FAQs / COVID-19 Protocols

What is it like to take class during COVID-19?
Dance Mission is currently offer in-person classes both in-studio and outside. We are also offering online classes. Please note that classes are very limited in size for indoor classes, so we recommend signing up in advance so that you are not turned away at the door. In the studio all windows are open and air purifiers are on. Masks must be worn the entire time you are in the building, including when you are taking class. Due to SF’s vaccine mandate, everyone must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination (photo of card is okay) if you are taking a class indoors. You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the final dose. Proof of vaccination is not required if you are taking class outdoors or online. You cannot attend an indoor nor an outdoor class if you have had COVID-19 exposure, tested positive for COVID-19, or experienced COVID-19 symptoms within two weeks of taking class. If you have, please call 415-826-4441 IN ADVANCE and we will happily reschedule your class for a later date.


Can I cancel a class reservation?
Because class sizes are extremely limited, you cannot cancel an in-person class (not in-studio nor outdoors) nor transfer a reservation for a later date. Please be sure you can attend class before registering. If there is an “act of God” (i.e. broken foot, Covid-19 exposure etc), call us at 415-826-4441 IN ADVANCE and we can make an exception. Reservations for online classes can be modified up until 2 hrs prior to class.


How can I have a positive experience taking online classes?
Sign up at least 15 minutes early as the Zoom link is emailed to the email address connected to your Mindbody account 10 minutes prior to class. (Note: If you are late signing up to a class, email info (at) dance mission (dot) com and staff will sign you up on the back end.) Descriptions of the classes are found on MindbodyOnline.com (just click the title of the class). Because so many of our teachers are freelance artists, we are turning around 75% of all class tuition and giving it right back to the teachers. Thank you for supporting them!  Some tips: 1)  Our teachers lead FROM THE HEART. Follow the steps, listen to the music, but most of all, enjoy the connection with the dance and the community! 2)  There may be a delay between the audio and the visual – trust your understanding of the rhythm and go with the music. 3)  Sometimes the internet may get stuck – we will get back online and recuperate any missed time at the end of class. 4) If you are suffering from a weak connection, it is recommended that you turn off your video, this may help with your connection. 5) Mute yourself upon entry. 6) Enjoy! Classes are $16 if you are employed, or $10 if you are unemployed. You can also use your 15, 10, or   4 online classpack to pay for class. Click HERE for full schedule and to sign-up for class.


I hear you offer discounted classes for people of African descent. How do I take advantage of that discount?
If you are a person of African descent, put in the promo code “reparations” at check out and it will automatically deduct 50% from your tuition.


I am a new student. When can I start?
All classes (except for workshops) are on-going. This means you may start at any time. Just show up at the front desk ten minutes before the class is scheduled to start, sign up at the front desk or register online and you are good to go! To expedite signing in your first time, please download, fill out and bring in this REGISTRATION FORM (you only have to do this once).


What are the cost of classes?
Please visit PRICING & PACKAGES.


Do you have any discounts for first time students?
We unfortunately do not have any discounts for first time students.


Where can I find class and workshop descriptions?
Descriptions can be found HERE. You can also click on the title of each class on the SCHEDULE.


I don’t have much money but would love to take class. What should I do?
In order to make classes accessible to everyone, Dance Mission does offer WORK EXCHANGE OPPORTUNITIES. Please call the office for more information (415-826-4441) or email Ronnie, ronnie@dancemission.com.


Do you offer private lessons or semi-private group lessons?
Yes. We offer private lessons. To inquire about private lessons, please contact fredrika@dancemission.com. Fredrika will be able to connect you with the right teacher and/or choreographer.


Do you have a parking lot?
The closest parking lot is on Shotwell and 21st Streets. This is about a 5 min walk from the studio. We instead recommend giving yourself extra time to find street parking. We are also easily accessible by public transportation (we are directly across the street from 24th Street BART Station, and Muni Lines 14, 49, 67, 48, 12.


Do you have showers or lockers?
We do not have showers or lockers. Instead please bring your belongings into the studio where you are taking class. Do not bring valuables.


Do you have bike parking?
You may park your bike outside of the studio on the street.


How long will it take me to get “good?”
There is no way we can predict how many classes you will need to take before you become proficient. Becoming a dancer is a life-long journey. Each dance genre is different. Each student is different. If you are new to dance we recommend starting with a class labeled “beginning” or “all levels.” You might have to shop around and try out different classes before finding one you really like.

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