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.
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.