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.

Education
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.

Sincerely,
Misty Lown


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  • 923 12th Ave S, STE 103, Onalaska, WI 54650
  • 608.779.4642
  • info@mistysdance.com
  • 923 12th Ave S, STE 103, Onalaska, WI 54650
  • 608.779.4642
  • info@mistysdance.com

Why We Teach Dance

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.