Dear MDU Family,
I am writing today with a proactive communication regarding the potential state-wide mask mandate repeal going before the Legislature on Thursday.
Regardless of the outcome, our business will continue to support a mask requirement (unless you have an exception) until further notice.
While it is true that we have had a negligible occurrence of COVID-19 in our programs since re-opening in June (.00025%, or 5 reportable cases out of over 20,000 heads in classes, and none for two months) Coulee Region public schools are in the process of welcoming their students back which introduces a new risk variable to our student population. Even if the mask mandated is repealed on Thursday, it would be unwise to introduce a second risk variable to our student population at the same time.
As a teacher and a dancer, I look forward to the day when this is no longer a talking point, but in the meantime, we will continue all of the Safer Studio™ measures that have brought us such success so far including keeping people home when they don't feel well, well checks for employees, ongoing facility cleaning with our Sparkle Squad, hand sanitation, and face coverings. Our community is turning the corner and we need to stay the course until we get there <3.
As always, we will continue to monitor the situation as we keep our focus on supporting the whole health of our students—including physical, social-emotional and, mental well-being—through dance classes each week.
Thank you for your support!
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.
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.