Welcome to GCAPA! You have completely made our year by becoming a part of our community! We plan to spend the Summer showing your Camper how to shine! And you can be the paparazzi!
Our location is near the Catawba I-77 junction on Liverpool Parkway.
Address: 19615 Liverpool Pkwy, CORNELIUS. See the map here.
We thought it best to answer a few important FAQ’s to get you started so that you can familiarize yourself with the layout and get accustomed to what to expect. If we have forgotten anything, please let us know.
Our best form of communication is via Email (please make it a contact in your address book) and not far behind is the GCAPA Summer Camps Facebook Group. This group is only for Parents of Campers. Please feel free to post questions, share photos or ask for a lost item with the other families of the studio! If your Camper cannot make it to class, please do not email or text, but call us to let us know so we don’t miss the message. 704.896.3033
Please do not use the rear of the building, that is for surgeries only. The entire front of the parking lot is free to use, however it has limited spaces (about 35) and our neighbors have clients as well. We ask that you walk your camper in and head out so others can use the spaces.
When possible, we hope that you will avoid left turns from the parking lot. It is much safer to turn right from our lot and flip around at the stop sign. We hope that you will consider this safety precaution when hurrying to get your campers from place to place.
Drop-off and Pick-up:
SEE COVID PROTOCOLS FOR CHANGES TO SUMMER 2020. Students 10 and under should be walked in and out of the studio. Once your teacher is present in the lobby to collect your Campers, you are free to leave. Children in diapers should have a parent in the lobby during their entire class/camp in case of an accident. Any Camper being picked up by a person unknown to the Crew will need a valid Driver's License for identification verification. Please provide a name before camp of the person picking up. If you're a first time parent and we don't recognize you, please don't take offense. We care for the safety of your Camper!
SEE COVID PROTOCOLS FOR CHANGES TO SUMMER 2020. During the Summer Camps, we do not leave the blinds open. Unfortunately, for most kids, parents observing is a distraction. Most of them want their Friday performance to be a total surprise anyway....so if you can be patient, you will be WOWed on Friday!
Open House and Boutique:
The Big Apple Boutique inside our lobby will be open June 25, 3:30-6:30pm JUST FOR OUR CAMPERS! For those who are looking for dance attire and shoes at a reasonable cost, we look forward to helping you into what you're looking for! Turn-around on orders is typically 1 week. Once your order arrives, you will receive an email with times to pick up or you can just wait until the first day of camp to grab your gear! Don't need gear? Come take a studio tour and give your little one a chance to adjust to the space!
Many campers do not use dance shoes, but everyone is welcome to bring what they have. If your ballet shoes are not leather or canvas, they are unsafe. Please check what you have before sending your Camper in.
Our facility has 2 bathrooms in the lobby. Children under 5 will be escorted to the bathroom and only helped when they express what kind of help they need. They will be asked a series of questions to be sure that our Crew is maintaining a safe distance and allowing campers to have their independence and/or privacy.
EpiPens should handed to your Star’s teacher before camp/class. EpiPens may not be stored at the studio. Explicit verbal instructions along with written instructions should be explained to the instructors responsible for your Camper's care by you, every single day.
We require all Campers to adhere to the following food rules for all camps: All Snacks should be fruits and vegetables ONLY. For lunches: No Nuts of any kind. No peanut butter. No apple butter. No distribution of food. Please advise your camper that food sharing is not permitted for safety reasons. All food allergies must be listed in your account and reiterated to your camp instructor at the beginning of the week. NO SUGAR! (This includes Go-gurts). Fruit and Vegetable snacks are the only permissible snack. WATER ONLY.
SEE COVID PROTOCOLS FOR CHANGES TO SUMMER 2020. If you must stay in the lobby during camp, you are more than welcome to do so. We ask that you not allow your other children to run around or be noisy, stand on chairs, pull brochures from the walls, hang on the counter, carry in food or drinks of any kind. Please remain in the seating area as the front desk area is prohibited. We thank you for your anticipated cooperation.
Our first goal is to help your Camper Shine. Immediately following, we want you to have an easy and enjoyable experience at GCAPA. If we have forgotten something or overlooked something, we hope that you will let us know so that we can provide the best service and experience for you and your Camper! Hats off to an amazing Summer of learning and community!!
Miss Wendi and the GCAPA CREW
Hello Summer Campers!!
