With the ever changing and evolving situation on ground due to COVID-19, it can be difficult to keep abreast of all news and guidelines. Here, you can find key updates for the Dance Sector. For current information about COVID-19, restrictions and processes we recommend the following government sources.
– Face Masks, when to wear and exemptions
– Dance studio, class and rehearsal operation (Physical Recreation) Scroll down the page to view the detailed FAQ’s
– Performances or Performance-like events (Arts and Live Performance)
– Vaccination status
– COVID Safe Workplaces
Department of Health Website
– Pandemic Order Register (replacing the Restricted Activity Directions).
Successful Advocacy Outcome : In response to combined lobbying from many peak bodies and industry groups, including Ausdance VIC, details of changes to restrictions/health orders will be published before they come into effect on the Pandemic Order Register.
Dancefloors vs Dance Studios
In the Pandemic Orders Dancefloors and Dance Studios are different activities.
Often the closing of dancefloors in hospitality and entertainment venues (eg pubs, clubs and wedding venues) attracts significant media attention and can cause concern from dance businesses, dancers, students and parents.
For current information about the operation of dance studios, classes, rehearsals and performances use the above Coronavirus website links.
Dance Studio Owners
Covid-19 Business Impact Survey (Victoria)
Victoria’s dance studio businesses are being heard.
On Tuesday 18 August, representatives from Ausdance VIC met with Victorian State Government officials to present the results of the Victorian Dance Studio Owner COVID-19 Business Impact Survey and to discuss its recommendations. The meeting, which included ministerial advisors to the Hon Martin Foley (Creative Industries) and Hon Jaala Pulford (Small Business), as well as departmental heads and senior policy advisors from Creative Victoria and the Experience Economy Recovery team, was extremely productive, establishing open and constructive lines of communication which are ongoing.
Covid-19 Sector Survey
LATEST TALLY (as of June 10th)
income loss in total
income loss in total
546 Workers Impacts
96 Responses so far
Ausdance National COVID-19 Impact Survey for the Dance Sector.
Frequently Asked Questions
Information about the role and function of a COVID Marshal and who must have one can be found here:
We note that COVID Marshals are mandatory for indoor gyms and personal training facilities used by members of the public aged 19 and over.*
As the rules for physical recreation apply to dance schools and studios, dance schools and studios will need a COVID Marshal for activities that involve adults.
*…in Regional Victoria, so we presume this will include Melbourne with the easing of restrictions.
The COVID Marshal must undergo basic infection control awareness training. You can find this training at the Department of Health COVID-19 Infection Control Training page:
It is recommended that COVID Marshals are also trained in first aid (Level 2).