Message from Miss Misty
-Miss Misty Lown, Owner
Message from Miss Shayna
As we enter the holiday season, we often reflect on memories, family, and all that we have to be thankful for in our lives. Last month I had the opportunity to take some extra time to pop into classes and observe students and teachers in action. This was a great reminder of how THANKFUL I am for each and every student, teacher, and family at MDU. It truly is a joy to be able to watch your children grow through dance year after year. From our pre-school students experiencing dance for the first time, to our high school seniors (many of which I had in class when they were that small) who have perfected their technique and performance skills, and every dancer in between, you are all part of our MDU FAMILY! Visiting classes and getting special hellos, smiles and hugs reminded me of all of the wonderful memories we have made in the past 20 years at MDU and has me even more excited for the next 20! This holiday season we are thankful for YOU!
-Miss Shayna Stellflue, School Director
November 13-18: Parent Participation Week
November 15: Spring Recital Costume Reveal Begins Online
November 15: Spring Recital Costume Fees Charged to Accounts
November 20-25: Thanksgiving Break – NO CLASSES
November 25-26: Ballet La Crosse’s Production of A Little Princess
December 13-19: Open House – Parents watch ENTIRE class!
December 16: Christmas Cookie Social
December 20 – January 2: Christmas Break – NO CLASSES
Parent Participation Week
Parent Participation Week is almost here! Parents are invited to join their dancer in classes November 13-18!
This is your chance to experience first-hand what your dancer is working on in class, get to know our teachers, and see just how much fun and learning happens in every class! If Mom or Dad is not able to attend, please feel free to invite another adult (Grandma, Grandpa, etc.) to your child’s class so the experience can be shared!
Our Kid Korner area will be staffed by student volunteers during Parent Participation Week so that siblings can be dropped off while parents are attending class! This is a time for dancers to make a special memory with a parent or family member. Please help us by choosing one family member per dancer to share this special time with.
Be sure to wear something comfortable to move in. Hope to see you there!
Christmas Cookie Social Participating Classes Announced!
Every year we finish our first semester of classes with a fun and informal Christmas program! Approximately half of our students participate each year as different classes from each age group of our Children’s Programming are invited to participate. In honor of our 20th Anniversary Season, we have updated the name of this event to The Christmas Cookie Social! What better way to celebrate than with cookies after the show!
The Christmas Cookie Social is a ticketed event that will be held on Saturday, December 16 and will feature 3 Shows! We are thrilled to announce that this event will be held at the beautiful, BRAND-NEW auditorium at Luther High School in Onalaska… just a few short blocks away from MDU!
Proceeds from this event benefit upper level dancers in the form of scholarship to Dance Revolution, a Christian-based youth dance convention!
Participation in the Christmas Cookie Social is encouraged, but not required! If your class is listed below and you are not able to participate, please let your teacher know by November 15 so he/she may plan accordingly. Participating classes will receive an additional email by November 15 with more details about this fun event including: Rehearsal, Costuming, Tickets, and More!
See below for a list of classes invited to participate in this year’s Christmas Cookie Social performances:
Show 1: Saturday, December 16 at 12:30pm
Tuesday 10:00 AM Mommy & Me (SS)
Tuesday 10:30 AM Tippy Toes (SS)
Monday 6:00 PM Tippy Toes (DM)
Tuesday 11:00 AM Tutus & Bowties (SS)
Monday 5:00 PM & Saturday 10:00 AM Tutus & Bowties (DM/CR)
Monday, Wednesday & Saturday Taplets (SS/AW/OK)
Monday Kidance (KRI)
Wednesday & Thursday Beginning Tap (AW/BM)
Steps of Praise Teens (ASK)
Show 2: Saturday, December 16 at 3:00pm
Tuesday 5:00 PM Mommy & Me (JAM)
Tuesday 4:30 PM Tippy Toes (SS)
Thursday 5:30 PM Tippy Toes (DM)
Tuesday 4:00 PM Tutus & Bowties (SS)
Thursday 6:00 PM Tutus & Bowties (DM)
Tuesday Taplets (SS)
Tuesday Kidance (AW)
Saturday Kidance (ASK)
Tuesday Building Ballet (AM)
Show 3: Saturday, December 16 at 5:30pm
Wednesday 5:30 PM Mommy & Me (SS)
Wednesday 5:00 PM Tippy Toes (SS)
Wednesday 4:30 PM Tutus & Bowties (SS)
Wednesday & Friday Man in Motion (DW)
Thursday Taplets (SS)
Thursday Kidance (SS)
Wednesday Kidance (BG)
Tuesday Beginning Tap (JAM)
Wednesday & Thursday Building Ballet (AM/KY)
Steps of Praise Kids (ASK)
Spring Recital Costumes & More!