We are so excited to get started with you! Obviously we need to explain our Summer Protocols so that you can make a comfortable decision for your family. So here we go! BTW: there are still limited spaces available in our camps for your friends or additional cmp weeks! See our extended camp options, too!
This will be the only chance for adults to be in the studio (see below). We recommend all students stop by to check out the studio and acclimate to the space for everyone's comfort. You will have a chance to meet the instructors (Miss Wendi, Miss Maggie, and Miss Bella) and make any purchases that you might need.
Thursday, June 25, 2020 from 3:30-6:30pm
When dropping off Campers we ask that you bring them to the front steps where we will take each child's temperature. Please do not enter the building while we maintain our limited # of persons in one space. Adults will not have the option to stay in the lobby this Summer because of the state guidelines.
Based on current state guidelines:
Instructors will have their temps taken and hand sanitize before each camp.
Once inside, campers will hand sanitize. Before exiting the building campers will hand sanitize.
In case of any accidental touching, campers will wash hands and/or hand sanitize for each occurance.
Campers will be instructed to remain 6ft apart for each activity.
The floors will be marked with colored tape that we will ask they do not peel. You can help us by telling them ahead of time.
Masks are optional for campers. Please let us know if your camper is permitted to remove their mask (during drop-off).
Campers are asked to wear a mask to enter and exit the building as this is a busy time with many moving parts.
Instructors will wear masks during drop-off and pick-up and anytime they cannot maintain a 6ft distance with campers.
Instructors will not be made to wear masks during physical activity periods as it poses a health threat to do so.
During physical instruction, instructors will face away from the campers and maintain a safe 6ft distance.
With the exception of Acro camps, any acro instructed during camp will be off-mat. This is to reduce the spread of germs.
If your child is inconsolable, we will call you to pick-up and try again the next day.
During snacktime, we will be sitting in our safe spaces 6ft apart. Please pack your camper a fruit or vegetable with water as a snack. This helps us to avoid any allergies.
If your child has an epipen, please notify the instructor on the first day of the following:
What your camper is allergic to
What signs your camper will show that we should look for
How to use the epipen
Each camper should bring a bag to camp. Bags should be labeled with your campers last name. Snacks, water and dance shoes should be the only things inside your campers bag. If you camper removes his/her mask, this is where he/she will place it. Toys must be kept at home.
All performances will be set up for live-stream as we cannot have additional people inside the studio in accordance with NC State Guidelines.
The studio will be disinfected each night after camp.
Withdrawal - based on comfort
If you feel uncomfortable participating in camp, please let us know ASAP. Too many withdrawals could affect another campers desire to attend. The more we know ahead of time, the better informed we will be and the better informed the other campers will be. Your withdrawal is not just bout you, but the other campers as well. Camps are non-refundable, however, we will make An exception this year and allow your tuition paid be deferred to Fall or Summer 2021. However, the deadline for withdrawal with credit will be June 30th, 2020. any withdrawals made after June 30, 2020 will forfeit their paid camp fees.
Withdrawal - based on sudden illness
If your camper or someone in your home is exhibiting flu-like symptoms or has tested positive within 14 days, please notify GCAPA by email so that we may act accordingly. If this happens after June 30th, please email a doctor's note outlining the symptoms so that we may credit your tuition to Fall or Summer 2021 tuition.
Withdrawal - based on schedule
We will make concessions due to this incredible pandemic and the havoc that it has wreaked on our world. However, we cannot accommodate schedule changes. Schedule changes are subject to regular withdrawal procedures s stated above.
We ask that you keep in mind that we are a small business who got hit hard during this pandemic. This sudden business shut-down not only devastated us financially at the moment, but caused many families to withdraw until late Fall. We will be feeling the repercussions of this for the next 18 months. We ask that you notify us of any potential illness of anyone in your household or contact so that we may do the same.
Recently, a teacher from a local pre-school (where 3 of our dancers attend) had the 'flu' and the owner made light of the situation. It is OUR obligation to notify our families of any potential hazard. We cannot do that if you keep quiet or make light of contact tracing. Please do not be the cause of our families getting sick and our having to shut down as this pre-school almost did. Luckily the children were the last class in the studio (2 weeks ago) and all three have tested negative for COVID. We will never say your name, but we need to know to keep everyone safe and to avoid the studio being shut down. We thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation.
We thank you so much for choosing Grand Central for your Summer Camp and look forward to an awesome, fun, safe Summer!!!
Miss Wendi and the GCAPA Crew