At Misty’s Dance Unlimited, LLC (MDU) the health and safety of our members’ staff, students, guests, and communities have always been our highest priority;
a commitment that has only been heightened at this time in history. That’s why we have used local and national guidelines to inform our best practices for service continuity and re-opening.

Because dance meets imperative student needs for physical, social, and emotional well being, we are committed to helping our staff and students navigate reopening. We follow the Safer Studio™ standards put forth by our national association, More Than Just Great Dancing!® along with the utmost care and consultation of our local health departments and locally available information.

Governmental Regulations
MDU follows the Governor’s Executive Order #82, which mandates the use of masks inside buildings and advocates the same for clients until Sept. 28. We also adhere to the Governor’s Emergency Order #1, which allows for exceptions.

Education
MDU staff, parents, and dancers are informed about the symptoms of COVID-19 including, fever, cough, shortness of breath, diarrhea (watery), sore throat/congestion, headache, chills, muscle and joint pain (multiple), nausea or vomiting and, loss of sense of smell.

Dancers and staff should STAY HOME if they have any symptoms of COVID-19. They should also notify the studio owners/administrators and contact healthcare providers if they develop symptoms. If in doubt, sit them out.

Return to Training
  1. MDU follows a phased approach to reopening physical services.
  2. MDU’s reopening plan:
    1. Reinforces an attendance policy that does not allow employees to work when sick or students to attend classes when sick.
    2. Reinforces of proper hygiene and health standards with all staff members and students, including frequent handwashing and/or sanitizing, not touching the face, and sneezing and/or coughing into elbows.
    3. Increases frequency of sanitation in high traffic areas and high touch surfaces of the studio such as barres, floors, counters, stereos, and bathrooms/locker areas.
    4. Adjusts studio operations based on public health guidelines and recommendations regarding PPE, assembly/gathering/occupancy size, and social distancing where possible and practical.
    5. Adjusts curriculum and teacher training to reduce or eliminate hand-holding, equipment-sharing, and mingling where possible and practical.
    6. Communicates a clear policy for each phase of opening regarding student drop-off and pick-up, lobby availability, and amenity use.
  3. MDU has a variety of service options available including private instruction, small group instruction, traditional classes, and online instruction where possible and practical, to meet the needs of students and staff as well as for the ability to maintain service continuity in any situation.
  4. MDU has a clear system of communicating the status of classes, such as a “green, yellow, red” protocol. Green indicates it is safe to attend face-to-face classes. Yellow indicates a cautionary change to service delivery. Red indicates clients should stay home and attend class online.
  5. MDU understands that unlike older children and adults, young children cannot be expected to maintain social distancing at all times. Therefore, we focus on a hierarchy of measures beginning with avoiding contact with anyone with symptoms, frequent hand cleaning and good hygiene practices, amplified cleaning, and minimizing contact and mingling.
  6. If MDU receives a report of exposure risk, any affected classes will be notified, and exposure-risk level cleaning will be enacted. There is absolutely no penalty for absence and classes may be made up in-person (space permitting) or online (anytime).

Additional Considerations
As MDU we are proud of the work our team has done since 1999 to create the highest quality experiences and environments for our staff, students, and guests. Because of this groundwork, and the strength of our network, we believe our studio is in a strong position for a gradual and responsibly phased reopening. We are honored to continue to serve our community in this time.

Sincerely,
Misty Lown


Safer Studio Policy Archive
  • 923 12th Ave S, STE 103, Onalaska, WI 54650
  • 608.779.4642
  • info@mistysdance.com
  • 923 12th Ave S, STE 103, Onalaska, WI 54650
  • 608.779.4642
  • info@mistysdance.com

National Honor Society for Dance Arts

Dear Middle School and High School students of MDU,

 

We are excited to announce that once again, we will be recognizing those dancers who have gone above and beyond their regular dance class commitments, academic requirements and have qualified to achieve induction into the National Honor Society for Dance Arts!

 

What is National Honor Society for Dance Arts™

(NHSDA) is a program of the National Dance Education Organization, created to recognize outstanding artistic merit, leadership, and academic achievement in students studying dance in public and private schools in K-12 education, dance studios, cultural/community centers, performing arts organizations, and post-secondary education.

 

NHSDA Levels

MDU recognizes two levels of induction into the NHSDA: The Junior Program is for grades 6-8 and the Secondary Program is for grades 9-12.

 

Eligibility Criteria

• To learn about eligibility criteria and how to earn and track points for the Junior Program, visit here.

• To learn about eligibility criteria and how to earn and track points for the Secondary Program, visit here.

 

Coordinator

The coordinator for NHSDA is Stephanie Jobe. Stephanie has been a part of the MDU family for 16 years, her youngest daughter, Maya is apart of MDU’s Performance Company and Traveling Team. Stephanie loves spending time with her family and friends:) Stephanie can be reached at stephanie.jobe@gmail.com.

 

How to Apply:

To be inducted into the National Honor Society for Dance Arts™ (NHSDA), students must apply online under our NHSDA Chapter, Misty’s Dance Unlimited. Individual students, not enrolled at MDU, are not eligible for induction. To apply, visit: Visit here.

Complete the following steps to apply for induction:

1. Search for your chapter by entering Misty’s in the “Chapter Name” field.

2. Click on the “Apply” button next to your school’s listing on the results. You will be redirected to the application page.

3. Create a free account by filling out the application page. Make sure your name is spelled exactly as you would like it on your Induction Certificate. An $8 certificate re-print fee will apply if you need a new certificate because the name was entered incorrectly.

4. Your Chapter Sponsor will get an email indicating that you applied for induction, and can log in to complete the induction process. You will receive an email confirmation once you have been officially inducted.

5. Your Induction Certificate will be mailed to your Chapter Sponsor, who will distribute it to you at your Induction Ceremony in the Spring of 2020 at the studio.

6. A one-time $8.00 induction fee will be charged to your studio account upon notification of application.

7. Graduating Seniors may order an optional honor cord for $15.00.

8. Be sure to download and review your NHSDA Handbook and begin recording your points based the Student Induction Criteria (page 9)

 

We are happy to support this organization that supports outstanding dancers!

 

Your MDU Family