Site-Specific Protection Plan for East County Performing Arts Center
Updated Jan 11 2022


Person responsible for designing, executing and overseeing this plan- Nina Koch, owner

3901 Walnut Blvd Suites B&C
Brentwood, Ca 94513



General Safety and Health Protocols

  • Lobby is closed to viewing for parents of dancers 7 and up
  • Water fountains are closed
  • All people age 2 and over are required to wear masks.  Even in classes.
  • Personal prop bags are available for purchase
  • Hand sanitizer is available at the front desk


Cleaning protocols

  • The studio is cleaned in its entirety daily either before or after classes.  Including disinfection of all surfaces by a professional commercial janitorial company.  

Drop off and pick up procedures protocols

  • Dancers cannot be dropped off more than 5 min early for class or pick up more than 5 min late
  • Dancers are encouraged to wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer before starting class.  


Employee Training

  • Review protocols 
  • Staff must complete a Self Screening
  • Review Covid-19 general education
    • From
      COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a novel virus that has been spreading worldwide. Community-acquired cases have now been confirmed in California. We are gaining more understanding of COVID-19’s epidemiology, clinical course, immunogenicity, and other factors as time progresses, and the situation is changing daily. CDPH is in the process of monitoring COVID-19, conducting testing with local and federal partners, and providing guidance and resources to prevent, detect and respond to the occurrence of COVID-19 cases in California. At this time, community transmission of COVID-19 has occurred in California. Educational institutions should prepare for possible impacts of COVID-19 and take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, as well as other infectious diseases, including influenza and gastroenteritis.
    • The Ca SIP will not eliminate the disease it will slow the spread so medical teams can prepare and not be overwhelmed by an influx of patients.


  • Staff must wash their hands or use hand sanitizer after using the restroom.  
  • All teachers and staff must wear masks
  • All teachers and staff are encouraged to be vaccinated


Our exposure guidelines follows the guidance of the Contra Costa Department of Health

  • If a dancer has tested positive
    • We notify the class of a mask to mask exposure
    • We contact the student who has tested positive 
      • Who were they in contact with without a mask
      • We notify the parent of those dancers privately
      • The dancer who had unmasked contact will be asked to quarantine 
      • Quarantine time is 10 days without a test or
      • Dancer can test 5 days after exposure and return to class with a negative test on day 6
    • The entire class does not need to quarantine since it was a mask to mask exposure
    • If the exposed dancer(s) is fully vaccinated the exposed dancer does not need to quarantine
      • Fully vaccinated means having both shots and 2 weeks have passed since the last does.

  • If there is a family member at home who tests positive for covid- REGARDLESS OF VACCINATION STATUS
    • We do not notify the class
    • Exposed dancer must quarantine
      • Quarantine time is 10 days without a test or
      • Dancer can test 5 days after exposure and return to class with a negative test on day 6 as long as the dancer has not been in contact with the family member who tested positive during those 6 days.   If the dancer has been in contact then the dancer must quarantine for 10 days. 
    • When a dancer needs to quarantine the dancer should take class via zoom


  • If a teacher has tested positive 
    • We notify the class of a mask to mask exposure
      • The teacher will quarantine for 5 days and can test 5 days after exposure and return to class with a negative test on day 6
        • Teacher will zoom in to classes when appropriate and have subs when appropriate.  
    • The class does not need to quarantine since it is a mask to mask exposure


  • If a teacher or staff member has been exposed, but does not test positive
    • We do not notify the class
    • If the teacher or staff member is vaccinated and the exposure was not from someone in their household he/she does not need to quarantine.  If the exposure is from someone in their household please follow the rules for unvaccinated exposure.
    • If the teacher of staff member is not vaccinated he/she must quarantine
      • Quarantine time is 10 days without a test or
      • Teacher can test 5 days after exposure and return to class with a negative test on day 6 as long as the dancer has not been in contact with the family member who tested positive. If the teacher has been in contact the quarantine time is 10 days.
    • Teacher will zoom in to classes when appropriate and have subs when appropriate. 


MISS NINA KOCH Owner & Director

Nina Koch began dancing at 2 years old in San Jose CA. She continued her training through high school and experienced many classes at conventions with industry professionals. She began teaching dance at 13 years old and majored in dance at San Jose State. Before moving to Brentwood with her husband in 2000 she was the Studio Director for her childhood school Lauri Gray’s School of Dance. Upon moving to Brentwood Nina Koch took a teaching job at a small, struggling studio. Quickly after, she had the opportunity to purchase the studio. Since then she has grown East County Performing Arts Center to be the largest studio in the area, co founded Brentwood Children’s Ballet Theater, opened a second studio in Antioch, opened a dance retail store and started a performing arts based preschool.

