September 2023 News

Oktoberfest Parade, Intersessional Break and MORE!


September 4th: Labor Day - NO CLASSES
September 6th:
Darby’s Dancers Classes Begin
September 11th: Steps of Praise Classes Begin
September 11th: Adult Fitness - 4 Week Session Begins
September 18th: Miss Kris’ Bake Sale Week Begins 
Sept. 26th-30th: Intersessional Break* - NO CLASSES
September 30th:
Oktoberfest Parade
*This break begins on a Tuesday due to already having No Monday Classes on Labor Day!


NO REGULAR CLASSES will be held and the studio will be CLOSED Monday, September 4th for Labor Day and Tuesday, September 26th - Saturday, September 30th for our first Intersessional Break of the dance season. 

Please note that our Intersessional Break starts on Tuesday rather than Monday due to already having No Monday Classes on Labor Day! 


All MDU Dancers in 2nd Grade (Building Level) and up are welcome to join us to dance with MDU in the Oktoberfest Maple Leaf Parade on Saturday, September 30th.  

DETAILS: The parade starts at 10:00am! Line up time and location details will be emailed to participants signed up via this form as soon as they are available.

Choreography will be taught in all jazz based classes throughout the month of September and reviewed upon lineup on parade day. No additional rehearsals!

ATTIRE: All dancers wear Red MDU T-shirts, solid black capris or leggings (no shorts), and comfortable tennis shoes/sneakers. Hair in a ponytail for girls. Red MDU T-shirts are available for purchase at the front desk.

Parent Volunteers who are walking along with our group also wear Red MDU T-shirts, jeans, shorts or black pants, and comfortable shoes.  

SIGN UP HERE to participate!


Join Miss Amy for our NEWEST addition to our Adult Class lineup… Adult Fitness! Our Adult Classes are a fun way to do something for YOU, get some exercise and meet new friends in a low-pressure atmosphere.  

Adult Fitness 4-Week Session Details:
Mondays: September 11th - October 2nd
7:00-7:30 PM
Instructor: Miss Amy Fortner

Sign up today - Tuition is just $59.


Darby’s Dancers is a wonderful program for children with special needs who receive the chance to develop a love for dance and performance.  The organization was launched by Valerie Jones whose daughter, Darby, was an avid dancer. She had Down Syndrome and died of leukemia in 2013. 

MDU provides classes, a teacher, classroom attire, shoes, and Spring Recital costumes at no cost to participating dancers. Each child is paired with an MDU student volunteer (buddy) to work with their dancer all season.  This is an incredible and rewarding opportunity to set yourself apart as you prepare for college entrance applications and future job opportunities.

2023-24 Darby’s Dancers Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings in Onalaska:
5:00-5:30 PM - Younger Group (Ages 3-11)
5:30-6:00 PM - Older Group (Ages 12+)

The first class will be on Wednesday, September 6th. Please complete THIS Darby’s Dancers Volunteer Application TODAY!


Mark your calendar for the week of September 18th! There will be a special Bake Sale at the studio with yummy home-made treats for purchase!  Proceeds benefit a wheelchair fund for Miss Kris’ husband Scott. Treats will be $2 each – cash only, please. 


Did you know that MDU has student lockers available in both our girls and boys locker rooms? Locker rentals are available for the full 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.


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!


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. 


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.

PRO TIP: 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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