February 11, 2022

Dear MDU Families, 

Today the Onalaska and Holmen School Districts announced that due to a sharp decline in cases, they will no longer require the wearing of masks in their facilities as of Monday, February 14. We have noted the same sharp decline in cases in our programs and will be following suit. The updated policy for MDU will be effective Monday, February 21 as our studio is closed for Intersessional Break next week. 

Every day that we can get where children can fully express themselves in the classroom and teachers can have full communication, including facial cues, we will celebrate! And, if there are days ahead where cases rise to a point where we have to revisit our mask policy, we will do so. 

In meantime, all other risk-mitigating factors remain in place and parents are asked to keep their children home if they do not feel well and to keep up with other healthy habits such as good hand hygiene, hydration, nutrition, and sleep. Anyone who would still like to wear a mask to class for comfort is welcome to do so and plenty of masks will still be available at the front desk.

I want to thank our faculty, families, and students for their support over the past two years. Working together, we have kept our classrooms open continuously since June of 2020 and we are working on our return to the stage for Spring Recital! Now that’s some awesome teamwork!

Thank you for your support! With appreciation,
Miss Misty



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Getting the most from summer dance intensives

Getting the most from summer dance intensives

It’s that time of year when dancers are off to various summer workshops and dance intensives, a time for them to hone their character as well as their technique.

 

If you’ve looked into summer training options before, you know they can be pricey—typically northward of $1,000 plus room and board. But many excellent opportunities are also available in the 7 Rivers region that can cost you a fraction of that amount without room and boarding fees.

 

The key is to look for workshops and intensives that will bring in different, high-caliber teachers and choreographers from outside the region. That’s because one of the primary benefits of a summer experience is to work with professionals from around the country (or the world). Regardless of whether you travel locally or globally, here’s what your dancer can gain from a summer workshop or intensive.

 

  • An opportunity to explore different types of dance. That’s not only fun and challenging, it’s also important if your dancer wants to continue dancing post high school. More than ever, colleges and professional companies are looking for versatility.
  • Improved technique. Oftentimes, hearing the same correction they’ve heard from their teachers finally sinks in when offered by an outside pro. (As a parent, you know how that goes.)
  • New challenges to stretch them as a dancer and push them mentally. Look for a program that will press your dancer, increasing their strength and flexibility and boosting their determination. If there’s ever a time to get out of their dance comfort zone, it’s during a summer workshop or intensive.
  • Connection to professional, influential dancers who can help your dancer if they’re looking for a career in dance.
  • Increased independence. A summer dance experience farther from home can help your dancer (and you) be more prepared when the time comes for them to leave the nest.
  • New friendships. Much like a traditional summer camp, your dancer will meet new people and make new and lasting friendships among people who share their love for dance.

When looking for a summer dance program, you’ll first want to consider your dancer’s goals. Do they want to improve ballet technique? Do they want to explore modern dance? Are they more interested in something novel, like the Rockettes?

 

Once you know your dancer’s goals, it’s time to look at what you can afford. Budget can be a make or break factor, so be sure to look at costs and give yourself time to budget for them. In fact, now’s a good time to start saving for the 2018 season.

 

In addition to affordability, of course, you’ll want to be assured of quality. Look for a brand you know with highly regarded faculty and a track record of providing productive summer experiences. If looking at an opportunity farther from home, also be certain to assess the room setup and safety measures around where dancers will stay and how they will travel to and from classes.

 

For dancers who train all year, summer dance intensives and workshops can offer an unusual opportunity for growth—not just as a dancer but as a person.

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