Check here for the latest information on COVID-19 (Federal/Provincial) affecting activity in the dance sector. Updated May 12th, 2021


To our dance community:

In an effort to deliver any pertinent information we can regarding COVID-19 and it's the effect on the dance community, we are sharing links from national and provincial dance and service organizations, the federal and provincial governments that will be helpful to the dance community. 

Dance Nova Scotia will continue to populate this COVID-19 INFORMATION LINKS AND UPDATES webpage as our members and dance schools work collectively to participate in our provincial response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

It is vital to closely monitor official government announcements and make informed decisions for your organization's response.


*** These measures are in effect in all areas of Nova Scotia until further notice***

These are only a few restrictions that may affect the dance sector.

Please CLICK HERE for a more extensive listing along with an extensive series of FAQ's that might answer your questions. 

Remember that you can always submit specific questions to the Executive Director of Dance NS ( and we will reply with an answer ASAP.  

People are not permitted to travel outside their local community unless it’s for essential travel like work, school, childcare, child custody reasons or medical and legal appointments.
Fines for breaking any part of the order (like gathering limits, social distancing guidelines, and self-isolation requirements) under the Health Protection Act Order are $2,000 for the first offense for individuals.

Organized performing arts and sports are not permitted. Virtual gatherings and performances are permitted with a maximum of 5 people in 1 location.
Businesses and organizations are not permitted to host events and activities (indoors or outdoors), including:

  • arts and culture events
  • festivals
  • social events
  • special events
  • sports (recreational, amateur and professional), recreational and physical activity events
  • wedding and funeral receptions and visitation

Businesses and organizations offering a wide variety of indoor recreation activities (like indoor play areas, arcades, climbing facilities, dance classes and music lessons) must close.

Indoor fitness establishments (like gyms, yoga studios and climbing facilities) and sport and recreation facilities (like pools, arenas, tennis courts and large multipurpose recreation facilities) must close.

Outdoor fitness and recreation businesses and organized clubs can operate with up to 5 people maximum and must maintain a minimum physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet) between participants during activities.

Here are answers to a few questions recently submitted to the DANS office: 

  • Though dance schools are closed, office staff can work if there are no more than 5 people on the premises, they are masked and maintain social distancing. HOWEVER, it is recommended that you work from home if at all possible. You must also remember that no one should travel outside of their immediate community for work unless it is essential. 
  • An in-studio recording (only a SOLO would be acceptable) for competition purposes, is permitted if no more than 5 people are in the room and all COVID protocols are followed. Duets, trios or groups of dancers are not permitted. This does not mean the school can resume regular activity. Contact the DANS Executive Director if you need more clarification (see email above). 


Additional Resources:

Guidance for events:

For the latest COVID information for the Province of Nova Scotia:



Building a RECOVERY PLAN for your dance school/studio

In late May, dance schools were asked to build a recovery/reopening plan that would meet health department restrictions/guidelines for reopening. Dance Nova Scotia has amassed several plans from large organizations to help build a recovery plan for a school or performance venue. Here are some well laid out plans and documents that can be used as references when building a reopening plan

DANCE USA Return to Dance during COVID 19 (5/2020)

Saskatchewan Dance and CDTA reopening plan (6/01/2020)

Ontario Dance and Performing Arts Schools: Workplace guidelines for COVID 19 (5/20/2020)

The Event Safety Alliance - Reopening Guide (5/11/2020)

Professional Arts Centre Consortium - Guide to reopening theatrical venues (5/15/2020)

COVID 19 CCH Prevention Guide for event organizers, theatres and performance venues      

DANS Return to the Studio Checklist (6/04/2020) 

CCH Arts & Culture Reopening Guide (5/29/2020)


RECOVERY AND REOPENING information (Phase One & Two) 

Dance Nova Scotia, as part of the provincial cultural sector, has been meeting with Communities, Culture and Heritage (CCH) as well as with Dr. Robert Strang (head of the provincial COVID response) regularly, to ensure the dance community is receiving updated information as recovery efforts move forward.  Clicking on the links below will give you relevant information on updates. There are also answers to many questions (FAQ) that have been submitted as these changes are made public. These are very good resources and reference material for anyone interested in the changes that occured. They appear according to the issue date:

COVID Prevention Plan Checklist (Nova Scotia) (6/04/2020)

Guide - Day Camp Guidelines for Reopening  (6/12/2020)

FAQ - Gathering Limit Changes and Update (6/18/2020) 

FAQ -  Gathering Limits Changes and Updates (7/09/2020)

Dr. Strang - Engagement Partner Letter (7/14/2020) 

FAQ -  Mandatory Mask Use (7/24/2020)

FAQ - Mandatory Mask Use Update (7/30/2020)

CCH- COVID 19 Prevention guidelines for Events, theatres and venues (10/01/2020)


COVID-19 information, initiatives and relief programs (Federal & Provincial)

Here is a complete list of COVID-19 initiatives from the Province of Nova Scotia.

Click here for more information on the Province of Nova Scotia response to COVID-19

Here is a complete list of COVID-19 initiatives from the Government of Canada

Click here for more information on the Federal Government's response to COVID-19 (HEALTH)

Click here for  more information on the Federal Governments ECONOMIC Response Plan to COVID 19

Here is the link to an overview of the Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations released May 8th.

 COVID-19 Emergency Support Program for Arts and Culture Organizations 


Canadian Recovery benefit (CRB)

The Government of Canada is taking strong, immediate and effective action to protect Canadians and the economy from the impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are directly affected by COVID-19 and are not entitled to Employment Insurance (EI) benefits. The CRB is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). For information on CRB click here         




If you are teaching online, you need to be sure you are covering your responsibility to pay SOCAN tariffs. It will depend on what platform you are using.

We will be updating information on SOCAN and online teaching shortly as there are currently developments we are working on with other dance organizations across the country. 




Resource Links to cultural sector-specific information and websites:

Strategic Arts Management (SAM) has a comprehensive listing of resources for artists. SAM COVID-19 Resources for artists 

The Canadian Dance Assembly website is an incredible source of information relevant to the dance community CDA COVID-19 Resource page.  


Dance Studio Owners and teachers!! 

On Friday, May 8, the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) in the USA held a free webinar titled, “Ultimate Structured Improvisation: The Future of the Private Dance Studio”. You can listen to the recording of the session by CLICKING HERE and find the accompanying Powerpoint visuals HERE. While panelists are American dance studio owners and teachers, there is good information here no matter where you live or work—practical advice on current and future financial/operational aspects, as well as some interesting ideas for keeping your students engaged and collaborating with other studios. If you are a studio owner or dance teacher, there is something here for you.



Make sure you continue to monitor the progress of the disease through the links above. THE CANADIAN DANCE COMMUNITY is united to help deal with the fallout of this unparalleled moment in our history bu sharing information and resources and to advocate for the dance community. Please don't be afraid to contact anyone with questions or concerns. 


If you have questions or concerns or are looking for information or organizations who might be able to help with advice, you can contact Cliff Le Jeune, Executive Director or Dance NS at