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 Even if the mask mandated is repealed on Thursday, it would be unwise to introduce a second risk variable to our student population at the same time.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! 

In partnership, 

Misty Lown

Safer Studio Policy 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

Volunteer Opportunity for MDU Dancers

MDU Dancers - 5th Grade and up,


Are you looking for an opportunity to volunteer? Would you like to be a mentor and friend to a very special dancer at MDU? We are seeking positive, responsible and outgoing enrolled students in 6th grade and up to volunteer to be a "Buddy" for our Darby's Dancer program for the entire upcoming dance season.


Darby’s Dancers is a wonderful program for children with special needs who receive the chance to develop a love for dance and performance.   The organization was launched by Valerie Jones whose daughter, Darby, was an avid dancer. She had Down Syndrome and died of leukemia in 2013. MDU provides classes, a teacher, classroom attire, shoes and Recital costumes at no cost to participating dancers. Each child is paired with an MDU student volunteer (buddy) to work with their dancer all season.  This is an incredible and rewarding opportunity to set yourself apart as you prepare for college entrance applications and future job opportunities.



*Attend Darby’s Dancers class every Friday. Classes will be 5:30-6:00 PM (Younger) and 6:15-6:45PM (Older)

*Encourage all Darby’s Dancers

*Assist Miss Denise in making the class fun and encouraging for all Darby’s Dancer participants

*Set an example by wearing proper class attire (MDU red t-shirt, black leggings and ballet shoes with hair in a neat bun)

*Model great classroom behavior



*Earn National Honor Society for Dance Arts points for volunteering

*Earn volunteer hours for your school NHS program

*Learn new skills and grow in leadership

*Develop new friendships

*Perform on stage at recital with your Darby’s Dancers class!



*Complete THIS Darby’s Dancers Volunteer Application by Friday, July 19th.

*Indicate time availability -  5:30-6:00pm or 6:15-6:45pm or both!

*Applications deadline: Wed. July 19th. Dancers will be notified by July 31st.


FIRST CLASS: A Meet and Greet for ALL Darby's Dancers, families and buddies will be held on Friday, Sept. 5:30pm.


Thank you for considering:)


Please email with questions.