Dear MDU Family,
This evening Gov. Tony Evers addressed our state issuing Executive Order #94 that calls upon business leaders "to continue doing their part to keep workers, customers, and communities safe by expanding working from home options for workers, offering online or virtual services, and limiting the number of people in offices, facilities, and stores" - all things we are PROUD to say we have been doing since we re-opened in June.
We have been following our Safer Studio™ Standards every step of the way through this season and continue to do so. Our team members have work-from-home capabilities, we are fully tech-enabled with online and virtual options, and we have always limited the number of people in our offices, facility, and store.
We have had over 10,000 visits to our studio since re-opening and only 4 isolated reported cases of COVID-19 - that's less than 1/100th of 1% occurrence.
Our strong focus on safety has made it possible to maintain a very low-risk environment while allowing our young people to benefit from exercise and friendship in a safety-focused environment as well as the associated positive benefits on social-emotional and mental well-being.
We are proud to continue to be a positive anchor in the lives of our local youth and we look forward to seeing and supporting your children in classes this week. In the meantime, please join us in doing all you can to keep our community safe by wearing face coverings, keeping the recommended 6 ft distance from friends and classmates, washing your hands, and staying home if you are unwell. For the safety of our community, if you are unable to or prefer not to wear a face covering, we strongly encourage you to attend our virtual class options.
As always, your teachers and I thank you for your support.
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!
HOW TO GET INVOLVED:
*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. 27th.at 5:30pm.
Thank you for considering:)
Please email Kris.firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.