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

Christmas Cookie Social, Parent Observation Week and MORE!

CALENDAR

November 1-6: Spring Recital Costume Measuring In Classes
November 10: Christmas Cookie Social Details Emailed to Participating Classes
November 15: Spring Recital Costume Fees Charged to Accounts
November 16: Coffee & Conversation FREE Webinar
November 13-14: Ballet La Crosse’s “Heidi” at The Weber Center
November 20:  Mr. Richard Jazz Master Classes
November 22-28: Thanksgiving Break - NO CLASSES  
November 26: Black Friday SALE - Everything Dance Boutique
December 8-14: Parent Observation Week / Last Regular Class Week of 2021
December 15-21: Christmas Cookie Social Performances & Performing Groups Winter Showcase - NO CLASSES
December 22 - January 2: Christmas Break - NO CLASSES

SPRING RECITAL COSTUME FEE REMINDER

As a reminder, all Spring Recital Costume Fees will be charged to accounts on November 15th. Fees will be viewable on your account by 5pm on Thursday, November 11th. Costume measuring will take place in classes the week of November 1st-6th.

CHRISTMAS COOKIE SOCIAL CLASSES ANNOUNCED!

The Christmas Cookie Social is a fun and informal fundraising show to close out the first semester of classes. Proceeds from this event are used to send upper level dancers to Dance Revolution which is a Christian-based youth dance convention.

Participating classes are selected and invited from each age group of our Children’s Classes. Approximately one third of our students participate each year. See below for the classes selected to perform in this year’s Christmas Cookie Social along with their assigned Show Day/Time. Choreography will be starting in classes soon. If your dancer is not able to participate with their class this year, please let his/her teacher know as soon as possible for planning purposes.

In order to have ample, socially distanced seating, we will be holding these performances at First Free Church in Onalaska.

Participating classes will receive an additional email with more details including costuming, ticket sales dates and more on November 10th.

Show Assignments:

Show 1: Friday, December 17th @ 5:30pm

Show 2: Friday, December 17th @ 7:00pm

Show 3: Saturday, December 18th @ 9:00am

Show 4: Saturday, December 18th @ 10:30am

Show 5: Saturday, December 18th @ 12:00pm

PARENT OBSERVATION WEEK

We are so excited to announce that In-Person Parent Observation Week is back!  Parent Observation Week will be held Wednesday, December 8th - Tuesday, December 14th as originally published. Parents will be invited in to watch the LAST 10 MINUTES of each of their dancer’s classes during this special week. To help us reduce capacity in classrooms, we ask that each dancer have no more than 2 audience members per class. Parents are welcome to take pictures and videos while in the classroom to share with additional family members.  

BALLET LA CROSSE: Heidi

We are so excited for Ballet La Crosse’s upcoming production of Heidi at The Weber Center for the Performing Arts in La Crosse. Heidi is the story of a spunky orphan who dances her way into her grandfather’s heart. Along the way, she embraces mountain life and people but then is taken to the city. Heidi becomes beloved by the girl she is a companion for, but is returned to her grandfather. She is almost kidnapped, and then faces a nearly tragic accident over an argument with her friends. Goats, villagers, school children, and even gypsies, dance together to tell the story of this young girl and the lives that she touches, teaching everyone about the joy and wonder of life and the magic that happens when they open their hearts to each other.

Dates:
Saturday, November 13th at 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 14th at 2:00 p.m.

Ticket Pricing:
Orchestra: $24
Balcony: $20
Youth (18 and under): $10 all locations

Click here to purchase tickets!

GUEST ARTIST ALERT!

We have some awesome Master Classes coming up in November! Richard Smith, the Artistic Director of Inaside Chicago Dance since 2009 will be joining us for some jazz master classes.

Saturday, November 20
Advanced Jazz from 9:00 - 10:30 am
1st Intermediate from 10:30am - 12:00 pm
High Intermediate from 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Master Class Fee: $25  Register Today!

Mr. Richard is also available for private lessons, you can sign up here.    

BLACK FRIDAY SALE

Don’t miss the Everything Dance Boutique Black Friday Sale on Friday, November 27th from 6-10 AM only. Free Swag Bag with purchase to the first 75 shoppers. New Release gifts, MDU apparel, stocking stuffers, gift baskets, giveaways, markdowns and more!  Plan on shopping between 6-10 AM.

STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

Congratulations to our October Students of the Month! Check out the TV in the Lobby Communications Center which will soon be featuring:
Jocelyn Huiss
Aubrey Neubauer
Finley Fischer
Ella Owens

Other nominees include: Adalyn Ask, Lyla Eberhardt, Olivia Engel, Cooper Hess, Adeline Lawver, Nora Merrill, Tabitha Meyer, Hazel Mueller, Cailyn Skrede, Emelia Tlustosch, Erin Walters and Gryffin Winter. Keep up the great work!  

LOST & FOUND REMINDER

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.

As a reminder, be sure to label all of your dancer’s belongings with their name as everyone at the studio has the same or similar gear. Dancers should take all belongings into their classroom with them rather than leaving them unattended in the lobby or dressing areas. 

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.  

INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY

In the event of inclement weather, an 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. In the event there is not a make up class available, a replacement option will be offered.

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.

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