Dear MDU Family,
This evening Gov. Tony Evers addressed our state issuing Executive Order #94 that calls upon business leaders "to continue doing their part to keep workers, customers, and communities safe by expanding working from home options for workers, offering online or virtual services, and limiting the number of people in offices, facilities, and stores" - all things we are PROUD to say we have been doing since we re-opened in June.
We have been following our Safer Studio™ Standards every step of the way through this season and continue to do so. Our team members have work-from-home capabilities, we are fully tech-enabled with online and virtual options, and we have always limited the number of people in our offices, facility, and store.
We have had over 10,000 visits to our studio since re-opening and only 4 isolated reported cases of COVID-19 - that's less than 1/100th of 1% occurrence.
Our strong focus on safety has made it possible to maintain a very low-risk environment while allowing our young people to benefit from exercise and friendship in a safety-focused environment as well as the associated positive benefits on social-emotional and mental well-being.
We are proud to continue to be a positive anchor in the lives of our local youth and we look forward to seeing and supporting your children in classes this week. In the meantime, please join us in doing all you can to keep our community safe by wearing face coverings, keeping the recommended 6 ft distance from friends and classmates, washing your hands, and staying home if you are unwell. For the safety of our community, if you are unable to or prefer not to wear a face covering, we strongly encourage you to attend our virtual class options.
As always, your teachers and I thank you for your support.
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.