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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  • 923 12th Ave S, STE 103, Onalaska, WI 54650
  • 608.779.4642
  • 923 12th Ave S, STE 103, Onalaska, WI 54650
  • 608.779.4642

Are Pre-Professional Ballet Classes Right for Your Dancer?

Are Pre-Professional Ballet Classes Right for Your Dancer?

Pre-professional ballet programs, we call them pre-pro for short, are designed for talented and passionate young dancers who are ready for advanced training. A well-developed pre-pro program will include an academic study of dance as well as advanced technique. Is this program right for your dancer? Ask your child three key questions as you decide together whether pre-professional ballet is the best next step.


Do you have time? Most programs call for training three to five days per week. Your dancer will need a solid strategy in terms of keeping up with schoolwork and you’ll need a transportation plan. Many schools will work with students to allow slightly early release times to accommodate the advanced schedule, but committing to a pre-pro course of training may mean giving up other extracurricular activities.


Do you intend to continue dancing beyond high school? The curriculum and training of pre-pro are advanced. Instructors are focused on preparing dancers for college and professional dance programs. Plenty of dance opportunities exist across several disciplines that don’t involve pre-professional training, so your dancer should consider pre-pro if a lifetime of dance is in his or her plans.


Are you ready? Pre-professional ballet is for intermediate and advanced dance students. Programs often require a written application as well as an audition. Successful pre-pro students will be able to explain the personal qualities they will bring to the program as well as their personal and professional goals as dancers. While not everyone needs to see themselves as the next Black Swan, they should be able to articulate some goals for advancement as a dancer beyond their teen years.


Misty’s Dance Unlimited offers a Pre-Professional Ballet Training Program that, as a respected regional program, brings unique opportunities. In addition to advanced training, pre-professional ballet students have special onstage performance opportunities. They may also be invited to perform with professional guest artists as part of Ballet La Crosse (non pre-pro dancers may also have this opportunity). If your dancer is intermediate to advanced and is ready to meet high artistic standards, pre-pro may be a perfect fit.


Applications are accepted through August for the Pre-Professional Ballet Program. Please contact Miss Toni at to request audition information.