permitted.
  • Only students and Staff are permitted inside the Studio. 
  • Always line up outside 5 minutes before your class begins, don't wait to be called in.
  • There is no use of changing areas. Bathrooms are available for use by dancers and Staff.
  • Arrive no earlier than 5 minutes before class begins for drop off/ends for pickup. It is very important to arrive on time. Late arrivals may not be allowed in, late pickups will challenge flow for other classes.
  • Do before you go:
  • Review Screening Tool every time you are coming to the Studio- if you answer Yes to any of the questions, do not come.
    • It is important this Screening Tool is taken most seriously and honestly. 
  • Take dancer's temperature before leaving home. Temperature of 100.4 F is considered a fever - stay home.
  • Bring student to the bathroom and change into dance clothes at home before coming to the Studio.  We want to limit bathroom usage and crossing paths as much as possible.  The bathroom is available for emergencies, but if we can avoid the "potty parade" we would like to try :)
  • Make sure your online account contact information is up to date incase we need to reach you. Anyone doing drop off/pickup should be in your account.
What to wear:
  • Dress Code - Hair must be securely pulled back and not fixed during class. (Use hair elastics, no scrunchies)
  • Correct dance shoes must be worn during class. Students may not be barefoot.
  • Arrive in just your dance clothes, hair done, mask on, specified dance shoes on, easy on/off slide sandals, mask. (Do not wear dance shoes on ground outside.)
  • Arrival dance shoes (inside slides sandals) by class:
    • Mommy & Me: Ballet shoes, Parent must wear socks
    • Preschool: Ballet shoes
    • Primary: Ballet shoes
    • Primary + Acro Combo: Ballet shoes
    • Level 1-2 Ballet + Jazz/Tap Combo: Ballet shoes
    • Level 3-4 Contemporary + Jazz + Tap Combo: Contemporary
    • Acro: barefoot
    • Hip Hop: Arrive in just slides sandals, do not wear Hip Hop sneakers on ground outside
What to bring:
  • By Class:
    • Mommy & Me: Props in a small bag
    • Preschool: Carry Tap shoes in-hand
    • Primary: Carry Tap shoes in-hand
    • Primary + Acro Combo: Tap shoes, extra mask in zip-loc bag, and water bottle in small dance bag. 
    • Level 1-2 Ballet + Jazz/Tap Combo: Tap and Jazz shoes in small dance bag. Black dance shorts/leggings optional for Jazz/Tap
    • Level 3-4 Contemporary + Jazz + Tap Combo: Tap and Jazz shoes in small dance bag. Black dance shorts/leggings optional for Jazz/Tap
    • Acro: nothing
    • Hip Hop: Hip Hop sneakers in-hand.
  • Printed filled out and signed Waiver on your first visit to the Studio. 
  • Mommy & Me: Bring your own props in a small bag: 6"-12" ball, rhythm sticks (ie. wooden kitchen utensils, Lummi sticks), scarf, small stuffed animal, stickers, shaker toy (ie. percussion egg, rattle). Car keys can be store in bag during class.
  • Do not bring cell phones, dance bag, food/drink, or anything else. Car keys may be left in waiting room with shoes. Certain longer classes will be allowed to bring a small water bottle and will be notified. 
Arrival/Drop Off Process:
  • Use the bathroom before arriving to the Studio.
  • Arrive 5 minutes before your class start time and remain in vehicle until Studio opens. A staff member will come outside.
  • Always park in Studio parking lot.
  • Arrive no earlier than 5 minutes before class begins for drop off. It is very important to arrive on time. Late arrivals may not be allowed in. Early and late arrivals will challenge flow for other classes.
  • Parents, promptly return to vehicle and exit the parking lot to make room for the next class. Cars cannot remain parked in the Studio parking lot during classes (except for Mommy & Me).
  • Put on specified dance shoes noted above in What To Wear, slide sandals and mask before exiting your car. (Do not wear dance shoes on ground outside.)
  • Studio doors open 5 minutes before your scheduled class start time for screening and entrance process. Line up outside on distance markers.
  • Warwick Studio: Front Room classes - line up at front door.   Back Room classes - line up at back door
    • Students 9 and under-  Parent line up with student 5 minutes before class begins, exit vehicle with mask on and line up with student outside on distance markers until they enter the Studio, and then return to vehicle.
    • Students 10 and up - Just dancer line up outside 5 minutes before class begins. Parents may remain in vehicle.
