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Milwaukee Ballet’s Health & Safety Committee has overseen the development of rigorous health and safety procedures for safe operations within the Covid-19 pandemic. Under the committee’s guidance, Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy successfully hosted an in-person Summer Intensive program in July 2020 and has operated successfully in-person since July. To date, there has been no reported on-site transmission of Covid-19.
Milwaukee Ballet’s staff, senior students, and dancers have signed a mandatory pledge, committing to good health citizenship, including the limiting of risky behavior outside the studios.
The COVID-19 Safety Plan is designed specifically to ensure the safe operation of the We Energies Foundation Performance Studio. This Plan is in conjunction with Milwaukee Ballet’s return-to-work protocols, Company Pledge, AGMA’s Dancer Playbook, and specific advice from local and State health officials, as well as the CDC.
Please review the health and safety protocols outlined below.
Before You Arrive
When purchasing tickets to a performance in the We Energies Foundation Performance Studio, patrons will be prompted to accept the following conditions:
Please note the start time of the show you are attending and arrive only 15 minutes prior to show time. If staggered entry times are in use, your assigned entry time will be noted on your ticket and within pre-show communication.
Arriving on time, and not sooner, will help to ensure that the number of people in the building is within the approved threshold. Please remain in your vehicle until your scheduled entry time.
Entering Baumgartner Center for Dance
Show attendees must enter Baumgartner Center for Dance via the main entrance located on North Jackson Street. Upon entering each guest will be asked to produce a digital or printed ticket and may be be asked to answer certain screening questions.
Check-in will occur within the Atrium or Community Studio to allow for ample space and social distancing.
Following check-in guests will be directed to the appropriate entrance into the We Energies Foundation Performance Studio. Entrances are based upon the designated quadrant for each seat. Quadrants and entrances are designed to minimize flow of traffic in and out of each theater entrance and in the seating area. Quadrants will reduce need for passing other patrons during arrival and departure.
Ticket & Seat Assignments
Each ticket and seat will be assigned to a specific quadrant within the theater. Quadrants will be identified at corresponding theater entrances and within the theater seating area.
Seating inside the theater will be set to social distance with no less than 6 feet distance between individuals or families.
Guests are asked to remain in their seats while in the theater and to be respectful of other patrons’ personal space while entering or exiting their seat.
Complimentary, self-serve coat racks are available at each quadrant entrance. Milwaukee Ballet staff will not handle guests’ coats at this time.
Please refrain from handling coats belonging to other patrons.
ADA Seating & Accomodations
The We Energies Foundation Performance Studio provides accessible and companion seats. Patrons requiring additional accommodations will be given expedited access to and from the studio and seats.
Please advise a Milwaukee Ballet representative if you or someone in your party require assistance or support.
Limited capacities will be posted at each restroom. We ask that all patrons please abide by these rules and wait an adequate distance of at least 6 feet from the restroom entrance until the appropriate number of guests have vacated.
Dancer & Performance Safety
The distance of the audience from the dancers will be no less than 10 feet. The maximum dancers on stage at a time will be eight (8) and all dancers will wear masks.
Dancers are rehearsing and performing in pods and have signed a mandatory pledge committing to good health citizenship, including the limiting of risky behavior outside the studios.
Sanitation & Filtration
Extra measures will be taken to disinfect all theater seats and touchpoints, along with the restrooms, before and after all performances and rehearsals.
Hand sanitizing stations are available, as well as appropriate sanitizing soap in the restrooms.
Milwaukee Ballet has taken extra precautions with the HVAC system. MERV 13 filters have been added to all rooftop and inside filters.
Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy has instituted robust health and safety protocols for students and staff at all branches. Details on protocols, including Student Absence procedures may be found in the MBSA section of the website.