Her students have earned many successes including, numerous title awards and scholarships at competition and convention, and have continued their training at State Street Ballet in Santa Barbara, Joffery Ballet in New York, Edge Performing Arts Center and Millennium Dance Complex in LA, Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center in New York. Alumni of East County Performing Arts Center have gone on to dance at University of Idaho, UCLA, Sacramento State, UC Davis, Chico State, San Diego State, UC Irvine, Sonoma State, UC Santa Barbara, Univerity of Oregon, and Chapman University.

Nina Koch has been featured as a successful businesswoman/studio owner in Dance Life Magazine, Dance Magazine and 110 Magazine. She has been a contributing writer for Dance Life Magazine. Nina Koch’s passion for dance, teaching and mentoring children and young adults has laid the foundation for her successful dance businesses.

Nina Koch is a member of More Than Just Great Dancing, National Dance Education Organization, Association of Dance Competitions and Conventions, Soroptomists International, National Association of Professional Women, Successful Studio Strategies and National Association of Schools of Dance.

Nina Koch enjoys spending her time with her husband, David, three children Gabrielle, Christopher and Francesca, drooly lab Cody and Bart the Cat!

Originally from Omaha, Shelby Weis began her dance training at the age of three. Shelby studied at the school of Ballet Omaha and Omaha Theatre Dance under the direction of Robin Welch. While at Omaha Theatre dance she performed in Coppelia, The Nutcracker, The Firebird, Cinderella, and The Music Man. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in modern dance performance from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. While at UARTS, Shelby assisted in the reconstruction of Martha Graham 1936 work "Steps In the Street".

Shelby has taken classes from numerous dance masters including Mia Michaels, Finis Jung, the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Donald Byrd, Robert Vickery, and Joyce Herring. Shelby has performed professionally with Brian Sander's JUNK, the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, and the Omaha Modern Dance Collective. Before moving to the Bay Area in 2009, Shelby taught and choreographed for The Broadway Connection, the Omaha Theatre Company for Young People's Mindspaces outreach program, as well as the Papillion- LaVista High School Show Choir. Shelby began teaching for East County Performing Arts Center and Ballet Company of East County in 2010.

Kristi started dance class at the age of 4. She studied jazz, lyrical, tap and ballet with local studios and national dance conventions. In high school, she found a love for cheerleading and was named all-american cheerleader several years in a row and began choreographing routines and coaching cheer teams. Deciding to go the dance route, she furthered her dance education at Cal State Long Beach studying modern, ballet and jazz while performing with the Cal State Long Beach Dance Company.

Kristi discovered her passion was teaching children and after college she began coaching cheerleading teams and teaching dance classes. For over 10 years she has taught dance and continues to teach as part of the faculty at East County Performing Arts Center where she is the teacher/director of our non-competitive performing company. She believes that the best part of teaching is watching children grow into a dancer; that moment when it all connects and they find their passion and love for movement. Kristi is married and a mother of 4.

Kathryn is a Bay Area native who grew up learning the classic styles of jazz and ballet as well as performing on dance competition teams. While studying dance at the University of California, Davis, Kathryn developed her love for modern dance as well as expanded her ballet education.

Since 2001, Kathryn has performed with, directed and choreographed for an Oakland non-profit dance company where she continues to learn from her fellow dancers and directors. Kathryn also choreographs for the Ballet Company of East County productions. She has also recently joined the Liberty High School Playmakers production staff as a choreographer. Kathryn joined the staff at East County Performing Arts Center in 2005 where she is given the opportunity to teach the love of dance to all ages. Kathryn is married with three children who all love to dance.

  • Catrina Van Bemmel
  • Ryann Brinkman
  • Victoria Ross
  • Nesha Shedd
  • Jansie Thompkins

Guest Instructors

Stephanie was raised in Kankakee, Il and grew up at Paula Aubry School of Dance. We all come from somewhere. :) Stephanie is a graduate of the University of Idaho with a degree in dance. She also has a Master of Science with an emphasis in Recreation Therapy from the University of Florida. Although a while has gone by, Stephanie was a former Miami Heat dancer as well as a dancer for Walt Disney World in Florida.

Stephanie has worked for East County Performing Arts Center for 11 years. During that time, she has been a teacher/choreographer for the competition team. She is a co-founder and artistic director for the Brentwood Children’s Ballet Theater which puts on an elaborate and very successful interpretation of the classic, The Nutcracker, annually.

Before coming to work for the performing arts center Stephanie taught for Diablo Valley Community college, Arizona State University and University of Florida in the dance dept. She has 30 years of experience teaching dancers from 2 to 80 modern, jazz, contemporary, tap and ballet. She has taught in numerous dance and gymnastic studios throughout her 30 year career. Her dancers have helped to add to her list of accomplishment winning choreography awards from Hollywood Vibe Dance Convention, Rainbow Connection, Spotlight Dance Cup and a Federation of Dance Competitions invitation to Dallas in 2011 for their end of the year national competition.

  • Jonni Rogers

Our Instructors teach kids dance classes in Antioch CA, dance classes in Brentwood CA, dance classes in Discovery Bay, dance classes in Oakley, and other surrounding areas!