  • Smithfield & Cranston Studios: All classes enter through front entrance
    • Students 11 and under- Parent line up with student 5 minutes before class begins, exit vehicle with mask on and line up with student outside on distance markers until they enter the Studio, and then return to vehicle.
    • Students 12 and up - Just dancer line up outside 5 minutes before class begins. Parents may remain in vehicle.
  • Closed Class, Preparatory, Pee Wee Company- Students may line up alone. Parents may line up with dancers if preferred.
  • Upon entering the Studio, students remove sandals, sanitize hands, staff take contactless temperature and then guide student to designated dancing space with dance shoes in-hand.
    • If Studio thermometer reads temperature of 100.4 F or higher, parent will be called to pick up dancer. Staff will wait with dancer outside the building.
During Class:
  • Classrooms and curriculum have been redisigned to uphold government guidelines and additional safety measures.
  • Students will remain inside the same dance room for the entirety of the class.
  • Bathroom should be used only if absolutely necessary. Student must notify Office Staff after use to sanitize room.
  • Dance shoes must be worn during class, dancers may not dance barefoot.
Exit/Pick Up Process:
  • Parents arrive 5 minutes before the end of your dancer's class. Staff will dismiss students one at a time.
  • Always park in Studio parking lot.
  • Warwick Studio: Front Room classes - line up at front door.   Back Room classes - line up at back door
    • Students 9 and under-  Parent line up 2 minutes before class ends, exit vehicle with mask on and line up outside on distance markers for dancer to meet you, and then return to vehicle.
    • Students 10 and up - Parents may remain in vehicle. Students will be dismissed one at a time.
  • Smithfield & Cranston Studios: All classes enter through front entrance
    • Students 11 and under- Parent line up 2 minutes before class ends, exit vehicle with mask on and line up outside on distance markers for dancer to meet you, and then return to vehicle.
    • Students 12 and up - Parents may remain in vehicle. Students will be dismissed 2 minutes before class ends, exit vehicle with mask on and line up outside on distance markers for dancer to meet you, and then return to vehicle.
  • Closed Class, Preparatory, Pee Wee Company- Parent line up on distance markers 5 minutes before end of class. Dancers will be dismissed to you one at a time.  Pickup person must be 16+ (It's nighttime at pickup, we would like parents to exit cars and get young dancers)
  • Please promptly return to your vehicle and exit the parking to make room for the next class.
  • Arrive no earlier than 5 minutes before class ends for pickup. It is very important to arrive on time. 
  • Early pickups are not permitted. Early and late pickups will challenge flow for other classes.
Notes:
  • Parents, please do not congregate outside the Studio.  Arrive only 5 minutes before class begins/ends and exit the parking lot promptly to make room for the next class. If you are too early or late, it will interfere with flow of other classes.
  • When purchasing a mask for dance, Athlete and Bloch make one that Miss Carolyn suggests. Block masks available at Competitors Closet in Warwick. See information regarding approved face coverings.
  • Neck gaiters and bandanas not permitted.
  • Mommy & Me: We kindly prefer that dancers ages 18 months - 23 months wear masks. However, we understand this is not required by government guidelines and if it is not possible, it is okay.
If a student tests positive for Covid-19 or is exposed to someone who tested positive for Covid-19 please email the Studio right away.
  • Email info@CarolynDutraDanceStudio.com
  • All identities will be kept confidential among CDDS staff.
  • If a student tests positive for Covid-19: Per the RI Dept of Health, classes they attended within 48 hours before their first symptom and after, will be notified of exposure and all of the students and staff must get tested and quarantine. Those students and staff cannot enter the Studio until completion of quarantine and receiving a negative test. Negative test result must be submitted to Studio to return. Tuition does not alter and there are no refunds.
  • If a parent tests positive for Covid-19: Per the RI Dept of Health, their student must get tested and begin quarantine. The student cannot enter the Studio until completion of quarantine and receiving a negative test. Negative test result must be submitted to Studio to return. Their class does not need to be notified, quarantine or get tested unless the student tests positive. Tuition does not alter and there are no refunds.
  • If a CDDS staff member tests positive for Covid-19: Per the RI Dept of Health, classes they taught within 48 hours before their first symptom and after, will be notified of exposure and all of the students must get tested and quarantine. Those students and staff cannot enter the Studio until completion of quarantine and receiving a negative test. Negative test result must be submitted to Studio to return. Tuition does not alter and there are no refunds.