Dear MDU Family,

Today is a great day! Today, our studio will have a modified opening, an event that our staff and students have been looking forward to for 12 days during our recent voluntary closure to support community health.

We are pleased to share that our Safer Studio™ plans have earned the support of the La Crosse County Health Department which allows us to offer service continuity going forward. What does that mean? It means that means the plans and precautions we have put into place support our ability to hold in-person classes with modifications - even during “red”.

The response to our planning and communication has been overwhelmingly positive and we are pleased to be able to offer you two ways to dance this week:

  1. You can join us for in-person classes, which will be limited to 9 students per class; or
  2. If you are uncomfortable attending in-person classes, you are welcome to learn-at-home with our new live-streamed classes via Zoom. Please check your email for at-home participation zoom links to your classes.
The County has expressed their appreciation for our continued efforts to support community health by offering a variety of ways for students to continue to dance safely. After all, health is not just about avoiding sickness. It’s also about building strong bodies, minds, and hearts - something that happens in each and every class at MDU!

That said, you are probably aware that the number of positive COVID-19 cases in the County has increased significantly in the past few weeks. It probably also goes without saying that we are a school, and schools are going to experience reports of COVID-19 exposure as they welcome back their staff and students. The County has assured me that single reports of exposure risk will not require a studio closure. If the studio receives a report of exposure risk, the reporter will be asked to share with the County, any affected classes will be notified, and exposure-risk level cleaning will be enacted. The County encourages those with exposure risk to self-quarantine for 14 days from the date of potential exposure. MDU has the ability to monitor staff self-quarantine but does not have the capacity to monitor student self-quarantine. As such, parents will be asked to use their own discretion as to their comfortability returning to class or if they would rather participate from home. There is absolutely no penalty for absence and classes may be made up in-person (space permitting) or online (anytime). If the studio receives a cluster report of exposure risk, we will work directly with the County on the next steps.

Thank you MDU Family, for working together to minimize risk, keep our staff and students safe, and keep our studio operational. We continue to follow the highest standards of care and ask you to do the same. For a full list of our re-opening procedures please see attached document.

Thank you again for your support! We appreciate our MDU family every day and we can’t wait to see you this week!


Misty Lown

COVID-19 Message Archive
  • 923 12th Ave S, STE 103, Onalaska, WI 54650
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  • 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.