Dear MDU Family,
I am writing today with a proactive communication regarding the potential state-wide mask mandate repeal going before the Legislature on Thursday.
Regardless of the outcome, our business will continue to support a mask requirement (unless you have an exception) until further notice.
While it is true that we have had a negligible occurrence of COVID-19 in our programs since re-opening in June (.00025%, or 5 reportable cases out of over 20,000 heads in classes, and none for two months) Coulee Region public schools are in the process of welcoming their students back which introduces a new risk variable to our student population. Even if the mask mandated is repealed on Thursday, it would be unwise to introduce a second risk variable to our student population at the same time.
As a teacher and a dancer, I look forward to the day when this is no longer a talking point, but in the meantime, we will continue all of the Safer Studio™ measures that have brought us such success so far including keeping people home when they don't feel well, well checks for employees, ongoing facility cleaning with our Sparkle Squad, hand sanitation, and face coverings. Our community is turning the corner and we need to stay the course until we get there <3.
As always, we will continue to monitor the situation as we keep our focus on supporting the whole health of our students—including physical, social-emotional and, mental well-being—through dance classes each week.
Thank you for your support!
Why We Teach Dance
At Misty’s Dance Unlimited, our teachers come from a variety of backgrounds. Most of them grew up dancing and then chose to combine their passion for dance with their interest in education. Some teachers pursued other careers but discovered that teaching dance always held a special place in their hearts. And some just always knew that teaching was their greater calling! ALL teachers at MDU are Youth Protection Advocates in Dance certified.
No matter the pathway our teachers took, the “why” behind their decision to teach is what brought them to us. In this blog post, we’re excited to share more with you about why we LOVE teaching dance! Our faculty all agree that there are three top reasons, so we’re counting them down for you right here:
#3: Teaching dance changes lives
This might seem like a big claim, but it’s no exaggeration. Every teacher at Misty’s Dance Unlimited has had their life changed through dance: From the skills they’ve developed, to the resilience they’ve gained, to the thoughtful way they solve problems, their lives were transformed. Now, through their personal experiences, they’re able to impart those lessons upon our students. As you know, having a positive impact on a young person’s life is an incredible responsibility and sometimes has its challenges! But that impact is also one of the most rewarding reasons to be a dance teacher.
#2: Teaching dance instills tradition
Teaching dance is based on established practices of movement, codified techniques, and unique styles that were created generations before us. Because of that, our teachers have a sense of obligation to pass down their knowledge and skills to their own students. The history of dance is like a big family tree, with roots of the great influencers and branches grown from new interpretations. With respect and appreciation for tradition, our students are becoming a new part of this legacy, which is one of the top reasons why teaching dance is so meaningful to our faculty. We are all a part of this unique community!
#1: Teaching dance brings joy
There’s simply no other way to put it: The number one reason why our teachers love what they do is because it brings such joy to others. When a student achieves a long-term goal, that joy is pure awesomeness. When a class is smiling and laughing as they learn how to chassé, that joy is contagious. When it’s performance time and a teacher sees her students’ hard work realized onstage, that joy is inspiring. Teaching dance is FULL of these addictive moments; there’s nothing else like it.
We teach dance to make an impact, to transform thinking, to develop artists, and to connect as humans. It is a gift to be a dancer and a gift to teach. It’s one of the best jobs there is, and that’s why we love having your children dancing with us at Misty’s Dance Unlimited! Thank you for being a part of our MDU family.