This year’s Spring Recital will be held the weekend of May 18-20, 2018 at Viterbo University and will once again feature 5 Shows! In celebration of our 20th Anniversary, our Spring Recital weekend will also include a MDU 20th Anniversary Party! More details will be revealed in the coming months!
Our Spring Recital Costumes will once again be revealed ONLINE! Check out our MDU website (under the Studio News tab) beginning on November 15 to view photos of this year’s Spring Recital Costume selections.
Payment for your Spring Recital Costume(s) will automatically be taken out of the account you have on file on November 15. If you would like to know the total amount due for your costume(s) or if you would like to use a different method of payment or your costume fee(s), please stop by the desk before November 15 to place your order.
Please let the front desk know if you will not be performing in the Spring Recital, or if you are not performing with a specific class you are currently enrolled in by November 15 so this charge can be removed from your account before all final billing for costumes takes place. November 15 is also the last day to add classes or make other changes to your class schedule for this dance season, as Spring Recital Costumes will be ordered at this time. Spring Recital Costume payments are not refundable after November 15.
Ballet La Crosse’s A Little Princess Tickets Still Available
Don’t miss your chance to see Ballet La Crosse’s production of A Little Princess later this month! Tickets are still available through the Weber Center Box Office.
Showtimes are Saturday, November 25 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm and Sunday, November 26 at 2:00pm. Tickets for all shows are $22 for orchestra, $18 for balcony and $5 for children 18 and under. Hope to see you there!
Inclement Weather Policy Reminder
In the event of inclement weather, a message will be left on the studio answering machine by 2pm (9am for Tuesday morning classes, 8am for Saturday classes) regarding the status of classes. An email will also be sent to all families with classes that day and a notification alert will be posted on our MDU Families Team App.
Please note that we do not necessarily follow school closings as roads are often cleared or weather conditions have improved by the time studio classes begin. Additionally, it is possible that schools could be in session, but we may need to cancel studio classes due to winter weather developing later in the day.
Give the Gift of Dance
You love giving the PERFECT Christmas gift, right? Perhaps there is a niece, nephew, or family friend on your list that would love to dance! Our Gift of Dance Holiday Package for children ages 2-8 is an incredible value at just $79!
The package includes: 2 months of tuition (January and May 2018), Registration Fee, a Tutu, and a $15 gift certificate to our Everything Dance Boutique!
This is a limited time offer that ends on 12/14/17! Email Miss Kris or stop by the front desk to purchase!
Calling All High School Seniors
High School Seniors in Level 5 and higher are eligible to perform a Senior Solo at our Spring Recital! This is an awesome opportunity for dancers to showcase their talents and create a lasting memory for themselves, family and friends in their final performance as a MDU student.
If your dancer is eligible and interested, please sign up with Miss Shayna by December 15.
MDU Families Team App Reminder
We want to help you stay informed! Get reminders and updates via our “MDU Families” Team App! Download the FREE “Team App” from the app store on your smartphone. Create an account, then “Find Your Team” by searching for “MDU Families” in the search bar. Select “MDU Families” and you will then be able to view important calendar reminders, set alerts for events, easily link to our website and more!
Via the MDU Families Team App you can also easily notify us when your dancer is sick, out of town, or will be missing class due to a school or church function? You can also CLICK HERE to get there directly. Our instructors appreciate you letting us know when your dancer is absent! Thank you in advance!
Students of the Month!
Mr. Zachary Hart
Miss Karina Deckert Scott
Miss Callie Key
Miss Amy Gobel
Check out our lobby display featuring these dancers! We would also like to recognize this month’s other nominees: Elizabeth Colburn, Sophie Eberlein, Alivia Flaherty, Isabella Helfrich, Lillie Helseth, Hannah Hunt, Rebekah Hunt, Lauren Mikat , Emma Osley, Teagan Pientok, Breckyn Remis, Ella Reynolds, and Elizabeth Schwan. Way to go, dancers! Keep up the awesome work!