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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. 

Coronavirus Website
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. 


Ausdance VIC has made the conscious choice to provide all resources freely available, to support our sector at this time.

Covid-19 Resources

Impact Surveys

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)

National Loss

$5.7 Million
income loss in total

Victoria Only

$1 Million
income loss in total

546 Workers Impacts
96 Responses so far

Ausdance National COVID-19 Impact Survey for the Dance Sector.

Frequently Asked Questions

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You are correct. You (and now Melbourne studios) can offer indoor classes to adults 19 years and over, providing the following conditions can be met:

  1. The number of members of the public permitted in each indoor space and in each group, class or session at any time is limited to the lesser of:
    1. A density quotient of 8m2 per person, as per the rules for working this out
    2. 10 adults
  2. The number of members of the public permitted in the facility at any time is limited to the lesser of:
    1. A density quotient of 8m2 per person, as per the rules for working this out
    2. 20 adults
  3. You can ensure members of the public are reasonably able to maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from each other; and
  4. shared equipment is cleaned between each user; and 
  5. there is no physical contact, other than in an emergency, between a member of the public and any other person otherwise permitted to attend the facility; and
  6. only one class or session commences at a given time and that time is at least 15 minutes after any other class or session has commenced; and
  7. the facility has a COVID Marshal onsite during the operating hours of the facility; and
  8. the person complies with the records requirement and the restricted area requirement.  

The short answer:

Only 20 per facility. For example, you can have:

  • 20 children in one studio, and have none in another, or
  • 15 children in one studio and 5 in another

We are seeking more clarity on the definition of “facility”.