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:

  • Report the positive case to MDU via the COVID-19 Self Reporting Form.
  • Isolate at home for 5 days and until symptoms are no longer present.
  • Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.

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!
Miss Misty



Safer Studio Policy Archive

Oktoberfest Parade Update, Studio Communications and MORE!

CALENDAR

September 4th: Steps of Praise Fall Semester Begins
September 6th: Labor Day - NO CLASSES
September 8th: Darby’s Dancers Begins - HOLMEN LOCATION
September 14th: Coffee & Conversation: Healthy Sleep Habits
Sept. 28th-Oct. 3rd: Intersessional Break - NO CLASSES

STUDIO COMMUNICATIONS

At MDU, we go to great lengths to keep you informed and up to date. This is your first monthly newsletter of the 2021-22 dance season. Please be sure to keep an eye out for your monthly newsletters which are emailed out the first week of each month! They will contain important reminders and updates throughout the season on classes, special programs, performances, and more! 

In addition to our monthly newsletters and other email communications, MDU also posts reminders in our Parent & Student Community Facebook Group (details below) and on the TV monitor in our "Communications Center" located directly behind the front desk in the main lobby.

MDU PARENT & STUDENT COMMUNITY FACEBOOK GROUP

Stay informed of all the latest MDU news by joining our private Parent & Student Community on Facebook!  This private group is a great space to connect with other MDU families, and is also a great resource to find the most recent studio news. Click HERE to join!

COVID-19 UPDATES

Our latest updates regarding COVID-19 can be found on the main page of our website. Simply visit mistysdance.com and click on the red bar at the top of the page for the most current communications!

OKTOBERFEST PARADE UPDATE

The Oktoberfest Parade is an event we enjoy participating in every fall. We were really looking forward to getting back into action with the parade this year, but have opted to pull out of the lineup this year out of an abundance of caution.

Parades in past years have brought over 150,000 in attendance. While there may not be that many this year, the crowds will still be quite large and the event brings a lot of visitors to our community from outside our area. That being said, we feel the wisest choice to make for our kids and programs is to take a pass this year and say "Prost!" from the sidelines. Thank you for your support! 

ABSENCE REPORTING

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

COFFEE & CONVERSATIONS - “Healthy Sleep Habits”

Coffee & Conversation was created in 2019 in partnership with Mayo Clinic Health System and other local sponsors to help area parents with a range of kid- and parenting-related health and wellness topics. Forums are held every other month during the school year, with new topics presented each time.  

This VIRTUAL event is FREE and open to the entire community. Join Miss Shayna and experts from Mayo Clinic Health System this month to learn more about Healthy Sleep Habits for your children - perfect timing for the end of summer and back to school!

NEW DAY/TIME: This year we are moving from Saturday mornings to Tuesday evenings. Pre-register for the webinar to be able to participate in the Q & A portion at the end of the hour and receive a recording afterwards or tune in via Facebook Live from our main MDU page.

ADULT TAP IS BACK 

Adult Tap is back at MDU beginning October 4th! Our Adult Classes are a fun way to exercise, learn a new skill, and meet new friends in a low-pressure atmosphere.  

6-Week Session:
Mondays: October 4th - November 8
Beginning Class: 6:30-7:00 PM
Intermediate Class: 7:00-7:30 PM
Instructor: Miss Misty Lown

It’s time to cross something off of your bucket list!  Sign up today - Tuition is just $69.

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY for DANCE ARTS 

We are excited to announce that once again, we will be recognizing Middle and High School age MDU dancers who have gone above and beyond their regular dance class commitments, academic requirements and have qualified to achieve induction into the National Honor Society for Dance Arts! Click HERE for all the details and to apply.

STUDENT LOCKERS STILL AVAILABLE 

Did you know that MDU has student lockers available in both our girls and boys locker rooms? Locker rentals are available for $75/dance year (September-May). Lockers are a great way for your dancer to keep all of their dance gear at the studio, have some quick snacks on hand for between classes and store their belongings during class. If you are interested in renting a locker, click here to review the guidelines and fill out the request form.

LOST & FOUND

Missing a dance shoe, water bottle, or perhaps a ballet skirt?  Be sure to check out our Lost & Found.  Simply ask the front desk for their assistance, and they will direct you to it.  All items remaining in the Lost & Found on the 15th of each month will be donated.

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