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Woking Dance Space - Back to the Studio – important info for users!
August 23, 2020
We have has reviewed the Government guidelines on procedures and protocols needed in order to return to live studio classes. The main points that you need to know are below, the full policy is available on request!
Please remember that Government advice is fluid, and the below may need to change at very little, or no notice.
All users of the studio attend at their own risk and we ask that anyone showing symptoms or feeling unwell does not attend.
Booking and paying for classes
We are limiting all classes to 13 dancers. To try and equalize access, and collect details necessary for track-and-trace, all classes must be booked and paid for online, in advance, using the WDS on-line store.
Drop in & pay on the day is not available. If you have not booked, you will not be able to take the class, even if there appears to be space. This is to allow our teachers to concentrate on teaching class, and not worrying about taking track-and-trace details or handling payments.
All classes will be available to book for 7 days, up to midnight before the day of the class. e.g. Monday classes will be available to book Monday - Sunday, Tuesday classes can be booked Tuesday - Monday and so on.
Refunds will only be given if the booking is cancelled with at least 24hrs notice, when the attendee has to self isolate, or is unwell. E.g. class booked for Monday Lyrical Jazz at 7:30pm, you have up to 7:30pm on the Sunday to cancel to get a refund.
There will be no concessions for classes, all classes will cost £5.
At the Mayford Centre
Please minimise personal belongings brought with you to the studio. There will be no access to the changing area or the kitchen, this is to reduce the number of potential contact points which can transmit the virus.
The Mayford Centre's toilet facilities are available, however, we have no control or responsibility for their cleaning, so advise only using them if absolutely necessary.
Entering the studio
We must use separate routes for entering and exiting the studio.
Entrance to the studio will be via the spiral Fire Escape.
Please arrive in good time for your class. Just before the class start time, please gather, in a socially distant manner, at the bottom of the fire escape stairs, located on the ‘other’ side of the building to the normal blue door. Do not ascend the stairs until invited to do so by the teacher, and once invited up, do so carefully and spaced out.
At the top of the stairs/studio door, remove your outdoor shoes on the mat provided, clean your hands (either using your own de-sanitiser or the one provided). As usual, no outdoor shoes worn in the studio itself please – to protect the floor.
Please do not use the cubbies for your possessions as this creates a pinch point and extra area to clean. Place your belongings around the studio, against the wall or mirrors, and take your position at the barre or in the studio nearest to your belongings.
We have marked out 2m 'grid' on the floor of the studio to assist with social distancing. Please be aware of spacing while dancing and moving around the studio. Just because you feel comfortable being closer to people doesn't mean everyone else in the studio shares that belief.
There will be no access to the kitchen area including the sink or cupboards, so please bring your own water bottle and check it is full in advance.
Exiting the studio
Classes will be 5 minutes shorter to allow cleaning to take place between classes. The teachers will be wiping down the barres (if used) and common contact points like door handles. Please leave promptly to allow for the cleaning and to allow the next class to enter safely.
At the end of class, gather your belongings and move to the kitchen area. Put on outdoor shoes in the kitchen area and leave via the usual route through the Mayford Centre to the car park. When in the Mayford Centre, please observe the signs and instructions.
Any property left behind at the end of a session will need to be disposed of immediately.
Track and trace
If a confirmed case is reported, WDS will use the information collected during the booking process to contact people in that class, including the teacher, and follow the Track and Trace procedure including advising the Government guidelines to follow. This may include getting tested, and isolating for the required amount of time.
If you become unwell and test positive for Covid-19, please let the Studio Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org) or a Trustee know as soon as possible.
Autum 2020 Classes
July 19, 2020
We are closely reviewing all of the Government guidance with the view to re-opening the studio in September.
As I am sure you will understand there will be restrictions on the number of people we can have in a class, and you will need to pay for all classes in advance online. The exact details will be posted here just as soon as we have worked out all of the
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update
March 24, 2020
Following the latest government statement of Monday 23rd March, 2020, the Woking Dance Space studio is closed to customers.
All classes and rehearsals have been cancelled until further notice.
Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update
March 17, 2020
We have been keeping an eye on the changing situation related to the virus and regretfully believe that it will be in everyone’s best interests to suspend classes FROM TOMORROW (Wednesday 18th March) until further notice, but likely until after Easter, and to close Sunday rehearsals for at least the next two weeks.
