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,
Tights & Shoes: To ensure that there are no discrepancies in color and style, students wear special dance tights (not nylons) and specific shoes for their performance. Recital Tights will be fully stocked in our Everything Dance Boutique by April 1st.
Hair & Makeup: Stage lights are very bright and can wash out features. In order to see every dancer’s sparkling eyes and smile, girls wear makeup for the Spring Recital: lipstick, blush, eye shadow, and mascara are recommended. For the boys, a little blush works well. Uniform hairstyles are also required. Our Children's Classes wear their hair in a "Classic Bun" with hair pulled straight back from the ears and no part. Our Graded Level Classes wear their hair in a "Professional Bun" with hair pulled straight back from the ears and a center part.
*Helpful Hair & Makeup tutorial videos will be coming to our online Recital Hub at the end of April!
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