Dear MDU Family,
This evening Gov. Tony Evers addressed our state issuing Executive Order #94 that calls upon business leaders "to continue doing their part to keep workers, customers, and communities safe by expanding working from home options for workers, offering online or virtual services, and limiting the number of people in offices, facilities, and stores" - all things we are PROUD to say we have been doing since we re-opened in June.
We have been following our Safer Studio™ Standards every step of the way through this season and continue to do so. Our team members have work-from-home capabilities, we are fully tech-enabled with online and virtual options, and we have always limited the number of people in our offices, facility, and store.
We have had over 10,000 visits to our studio since re-opening and only 4 isolated reported cases of COVID-19 - that's less than 1/100th of 1% occurrence.
Our strong focus on safety has made it possible to maintain a very low-risk environment while allowing our young people to benefit from exercise and friendship in a safety-focused environment as well as the associated positive benefits on social-emotional and mental well-being.
We are proud to continue to be a positive anchor in the lives of our local youth and we look forward to seeing and supporting your children in classes this week. In the meantime, please join us in doing all you can to keep our community safe by wearing face coverings, keeping the recommended 6 ft distance from friends and classmates, washing your hands, and staying home if you are unwell. For the safety of our community, if you are unable to or prefer not to wear a face covering, we strongly encourage you to attend our virtual class options.
As always, your teachers and I thank you for your support.
January 16: Coffee & Conversations
January 23: Graded Level Conferences
January 29 - 31: Dance Revolution (VIRTUAL)
February 1 - 6: Graded Level Skills Testing
February 15 - 20 : Second Intersessional Break (STUDIO CLOSED)
March 22 - 27: Virtual Parent Observation Week #2
April 1 - 7: Spring Break (STUDIO CLOSED)
May 17 - 23: MDU Fest! (Our Spring Outdoor Performance)
Be sure to check out all of the new and exciting opportunities happening at MDU by visiting our Promo page on the website!
"Coffee & Conversations" is a free forum featuring expert speakers on some of the toughest issues facing parents today and providing a format for parents to ask some of their most vexing questions.
Misty’s Dance Unlimited and Mayo Clinic Health System created Coffee & Conversation in 2018 to help area parents with a range of kid- and parenting-related health topics. La Crosse Community Foundation, Coulee Parenting Connection and News 8 Now are supporting sponsors.
The session is open to the public and free to attend! There are two ways to participate this month.
Date: Saturday, January 16th
Cost: FREE event!
Theme: “Positive Parenting Tips: Through the pandemic and beyond!”
Dance Revolution unfortunately had to cancel their in-person Chicago event, but they are providing a complete virtual experience instead! MDU will be doing a few extra things for this event to make it fun such as an additional LATE NIGHT WORSHIP, Pizza Party, and MORE!! The dates are still the same for the event (Jan 29-31), but it will now be hosted Virtual Only at MDU.
Next Steps for YOU
Email Miss Kylie (email@example.com) if you are interested in attending this event! Details below. :)
Mark your calendars!
Our annual Graded Level Conferences for students Level 1 and up in Ballet, Tap, and Jazz Technique will take place on Saturday, January 23rd. Specific times and teacher availability will be sent out in a separate email in the near future!
Conferences are an opportunity to talk one-on-one with teachers about your dancer's individual progress so far this year in preparation for Skills Testing. Both parents and dancers are encouraged to attend. Conferences usually last approximately 10 minutes per teacher. Skills Testing will take place in Graded Level Classes the week of February 1 - 6.
Congratulations to our first Students of the Month in 2021! These dancers were nominated by their teachers for representing our Character Lives "Trait of the Month": POSITIVITY!
Miss Brennley Matz
Miss Nora Wise
Miss Kaelin Tomashek
Miss Hailey Constanti
Other Nominees Include: Addi Berry, Ella Flach, Lucy Lichtie, Marissa Hagen, Lillian Stewart, Ellie Helgeson, McKadee Brown, Lucian Hess, and Liberty Oliver -- Keep up the great work, dancers!
In the event of inclement weather, an all-studio email will be sent and a Facebook post made by 2:00pm if classes are cancelled (by 8:00am for morning classes). Please note that we do not necessarily follow school closings as roads are often cleared by the time studio classes begin. Any cancelled classes may be made up on your own time from our regular schedule of classes, either in person or virtually! We simply ask that you email or call Miss Kris prior to attending due to our limited class sizes. :)
New this year! In the event that we do close the studio due to inclement weather, we will be offering bonus online content in place of any cancelled classes! This content will be emailed out along with the cancellation notice. Although not required, your dancer will not want to miss out on the fun!
If your dancer will be absent from a class (in-person or via Zoom), 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.