Dear MDU Family,
I am writing today with a proactive communication regarding the potential state-wide mask mandate repeal going before the Legislature on Thursday.
Regardless of the outcome, our business will continue to support a mask requirement (unless you have an exception) until further notice.
While it is true that we have had a negligible occurrence of COVID-19 in our programs since re-opening in June (.00025%, or 5 reportable cases out of over 20,000 heads in classes, and none for two months) Coulee Region public schools are in the process of welcoming their students back which introduces a new risk variable to our student population. Even if the mask mandated is repealed on Thursday, it would be unwise to introduce a second risk variable to our student population at the same time.
As a teacher and a dancer, I look forward to the day when this is no longer a talking point, but in the meantime, we will continue all of the Safer Studio™ measures that have brought us such success so far including keeping people home when they don't feel well, well checks for employees, ongoing facility cleaning with our Sparkle Squad, hand sanitation, and face coverings. Our community is turning the corner and we need to stay the course until we get there <3.
As always, we will continue to monitor the situation as we keep our focus on supporting the whole health of our students—including physical, social-emotional and, mental well-being—through dance classes each week.
Thank you for your support!
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!
PERFORMANCE DATES & TIMES
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
Senior Night: Sunday, May 23 at 6:30pm (now also held at The Weber Center)
ADMISSION - PRE-ORDER BUTTON PICK UP
Audience admission to MDU Fest will be by General Admission with an MDU Fest Button. Each show will have its own unique and collectible button. Dancers performing in the show do not require a button to participate in their assigned show.
MDU Fest Buttons from the pre-order form and extra button sign up form are now available for pick up. Each show has a different color button and will be a great keepsake for your dancer. :)
Since our lobby is still closed, an MDU team member will be stationed at a table outside of Door B on the north side of the parking lot of our Onalaska Facility during the times listed below. No need to even get out of your car! Easy peasy :)
Buttons and Pre-Order T-Shirts and Stellarina Puppy Pick Up Times:
Saturday May 1st - 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Monday, May 3rd - 5:00-7:00 PM
Wednesday, May 5th - 4:00-7:00 PM
Friday, May 7th - 4:00-6:00 PM
Saturday, May 8th - 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Monday, May 10th - 5:00-7:00 PM
Wednesday, May 12th - 4:00-7:00 PM
At this time, we can only accommodate button pick-ups during these hours. Buttons will not be available for pick up at the front desk in order to maintain our Safer Studio guidelines.
IN-CLASS DRESS REHEARSAL WEEK!
Next week, May 10th-15th, is our In-Class Dress Rehearsal week at the studio!
All Costumes have been passed out in class. If you are awaiting on a costume size exchange, we will notify you when it arrives for pick up.
TIGHTS, SHOES & HAIR
All costumes have a specific style of tights that should be worn with the costume.All assigned tights colors, shoes and hair styles are listed on the ATTACHED PDF. All required tights colors and shoes are now IN-STOCK at our Everything Dance Boutique. We also have lots of handy hair accessories available for making the perfect performance bun!
Sunshine Floral of La Crosse will once again be offering the convenience of beautiful dancer bouquets - delivered right to our venue!
Choose from the following options:
CLICK HERE to log in to your studio account and place your order by Sunday, May 9th.
Due to COVID restrictions, bouquets will only be available via pre-order this year. No extras will be for sale on site.
INDIVIDUAL 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 9:00am–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!
SHOW ORDERS, ADDITIONAL TIPS AND REMINDERS