Message from Miss Misty 

Misty-LownOur Senior Performance Company (SPC) and Travelling Teams have been on the road the past few weeks starting with SPC’s trip to the Big Apple with Miss Kylie and Miss Shayna.  While there they participated in professional classes at the world’s most iconic training centers in addition to seeing Broadway performances. They also visited the 9/11 Memorial Museum in preparation for a tribute dance they are doing at our Spring Recital. Most recently, Miss Kylie, Miss Liz and I were in California with our Traveling Team as they represented the state of Wisconsin at Dance Excellence. They performed and took classes here with students from the US, Australia, Abu Dhabi, Sri Lanka, Northern Ireland, England, Wales, Canada, China and New Zealand. They represented our state SO well! Thank you, Travelling Teams and parents!

-Miss Misty Lown, Owner

Message from Miss Shayna

Shayna Stellflue, instructor at Misty's DanceAs the excitement and busyness of our Spring Recital approaches we want you 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. One way we do this is by offering our FREE Costume Construction Day and Hair & Make Up Workshop coming up this weekend. Hope to see you there. See below for more details!

-Miss Shayna Stellflue, School Director


April 18: Last day of Easter Break – No Classes!

April 19: All Classes and Regular Studio Hours Resume

April 22: Fall Children’s Registration Begins ONLINE at 8am

April 22: FREE Costume Construction Day and Hair & Make Up Workshop from 9-11am

April 22: Pre-Audition Meeting for Performing Groups an Ballet La Crosse at 6:30pm

May 5: Daddy Daughter Rehearsal Begin

May 8-13: In-Class Dress Rehearsals

May 15-18: Viterbo On-Stage Dress Rehearsals

May 19-21: Spring Recitals at Viterbo University

Registration for Fall Children’s Classes begins Saturday

Reminder: Registration for Fall Children’s Classes Begins ONLINE Saturday, April 22 at 8:00 am! Click here to view our 2017-18 Children’s Class Schedule!

The Race to Registration is on! Classes fill up fast. Register online by midnight on April 22 for your chance to WIN a $100 Tuition Credit or MDU Birthday Party Basket (value: $125).

Our Children’s Class Registration is for dancers age 2 through dancers entering 3rd Grade in the Fall. Dancers currently in our Building Level (entering 4th Grade in the Fall) will register for Level 1 classes next season. See below for details on our Graded Level Registration.

As always, Fall Registration for our Graded Levels of Technique (entering 4th Grade and up) will take place after our Spring Recital as teachers are still finalizing their level placements for fall in the remaining weeks of the season. Graded Level Registration for the 2017-18 season will begin online at 8:00 am on Saturday, June 3!

Summer Early Bird Discount Ending

Special discounted rates apply for most Summer Classes and Programs until May 1! Check out our awesome variety of Summer 2017 classes, camps, and workshops at MDU! Click to view our MDU Kids Menu of Summer Programming and our MDU Summer Menu for Older Dancers today! Programs have limited space and always fill up fast. Don’t miss your chance to register early and SAVE! Register ONLINE today!

FREE Costume Construction Day and Hair & Make Up Workshop

Reminder: Our FREE Costume Construction Day and Hair & Make-Up Workshop is being held this Saturday, April 22 from 9:00-11:00 am at MDU!

Need help sewing strap into place, shortening pant legs, assistance with getting your dancer’s hair into the perfect bun, or stage make up tips? We are here to help! Stop by anytime from 9:00-11:00 am to take advantage of this FREE service provided by MDU!

