Dear MDU Family,

Today is a great day! Today, our studio will have a modified opening, an event that our staff and students have been looking forward to for 12 days during our recent voluntary closure to support community health.

We are pleased to share that our Safer Studio™ plans have earned the support of the La Crosse County Health Department which allows us to offer service continuity going forward. What does that mean? It means that means the plans and precautions we have put into place support our ability to hold in-person classes with modifications - even during “red”.

The response to our planning and communication has been overwhelmingly positive and we are pleased to be able to offer you two ways to dance this week:

  1. You can join us for in-person classes, which will be limited to 9 students per class; or
  2. If you are uncomfortable attending in-person classes, you are welcome to learn-at-home with our new live-streamed classes via Zoom. Please check your email for at-home participation zoom links to your classes.
The County has expressed their appreciation for our continued efforts to support community health by offering a variety of ways for students to continue to dance safely. After all, health is not just about avoiding sickness. It’s also about building strong bodies, minds, and hearts - something that happens in each and every class at MDU!

That said, you are probably aware that the number of positive COVID-19 cases in the County has increased significantly in the past few weeks. It probably also goes without saying that we are a school, and schools are going to experience reports of COVID-19 exposure as they welcome back their staff and students. The County has assured me that single reports of exposure risk will not require a studio closure. If the studio receives a report of exposure risk, the reporter will be asked to share with the County, any affected classes will be notified, and exposure-risk level cleaning will be enacted. The County encourages those with exposure risk to self-quarantine for 14 days from the date of potential exposure. MDU has the ability to monitor staff self-quarantine but does not have the capacity to monitor student self-quarantine. As such, parents will be asked to use their own discretion as to their comfortability returning to class or if they would rather participate from home. There is absolutely no penalty for absence and classes may be made up in-person (space permitting) or online (anytime). If the studio receives a cluster report of exposure risk, we will work directly with the County on the next steps.

Thank you MDU Family, for working together to minimize risk, keep our staff and students safe, and keep our studio operational. We continue to follow the highest standards of care and ask you to do the same. For a full list of our re-opening procedures please see attached document.

Thank you again for your support! We appreciate our MDU family every day and we can’t wait to see you this week!


Misty Lown

COVID-19 Message Archive
  • 923 12th Ave S, STE 103, Onalaska, WI 54650
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  • 923 12th Ave S, STE 103, Onalaska, WI 54650
  • 608.779.4642

Four Ways to Know Performance Company is Right for Your Child

Four Ways to Know Performance Company is Right for Your Child


Performance companies can be a great opportunity for young dancers to develop in many areas of life—from fine-tuning dance skills and overcoming onstage jitters to growing socially and intellectually as they quickly learn new choreography.


If you’re wondering whether joining a performance company is right for your child, consider the following four factors to decide whether it’s time to prepare for an audition.


Loves to perform. It’s OK to be nervous before a performance; nerves can be channeled into energy and focus and can benefit the performer in the long run. If your dancer loves to perform on stage and is learning to manage her nerves—directing those butterflies into strong presentations—she or he is ready to audition.


Wants to represent and serve the community. Public performances bring people together and make communities stronger. If your dancer finds value in sharing the arts as a service to the public, becoming part of a performance company allows your child to serve as an ambassador for his or her dance studio.


Embraces the fun/challenge of competition. One exciting element of many performance companies is the opportunity to compete at the state and regional level, and beyond. Through participating in performance company, your dancer will learn what it means to be part of a team, supporting fellow dancers and celebrating the accomplishments of everyone in the group. You’ll want to prepare your dancer to be ready to handle wins and losses with grace and positivity.


Understands the value of constructive feedback. Performance company dancers learn to accept constructive feedback—seeing it not as an attack but as a tool for improvement and growth.


Dancers who participate in performance company have the opportunity to develop long-lasting friendships, work as a team and learn valuable life skills. Do you see your dancer in this description? Then performance company may be an opportunity worth exploring.