Message from Miss Misty 

Our Student Dedication at the new facility was a HUGE success! Thank you to the hundreds of families who came out to make their mark on history by adding their favorite quotes or words of affirmation to the wall where Miss Jessica had painted in giant script: “You are fearfully and wonderfully made!” You might be wondering WHY we would go through the work of having Miss Jessica paint my favorite verse on the wall and have the kids show up add their words if it’s going to be covered up with mirrors soon?Well, because after a lifetime of being a dancer I can tell you one thing: the mirror tells a different story every single day. Some days it tells us we’re awesome and other days we might not quite like what we see. But the truth is that EVERY student has God-given worth and value — no matter what the mirror says from day to day! We wrote on the wall so that if a student has a day where they might not like what the mirror tells them, they will always remember the TRUTH that they are AWESOME just as they are is still on the wall behind the mirror.

And, from one mom to another, I can’t think of a better message for our kids. And, that’s the MDU difference!

-Miss Misty Lown, Owner

Message from Miss Shayna

As the excitement and busyness of our Spring Recital approaches we want our MDU families to know that we are here for YOU! In addition to our monthly newsletters, all important Spring Recital details are listed on our website! Simply click on the “Everything Recital” image when you log on. Additionally our Front Desk Team is always happy to assist you with any questions you may have in the weeks to come. Recital is an exciting time for dancers to create lasting memories. We always aim for the entire Recital experience to be enjoyable for dancers, parents, and audience members alike.

This year’s Spring Recital weekend will be extra special because it kicks off with our 20th Anniversary Party on Friday night! We hope YOUR FAMILY will be joining us to celebrate the past 20 years as we look forward to the next 20! Get ready for desserts, special performances, an art display, and a chance to hit the dance floor with your MDU instructors.

Be sure to RSVP via the link below for this special event. It’s going to be so much fun!

-Miss Shayna Stellflue, School Director

Calendar:

April 21: Registration Begins ONLINE for 2018-19 Children’s Classes

April 21: Pathways in Dance Presentation with Miss Misty

April 21: Performing Group Pre-Audition Meeting

April 21: Ballet La Crosse “Alice in Wonderland” Auditions

May 1: Summer Early Bird Prices End

May 1: RSVP Deadline for 20th Anniversary Party

May 4: Daddy Daughter Dance Rehearsals Begin

May 7-12: In-Class Dress Rehearsal Week

May 14-17: On-Stage Dress Rehearsals at Viterbo University

May 18: 20th Anniversary Party at the Cargill Room

May 19-20: Spring Recitals at Viterbo University

May 22-24: Performing Group Auditions at MDU

Children’s Class Registration for Our 2018-2019 Season 

Children’s Class Registration for our 2018-19 dance season begins ONLINE on Saturday, April 21st at 8:00am!

There is so much excitement at Misty’s Dance Unlimited as we look forward to our 21st season in our BRAND NEW FACILITY – the International Performing Arts Campus! We can’t wait for YOU to be part of it.

Class Schedule: Click HERE to view our 2018-19 Children’s Class Schedule.

Register: Visit mistysdance.com to register ONLINE beginning at 8am on Saturday, April 21.

Classes begin: Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Questions: We’re here to help! Email Miss Kris at [email protected] or call our front desk at 608-779-4642.

Reminder for Building Level Dancers: Next season you will move to our Graded Levels of Technique (4th Grade and up). That class schedule will be available at the end of May (after Recital) and registration for our 2018-19 Graded Level classes will begin ONLINE on Saturday, June 2 at 8am.

Pathways in Dance with Miss Misty

Has you dancer ever wondered what role dance will play in their life as they enter middle school, high school and beyond? Have they ever wondered how to balance school, dance and other activities? Have they ever thought about dancing on a dance team, for a company, in college or teaching?

Join Miss Misty on Saturday, April 21 from 9:00-10:30am for a special Pathways in Dance presentation and learn more about your dancer’s path in the years ahead! This presentation is geared toward dancers and parents in our Graded Levels of Technique (4th grade and up). Coffee, juice, and muffins will be provided. Bring a notebook!

Performing Groups Pre-Audition Meeting

Does your dancer love to perform? Find out more about MDU’s Performing Groups at our Pre-Audition Meeting: Saturday, April 21 from 11:00am-12:30pm!

