Break The Floor has been working diligently to implement health procedures and guidelines to be able to offer the safest environment for our attendees. We are closely monitoring government policy and public health organizations and will continue to make changes, as necessary. We are also working closely with our venue partners and the practices below might not reflect all the efforts BTF and the venues are taking. The plan below, coupled with personal responsibility, presents our best efforts to keep our dancers, families, and staff safe and to DANCE WITH CONFIDENCE!
PLEASE KNOW… we are trying our best in a difficult situation. We know some of these measures may be too strict for some and too lax for others. We will continue to update our procedures as the world changes. Soon we will all be free to dance again at 100%! Thanks for your patience and understanding. We love you!
Break The Floor will be mailing all registration packets to each studio prior to the event. All packets will be mailed to the address on file and packets will be delivered no later than the Wednesday before the event weekend. To help minimize large gatherings, we ask that studios hand out all scholarship numbers and wristbands prior to their arrival at the venue. We understand that studios may still have changes that need to be made to their registration. We ask that all changes be emailed to our office by 12pm Thursday (the day before the start of the event). Studios can then “pick up” any changes at the event registration desk on site.
In accordance with CDC guidelines, we require attendees to wear masks in the common areas of the venue. We may also require attendees to wear masks during workshop classes depending on the date and location (things may be a little stricter in our earlier cities). Please check the “city page” of the event you’re attending and we will notate whether masks are required for the workshop. Masks will not be required for dancers while competing in the Competition. Competition audience will be required to wear masks. Break The Floor staff and crew will be wearing masks at all times. It will be at the faculty’s discretion whether they wear masks while teaching and/or judging. No scoring deductions will be given for costumes including masks, gloves, or protective equipment during performances.
Break The Floor will be installing state-of-the-art temperature scanners at each ballroom door entrance. All attendees must pass through this before entering the ballroom for workshop and competition.
We have worked with our venue partners to ensure that we are under 50% capacity in each ballroom and/or within the local government regulations. We are also doing our best to get larger/more ballrooms in many cities. In some instances, age divisions will have more than one ballroom. This will help to give dancers the optimal amount of space to continue practicing social distancing.
For the foreseeable future, Break The Floor will ensure that a distance of 6ft is maintained between each dancer during classes by applying a grid to the ballroom floor.
Workshop classes and meal breaks may be staggered to avoid large gatherings in the common areas of the venue.
For the foreseeable future, Break The Floor will be limiting observers in the classes to Studio Staff only. The Jumpstart/Nubie/SideKick Rooms (ages 5-7) will be limited to 1 studio representative only.
There will be no water stations in the ballrooms. We ask that attendees please bring disposable water bottles to class.
To help comply with social distancing guidelines, spectators for the competition will be limited. The number of spectators will be based on the ballroom’s capacity and square footage. Spectators will be limited on a first come, first served basis, with priority going to studio owners and teachers. Once the ballroom is at capacity, the ballroom will be closed until the space allows for additional entry. As a reminder, Competition for all Break The Floor events will be live streamed for free on each event’s website. We require that you wear a mask and only sit with members of your studio.
We encourage families, friends and dance fans to watch our FREE live webcasts of all competitions.
In some cities, studio entries will be scheduled to compete in blocks, based upon capacity of the venue.
For the foreseeable future, Break The Floor has decided there will not be in-person Awards ceremonies. All Awards will be presented on our free live webcast.
For now, Break The Floor will not be holding our large, Welcome and Closing shows. Instead, we will be holding our daily warm-ups and scholarship presentations in each ballroom. Each scholarship presentation will acknowledge the winners within each ballroom. The physical scholarships will be available for pick up at the registration desk in each Studio’s Award Box.
While our Awards ceremonies are only live webcast, Break The Floor will be offering our unique Studio Award Box! Each award box will include your adjudicated awards, high score awards, and all scholarships that are won from your studio throughout the event. Studio Award Boxes will be available for pick up at the event’s registration desk anytime after 2pm Sunday.
Dressing room spaces will be expanded to help comply with social distancing. Studios should limit the number of parents assisting with costume changes. Dancers are encouraged to come dressed to compete, to minimize the use of the dressing room. Dressing rooms will be cleaned frequently by Break The Floor staff.
All competition music must be uploaded prior to the start of the event. Due to our contactless system, we will not be able to accept CDs, USB, phones, or laptops with competition music on site. If by chance a backup file is needed, please be prepared to email the music file to us.
Stage floors will be cleaned and disinfected throughout the day.
Break The Floor will only be accepting credit cards and contactless forms of payment (ApplePay, etc.) for registration, merchandise and photo/video purchases.
Break The Floor will be coordinating with all venues to ensure that the event space is a safe, healthy and clean environment for all attendees. All spaces throughout the event will be thoroughly cleaned frequently throughout the day. This includes each workshop room, stage, registration, photo, video and merchandise booths along with all other lobby and common areas.
All attendees should wash their hands multiple times throughout the day. The CDC recommends this as one of the best practices to avoid transmission of the virus.
Any attendee that has flu-like symptoms, we ask that you please not attend the event. We will offer a full refund to anyone that is unable to attend due to COVID-19 with a Doctor’s note.