August 25, 2021

Dear MDU Families, 

Thank you for a great kick-off to our 24th season of “More Than Just Great Dancing!”. We are now a full week into our season and it has been amazing to see kids and families back in the building.  

As the leader of our studio community, I have the great joy of seeing the excitement of the kids and teacher returning to class. I also have the great responsibility of navigating a continuously changing situation as it relates to Covid-19. 

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, MDU has provided clear communication and real-time decision-making. This has allowed us to offer continuous programming with only .0002% incidence of Covid-19 while providing consistent access to the benefits of dance such as physical fitness, social-emotional health, and mental wellness. That’s the joy part!

Now for the responsibility part. At MDU, we make all of our Covid-related decisions based on a variety of inputs, including local and national sources, as well as industry and studio data.  I wake up every morning, search the data, and track the trends. I also consult with our county, speak with other community leaders, and pray for wisdom.  I’m pleased to say that MDU is still doing extremely well in terms of cases as shared above. That’s why we began our fall season by continuing our summer policy of mask recommendation, not a requirement. Our community, however, is not doing as well.  The cases reported yesterday morning were double what they were the week prior and the 7-day average is one we have not seen since February. 

In my Welcome Letter from one week ago, I shared that we would escalate our policies if cases continue to rise. As such, beginning today (8/25/21), the following mitigation measures are being implemented: 

  • Masking required for students in preschool to age 11 while indoors.
  • Masking strongly recommended for everyone 12 and older while indoors.
  • Masking required of teachers while working with students unless in a private lesson. 

We will continue monitoring the situation week by week and will make you aware of any changes.  If community cases continue to rise, potential escalation of policies may include closing the lobby to reduce traffic, further limiting class sizes, greater physical distancing requirements in classes, and/or masking requirements for all ages.

In closing, I fully understand this message will cause relief for some and disappointment for others. Some will think it’s too much and others may think it’s not enough. This is the nature of the times we live in. But, it’s also in our nature to adapt and to support each other.  Our kids are mirrors of our reactions and emotions, so let’s focus on what’s positive!  In a time when our community is welcoming Afghan refugees who have lost all, we have much to be thankful for. Thank YOU for your support!


Misty Lown

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All Things MDU Fest 2021

All Things MDU Fest 2021

As you know we will be celebrating the conclusion of our season this year with MDU FEST, which will be held at The Weber Center for the Performing Arts (428 Front Street South / La Crosse) the week of May 18-23.  

After a year of a LOT of hard work, commitment, and innovation from teachers, students, and parents alike. We are SO excited to see students of all ages dance on our outdoor stage!


In order to accommodate for current safety guidelines and to support community health, we will be producing FOURTEEN performances this year at MDU Fest.  Yes, you heard that right...14 performances:)

Show 1: Tuesday, May 18 at 5:30pm
Show 2: Tuesday, May 18 at 7:30pm
Show 3: Wednesday, May 19 at 5:30pm
Show 4: Wednesday, May 19 at 7:30pm
Show 5: Thursday, May 20 at 5:30pm
Show 6: Thursday, May 20 at 7:30pm
Show 7: Friday, May 21 at 5:30pm
Show 8: Friday, May 21 at 7:30pm
Show 9: Saturday, May 22 at 10:30am
Show 10: Saturday, May 22 at 12:30pm
Show 11: Saturday, May 22 at 2:30pm
Show 12: Saturday, May 22 at 5:30pm
Show 13: Sunday, May 23 at 12:30pm
Show 14: Sunday, May 23 at 3:30pm

VIDUAL PHOTOS at Design Photography

Design Photography of Onalaska is offering individual dancer portrait sessions at their studio again this year. Sessions will be spaced out for added safety. The dates for these individual photo sessions are as follows: Saturday, May 1st, Monday, May 3rd, Monday, May 17th and Saturday, May 22nd from 9:00 am–5:00 pm as well as Tuesday, May 18th – Friday, May 21st  from 2:00–8:00pm. As always, Bob is happy to make other special arrangements if necessary.

Please see the ATTACHED FLYER for package options. CLICK HERE to schedule your appointment!


Thank you to Interstate Sound who will be providing a wide-angle live stream, which converts to a recording that you get to KEEP after the show. 

Yes, that’s right, you only need to purchase ONE live stream “ticket” per show, per family and that will give you access to the live stream for your whole family AND access to a recording afterward. Live stream “tickets” are $10/per show/per family. 

Click below to order for the show(s) you want. Directions for access will be in your “thank you for ordering page”. Thank you!  

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