Site-Specific Protection Plan for East County Performing Arts Center  
Returning to class with small class sizes of 15 or less kids depending on dance room size
Updated 9/18


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
  • Each dance room has its own enter and exit doors
  • There is no food allowed in main lobby
  • Water fountains are closed
  • Dance floors are marked with boundaries to maintain social distancing
  • Lobby is marked with pathways to the restroom and social distancing guides
  • Signage is posted outside and inside to remind dancers and staff of social distancing
  • Social Distancing plan has been shared with all staff, and is posted on the doors, in the dance rooms, and on the website.
  • All people age 2 and over are required to wear masks.  Even in classes.
  • All studio props are cleaned between classes and personal prop bags are available for purchase
  • Dancers and staff members will either wash hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer before they enter the dance room and when they exit the dance room
  • Temperature checks will be done at the entrances for all staff and dancers with a no-touch infrared thermometer.  If anyone has a temperature of over 100 they will not be permitted in the building.


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.  
  • Bathrooms are cleaned with a disinfectant approved by the EPA to fight Covid-19 often
  • After each class, the floors are sprayed with a disinfectant approved to fight Covid-19 and mopped with a microfiber mop.  All high touch surfaces are wiped down with either an alcohol wipe or disinfectant approved by the EPA to fight Covid-19. The contact time for our disinfectant is 1 min.


Drop off and pick up procedures protocols

  • Dancers must wait outside for the teacher to open the door to enter the dance room.
  • Each dance room has its own entry point.  
  • Dancers cannot be dropped off more than 5 min early for class or pick up more than 5 min late
  • There are clearly marked waiting points for dancers to stand while they wait for the teacher to open the door.
  • Before dancers enter the teacher scans the forehead of each dancer with the hands-free infrared thermometer to ensure they do not have a temperature of 100 or higher.
  • The teacher must wipe down the thermometer with an alcohol wipe before placing it in the storage basket
  • Dancers must wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer before starting class.  
  • After class dancers will be dismissed from the dance room
  • Dancers should use hand sanitizer when exiting the studio
  • Parents must not exit their cars to drop off or pick up their dancers.


Employee Training

  • Review cleaning protocols between classes
  • Review drop off and pick up protocols
  • 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 hands or use hand sanitizer when they enter the building and in between classes
  • Staff must wash their hands or use hand sanitizer after touching their face or using the restroom.  
  • All teachers and staff must wear masks


What happens if a student who has returned back to class, a staff member, or an immediate family member of that population tests positive for Covid-19? 
We will follow reporting protocols set by the county health department and notify the studio population accordingly while maintaining HIPPA regulations.


This plan is posted on our website, it has been submitted to the county health department and the Brentwood Police Department, County Supervisor’s Office, Chamber of Commerce, and Mayor’s Office.


Nina 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 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 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’s passion for dance, teaching and mentoring children and young adults has laid the foundation for her successful dance businesses.

Nina 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 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.

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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.

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