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.
Top Three Most-Asked Questions about Ballet La Crosse
The talent was here, the desire was here, but until a few years ago, the opportunities to train professionally were sparse to nonexistent in the Coulee Region. A dancer with the drive to train beyond upper-level classes would literally have to drive—a long way—in order to train with a professional company. Ballet La Crosse changed that. Read on to see answers to three often-asked questions about Ballet La Crosse.
What is BLC?
Ballet La Crosse is a semi-professional ballet group with a dual purpose:
To increase exposure to and appreciation for classical performance arts in the community
To provide opportunities for area youth to gain training that mirrors that of the professional world
Ballet La Crosse has become an exciting addition to the local arts scene and provides a tremendous opportunity for young dancers, children and audience members alike to experience the magic of ballet.
Mr. Kennet Oberly, the original artistic director and choreographer for Ballet La Crosse, inspired a passion for ballet within a generation of dancers here in La Crosse. Under his direction and creative process, students have experienced the invaluable gifts that ballet can bring: hard work, creativity, attention to detail, patience and the love of storytelling. Mr. Kennet passed away in 2016, leaving a legacy of excellence and inspiration that will last for generations.
The creation of Misty Lown, owner and director of Misty’s Dance Unlimited, Ballet La Crosse continues to benefit from the guidance of internationally celebrated dancers. Miss Larissa Oberly, Miss Alexandra Meier, Mr. Dennis Williams and Miss Amanda Schams are the Artistic Staff.
Ballet La Crosse produces two shows each season. In the fall, they stage a full-length story ballet. In the spring, they produce a mixed-bill contemporary ballet. Both productions consistently sell out, fulfilling BLC’s mission to share beautiful classical performances with an eager audience.
Who is eligible for BLC?
Fall ballet auditions are open to dancers ages 8-18. Dancers don’t have to be students at MDU to dance for BLC, but they must take weekly ballet classes at a studio in order to qualify to participate. Spring ballet auditions are open to students ages 12 and up (Level IV and up).
What is the time commitment?
Dancers who earn a role in the fall ballet participate in a two week summer choreography camp. Regular rehearsals start the first week of classes and are held every Friday and Saturday until the performance.
In addition to choreography camp, Ballet La Crosse dancers are required to take Stay Strong classes at MDU, a ballet intensive or other equivalent training in the summer. During the school year, dancers must take weekly ballet classes, the number of classes corresponding with their level of training.
Entrance to Ballet La Crosse is via audition. To learn more about becoming a dancer with Ballet La Crosse, email email@example.com