AUDITION DETAILS:

Tuesday, May 22

  • Littlest Performing Group! (Ages 5-6) Audition time: 4:30-5:30pm
  • Dancin’ Kids! (Ages 7-10) Audition time: 5:30-6:30pm
  • Guys Competition Teams (Ages 8-18) Audition time: 5:30-7:00pm

Wednesday, May 23

  • Performance Company Auditions for dancers who have completed Building, Level I or Level II Jazz
    Audition time: 4:00-6:00pm
  • Performance Company Auditions for dancers who have completed Level III and IV Jazz
    Audition time: 6:00-9:00pm
  • Crew (Ages 13-18) Audition time: 5:00-6:30p

Thursday, May 24

  • Performance Company Auditions for dancers who have completed Level V, VI and VII Jazz
    Audition times: 5:00-9:00pm

Monday, July 30

  • Footworks (Ages 12+) Recommended for dancers in Tap IV+
    Audition times: 12:00-1:00pm

Click here to sign up for Performing Groups auditions today!
*Dancers who wish to try out for our Traveling Teams will not have a separate audition. They will be selected from the above Performance Company Audition times.

Ballet La Crosse Alice in Wonderland Auditions

Misty’s Dance Unlimited and Ballet La Crosse are excited to announce that our fall ballet production will be “Alice In Wonderland” with original choreography by Mr. Kennet Oberly. This ballet will have roles for male and female dancers age 8 and up. We would love to have you join us for our free, friendly and fun auditions on Saturday, April 21 from 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM!

Please complete this BLC “Alice in Wonderland” Fall 2018 Audition Sign Up google form to register for auditions.

Audition Times on Saturday, April 21:

  • Boys and Girls in Beginning and Building Ballet (ages 8+) will audition from 1:00-1:30 PM
  • Boys and Girls in Levels I & II will audition from 1:30-2:15 PM
  • Boys and Girls in Levels III & IV will audition from 2:15-3:00 PM
  • Levels V, VI, VII and Pointe will audition from 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
    (Dancers must have 2 or more years of En Pointe experience to audition en pointe)
  • Men ages 15+ will audition from 5:30-6:00 PM

Alternative auditions will be Monday, April 30 from 3:30-5:30 PM:

  • Beginning Ballet – Level IV will audition from 3:30-4:15 PM
  • Levels V-VII and Pointe will audition from 4:15-5:30 PM
    (Dancers must have completed 2 or more years of en pointe experience or one year of Pre Professional Ballet Level 2 to audition en pointe)

Please come at least 30 minutes early for your audition time so you can warm up in the hallway or a studio prior to the start of your audition block. Female dancers should wear any color leotard, pink tights, hair in a neat bun, a little make up. Male dancers should wear a white t-shirt, black athletic pants, and hair styled neatly. Audition results will be emailed to all dancers on Wednesday, May 9.

Preliminary Summer Rehearsal Information:

  • Our 2 weeks of summer choreography will be July 30-August 4 and August 13-18.
  • Summer Rehearsals will tentatively run from 12PM – 8 PM each day.
  • Soloists may also rehearse from 11-1 PM and 6-9PM each day
  • Younger dancers will tentatively rehearse from 1-6 PM each day

Preliminary Fall Rehearsal Information:

  • Principals, soloists, and corp groups will rotate into a 1-3 hour Friday night rehearsal approximately once a month for the months of September-November.
  • All dancers will be needed for rehearsals on Saturdays from 1:00-6:00 PM (Younger dancers will report only for a small sections of the 5 hour block on most Saturdays).
  • Performances will be Saturday, November 24th and Sunday, November 25th, times to be determined.

Summer Early Bird Discount Ends May 1

THIS SUMMER is going to be EXTRA SPECIAL at MDU as all programs will take place in our BRAND NEW FACILITY!

Check out our awesome variety of Summer 2018 classes, camps, and workshops today! Programs have limited space and always fill up fast. Special discounted rates apply until May 1! Register ONLINE today!

Don’t Miss Seussical Jr. This Summer!

Does your dancer also like to sing and act?  This Summer in our BRAND NEW International Performing Arts Campus, MDU will be producing Seussical JR. and YOU are invited to join the fun!  This special production will be directed by Miss Beth and Mr. Dennis.

