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

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How to help your dancer prepare for an audition: eight healthy strategies

How to help your dancer prepare for an audition: eight healthy strategies


Every dancer has the opportunity to audition, whether it’s for a role on a studio team or a professional company, for a high school dance team or for admission into a college program. There’s no denying that dancers can get anxious about auditions, but you can help them get ready to channel that nervous energy into a brilliant performance. An audition provides a dancer with opportunities to showcase her strengths to judges, a situation that will play out in real life for years to come well beyond the world of dance.


  • Encourage regular practice and versatility. Dancing is a talent, but it’s also a learned skill, and dancers who work hard in class will see their efforts pay off when they’re able to pick up choreography quickly at an audition. Your dancer should take each class seriously and listen to feedback from instructors in order to improve technique. When your child masters one type of dance, he or she should try something completely different in order to be versatile and prepared for anything in an audition. Taking new classes will also help your dancer practice picking up new choreography quickly. Learning choreography is as much of a skill as performing.


  • Encourage cross training. Yoga increases flexibility and core strength. Cardio will increase endurance and work with resistance bands or weights can increase strength for partnering.\ The audition process often involves running dances over and over again. This element of the audition will show who has endurance and who doesn’t.  


  • Help with general healthy behaviors. Your dancer should be getting enough sleep on a regular basis. In terms of diet, encourage fruits, vegetables, complex carbs and lean proteins on a regular basis, not just audition week. Good sleep and nutrition lead to a strong dancer, but even better, they lead to the mental clarity needed to process all the information that will be thrown their way at an audition. On the day of, your dancer should eat a light meal about an hour before the audition in order to be in prime condition for a great performance.


  • Be informed before you go. What genre of dance is highlighted? Is there a fee for the audition? Do you need to fill out any forms beforehand or bring a headshot?


  • Know what to wear. Read the audition materials closely to see whether the directors want to see specific clothing. Generally, it’s important to wear form-fitting clothing so the company or directors can really see form and technique. Your dancer should try to wear something that will make him stand out yet will look neat and professional. Above all, it’s important to bring the proper shoes for the dance they’re performing.


  • Be ready for surprises. Some companies will ask dancers to perform an “improv” piece; others will ask for a group performance. Find out everything you can in advance, but be prepared to adapt to unexpected requests.


  • Arrive to the audition early. Give your dancer time to check out the stage or studio and warm up. Encourage them to stretch, listen to their favorite music and get centered and ready to focus. Discuss the importance of nonverbal signals. Often when young dancers are nervous, smiling is the furthest thing from their minds. Aside from technique, it’s also important for dancers to show that they are friendly team players, and it’s a good idea to look at other audition hopefuls as potential team members instead of the competition. The audition begins the moment your dancer walks in the door.


  • Maintain perspective. If your dancer is not selected, some disappointment is natural, but this is valuable training for life. People who hold auditions are often looking for a specific type of dancer (“grounded” versus “lift”, jazz versus ballet) and as you start looking at the university level, sometimes even a specific height range and body build. Whatever the case, it’s just an audition. It is one particular set of opinions; they don’t represent all the people in the world looking for dancers.


In the wise words of our own Miss Kylie, “Remember that we all have different styles and talents to offer and in dance, every single person who watches, critiques and judges you will see something different, but what each one of you has to offer is absolutely beautiful and incredible.”


Whether auditioning for a dance company or interviewing for a job, those are indeed words to remember.