Dear MDU Family,

Today was another big day in State and Local news.

Here's the OFFICIAL news:
Today Governor Evers issued Executive Order 82 and Emergency Order 1 "calling on all Wisconsinites to join in the collective effort to stop the devastating impact of COVID-19 by wearing a face covering, not harassing or threatening Wisconsinites who wear a face covering, and showing patience and compassion for those who are unable to wear a face-covering safely."
Parents, according to Gov. Ever's Executive Order 82 and Emergency Order 1, please send your kiddos who are age 5 and older to dance in a cloth face-covering unless you have an exception. If you don't have one and need one, we will provide a blue paper one for you like the kind they have at the local clinics:).

Here's the MDU way:
  • Let's give our best EFFORT to be supporters of this change! Most of us CAN mask up and it's no biggie. Our teachers have been masked up and teaching their hearts out for two months already. The Executive Order EXPECTS this. <3
  • Let's also give our best GRACE to the kiddo who CAN'T wear the mask! A small number of our peers and students cannot mask up a variety of reasons and the Emergency Order PROTECTS this. <3
In a world that is increasingly changing, BEST-EFFORT + GRACE is a winning model for our kids <3. Our youth need the caring adults in their lives to be steady more than ever. Hang in there, parents. You've got this and we support you! We will get through this together!

In partnership,
Misty Lown

PS Please note the Emergency Order still allows for our teachers to drop their masks for a moment to give instructions from an appropriate distance of more than 6 ft. which greatly increases classroom comprehension. <3
PPS Don't forget to join me Saturday, August 1 at 7pm for a MDU Back-to-School Family Chat where I will share more details about what fall will look like. We've got great things going on and I can't wait to share them with you. Join here:

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  • 923 12th Ave S, STE 103, Onalaska, WI 54650
  • 608.779.4642
  • 923 12th Ave S, STE 103, Onalaska, WI 54650
  • 608.779.4642

Welcome to the JULY Term of Classes at Misty’s Dance Unlimited!

We are SO excited to be in our 2nd week of in-studio classes and have prepared the following information to help you have a happy, healthy, and safe month of classes.  The feedback to our preparation has been very positive from both the La Crosse County Health Department and our MDU teachers, families, and students and we couldn’t be happier to start seeing faces in our classrooms again.  


As with our reopening in June, all class sizes are limited to the recommendations provided by the county. 


New for July, we are live-streaming all classes so if anyone wants to, or needs to, learn from home they can easily do that. 


We continue to follow the More Than Just Great Dancing!® Safer Studio Guidelines which prioritize a hierarchy of safety and wellness measures including: 


Our public areas are still closed including all lobby waiting areas, kitchen area, children’s play spaces, student study areas, locker rooms, mother’s room, business offices, staff room, etc.  Please bring clearly labeled water bottles. Drinking fountains will not be available and no food will be allowed in the studio.

Dancers will bring all dance bags into the studio for changing shoes. Locker rooms will be closed. Bathrooms will be available for toileting only, but not for changing clothes. 

Curricular adjustments have been made to eliminate prop use and hand-holding and to reduce mixing and mingling in the classroom.  Classrooms will refrain from high fives, “ballerina hugs”, fist bumps, stickers, and stamps.

Please enter using the 12th Avenue main entrance for all arrivals. At this time, we ask that parents wait in their cars or outside during classes to help with social distancing in the building. Parents of little dancers under age 6 are able to wait inside if necessary for child comfort.  Please limit parent drop off to one person whenever possible.  Sibling visitors cannot be accommodated during this term unless they are too little to wait in the car during drop off.  

Please exit using doors closest to studio 4 for all departures. Parents will be asked to wait outside for kids to be released. At the end of class, parents must be by the door to receive their child. Students cannot walk across the parking lot to go to their parents for safety reasons.  Classrooms will have staggered dismissal (3-5 minutes) to allow for student transitions. 

Bathroom facility use will be limited to the front two unisex bathrooms for this term. We encourage all students to use the restroom at home before coming to class. 

Our employees will be wearing masks with some exceptions until La Crosse County Covid-19 Compass reaches an “orange” status. As today’s date (7/7/20) La Crosse County is “red”.  For more information please visit:  Mask wearing for students and parents is at personal/parental discretion.

As shared in our June re-opening letter, schools are going to experience reports of COVID-19 exposure as they welcome back their staff and students. The County has assured me that single reports of exposure risk will not require a studio closure. If the studio receives a report of exposure risk, the reporter will be asked to share with the County, close contacts will be notified, and exposure-risk cleaning will be enacted. The County encourages those with exposure risk to self-quarantine for 14 days from the date of potential exposure. Please note that MDU has the ability to monitor staff self-quarantine but does not have the capacity to monitor student self-quarantine. As such, parents will be asked to use their own discretion as to their comfortability returning to class or if they would rather participate from home. There is absolutely no penalty for absence and classes may be made up in-person (space permitting) or online (anytime). If the studio receives a cluster report of exposure risk, we will work directly with the County on the next steps.

Thank you, thank you for your support as we continue to learn how we can amplify joy for our students while reducing risk and learning to live in this new world. 

We appreciate you! 


Misty Lown