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!

Sincerely,

Misty Lown


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  • 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

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.

 

BUDDY EXPECTATIONS:

*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

 

BUDDY BENEFITS:

*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:

*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. 27th.at 5:30pm.

 

Thank you for considering:)

 

Please email Kris.mistysdance@gmail.com with questions.