Choreographed by Christina Hicks

Today, I

Today, I

Choreographed by Ryan Wagstaff

Bottom of the River

Bottom of the River

Choreographed by Patti Rutland Simpson

In the Beginning

In the Beginning

Choreographed by Patti Rutland Simpson

I Have a Dream

I Have a Dream

Choreographed by Patti Rutland Simpson

One From the Heart

One From the Heart

Past and present dancers come together to celebrate the amazing career of Patti Rutland Simpson


PRJ is excited to announce our upcoming dance concert, Love Stories. Join us for a night of dance as we perform our own original love stories as well as some famous classics including West Side Story and The Notebook set to the music of Adele! Trust us, you're gonna love it!

2020-2021 Studio policies

2021 COVID-19 Policies for In-Person Classes


Dear PRJ Dance Center Families,

We hope you are all safe and well. We have missed our dancers and their families so much!

Here at the studio, we have been planning and preparing for our re-opening. The health of our

dancers, staff, and families is our priority. We are taking every precaution possible to mitigate

the spread of COVID-19.


1. We are complying with the CDC guidelines.

2. We must enforce a strict rule, that no one is allowed in the studio space if they are sick or showing symptoms of illness.

If you or your child has a fever, persistent sneezing, coughing (even due to seasonal allergies), or sore throat please do not

come to the studio.

3. Parents may only come into the studio to make a payment or ask a quick question of the office staff.

This will be limited to one customer at a time and a face mask must be worn. We ask that parents wait outside in their cars. Our lobby is closed.

4. Dancer should arrive 10 minutes before class and should line up outside of the studio

leaving a 6’ distance between other dancers. Dancers should be picked up promptly

after class. Students will be asked to leave the studio in between classes if they have a break longer than 30 minutes.

5. Dancers must come fully dressed for class with hair properly tied up.  

6. Dancers must bring a dance bag with items listed below*. They will be placed on the

floor under the barre where they are standing.

7. Dancers will be required to wear a mask upon entry and while exiting the building.

They are required to wear a mask at all times while in the hallways and during class. 

Dancers are responsible for bringing their own masks, as masks will not be provided by the Patti Rutland Jazz Dance Center.

We recommend having more than one mask. *Masks for ages 3-5 are optional once inside the studio and up to you as

parents to decide if they should wear during class.

8. Dancers will be met at the door, temperature will be taken with a thermal non-contact

temperature scanning device. (Any student with a fever of 99.5 or higher will not be allowed to enter the studio.)

9. We will be requiring dancers to use hand sanitizer upon entering and departing the

building. This will be provided at the entrance and in the classrooms.

10. NO dancer will be allowed in the studio after the teacher shuts the door and the class begins. No exceptions.

11. Dancers must maintain their social distance and refrain from touching other students.

Instructors will maintain social distancing from class attendees.

12. Class will be dismissed slightly early (3-5 Min)  to allow for proper sanitizing of door handles and barres in between every class.

We will use an EPA approved cleaning product.

13. Class sizes have been reduced to accommodate social distancing.

This is based on a 6 x 10 foot space for each dancer in center and varies by studio.

The studio floors have been marked to ensure this proper spacing.

We must limit drop-in classes and make-up lessons at this time due to the class size limitations.

14. All parents of students that are participating in classes must sign a COVID-19 medical waiver before entering the studio.

Dancers will not be allowed to enter the studio without submitting this form prior to their first class.


*Dance Bag: All dancers are asked to bring in only one small dance bag with just dance shoes,

a bottle water and limited essential personal items upon entry. The water bottle must have the students full name labeled on it somewhere.

*If your child is not able to change their shoes without assistance, they will be sent to you outside to assist with their shoe change.

Parents will remain outside. Please keep dance shoes clean from outside dirt.


We ask everyone to please use the restroom at home, avoid use at studio as much as

possible. Dancers need to avoid sitting on or touching floors. Floors will be cleaned

daily with an approved disinfectant.


In the event that the Patti Rutland Jazz Dance Center is exposed to a positive case of COVID-19:

  • If a student or staff member becomes Covid-19 positive and has been in class in the past 48 hours, all students in those classes will be asked to quarantine for 7 days. They may return to class after 7 days with a negative Covid test or after 10 days symptom free. 

  • If someone is directly exposed outside of the studio we ask that they also quarantine for 7 days. They may return to class after 7 days with a negative Covid test or after 10 days symptom free. 

  • PRJ's definition of exposure is:Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period* starting from 2 days before illness onset. 

  • No discounts or refunds will be issued because of COVID-19 related business interruptions.


Also, as part of the PRJ family, we encourage all of you to continue to follow the guidelines for COVID-19 safety at all times, keeping risk of infection to yourself and others at the greatest minimum possible.


We know that as our students re-enter the dance studio, this will be a new way for them. We will continue to provide comfort and joy for our students. 

Thank you for your cooperation and we truly are happy to be back sharing our love for dance with your children!

With everyone’s help we can keep our dancers safe and healthy.


Patti Rutland Jazz Dance Center

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Patti Rutland Jazz's mission is to transform the lives of its students and audiences through high-quality dance education, performance, and community engagement.

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1077 West Main Street 

Dothan, AL 36301




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