At this time, We do not intend to announce cancellation of the show – obviously the venue is currently shut, but as May is still some time away,we feel it would be precipitate to make any decision at this point. We may, however, have to have an updated rehearsal schedule to cover the gaps.
We will continue making announcements along the normal channels, so do keep looking out on our various social media groups and the website. We want to reassure you that our community still exists with our shared love of dancing, and we will be there for each other!We all look forward to it all blowing over and in the mean time, even if its just in your kitchen, keep dancing!!
New Dance floor
January 3, 2019
We have a new shiny dance floor!!
Being a professional (and therefore expensive!!) commodity we have purchased to improve our facilities for you, our lovely dancers, we ask that everyone helps us look after it.
You can help by;
- Removing outdoor footwear BEFORE going into the studio, (still of course using the cubbies to store your personal bits and bobs!)
- Tappers – checking your shoes for loose or protruding screws!
- Keeping an eye out for loose edges or tapes. Spare tape is in the cupboard under the stairs if needed but do let the Teacher or one of the Trustees know if you spot anything that doesn’t look right!
May 24, 2018
Like many groups Woking Dance Space has been preparing for GDPR which come into effect on the 25th May 2018.
The first thing to say is we have always taken very seriously our duty to take care of your personal information. We have never passed on dancers details to other companies for marketing purposes, and we won't be starting now!
As a subscriber to our dancers mailing list you receive updates because you have requested (or consented) to receive them. But of course you have to option to unsubscribe at any time, and would be immediately removed from the mailing list.
If you are still happy to hear from us then you don't need to do anything more, and we'll continue to keep you up to date with classes and events at Woking Dance Space.
Eastbourne Dance Space
January 1, 2015
We have great pleasure in introducing Eastbourne Dance Space, a sister studio to Woking Dance Space, opening in January 2015.
The studio has been established by Claire Tabraham, who was previously a teacher and trustee at WDS. They are starting with a great timetable including Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Contemporary classes running during the daytime and evenings.
We wish Claire every success with her new venture. If you are in the Eastbourne area and are looking for a dance class you know where to go..
Hot Hot Hot !
July 22, 2013
Members of Woking Dance Space braved the 30 degree heat on 13th July to perform in Woking’s summer event, Party in the Park.
They presented three popular pieces from our recent show (Taylor, Runaway Baby and Zorbing), as well as reprised the pretty Village Fete ballet from a previous show.
These were performed on the Main Stage and the Big Top – both only a few degrees shy of temperatures hot enough to melt the dance floor.
A group of our dancers also performed in Encounter, a 20 minute long piece, themed around the idea of journeys and involving other community groups, choreographed by Temujin (of Olympic dancing-nurses fame!) and danced in weather defying wellies and rucksacks.
The liberal application of iced water bottles and towels kept everyone on their feet, and WDS proved yet again that they are one of the best community dance groups in the area!
Many thanks to everyone who came and supported us!
Dance classes and workshop with the Royal Ballet
August 1, 2012
On 1st September 2012 we are hosting a day of dance classes taught by members of the Royal Ballet, followed by a cocktail party, to help raise funds for a project called INALA (‘An abundance of goodwill’).
The project aims to celebrate and raise awareness of South African culture, with music by Ladysmith Black Mambazo, choreography by Mark Baldwin and dancers from the Royal Ballet and Rambert.
The project is being managed by Sisters Grimm, with support from the Royal Ballet, Rambert and Sadler's Wells Theatre, where it will be performed in July 2013.
To book your place for the INALA Masterclasses and Cocktail Party
|Ballet Masterclass||10:00 - 11:15||ages 11 - 16 (Intermediate standard)|
|Ballet Masterclass||11:30 - 1:00||ages 13 - 18 (pre-professional standard)|
|Ballet Masterclass||1:30 - 3:00||adults aged 16+ (Inter / Adv standard)|
|Ballet Repertoire||3:00 - 4:00||adults|
|Cocktail Party||7:30pm onwards||with members of the INALA project|
Classes cost £20 each. Please email@example.com with your booking information and post cheque to Woking Dance Space, Mayford Centre, Smarts Heath Rd, Mayford, Surrey GU22 0PP.
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