MDU Performing Groups and Ballet La Crosse Auditions

Does your dancer love to perform? Sign Up to audition for MDU’s Performing Groups and/or Ballet La Crosse for our 20th Anniversary season! It is going to be such a memorable year filled lots of memories and surprises. 
If your dancer is interested in auditioning this year, DON’T MISS our Performing Groups Pre-Audition Meeting: Saturday, April 22 at 6:30 pm! We have lots of exciting and NEW things to share for our 20th Anniversary season! 
MDU’s Performing Groups will be holding auditions as listed below. Sign Up HERE to audition for MDU’s Performing Groups!
  • Auditions for our “Littles Performing Group – Sparkle Squad” (Ages 5 & 6) will be held on Tuesday, May 23 from 4:30-5:30 pm
  • Auditions for our Dancin’ Kids! (Ages 7-10) will be held on Tuesday, May 23 from 5:30-6:30 pm
  • Auditions for our Guys Only Teams (Ages 8-18) will be held on Tuesday, May 23 from 5:30-7:00 pm
  • Performance Company Auditions for dancers who have completed Building, Level 1, Level 2 will be held on Wednesday, May 24 from 4:00-6:00 pm
  • Performance Company Auditions for dancers who have completed Level 3, and Level 4 will be held on Wednesday, May 24 from 6:00-9:00 pm
  • Performance Company Auditions for dancers who have completed Level 5, Level 6, and Level 7 will be held on Thursday, May 25 from 5:00-9:00 pm
  • Auditions for CREW will be held on Wednesday, May 24 from 5:00-6:30 pm
  • ONE make-up audition will be offered for pre-approved audition absences on Tuesday, May 30


Ballet La Crosse is excited to announce that their fall 2017 ballet production will be “A Little Princess”!  Sign Up HERE to audition for Ballet La Crosse!

  • Auditions for male and female dancers in Levels 5 and up will be Friday, May 12 from 6:00-8:00 pm
  • Dancers with 2 years of en pointe experience should bring their pointe shoes to auditions.
  • Auditions for dancers in Beginning Ballet to Level 4 will be Saturday, May 13 from 11:00 am-1:00 pm
  • Alternative auditions will be Monday, May 22 from 6:00-7:00 pm

Dress Rehearsal and Recital Show Assignments

Our 2017 RECITAL QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE is the easiest way to locate all important dates and details for your dancer’s class(es) including the day and time they will rehearse at Viterbo University May 15-18 for their On-Stage Dress Rehearsal and a reminder of their Recital Show Assignment!

As a reminder, if this is your first recital with MDU, please take the time to read our MDU Recital Handbook 2017 to be sure you are “in the know” of all things RECITAL!

Daddy-Daughter Dance 2017

Calling all DADs! 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. Studio Rehearsals to learn choreography will be held as follows.

Friday, May 5

5:30-7:00pm for EVERYBODY!

Saturday, May 6

12:30-1:30pm for Show 1
1:30-2:30pm for Show 2
2:30-3:30pm for Show 3
3:30-4:30pm for Show 4
4:30-5:30pm for Show 5

Saturday, May 13

2:00-3:00pm for Show 1
3:00-4:00pm for Show 2
4:00-5:00pm for Show 3
5:00-6:00pm for Show 4
6:00-7:00pm for Show 5

Dress Rehearsal on stage at Viterbo University will be held as follows:

Show 1 Participants: Tuesday, May 16 from 6:00-6:30pm

Show 2 Participants: Tuesday, May 16 from 6:30-7:00pm

Show 3 Participants: Wednesday, May 17 from 6:00-6:30pm

Show 4 Participants: Wednesday, May 17 from 6:30-7:00pm

Show 5 Participants: Thursday, May 18 from 6:00-6:30pm


Sign Up here to participate in the Daddy Daughter Dance for all of the shows in which you would like to perform. Participation cost is $50 per family.

Individual Recital Photos

Design Photography is once again offering Individual Recital Photo Sessions. Dates for this year’s individual photos are April 22-26 and May 3-6. All photo sessions are held at Design Photography in Onalaska. Sign up for your Individual Photo Session by calling Design Photography at 608-783-2324!

Check out Design Photography’s 2017 Individual Photo Flyer for package options.

Volunteers Needed!

We are looking for MDU parents or relatives who are in the police force, firefighters, nurses, or doctors! We would love to honor you by having you participate in this year’s Performance Company Jazz Production during our Recital finale May 19 – May 21.

Please contact Miss Kylie at [email protected] if you or someone you know is interested in this unique opportunity! Thank you!

Students of the Month!

Mr. Liam Schultz

Miss Alexis Schmitz

Miss Audrey Akins

Miss Ava Justus

Check out our lobby display featuring these dancers! We would also like to recognize this month’s other nominees: Brooke Baldner, Addison Burt, Finola Dienger, Maria Ekern, Ella Reynolds, and Sylvie Schams. Way to go, dancers! Keep up the awesome work!

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