Returning to Dance in The Work Room

By Sara Johnstone / 02.09.20

Resources for returning to the studio

The Work Room has been preparing to welcome dance artists back into the studio to complete residencies which were postponed during lockdown and begin a new round of residencies which will take us through to Spring 2021.

We are aware that along with an eagerness to return to the studio there will be challenges, some nervousness and a lot of new procedures for ourselves and artists to face.

We are currently working with Tramway to implement new ways of working in the studio, additional cleaning and personal hygiene measures and ways of encouraging and supporting physical distancing throughout the building.

Communication will be paramount in ensuring that artists are comfortable in the space, are aware of all the changes and importantly know where to get information and or raise concerns. For the most part Anita and myself will continue working from home so new ways of communicating such as regular phone check ins or inductions via Zoom will become routine.

We will share our Risk Assessment and new procedures on our website and social media once they are finalised, ahead of this we thought it would be helpful to share the resources which we have been used to help us prepare return to The Work Room. If you are re-starting your own practice or classes you might find these links helpful too. 

 

Scottish Government website for most up to date guidelines in Scotland:

 

Performing Arts & Venues  

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-the-performing-arts-and-venues-sector/

 

Sports & Leisure

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-sport-and-leisure-facilities/

 

Creative Studios

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-creative-studios-and-shared-workspaces/

 

Performing Arts & Venues  

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-the-performing-arts-and-venues-sector/

 

Glasgow Life – This is updated regularly with opening dates but also includes procedures & signage which will be adopted in Tramway as Glasgow Life building. It includes a nice wee ‘Welcome Back’ film.

https://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/coronavirus-covid-19-latest-information

 

One Dance UK, series of webinars on Returning To Dance are available to watch on their website, I found these particularly useful & a break from reading! (note some dates are based on guidelines in England).

https://www.onedanceuk.org/return-to-dance/#STAY-UP-TO-DATE

 

People Dancing website included some great practical advice on undertaking a Risk Assessment

https://www.communitydance.org.uk/developing-practice/covid-19