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

MDU’s 20 Gift Ideas for Dancers

The holiday season is here! Here are our 20 gift ideas for the dancer in your life!

  1. A new dance bag. Check out THIS awesome bag from Lululemon, with multiple pockets for all your dance-wear and shoes!


  1. A Turning Board. Help your dancer improve their pirouettes with an official TurnBoard. Check out their website HERE.


  1. New competition make up. Follow THIS step-by-step guide to the perfect competition makeup from TutuTix.


  1. FlexExpress Arch and Foot Stretcher. Improve your foot strength and flexibility with this item from Discount Dance Supply


  1. Shadow box filled with first recital memories. Gather up the ticket stub, program, photos and more from your dancers very first recital and display them in a shadow box. This is a gift that will last a lifetime!


  1. Private lessons. Book 2-3 private lessons for your dancer to help them take their skills to the next level. Book lessons at MDU HERE.


  1. Resistance Bands. These are perfect to improve strength outside of the studio! Purchase yours HERE.


  1. Lisa Howell’s Front Splits Fast Program. Improve your flexibility safely and properly with this program from physiotherapist Lisa Howell. Get it HERE.


  1. “Dancers Turn Out Better” graphic tank. Let’s face it, dancers really do turn out better ???? Get this tank from Etsy.


  1. Personalized Costume Bag. Keep your costumes wrinkle free and organized in THIS personalized costume bag.


  1. Master Class. Dive deeper into your favorite style of dance with a master class. Coming January 6th to MDU is a Guys Only Master Class, register TODAY! Keep an eye out for more master classes coming soon!


  1. MDU Winter Hat. Keep warm this winter while representing your favorite studio! Available for purchase at the front desk for $14.95.


  1. Competition Survival Kit. Put together a small kit that will fit in your dancers bag full of bobby pins, hair spray, makeup remover and all the other little needs for competition. Tip: use a tackle box to organize


  1. A pair of Apolla Shox. The dance shoe that is a sock. These are comfy and great for lyrical class! Buy a pair HERE.


  1. Light up makeup mirror. Take your makeup game to the next level with this battery powered makeup mirror from Ulta.


  1. Registration for the 360° Dance Festival. Send your dancer to the festival that inspires the WHOLE dancer. Hosted by More Than Just Great Dancing, you won’t want to miss this. Learn more HERE.


  1. New Tutu. Help your little one feel confident in class with a brand new tutu. Stop into Everything Dance to check out our selection.


  1. Gift of Dance. Our Gift of Dance Holiday Package for children ages 2-8 is an incredible value at just $79! The package includes: 2 months of tuition (January and May 2018), Registration Fee, a Tutu, and a $15 gift certificate to our Everything Dance Boutique! Call or visit the front desk to reserve your package.


  1. Foot Rubz Massager. Sooth your dancers tired and achy feet with THIS message ball.

1. The gift of your presence. It is one of the busiest times of the year and it is easy to lose sight of what is truly important in life. Remember that one of the best gifts you can give, is being there for your dancer. Give them your full attention when visiting their classes, support them when they struggle with a skill and celebrate with them when they succeed.