August 25, 2021

Dear MDU Families, 

Thank you for a great kick-off to our 24th season of “More Than Just Great Dancing!”. We are now a full week into our season and it has been amazing to see kids and families back in the building.  

As the leader of our studio community, I have the great joy of seeing the excitement of the kids and teacher returning to class. I also have the great responsibility of navigating a continuously changing situation as it relates to Covid-19. 

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, MDU has provided clear communication and real-time decision-making. This has allowed us to offer continuous programming with only .0002% incidence of Covid-19 while providing consistent access to the benefits of dance such as physical fitness, social-emotional health, and mental wellness. That’s the joy part!

Now for the responsibility part. At MDU, we make all of our Covid-related decisions based on a variety of inputs, including local and national sources, as well as industry and studio data.  I wake up every morning, search the data, and track the trends. I also consult with our county, speak with other community leaders, and pray for wisdom.  I’m pleased to say that MDU is still doing extremely well in terms of cases as shared above. That’s why we began our fall season by continuing our summer policy of mask recommendation, not a requirement. Our community, however, is not doing as well.  The cases reported yesterday morning were double what they were the week prior and the 7-day average is one we have not seen since February. 

In my Welcome Letter from one week ago, I shared that we would escalate our policies if cases continue to rise. As such, beginning today (8/25/21), the following mitigation measures are being implemented: 

  • Masking required for students in preschool to age 11 while indoors.
  • Masking strongly recommended for everyone 12 and older while indoors.
  • Masking required of teachers while working with students unless in a private lesson. 

We will continue monitoring the situation week by week and will make you aware of any changes.  If community cases continue to rise, potential escalation of policies may include closing the lobby to reduce traffic, further limiting class sizes, greater physical distancing requirements in classes, and/or masking requirements for all ages.

In closing, I fully understand this message will cause relief for some and disappointment for others. Some will think it’s too much and others may think it’s not enough. This is the nature of the times we live in. But, it’s also in our nature to adapt and to support each other.  Our kids are mirrors of our reactions and emotions, so let’s focus on what’s positive!  In a time when our community is welcoming Afghan refugees who have lost all, we have much to be thankful for. Thank YOU for your support!

Sincerely, 

Misty Lown



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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