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!


Misty Lown

Safer Studio Policy Archive

New Classes, Refer A Friend, Students of the Month and MORE!


September 28 - October 3: Inter-sessional Break - NO CLASSES
October 4: NEW Adult Tap Session Begins
October 4-9: Teacher Observation Week
October 8: Enrollment Fair & Trial Classes
October 8-14: Everything Dance Boutique October Sale


Miss Kylie and Miss Shayna will be visiting classes this month to observe teachers (and students) in action! They will be taking time away from their own classes during this special week to check in on other classrooms. Teacher Observation Week focuses on curriculum, observing class progress and sharing ideas with instructors from inside the classroom. This is also a wonderful opportunity for Miss Kylie and Miss Shayna to meet new students who have joined our MDU family this season.


The Christmas Cookie Social is a fun and informal fundraising show to close out the first semester of classes. This year’s performances will be held Wednesday, December 15th - Tuesday, December 21st.

Participating classes are selected and invited from each age group of our Children’s Classes. Approximately one third of our students participate each year. Participating classes will be published in our November Newsletter

Proceeds are used to send upper level dancers to Dance Revolution which is a Christian-based youth dance convention.


NEW Adult Tap Session Starting Soon!

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. If you are a fan of 80s music - this class is for YOU!

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

Sign up today - Tuition is just $69.


NEW Tiny Tappers & Hippity Hop Sections Added!

We’ve added new sections of 2 of our most popular Children’s Classes as other offerings have filled up fast!
NEW Monday Tiny Tappers from 6:00-6:30pm with Miss Denise
NEW Tuesday Hippity Hop
from 4:30-5:00pm with Miss Denise

CLICK HERE to add these fun, energetic classes to your dancer’s schedule.


REFER A FRIEND: Enrollment Fair & Trial Classes

Do you know someone who would LOVE dancing at MDU? Maybe the child of a family friend, relative or co-worker? Share what you love about MDU with someone NEW and receive a $50 referral credit* when your friend enrolls in class. Your friend will also receive a $50 referral credit*!

BONUS: Invite your referral to tour the studio and sample a class for free during our Enrollment Fair on Friday, October 8th. Visit to view all of the details to share!

Referral Program Overview:
*Referral Cards are available at the Front Desk.
*There is NO LIMIT to the number of referral credits that you can earn!
*Make sure your referral lists YOUR NAME in the "How did you hear about us?" box when enrolling online to receive credit.
*See referral card for complete details!



Congratulations to our first Students of the Month this year! Check out the TV in the Lobby Communications Center featuring:

Westlyn Moore
Averie Czaplewski
Chloe Tollefson
Claire Johnson

Other nominees include: Isabelle Goetzke, Lexi Fuchsteiner, Madeline Kendhammer, Coreyna De Ruyter, Elsa Fortner, Elizabella Servais, Shelbie Pronschinske, Samantha Shugrue, Austin Sonnek and Jessa Patty.  Keep up the great work!



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.



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



Be sure to check out our Lost & Found for any items you may have left behind.  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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