Dear MDU Family,
I am writing today with a proactive communication regarding the potential state-wide mask mandate repeal going before the Legislature on Thursday.
Regardless of the outcome, our business will continue to support a mask requirement (unless you have an exception) until further notice.
While it is true that we have had a negligible occurrence of COVID-19 in our programs since re-opening in June (.00025%, or 5 reportable cases out of over 20,000 heads in classes, and none for two months) Coulee Region public schools are in the process of welcoming their students back which introduces a new risk variable to our student population. Even if the mask mandated is repealed on Thursday, it would be unwise to introduce a second risk variable to our student population at the same time.
As a teacher and a dancer, I look forward to the day when this is no longer a talking point, but in the meantime, we will continue all of the Safer Studio™ measures that have brought us such success so far including keeping people home when they don't feel well, well checks for employees, ongoing facility cleaning with our Sparkle Squad, hand sanitation, and face coverings. Our community is turning the corner and we need to stay the course until we get there <3.
As always, we will continue to monitor the situation as we keep our focus on supporting the whole health of our students—including physical, social-emotional and, mental well-being—through dance classes each week.
Thank you for your support!
December 7 - 12: Virtual Parent Observation Week - Graded Level Classes!
December 13: Holiday Hearts Showcase - Performing Groups
December 14 - 19: Christmas Cookie Classes - Children’s Classes
December 19: BLC Virtual Showcase
December 20 - January 3: Christmas Break - NO CLASSES
January 4: Classes Resume!
This coming week is a special week just for our Graded Dance Families where you get to tune into your dancer's class(es) via Zoom and watch the ENTIRE class. Many classes have also prepared a special Christmas dance or combination to show you.
Dancers can DRESS UP for this special week!
Your Level 1 and up dancers are also allowed to dress up in their Holiday gear for the next 2 weeks of classes! Wear a Santa hat, Holiday sweater, Christmas socks, etc. Just make sure it is something that you can still move and dance in. We recommend still wearing a leotard underneath and ask for no bare midriff.
Next week is a special week just for our Children’s Class Families where you get to tune into your dancer's class(es) via Zoom and watch the ENTIRE class. Many classes have also prepared a special Christmas dance or combination to show you.
Dancers can DRESS UP for this special week!
Your dancers are also allowed to dress up in their Holiday gear for their Christmas Cookie Classes! Wear a Santa hat, Holiday sweater, Christmas socks, Christmas dress, Holiday jammies, etc. Just make sure it is something that they can still move and dance in. :)
Now that it is getting colder and darker earlier, we wanted to send a reminder of our Dancer Drop Off and Pick Up system. We greatly appreciate your help in following these procedures to keep our traffic flow in and out of the building as safe as possible.
Be sure to check out all of the new and exciting opportunities happening at MDU by visiting our Promo page on the website!
We are excited that Dance Revolution is still happening this year, but will be slightly different than in years past. We will be traveling to Dance Revolution in CHICAGO this year! MDU will handle all registrations for any dancer interested in attending. Hotel and transportation will be on your own.
Our annual Christmas Cookie Social generally sponsors and covers scholarships for this amazing event. Due to some changes with our Christmas Cookie Social and Winter Showcase accommodations for large gatherings, scholarships will not be available this year. Over the past 17 years, Miss Misty has donated over $85,000 in Dance Revolution scholarships. We will still be doing what we can to offer opportunities for dancers to raise money for this event (ex. Double Good Popcorn fundraiser in January).
Deadline to sign-up: Wednesday, December 16th
We are excited to announce that we will be livestreaming the Virtual Radix Dance Convention for dancers to take master classes with some amazing Faculty!
Radix has wonderful faculty including:
The convention runs from Saturday - Sunday and is great for learning new combinations and trying out a new style. Pick a friend to attend with you!
If your dancer will be absent from a class, our teachers and administrative staff greatly appreciate you notifying our team via our MDU Absence Form. This form can easily be accessed at the bottom of the main page of our website or CLICK HERE to access now.