Enjoy TWO full weeks of singing, acting, dancing and musical theater fun all leading up one big show for your family and friends. Roles for all ages and skill levels! Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical JR., a fantastical musical extravaganza!

Who: Kids ages 5 – 15 (Dance experience not required)

When: Monday-Friday: July 9th-20th from 9am-3pm

Stage Performance:  Saturday, July 21st (time TBA)

Cost: $445 before May 1, $499 after May 1 (tuition includes costuming and script)

Dream big and sign up today: Visit mistysdance.com to enroll!

360° Dance Festival

This Summer, More Than Just Great Dancing is proud to present the 360° Dance Festival: July 12-14, 2018 AND July 26-28, 2018!

Click here to view Miss Misty’s special message about this event!

This Festival is a BRAND NEW, all-inclusive dance event centered on creating community, fostering friendships, sharing experiences and providing excellent dance training for dancers age 8 to 18.

Join us for two days of exciting movement classes, parent seminars, teacher training, dancer enrichment activities and a non-competitive showcase performance featuring dancers from across the nation. Experience friendly faculty with small class sizes to inspire and challenge dancers while connecting in a positive and uplifting environment.

Fill our THIS google form to secure your spot while space is still available!

Learn more at https://360dancefestival.com/

Daddy-Daughter Dance Sign Up Reminder 

Don’t miss this opportunity to make a lasting memory with your daughter! Dancers in our Kidlets/Taplets Level and up (Kindergarten age and up) are eligible to perform in the Daddy-Daughter Dance at our Spring Recital. Rehearsals to learn choreography will be held as follows.

Friday, May 4 (at MDU)
ALL Participants: 6:00-7:30pm
EXTRA practice for Senior Dads: 7:30-8:00pm

Saturday, May 5 (at MDU)
Show 1: 9:00-10:15am
Show 2: 10:15-11:30am
Show 3: 12:30-1:45pm
Show 4: 1:45-3:00pm
Show 5: 3:00-4:15pm

Thursday, May 17 (Dress Rehearsal On Stage at Viterbo)
ALL Participants / ALL Shows: 5:00-7:00pm

Girls Attire: Solid White t-shirt, Jeans, Sneakers

Dads Attire: White, Long Sleeved, Button-Down Shirt, Jeans, Sneakers

Participation cost is $50 per family. Registrations will be accepted until Friday, May 4th when rehearsals begin. Click here to register today! 

RSVP Today for MDU’s 20th Anniversary Party!

Don’t forget! This year’s Spring Recital Weekend will kick off with our 20th Anniversary Party!  Join us for dessert and dancing on Friday, May 18 from 6:30-9:00pm at The Cargill Room in Downtown La Crosse!

  • Special Performances
  • DJ Dance Party
  • Photo Booth
  • Student Art Exhibit (see the display in the lobby to participate)
  • Awards
  • FUN, FRIENDS, and MORE!

We need YOUR RSVP in order to properly plan for this FUN, FREE, FAMILY celebration. Click here to RSVP TODAY!

Spring Recital Photos & DVDs

Individual Photos: Design Photography is offering Individual Recital Photo Sessions for MDU dancers April 28 and April 30 – May 5. All photo sessions are held at Design Photography in Onalaska. Check out Design Photography’s 2018 Flyer for package options. Simply click here to book your photo session now. You can also sign up for your Individual Photo Session by calling Design Photography at 608-783-2324!

Dress Rehearsal Week Action Photos: Thousands of photos from our Dress Rehearsal week at Viterbo will be available for purchase soon! Watch your email for more details on how to purchase unlimited downloads for $50.00 per family.

Keepsake Spring Recital DVDs: Our Recital Memories package pre-orders have closed but there is still time to order your keepsake recital DVD! Click here to order your DVD from from AVP Media today!

Students of the Month!

Miss Ada Green
Miss Kendyll Linder
Miss Aerin Gotts
Miss Lauren Mikat

Check out our lobby display featuring these dancers! We would also like to recognize this month’s other nominees: Brooke Baldner, Kaylee Banse, Kyla Betz, Caeden Kruger, and Finley Weber. Way to go, dancers! Keep up the awesome work!

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