Each ONE of us has a responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of our collective community

Collage is proud to be a part of your village, and we take that role seriously.  We know the importance of arts education and creative outlets for young people’s emotional, spiritual, and mental wellbeing.  We also know that the coronavirus is disproportionately impacting our communities, so we must be extra vigilant in our efforts to minimize risk.  We have developed a plan in concert with public health guidance, our colleagues in the field and infectious disease professionals, to reopen safely and minimize risk.  The success of our plan is dependent on the successful collaboration with our parents and our collective participation and cooperation as we navigate how we administer our programs in these unprecedented times.

Together, we can do it!  We appreciate you taking the time to review this reopening guide thoroughly.  This guide is intended to be a dynamic document and may change as new guidance becomes available.  If anything in this guide is unclear, please contact Marcellus Harper at 901-800-1873 or for additional clarification.


  • Stay home if you feel sick.
  • Stay home if someone in your household is not feeling well, even if you feel fine.
  • Stay home if you may have been in contact with anyone who may have COVID-19, even if you feel fine.
  • Temperature checks and pre-entry surveys will be administered prior to entry into the building before every class.
  • Dancers should arrive already dressed in their dance attire.
  • Collage will provide masks before each class. Masks must always be worn inside and around the building.
  • Virtual classes are available for dancers in high risk groups or dancers who must shelter in place temporarily.
  • Social distancing will be enforced in the building and in studios.
  • Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the building for dancer use.
  • We have increased cleaning and sanitation of high touch surfaces for the safety of our dancers and staff.
  • Parents are not allowed in the building, with a few exceptions.

What We Have Done​

Collage was in the middle of construction on its brand new 22,000 square foot facility when the pandemic hit us in March.  This has caused us tremendous challenges, but one of the benefits was that we were able to change many of the design elements of the new building to address COVID-19.  For example, we added new air filtration technology to kill viruses and pathogens in the air, touchless restrooms and common spaces to minimize transmission risks and a state of the art audio visual package that will allow us to offer virtual classes to ensure minimal interruptions in our young people’s training.  Also, our new building is roughly 10x the size of our current space providing us with the space to effectively social distance. 
  1. Smaller class sizes. Each ballet class will be capped between 10-15 students depending on age and studio size.  No class will be larger than 15 students.
  2. RTU Ionizers. Collage has added RTU ionizers in our HVAC systems.  This technology kills pathogens and viruses in the air and helps ensure circulated air is safe.
  3. Contact-less restrooms. We have minimized touch points in all restrooms with automatic toilets, sinks, soap dispensers and paper towel dispensers.
  4. Staggered class times to minimize congestion and allow time for sanitation of studio high touch spots/areas. Please see updated schedule
  5. Instituted a fully hybrid class model for the 2020-21 term to accommodate both in-person instruction and virtual learning. Each studio has been outfitted with the latest audio-visual technology and low voltage cabling to improve the effectiveness of our virtual instruction.
  6. Increased sanitation of high-touch areas and daily professional cleaning of the facility.  The brand-new furniture package features materials and fabrics that can be cleaned with a hospital grade disinfectant.
  7. Expanded our foot print significantly with the new building to allow for effective social distancing.
  8. Developed a strict entrance and exit strategy to minimize congestion.


In addition to Collage’s efforts to keep our community safe, you play a major role in the safety of our community.  The following list represents our expectations of you.
  1. Dancers who are not feeling well or exhibit cold or flu symptoms should attend classes virtually for 14 days after symptoms have stopped or with the clearance of a doctor’s note.
  2. If anyone in the dancer’s household is not feeling well (for example, mom, dad or baby brother has a fever), we ask that out of an abundance of caution you attend virtual classes for 14 days even if the dancer develops no symptoms.
  3. Dancers who travel out of the greater Memphis area by airplane should attend virtual classes for 14 days following their return.
  4. Dancers who attend family or social gatherings (funerals, weddings, reunions, cookouts, etc.) during the dance season should not attend in-person classes for 14 days following the event. This also includes any public social event where social distancing is not feasible.
  5. If you test positive for COVID-19 or come into contact with someone who has, we ask that you do not come to the studio for 14 days and until you can produce a negative COVID test.
  6. If you test positive after coming to class, contact us immediately. This way, we can notify anyone else who was potentially exposed to help trace and contain any potential outbreaks.  Your identity will not be disclosed to the Collage community.
  7. Dancers who are in a high risk category as defined by the CDC, live with family members who are immuno suppressed or in a high risk group or over age 70, are encouraged to participate in classes virtually.

Sanitation & Cleanliness​

Collage will follow strict cleaning and sanitation protocols to keep our environment safe and minimize risk of COVID transmission. Please review the CDC’s guidelines on how you can protect yourself and discuss with your dancer.
  • High-touch surfaces including ballet barres, door handles, and restroom fixtures will be cleaned and sanitized between each class by staff members and regularly logged for monitoring. Additionally, professional services will be cleaning the building each evening.
  • Hand sanitizing stations are located around the building and at each studio for dancer use.
  • No eating or drinking will be permitted in the building, except for water from your own personal water bottle. Water fountains are currently unavailable for student use. Do not send food with your child to Collage. Please contact Marcellus Harper at for any exceptions that need to be made for health reasons.
  • Disinfectant wipes are available in each studio for dancers to sanitize ballet barres and equipment.
  • Safety partitions have been added at the welcome desk to protect parents and staff.


