At Misty’s Dance Unlimited, LLC (MDU) the health and safety of our members’ staff, students, guests, and communities have always been our highest priority;
a commitment that has only been heightened at this time in history. That’s why we have used local and national guidelines to inform our best practices for service continuity and re-opening.

Because dance meets imperative student needs for physical, social, and emotional well being, we are committed to helping our staff and students navigate reopening. We follow the Safer Studio™ standards put forth by our national association, More Than Just Great Dancing!® along with the utmost care and consultation of our local health departments and locally available information.

Governmental Regulations
MDU follows the Governor’s Executive Order #82, which mandates the use of masks inside buildings and advocates the same for clients until Sept. 28. We also adhere to the Governor’s Emergency Order #1, which allows for exceptions.

MDU staff, parents, and dancers are informed about the symptoms of COVID-19 including, fever, cough, shortness of breath, diarrhea (watery), sore throat/congestion, headache, chills, muscle and joint pain (multiple), nausea or vomiting and, loss of sense of smell.

Dancers and staff should STAY HOME if they have any symptoms of COVID-19. They should also notify the studio owners/administrators and contact healthcare providers if they develop symptoms. If in doubt, sit them out.

Return to Training
  1. MDU follows a phased approach to reopening physical services.
  2. MDU’s reopening plan:
    1. Reinforces an attendance policy that does not allow employees to work when sick or students to attend classes when sick.
    2. Reinforces of proper hygiene and health standards with all staff members and students, including frequent handwashing and/or sanitizing, not touching the face, and sneezing and/or coughing into elbows.
    3. Increases frequency of sanitation in high traffic areas and high touch surfaces of the studio such as barres, floors, counters, stereos, and bathrooms/locker areas.
    4. Adjusts studio operations based on public health guidelines and recommendations regarding PPE, assembly/gathering/occupancy size, and social distancing where possible and practical.
    5. Adjusts curriculum and teacher training to reduce or eliminate hand-holding, equipment-sharing, and mingling where possible and practical.
    6. Communicates a clear policy for each phase of opening regarding student drop-off and pick-up, lobby availability, and amenity use.
  3. MDU has a variety of service options available including private instruction, small group instruction, traditional classes, and online instruction where possible and practical, to meet the needs of students and staff as well as for the ability to maintain service continuity in any situation.
  4. MDU has a clear system of communicating the status of classes, such as a “green, yellow, red” protocol. Green indicates it is safe to attend face-to-face classes. Yellow indicates a cautionary change to service delivery. Red indicates clients should stay home and attend class online.
  5. MDU understands that unlike older children and adults, young children cannot be expected to maintain social distancing at all times. Therefore, we focus on a hierarchy of measures beginning with avoiding contact with anyone with symptoms, frequent hand cleaning and good hygiene practices, amplified cleaning, and minimizing contact and mingling.
  6. If MDU receives a report of exposure risk, any affected classes will be notified, and exposure-risk level cleaning will be enacted. There is absolutely no penalty for absence and classes may be made up in-person (space permitting) or online (anytime).

Additional Considerations
As MDU we are proud of the work our team has done since 1999 to create the highest quality experiences and environments for our staff, students, and guests. Because of this groundwork, and the strength of our network, we believe our studio is in a strong position for a gradual and responsibly phased reopening. We are honored to continue to serve our community in this time.

Misty Lown

Safer Studio Policy Archive
  • 923 12th Ave S, STE 103, Onalaska, WI 54650
  • 608.779.4642
  • 923 12th Ave S, STE 103, Onalaska, WI 54650
  • 608.779.4642

Dance Moms: The REAL Reality

Dance Moms: The REAL Reality

If you’ve spent any time watching cable television over the past five years, you’ve probably seen examples of wild-eyed stage moms engaged in high-pitched shout-outs over who should be dancing in the routine and who shouldn’t even be on the stage.


In the meantime, most dance moms—at least the ones at MDU—experience a very different reality.


TV myth: Dance moms roll their eyes or cry when their kid doesn’t win first place.


The truth: Parents of dancers cheer for all the kids in their dancer’s studio. Dance parents build their own little community. They spend a lot of time together, and they get to know the other dancers, especially during competition and recital season. Real dance moms share costumes and accessories and the ever-elusive bobby pins. They help any dancer who needs help with hair or makeup or a pep talk. Every victory—both on and off the stage—is celebrated.


TV myth: Dance moms have fits over whose kid gets the best solos.

The truth: Dance moms coordinate schedules to make sure everyone is fed and transported on busy weeknights. They host team sleepovers. They watch out for other dancers when a parent can’t make it to competition. They help each other get hotel rooms on busy competition weekends. They remind each other to set the DVR on nights when their favorite shows are on and everyone has to be at the studio.

TV myth: Dance moms say rude things about other dance moms at every opportunity.

The truth: Dance moms laugh together. Sometimes, they share challenges and shed tears together. They come from all walks of life and all backgrounds, and that’s fine, because they share one important common interest: they are ALL focused on their dancers, not on each other or gossip.


TV myth: Dance moms are happy when other kids fail.

The truth: There’s no such thing as failure in dance. Dancers make mistakes and learn. Sometimes they hit home runs, and sometimes they don’t. Find a studio where the instructors focus on team building and help those who are struggling, and the parents will follow suit.


Remember that the producers of reality shows are after ratings. If they can get a bunch of ladies screeching in a glass-walled room, they know folks will tune in to watch the spectacle. Does reality TV reflect reality? Hardly. About being a dance mom at MDU, one mom reflects, “Just like our kids, we’re a team, but more importantly, we’re just moms…moms who have one another’s back.” Now that’s something worth seeing in action.