COVID-19 Updates

Latest Update: May 22, 2020

Scotiabank Dance Centre will remain closed until June 1, 2020. Dance Centre performances and events have been cancelled, postponed or moved online until the end of June.

Artists and renters, please head here for more detailed information.

As BC enters phase 2 of its restart plan, we are working hard to re-open Scotiabank Dance Centre following the guidelines of our local Health Authority. This will mean a gradual re-opening in stages, to ensure the safety of everyone in the building.

Please read the following information carefully:

June 1: limited re-opening

On June 1, Scotiabank Dance Centre will re-open in a reduced capacity. Renters are welcome to make bookings during this time but please note:

  • Opening hours are Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm only.
  • Maximum capacity in each studio during this period is 3 people: limiting the numbers initially will help guide us as we move forward to open the studios to more people in the future.

Mid-June Onwards

This plan will be evaluated every two weeks to determine the feasibility of increasing the capacity in the studios, and the extension of opening hours to evenings and/or weekends.

Please note that in order to adhere to the physical distancing recommendations of our Health Authority, the maximum capacity of the studios for the foreseeable future has been assessed as:

  • Small Zagar 3 people & Marcuse 4 people
  • Medium Jandali & Jarislowsky 6 people
  • Large Birmingham & Kraul/Strate 9 people

Renters that are currently booked and are not able to meet these guidelines will not incur cancellation fees. Please advise if this is the case so that we can release your bookings.

New Safety Protocols

For the safety of all, we are implementing the following protocols:

  • Masks – Every person entering the building must wear a mask in all the common areas (ie everywhere except in the studios). If you do not have your own mask, disposable masks will be provided at the front desk at a cost of $2.00 incl GST.
  • Physical Distancing – Decals are situated throughout the building to guide in the 2 metre physical distancing measures as directed by the Provincial Health Authority. Access to the building will not be permitted until there is sufficient space in the lobby.
  • Buffer times – between each studio booking.
  • Hand Sanitizers – More sanitizer dispensers have been placed throughout the building.
  • Cleaning – We are increasing cleaning of all touch-points in the building, and studios will be cleaned after each use.
  • Shoe Bags – Please bring a bag to hold your shoes and place on the mat located at each studio entrance.
  • No bare feet – in the studios or anywhere in the building
  • Contact Tracing – We will ask everyone for a phone number as they sign in. Please bring your own pen to sign in.
  • Contactless payments only for bookings (no cash)
  • Barriers – To protect staff and visitors, a plexiglass barrier is installed at the front desk.
  • Elevator – maximum 2 people in the elevator; elevator will be up only, please use the stairs to descend.
  • Changerooms – maximum 3 people at any one time.
  • Lounge – The 5th floor lounge is no longer open, and the fridge, microwave and kitchen equipment will not be available. The water filter can be used.

Scotiabank Dance Centre COVID-19 Protocols

We are involved in discussions with staff, artists, and partners locally, regionally, nationwide and internationally to reimagine how dance can thrive. You can be assured that we take this situation very seriously, and we’re striving to make choices that ensure the safety of artists, participants, patrons, and the wider community.

Thank you for your patience and support in these unprecedented and very difficult times, as we work to find a way to navigate our new reality.

Our staff continue to work remotely from home – please stay in touch: follow us on social media for further information and updates. We will get through this and come together once again to celebrate the art form we love!

Stay safe,
Mirna Zagar
Executive Director, The Dance Centre