Dear MDU Families,
We are proud to continue to offer consistent weekly class experiences that support the physical, social-emotional, and mental health of our staff and students. Since reopening in June of 2020 we have made all necessary adaptations to our programs, following local, national, and industry guidance in order to support a Safer Studio™ learning environment.
As such, we have updated our protocols to match recently updated guidance from the CDC and Wisconsin DHS, which shortens the isolation/quarantine period to 5 days for individuals who test positive for COVID-19. The updated process is as follows:
Students or Staff who receive a positive test result should:
Additional information about this change in recommendation from the CDC and WDHS can be found here.
MDU continues to see an extremely low incidence of Covid-19 in our programs while experiencing very high positive reports of the benefits of keeping students engaged in activities. Our building continues to maintain enhanced cleaning protocols including state-of-the-art air circulation. We continue our enrollment management with 50% of our student body in the building less than one hour per week. We continue with our current mask policy.
We continue to do what is necessary. We also continue to plan for spring performances, sharing hope and confidence with our students of brighter days ahead!
We continue to be here for our staff, our students, our families, and our community <3.
Thank you for continuing with us!
MDU Dancers entering 6th grade and up,
Are you looking for an opportunity to volunteer? Would you like to be a mentor and friend to a very special dancer at MDU? We are seeking positive, responsible and outgoing students in 6th grade and up to volunteer at the studio to be a "Buddy" for our Darby's Dancer program for the entire upcoming dance season.
Darby’s Dancers is a wonderful program for children with special needs who receive the chance to develop a love for dance and performance. The organization was launched by Valerie Jones whose daughter, Darby, was an avid dancer. She had Down Syndrome and died of leukemia in 2013. MDU provides classes, a teacher, classroom attire, shoes and Recital costumes at no cost to participating dancers. Each child is paired with an MDU student volunteer (buddy) to work with their dancer all season. This is an incredible and rewarding opportunity to set yourself apart as you prepare for college entrance applications and future job opportunities.
*Attend Darby’s Dancers class every Wednesday at our HOLMEN dance studio within the Boys & Girls Club. Classes will be 5:30-6:00 PM (Younger) and 6:15-7:00PM (Older) You can be a buddy in one or both class times.
*Encourage all Darby’s Dancers
*Assist Miss Denise in making the class fun and encouraging for all participants
*Set an example by wearing proper class attire (MDU red t-shirt, black leggings and ballet shoes with hair in a neat bun)
*Model great classroom behavior
* Attend Meet and Greet with dancers on Friday, Sept. 3rd from 5:30-6:30PM. (At ONLASKA studio)
*Earn NHSDA (National Honor Society for Dance Arts) points for volunteering
*Earn volunteer hours for your school NHS program
*Learn new skills and grow in leadership
*Develop new friendships
*Perform on stage at recital with your Darby’s Dancers class
HOW TO GET INVOLVED:
*Complete THIS Darby’s Dancers Volunteer Application by Friday, August 6th.
For additional information on the Darby’s Dancers program, please visit darbysdancers.com.
Thank you for your interest! You will be notified of your volunteer status by August 13. Please email Kris.email@example.com with questions.
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