Versatile Arts has been closely monitoring the updates to the King County business reopening phases, and busily preparing our studio and staff to welcome you back in. According to the Safe Start plan, King County is now in a Phase 2, which allows classes of up to 5 students in indoor fitness studios.  We are taking a conservative approach due to our limited ventilation options and the need to sanitize and change out equipment between classes, so will be limiting classes to 4 for starters and only using the Blue Room.

An overview of our planned phases of reopening is presented below but is subject to change based on what the county determines is allowable.

Allowed as of July 29:

Phase 1: Coaches-Only Training

VA coaching staff allowed 2-hour training slots 2-3 times per week, on personal equipment or assigned studio equipment.  Max of 2 people in Cathedral (using points as far apart as possible), 1 in Ballroom (unless already part of same household). Staff responsible for disinfecting all equipment they use as well as common areas used (bathrooms, cubbies, office, etc).

Phase 1.5: One-on-One Private Lessons

Private aerial instruction involving one instructor and one student. Multiple students from one household may be considered one student if they are able to share equipment. At most one lesson will be scheduled in each studio at a given time. Masks are required for both instructor and student. Staff handle all rigging changes, sanitizing hands before and after. 30 minutes scheduled between lessons for disinfecting, rigging changes, and instructor break from mask-wearing.

Because of the requirement for physical distancing, hands-on spotting will be limited and thus we will initially be offering only instruction to intermediate-level students and up. We will add beginner-level lessons once we feel that we can safely do so.

Instructions for Private Lesson Students

Phase 2

2.1 Small-group classes

One-hour classes, max of 4 students at a time, no sharing of equipment, sanitizing and changing out all equipment between classes. Personal equipment may be used but must be left at the studio or dropped off well in advance of class in order to be pre-rigged. No mixed-apparatus skill-based classes will be offered since each student will stay at their own point. Schedule to include a minimum of 60 minutes between classes for re-rigging and disinfection.

Classes will primarily occur in the Blue Room on the 13′ points and will focus on review, technique,  conditioning, and low choreography.

Instructions for Group Class Students

Also in Phase 2: We can now book private lessons for up to 4 people.

 2.2: Point Rentals

Point rental using personal equipment, for intermediate/advanced students and professionals previously approved for drop-in training. One-hour reservations, $15/hour. Renters may arrive 15 minutes early for check-in and setup. A staff member will take care of all rigging, which will be on one of our 7 pulley points (crane bar included).  Note that the points in the Blue Room and Ballroom are for low-impact work only; drops and other more intense activities should be booked on the Cathedral points.

Renters should follow the general Instructions for Private Lesson Students regarding what to do before and after their rental.

Yet to come: pod-based rental groups.

2.3 Reservation-based Open Practices

As of late July, we have brought back open gym in the form of reservation-based Open Practices with limited slots per room. These practices are offered as drop-in classes through VAMP and may be signed up for up to 2 weeks in advance. Participants may use their own equipment or Versatile Arts’. Capacity will be limited to 3 in the Cathedral and 2 each in the Blue room and Ballroom. Sessions are 2 hours long, which includes 15 minutes on either end for rigging and striking/disinfecting.

Participants should follow the general Instructions for Private Lesson Students regarding what to do before and after their training session, replacing “instructor” with “open practice monitor.”


We have not yet reached the following phases:

Phase 3

This phase will involve things like increasing capacity and running classes in more than one space at a time.