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


Safer Studio Policy Archive
  • 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

Not-so-obvious ways to support your dancer

Six not-so-obvious ways to support your dancer

 

As a parent, it’s natural to want your child to succeed in every activity they undertake. Dance is no exception. Of course, we sign them up for classes, we make certain they have and wear proper attire, we shuttle them to and from classes. While those are all essential to getting them to dance class, they’re not so much about supporting them once there.

 

So what does it look like to truly support your dancer? Following are six important ways you can help your child succeed both in dance and well beyond the studio walls.

 

#1 Keep it fun. Dancing should be an activity your child looks forward to. It’s normal for a child to not be in the mood for it on occasion, but if your child isn’t enjoying dance over a period of time, ask them why. It may be they don’t know other children in their classes or perhaps they’re more interested in a different type of dance. Once you understand the reason, you can address it to make dancing fun once again.

 

#2 Encourage, don’t pressure. Dance is not about outshining others; it’s about letting your own light shine. Let your dancer establish their own goals, and encourage them not to compare themselves to other dancers. Remind them that the only person they should try to be better than is the person they were yesterday.

 

#3 Model #2. Sometimes it’s hard for parents to remember that their children’s activities are their children’s activities and not their own. Look at number 2 again and be sure to practice what you preach. Treat other parents and studio workers with respect and seek opportunities to recognize excellence in others.

 

#4 Let your child take charge. As your child grows older, be sure to turn more of the dance responsibilities over to them. That means letting them get ready for dance by themselves, packing their shoes on their own and doing their own hair. One of the great things about dance is its ability to promote positive qualities in kids, a process that most certainly begins at home.

 

#5 Trust the teachers. Teachers make decisions based on myriad factors, including skills readiness, safety and individual dancers’ learning pace. Trust them to know and do what’s best for all the dancers in the room. That frees you to focus on your most important role: being the parent.

 

#6 Use six magical words. Chances are pretty good your dancer isn’t looking for a critique or review—good or bad—from you after dancing. They’ll get that elsewhere. Instead, try saying: “I love to watch you dance.” In those words, there’s no pressure, no judgment but there is unconditional love and acceptance. Plus, as any dance parent knows, it’s the truth, pure and simple.