Hey there, FTT family and welcome back to another blog post! As you all know, we are in the midst of heading back to our favorite studios for another dance season. And as we prepare to get back to the grind, let’s talk about a very important aspect of being a teacher: the responsibility of keeping our dance studio rooms clean. Though we may not always speak about it, dance studio rooms (just like any other classroom) can be a breeding ground for germs, especially during cold & flu season. That’s why in this post, we’ll be going over a few cleaning techniques that teachers can put in place in between classes to help keep their teaching grounds as clean as possible. We even have a couple of tips for studio owners that can really cut down on the chances of bacteria growth and spreading throughout the studio. Let’s get right into it!
- Lysol Is A Barre’s Best Friend
I’ve seen it, I’m sure you’ve seen it, I’m positive we’ve all seen it. That moment in class when you watch someone take their hand off the barre, sneeze or cough in said hand, and then place it right back on the barre. While back in the day that would be a common, and often overlooked occurrence, in this day and age we have now been made aware of how unsanitary this actually is. This is where our first tip comes in. While you can’t just stop the whole class and say “Hold on everyone, I need to Lysol the barres!”, it is definitely wise to Lysol the barres in your studio room in between classes! This vastly reduces the chance for germs to not only live on surfaces, but also prevent them from moving on to the next class that you have coming in.
- Hand Sanitation Stations
If you know me, then you know that I am an avid believer in hand sanitizer, even before a global pandemic. I always have, and still do, keep it on hand with me whether I’m teaching a class or taking one. That’s why our second tip is to set up sanitation stations in your classroom. Harkening back to tip number one, the main difference between now and then is that now people are much more conscious of sneezing or coughing in their hands and simply moving on. Today, people are far more apt to grab some sanitizer and wash their hands for their own sake and for the sake of others. So having a place where students can get sanitizer, kleenex, etc. is both ideal, convenient and necessary for every time of year.
- Clorox Wipes Come In Clutch
For equipment such as acro mats, yoga blocks and therabands, Clorox wipes are a fantastic and quick option to get things clean, fast! Like we mentioned in the first tip, by taking a Clorox wipe and cleaning any intricate surfaces and smaller equipment pieces in between classes, you’ll lessen the chances of passing germs along from one class to another. Achieving the goal of keeping your classroom clean for your students and for yourself as well!
- Proper Ventilation
This next tip is perfect for studio owners to take into account, which is make sure that your studio is equipped with proper ventilation. Cleaning your vents and changing your filters once a month or more is a fantastic way to ensure that germs and bacteria are not able to live in the atmosphere. Though it may sound super simple, goodness, does it make the biggest and best difference!
- Take Covid Precautions If Concerned
Finally, our last tip is one that we find very important to cover and that is to take covid precautions if you have any lingering concerns. For the last two years, we’ve been on a complete rollercoaster with covid numbers, safety precautions and wondering what our “normal” may be. At this point in time, precautions are all based off personal choice and comfortability. With that being said, as a studio owner, if you would like to implement practices such as taking temperatures before class, social distance lines or masks when the numbers are high, we support you 100 percent. As teachers and studio owners, it is so important to make decisions that are in the best interest of your students and staff. So in this final tip, we encourage you to trust your gut and do what you believe is best!
As always, we thank you so much for hanging out with us on this lovely Friday! We hope these tips were able to give more insight on how we can look out for our students and each other in this area during this brand new dance season. We wish you a beautiful weekend and remember…