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.  

Sincerely, 

Miss Misty



Safer Studio Policy Archive
  • 923 12th Ave S, STE 103, Onalaska, WI 54650
  • 608.779.4642
  • info@mistysdance.com
  • 923 12th Ave S, STE 103, Onalaska, WI 54650
  • 608.779.4642
  • info@mistysdance.com

Three signs you've chosen the right dance studio

Three signs you've chosen the right dance studio

 

Most communities offer a variety of dance opportunities. Knowing whether you’ve found the right fit for your dancer can be as easy as 1,2,3. Look for these signs:

 

  1. Dance instructors are qualified and well trained in technique. Good dancers don’t always make good teachers. You know you have found the right studio when the instruction is worth your investment. Instructors should have a strong grasp on teaching good technique from the very beginning. Poor dance technique can eventually lead to injuries. Furthermore, improper technique is difficult to “unlearn” and can limit your dancer’s opportunities in the future.

 

  1. Dance instructors are positive role models to the students. Body image can feel like a big deal in dance because dancers are using their bodies for expression. Students look to their instructors for much more than technique, and they’re always watching. An instructor tells dancers to feel good about themselves, but if he complains or disrespects his own body, or if she makes mean comments about others, that message is sent loud and clear to students. You know you’ve chosen the right studio if your dancers walk out of class feeling good about themselves and about their classmates.

 

  1. The right studio will embrace the joy of dance. Yes, dance is a discipline. But it can be taught in a nurturing and positive environment. If your dancer feels safe, if the instructors are regularly communicating with parents, and if everyone has a common definition of success, then your dancer is free to experience the joy of dance as an opportunity to express themselves in a unique and delightful way.

 

If you haven’t found the right studio yet, start asking around. Parents will be quick to share their experiences and those of their dancers. Better yet, visit a few local studios and observe. You can get a feel for the place as soon as you walk in. Notice the lighting, the decor. Even simple visual elements send all kinds of messages about the studio. Does anyone greet you and offer to answer questions? Can you observe a class? Are dancers smiling as they wait for class? You can learn a lot about a place just by observing.