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,
Miss Misty



Safer Studio Policy Archive

April 2022 News

Daddy Daughter Dance Deadline, Easter Break, Auditions and MORE!

Calendar Reminders

April 4: NEW Adult Tap Session Begins
April 12-18: Easter Break - NO CLASSES
April 13: Ballet La Crosse - An Evening of Ballet
April 21: Pre-Professional Ballet Auditions for 2022-23 Season
April 22: Pre-Audition Meeting for Performing Groups 2022-23 Season
April 25-30: Crazy Sock Week
April 29-30: Ballet La Crosse Auditions for Fall 2022
May 1: Early Bird Discount for Summer Classes Ends
May 1: Rollover Membership Fees Withdrawn
May 6: Daddy Daughter Dance Rehearsals Begin!
May 9-14: In-Class Dress Rehearsal Week at MDU
May 17-19: On-Stage Dress Rehearsals at Viterbo University
May 20-22: Spring Recitals at Viterbo University

Spring Recital Hub

Have you used the Spring Recital Hub on our website yet? This handy online Recital Hub will allow you to access all recital details and previously published communications in one place! Check it out here: mistysdance.com/hubs

Coming later this month: Our Recital Hub will have helpful tips videos and hair and makeup tutorial videos!

Adult Tap Starts Monday

Our adult dance classes are a fun way to exercise, learn a new skill, and meet new friends in a low-pressure atmosphere. Step out with Miss Misty and join our next 6-week Adult Tap session which starts Monday, April 4th. Learn more and sign up HERE.

Ballet La Crosse: An Evening of Ballet

Join Ballet La Crosse for an Evening of Ballet, including excerpts from “Coppelia”, “The Seasons”, and waltzes. A beautiful way to welcome Spring! 

Wednesday, April 13th at 7:00pm at The Weber Center for the Performing Arts in La Crosse

Click here to purchase tickets via The Weber Center’s Box Office!

Easter Break

MDU will be closed and no regular classes will be held from Tuesday, April 12th - Monday, April 18th for our Easter Break. Please note that this is a split week (Tuesday - Monday) rather than a full calendar week! We wish all of our MDU families a happy and blessed Easter season.

Daddy Daughter Dance Sign Up Closing Soon!

Sign Up NOW! Our Daddy Daughter registration will CLOSE on Monday, April 11th in order for performance t-shirts to be ordered and arrive on time with current supply chain challenges.

Join Miss Misty and Miss Shayna to learn some awesome dance moves and make lasting memories with with your dancer:

WHO: Dads (and other father figures such as grandpas, uncles and family friends) & Dancers in our Kidlets Level (Kindergarten) and up are eligible to participate.

WHAT: Learn and Perform a routine on stage during our Spring Recital: May 20-22, 2022

WHERE: Rehearsals to learn choreography are held at MDU. Perform on stage at Viterbo University.

WHEN: May 2022 (CLICK HERE to view the full rehearsal schedule via our Recital Hub)

WHY: To share a fun experience with your dancer that will become a cherished memory for both of you!

PARTICIPATION FEE: $75/family (includes choreography, rehearsals and performance t-shirts)

Performing Group Auditions & Pre-Audition Meeting

Interested in auditioning for one of our Performing Groups for the 2022-23 dance season? Join us for a Pre-Audition Meeting on Friday, April 22 at 6:30pm at MDU. 

Learn more about our Performance Company, Dancin’ Kids, Littlest Performing Group for ages 5-6, Footworks, CREW, Traveling Teams and Ballet La Crosse! If your dancer LOVES to perform, this is a meeting not to be missed! Ready to sign up to audition? Click HERE

Crazy Sock Week

Theme weeks are so much fun and our Crazy Sock Week is our final theme week of the dance season! Dancers are invited to wear crazy socks to class Monday, April 25th - Saturday, April 30th. Get creative and join the fun!

Annual Rollover Membership

For your convenience, and to reserve space for our memorable 25th Anniversary dance season, annual student membership fees (Children’s Classes $45, Graded Technique $55) will be automatically reviewed and applied to your account on May 1, 2022 unless this opt-out form is completed before that date. Class registration for our 2022-23 dance season will begin online at 8am on Saturday June 4th. Class schedules and level placements will be published on May 26th.

Students of the Month!

Congratulations to our most recent Student of the Month recipients! Each month teachers nominate students they see demonstrating Character Lives qualities such as Confidence, Selflessness, Honesty, Commitment, Kindness, Respectfulness etc! Teachers are also looking for students with great listening skills, super dress code, impressive work ethic and MORE :)

Miss Ava Robers
Miss Nora Stapleton
Mr. Gabriel Engel
Miss Jalesheah Simpson

Other Nominees Include:  Rhodes Jackson, Bailey Roedel, Ella Fejfar, Makinlee Marx, Caelin Godfrey, Jessa Patty, Elin Gasch, Evelyn Berns, Charlotte Berendes, Mia Mpemwangi, Julia Eyler Blum, Daphne Hart, Ellie Tempski, Stella Keehner, Ava Matti, Rylee Schilling, Callie Born, Gabrilella Lazzari, Jade Laszewski, Siena Ilfrey, Abry Bloyer, Miriam Dix, Cambria Mande and Cadence Kreibich.  Keep up the great work, dancers!

Boutique News

The secret is out...Our boutique is REBRANDING! Everything Dance Boutique is now… Willow & Grace Boutique! We are so excited about this new chapter. With your love and support, we have become more than a dancewear store; we are community-driven and a one-stop shop for gifts, jewelry, stuffed animals, MDU logo gear, hair accessories, self-care, athleisure wear and so much more! Mark your calendar for our next FACEBOOK LIVE sale on Wednesday, April 27th at noon.

Find us on: Facebook  Instagram  Website 

MDU FAMILY RUMMAGE SALE

SAVE THE DATE! Clean out those closets and toy boxes, and join us for our MDU Family Rummage Sale on Friday, June 10th! All MDU families are invited to rent a large space in our parking lot for a $25 donation to our A Chance to Dance Foundation. Learn more and sign up here! 

Summer Classes, Camps & Intensives 

Just 1 month left to take advantage of our early bird pricing on Summer Programming! If you haven’t checked out our full lineup of Summer classes, camps and intensives CLICK HERE or pick up a brochure at the front desk.

We have some fantastic NEW kids themes (Encanto, Star Wars & MORE) and amazing guest artists from around the country for our older dancers. From Bobbin’ Babies to Adults there is sure to be something for EVERYONE. Sign up TODAY... Early bird pricing ends May 1st!

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. Please note that this link should be used for non-COVID related absences (school function, vacation, etc.). See below for our COVID-19 Self Reporting link.

Lost and 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. 

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