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 Even if the mask mandated is repealed on Thursday, it would be unwise to introduce a second risk variable to our student population at the same time.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!
Dance is often viewed as simply an art form, which it truly is. But ask any dancer and they’ll tell you they’re athletes just as much as they are artists. Performing their art requires skill, muscle control and endurance. That’s why technique matters and is so fundamentally important throughout their dance experience.
Technique serves three primary functions:
When you put it all together, dancers find that with solid technique they move more efficiently while also expressing themselves more fully. Proper technique allows dancers to perfectly pair their fierce athleticism with their emotions and creativity to create true art.
What’s the best way to develop and maintain good technique? It all comes back to ballet and the building blocks of movement. Think of the basic plié, for example. Virtually every movement—from takeoff to landing—in jazz, lyrical, contemporary and modern dance—begins and ends in that one position. Ballet technique teaches proper alignment of feet, knees, hips and spine and creates muscle memory to ensure beautiful form, extension and lightness.
So the next time, you’re wondering why most dance teachers and studios push ballet in addition to the dance style your child loves most, remember it’s only because they want to keep your dancer injury-free and capable of mastering the movements appropriate for their level.
Think of it this way: technique creates the dancer while choreography creates the dance. You wouldn’t want one without the other.