August 2022 News

Meet Your Teacher, Classroom Helpers, 25th Anniversary Package Perks and MORE!

CALENDAR

August 1st-4th: Staff Development & Curriculum Training
August 2nd-4th: Pirates & Princesses Preschool Camp
August 4th: Meet Your Teacher Event
August 5th-6th: Tap Intensive
August 8th-12th: Dance Camp & Dance Camp Jr.
August 18th: Classes Begin!

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 2022-23 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 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 connected by joining our private Parent & Student Community on Facebook!  This private group is a great space to engage with other MDU families and ask questions. Click HERE to join!

MEET YOUR TEACHER

To help YOU and YOUR DANCER start the year on the right foot, please join us at our Onalaska Location for a " Meet Your Teacher" event on Thursday, August 4th from 5:30-7:00pm

Enjoy treats, take time to explore our facility, enter our prize drawing and even have your photo taken with a Minion! This is also a great time to make sure you have all of your dance gear for the year so that you can arrive to your first class ready to go!

WILLOW & GRACE BOUTIQUE 

Our in house boutique, Willow & Grace, is perfect for all of your dancewear needs - from leotards to shoes and everything in between! CLICK HERE for a reminder of our Dress Code Policy to make sure you have all of your required gear to start the season. Join us for a special dancewear sale during our Meet Your Teacher event (details above)!

If you aren’t able to join us during that time, we encourage you to stop by before classes begin during these special SHOPPING HOURS:

STUDENT LEADERSHIP

Dancers in Level 1 (4th Grade) and up are eligible to apply to be part of our classroom based Student Leadership programs:

Click HERE for more details and to apply! All applications must be submitted by Friday, August 12th. 

25TH ANNIVERSARY PACKAGES

We’re excited to share more details about our 25th Anniversary Packages. As a reminder, the MORE CLASSES your dancer takes, the MORE PERKS they receive!

Gift Distribution Dates:

CLICK HERE for a reminder of our 25th Anniversary Packages!

RECENTLY PUBLISHED!

Awesome News… Back in the Spring of 2021, MDU participated in a research study examining the physical demands associated with different ballet maneuvers. We just got word that it's been accepted for publication in the dance world's most prestigious journal, the Journal of Dance Medicine & Science! 

The objective of the study was to better understand the physical stresses of ballet, as this could lead to safer training practices for dancers. As part of the study, dancers performed different common ballet maneuvers while lower body shock was recorded using a small sensor placed on the low back. Investigators then categorized the maneuvers as low, moderate, or high impact. 

MDU collaborated on the study with investigators from UW-La Crosse, Creighton University (Omaha, NE), and Baldwin Wallace University (Berea, OH). The paper will be published in an upcoming issue of the journal and we plan to continue to collaborate on future projects of this nature.

CONGRATULATIONS to the dancers who participated in this study:

NEW: NINJA TUMBLING ALL SEASON LONG

Our Summer Ninja Tumbling class with Mr. Dennis was such a HUGE HIT that many families asked that we offer this popular class as a part of our full season!  GREAT NEWS… it has officially been added! 

Here are the details:

Ninja Tumbling Ages 4-6:  Wednesdays 6:00-6:30 PM

Ninja Tumbling Ages 7-9:  Wednesdays 6:45-7:15 PM

Both classes will be taught by Mr. Dennis. This class will not perform in our Annual Spring Recital. CLICK HERE to add this class today. Spaces are expected to fill up quickly!

YOU’RE INVITED TO A PRIVATE LAUNCH PARTY!

Onalaska Animal Hospital, owned by our own Melayeh Azene's parents, Drs. Nicole and Ezana Azene, is inviting all MDU families to its launch party this Saturday, August 6th. Join them from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at their new location across the street from MDU for an afternoon of free fun for all ages!

Registration is required and limited to the first 250 people who register. Sign up today at bit.ly/OAHLaunch!

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 (August-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.

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. 

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.

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

We LOVE supporting locally owned, family friendly businesses and are now partnering with several community friends to bring YOU exclusive offers - just for being part of our MDU Family. Check out our friends at PEG, H & H Karate and Reed Music Studios! 

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