February 11, 2022
Dear MDU Families,
Today the Onalaska and Holmen School Districts announced that due to a sharp decline in cases, they will no longer require the wearing of masks in their facilities as of Monday, February 14. We have noted the same sharp decline in cases in our programs and will be following suit. The updated policy for MDU will be effective Monday, February 21 as our studio is closed for Intersessional Break next week.
Every day that we can get where children can fully express themselves in the classroom and teachers can have full communication, including facial cues, we will celebrate! And, if there are days ahead where cases rise to a point where we have to revisit our mask policy, we will do so.
In meantime, all other risk-mitigating factors remain in place and parents are asked to keep their children home if they do not feel well and to keep up with other healthy habits such as good hand hygiene, hydration, nutrition, and sleep. Anyone who would still like to wear a mask to class for comfort is welcome to do so and plenty of masks will still be available at the front desk.
I want to thank our faculty, families, and students for their support over the past two years. Working together, we have kept our classrooms open continuously since June of 2020 and we are working on our return to the stage for Spring Recital! Now that’s some awesome teamwork!
Thank you for your support! With appreciation,
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
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.
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 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
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.
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.
Saturday, November 13th at 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 14th at 2:00 p.m.
Youth (18 and under): $10 all locations
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
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.
Congratulations to our October Students of the Month! Check out the TV in the Lobby Communications Center which will soon be featuring:
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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