COVID-19 Updates

Summer 2021 Update: Per the CDC recent guideline changes, and based on the distance protocols we will maintain, student face masks will be optional this summer. We will continue to maintain our enhanced cleaning. Academy Faculty and A-Team members who have completed vaccinations and present their vaccination cards to our director may continue to wear masks at their discretion or remove them while teaching.

365 Days Later, Silver Linings in an Anniversary: Our 5-Star Studio Safety Pledge

Friday the 13th of March, 2020, Governor Noem announced school closures for South Dakota in response to a global COVID-19 pandemic.  Continuously serving our dancing families was top priority! Within 48 hours the Academy of Dance Arts restructured to “open” Monday on a virtual platform, one of the first studios in the nation to continue […]

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How we returned to safer celebrations: Oz Reimagined 2020

“Thank you for being a catalyst and leading the HOW to return to safer gatherings!” The Rushmore Plaza Civic Center shared news of the impact the Academy of Dance Arts’ September performances have already had on the greater Rapid City Community in their Monday meeting with Studio Artistic Director, Julie A. McFarland. According to Theatre […]

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COVID-19 Update – August 25, 2020 – We Are Ready for YOU! Back to Studio Procedures

We’re excited to have you back in the studios! We created a video to help show you what to expect when returning to dance and in-person classes. Please watch the video for our return to studio COVID-19 procedures designed to keep everyone safe and healthy. It provides guidance on what to expect, how to enter […]

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COVID-19 Update – August 10, 2020

Julie McFarland, Owner and Director of the Academy of Dance Arts, has family members and friends in the health care industry, links to the CDC, and in June 2020 traveled to Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, with her husband, witnessing first-hand the systems, policies and processes surrounding the re-opening protocols in safer ways amid the COVID-19 […]

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COVID-19 Update – June 1, 2020

Re: Important Fall 2020 Season changes to Sturgis In-Person classes Due to COVID-19 and the impact the pandemic had on our business over the past three months, the Academy of Dance Arts has been adapting to serve the growing needs of our families throughout the Black Hills and Rapid City. Within 48 hours of the […]

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COVID-19 Update – May 20, 2020

We have been working hard to prepare for a return to studios phase in, including Safer Studios ™ protocols.   Our team is making huge strides AND we are back to steaming costumes and making appointments for curbside, touchless pickup! Please see the Safer Studio™ Phase-In Guide below: Click here to download Safer Studio™ Phase-In Guide.

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COVID-19 Update – May 10, 2020

The health and safety of our Academy Family including faculty, students, parents, and guests, is our highest priority during this time. Since we are a licensed member of More Than Just Great Dancing!®, MTJGD!® has provided us with a set of guidelines and best practices know as Safer Studios ™ to help us navigate a […]

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COVID-19 Update – April 13, 2020

April 13, 2020 Dear Academy Family Member, Here is our exciting MAY news for you! WE have been listening to our dancers and families as we shape the next right step for those dancing dancers we hold dear. Finishing the Season Strong! While we finish our service commitment to you with the final LIVE class […]

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COVID-19 Update – March 24, 2020

March 24, 2020 Dear Academy family member ~ Thank you for the overwhelming support, connectivity, and gratitude you are sharing as we have moved from physical locations to classes-in-home with our LIVE online interactive format!  We continue to build more resources in our families-only Virtual Website and love watching the joy as our teachers connect […]

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COVID-19 Waiver:

Click here for the Academy of Dance Arts COVID-19 Liability Waiver

COVID-19 Information:

Here are a few resources with accurate information about coronavirus. Included are links to the WHO and CDC websites below. Also recommended is the EPI-WIN page, which has clear communication for a variety of different groups, such as health workers, those who work in tourism, etc., about infection prevention.

General Information Resources: