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September 2018 Students of the Month

Congratulations to these outstanding MDU students! They are truly More Than Just Great Dancing.

October 18, 2018 / By Kris Nandory

So...What is Modern Anyway?

Have you ever wondered what modern dance is or how you could use it in the future? Watch as Mr. Dennis shares his insight!

October 10, 2018 / By Kris Nandory

Dancing for a living

After a steady diet of “Dancing with the Stars,” “So You Think You Can Dance” and “World of Dance,” many young dancers today aspire to do it professionally. They may love dance, they may work hard, and they may even be quite talented, but the truth is only 3 percent...

October 1, 2018 / By Kris Nandory

Children dance their way to enhanced learning

When we watch our children dance, we see them coordinating limbs, facial expressions, spatial relationships and emotions. We see them bringing a series of movements together, one after another, remembering multiple steps along the way. What we don’t see, however, is…

August 2, 2018 / By Kris Nandory

Not-so-obvious ways to support your dancer

As a parent, it’s natural to want your child to succeed in every activity they undertake. Dance is no exception. Of course, we sign them up for classes, we make certain they have and wear proper attire, we shuttle them to and from classes. While those are all essential…

August 2, 2018 / By Kris Nandory

Benefits of Recitals

You drop off your dancer once or twice (or more) every week; when you pick her up, she’s a little sweaty and needs a snack. You wash the dance gear and keep track of the shoes, and you smile at the other parents who are doing the same. You peek through the doorways and curtains…

May 2, 2018 / By Kris Nandory

Having dance on the brain is a good thing

Most parents know that when they have a dancer in the house, they have a child who seemingly thinks about dance all day long. They spin through their conversations with you, search endlessly for new dance music and continually hike their legs high on the walls to get a good stretch. Sometimes just watching them…

March 21, 2018 / By Kris Nandory

MDU’s 20 Gift Ideas for Dancers

The holiday season is here! Here are our 20 gift ideas for the dancer in your life! 20. A new dance bag. Check out THIS awesome bag from Lululemon, with multiple pockets for all your dance-wear and shoes! 19. A Turning Board. Help your dancer improve their pirouettes with an official TurnBoard. Check out their…

December 6, 2017 / By Shayna

Why Technique Matters

Why Technique Matters Dance is often viewed as simply an art form, which it truly is. But ask any dancer and they’ll tell you they’re athletes just as much as they are artists. Performing their art requires skill, muscle control and endurance. That’s why technique matters and is so fundamentally important throughout their dance…

December 2, 2017 / By Kris Nandory

20 Reasons We are Thankful this Thanksgiving

20 Reasons we are THANKFUL this Thanksgiving I am thankful for a man named Deak Swanson – He was my “Festmaster” in 1996 when I was Miss La Crosse/Oktoberfest. We spent countless hours riding around on the Oktoberfest float at parades during which time I would tell him over and over again about my dream to open…

November 23, 2017 / By Shayna

20 Dance Halloween Costume Ideas

Halloween is just around the corner! We know you want to show your love of dance with your costume; here are 20 dance themed Halloween costumes to do just that! Recreate MJ’s iconic look from his “Beat It” music video with a red leather jacket, black pants and black loafers with white socks. Don’t forget…

October 2, 2017 / By Shayna