  • Parents will be required to complete a pre-entry survey each class day. A copy of the survey can be found HERE. We strongly encourage the survey be completed electronically in advance of every class. Hard copies will also be available in the entry courtyard at check-in.
  • Temperature checks will be conducted in the entry courtyard of the front entrance. Students with temperatures above 99.5° F will not be allowed to enter the building or participate in in-person classes.F
  • Students who present with symptoms after entering the building will be isolated until they are picked up by a parent.
  • Dancers will be provided with a plastic bag to keep all their personal belongings. This bag should be kept with them while in the studio and placed in the designated area.
  • Street shoes will not be allowed past the lobby in any of the hallways, studios, or common spaces. Dancers will remove their street shoes once in the lobby and place them in their plastic bag. Dancers can either put their dance shoes on or should bring a pair of “only to be worn inside Collage” slides or flip flops. Collage will have some on hand for dancers who need them. Parents and guests will be given shoe covers when entering the building. REMINDER: Ballet shoes are not to be worn outside under any circumstance.
  • Students should arrive already dressed for class. Dressing rooms are off limits for now.
  • Parents are currently not allowed in the building, with some exceptions. One parent of a Creative Movement dancer may accompany their dancer inside the building and to the studio and may wait in one of the designated waiting areas.
  • Parents should email to schedule any appointments.
  • Students will only be permitted in the building 15 minutes prior to their class start time. Students who arrive earlier will need to wait in their cars.
  • All students will enter using the front main entrance labelled A on the diagram below.
  • The drop off lane should be used for student drop offs ONLY. Parents who need to exit their vehicle should not use the drop-off lane.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be available at the front door entrance for dancers to use when entering.
  • Collage will provide all dancers with a clean mask each day. Masks are to be worn when entering the building, while inside the building and when exiting the building. If your child is not accustomed to wearing masks, please begin practicing.


  • Masks must always remain on during class. Teachers and staff will also be wearing masks.
  • Students will be socially distanced at the barre and during center work with a minimum of 6 feet between them and other dancers. Studios will be marked to help students know their boundaries.
  • Students will have assigned spaces at the ballet barre and in the center.
  • Hands-on corrections have been suspended.
  • Students should bring their own water bottles, if necessary and materials. Students should not share items.
  • Dancewear rentals are currently suspended
  • Items left behind at Collage will be discarded after each class. For safety purposes, there will be no lost and found.


  • We encourage dancers to limit use of restrooms and make best efforts to use the restroom prior to leaving home for Collage.
  • We have made all efforts to make our restrooms as safe as possible with touch-less features throughout. Students should only use one of the four private restrooms in the conservatory wing. Public restrooms should not be used by students.
  • Bathrooms will be cleaned and sanitized a minimum of twice each day and between each class.
  • All students will be reminded to wash hands after bathroom use for 20 seconds with soap and water. Please review the CDC’s guidelines on how to help your dancer develop hand washing skills.


  • Classes will end promptly at their scheduled time. Classes will not run over.
  • Students in all Saturday and all weekday 5P classes will exit out of the B door labelled on the diagram below.
  • Students in weekday 6:45P classes will use the A door labelled on the diagram below to exit.
  • Staff will be on hand to assist with departure each day and transporting students from the B exit to the parking lot.
  • Caregivers should be aware of the door the student will be departing from and should be visible to the staff when class ends to ensure prompt and safe pickup within 10 minutes following the end of class.
  • It is imperative that students are picked up on time to allow time for staff to sanitize between classes.

If A Student has signs or symptoms of COVID-19

  • Students experiencing symptoms that could potentially be associated with COVID-19 will be required to stay home for 14 days after the onset of symptoms to avoid placing other students and staff at risk.
  • Other people at the facility with close contact to this person during this time should be considered exposed. Information on persons who had contact with the ill student during the time the student had symptoms and 7 days prior to symptoms will be compiled. Those with close contact within 6 feet of the student during this time would be considered exposed, should stay home for 14 days, and self-monitor for symptoms.
  • Collage will take appropriate measures to clean and disinfect the location where the infected person was and any other impacted spaces, in accordance with CDC recommended protocols.


  • We understand that COVID-19 testing does not eliminate the risk of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 virus or Coronavirus Disease 2019. However, we will require testing for those persons spending extended periods in the studio.
  • All students in the Professional Division, Etude 2 and Etude 3 programs must take a COVID-19 test and produce a negative result within 14 days before beginning in-person classes.
  • Teachers and staff will be required to be tested every two weeks.
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers a list of community-based testing sites.
  • Those who get tested are asked to stay home and self-monitor for viral infection symptoms until receiving the result.
  • Those who test negative for COVID-19 must provide Collage with confirmation.
  • Anyone who tests positive will need to self-isolate at home for 14 days, as directed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before taking another test and should report the results to Collage.
  • Please note that our testing policy may change as the year unfolds and access to rapid testing improves.


Collage will respect the privacy and confidentiality of any student who reports an illness. Please be aware that due to the seriousness of exposure to the novel coronavirus/COVID-19, Collage may need to inform others who came in close proximity to an infected student, without identifying the student by name. Collage also may be required to notify governmental authorities

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Collage Dance Conservatory
505 Tillman Street
Memphis TN 38112
Phone: (901) 800-1873