February 11, 2022
Dear MDU Families,
Today the Onalaska and Holmen School Districts announced that due to a sharp decline in cases, they will no longer require the wearing of masks in their facilities as of Monday, February 14. We have noted the same sharp decline in cases in our programs and will be following suit. The updated policy for MDU will be effective Monday, February 21 as our studio is closed for Intersessional Break next week.
Every day that we can get where children can fully express themselves in the classroom and teachers can have full communication, including facial cues, we will celebrate! And, if there are days ahead where cases rise to a point where we have to revisit our mask policy, we will do so.
In meantime, all other risk-mitigating factors remain in place and parents are asked to keep their children home if they do not feel well and to keep up with other healthy habits such as good hand hygiene, hydration, nutrition, and sleep. Anyone who would still like to wear a mask to class for comfort is welcome to do so and plenty of masks will still be available at the front desk.
I want to thank our faculty, families, and students for their support over the past two years. Working together, we have kept our classrooms open continuously since June of 2020 and we are working on our return to the stage for Spring Recital! Now that’s some awesome teamwork!
Thank you for your support! With appreciation,
What to Bring to Competition: A Dancer’s Checklist
Dance competitions offer opportunities for your dancers to show their love of dance and the chance to show the results of their hard work and many rehearsals throughout the year. While you can’t walk away with trophies every time, you can win at being prepared for the event. Beyond costumes and shoes, seasoned dancers know that packing other smart supplies can help them be prepared for any situation at a competition.
When planning for competition, consider the What Ifs:
What if there’s no parking near the venue?
A rolling suitcase is a wonderful investment for a dancer who may have to haul her gear a long way. A roll of quarters is also helpful to have in case of the need to feed a meter. Comfortable tennis shoes are a must-have for faraway parking situations, as well as for running around between dances.
What if we have a wardrobe malfunction?
Dancers’ costumes take a beating during every performance, and the odds of something snapping or popping increase on competition days. Be ready for every costume contingency with a mini sewing kit and safety pins. Some dancers have been known to turn to super glue and duct tape. Seriously.
What if we get hungry?
Assuming the venue will allow you to bring your own snacks, remember complex carbohydrates and healthy proteins are the way to go. If the venue won’t allow outside food, plan your escapes between dance numbers to grab a healthy snack offsite. You’ll also want a lot of water for your dancer, so a refillable water bottle can be a big help.
What if we get bored between numbers?
Sometimes you’ll have long waits between performances, so bring something to do. Think of things that will help your dancers bond as a team as well as quiet items to help them have some down time throughout the busy day.
What if something hurts?
Anticipate sore muscles, blisters and nervous tummies. None of those things may happen, but it’s best to be prepared just in case.
The “What Ifs” can be endless, but we’ve put together a checklist based on the needs we’ve seen in the dozens of competitions we’ve attended.
Costumes and all related accessories
Spare tights in appropriate colors
Thread to match each costume
Portable spot remover
Extra clear or tan bra straps for female dancers
Dance shoes and straps
Undertard if your dancer will be changing backstage
A small cooler
Yogurt or cheese
Prepared fresh veggies
Nuts or nut butter
Money for snacks if outside food is not allowed
Eye shadow, blush and lipstick in performance company colors
Foundation or loose powder if your dancer prefers
Makeup brushes, cotton balls, Q-tips
Spray bottle with water
Hair accessories for each dance clearly labeled
Hair nets to keep buns tidy
First Aid & Physical Needs
Feminine hygiene products
Instant ice packs
Instant hot packs
Nail clippers and file
Extra copy of dance music
Journal, book, or homework
Phone and charger
Money for souvenirs or programs
What if something goes wrong on stage?
In the words that our Miss Shayna, MDU school director, says to every class of little ones...."Just keep dancing!" Great advice for competition, stage and life!
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