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


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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

What to Bring to Competition: A Dancer’s Checklist

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.

 

To Wear

  • Costumes and all related accessories

  • Spare tights in appropriate colors

  • Sewing kit

  • Thread to match each costume

  • Safety pins

  • Lint Brush

  • Static Spray

  • Portable spot remover

  • Extra clear or tan bra straps for female dancers

  • Dance shoes and straps

  • Undertard if your dancer will be changing backstage

 

Food

  • A small cooler

  • Granola

  • Yogurt or cheese

  • Fresh fruit

  • Prepared fresh veggies

  • Nuts or nut butter

  • Water bottle

  • Sports drinks

  • Money for snacks if outside food is not allowed

 

Cosmetics

  • False eyelashes

  • Eye liner

  • Eye shadow, blush and lipstick in performance company colors

  • Foundation or loose powder if your dancer prefers

  • Makeup brushes, cotton balls, Q-tips

  • Makeup remover

 

Hair Products

  • Hair brush

  • Comb

  • Spray bottle with water

  • Hairspray

  • Hair accessories for each dance clearly labeled

  • Bobby pins

  • Hair nets to keep buns tidy

 

First Aid & Physical Needs

  • Feminine hygiene products

  • Adhesive bandages

  • Instant ice packs

  • Instant hot packs

  • Nail clippers and file

  • Pain reliever

  • Muscle ointments

  • Ace bandage

  • Deodorant

  • Tissues

 

Extras

  • Extra copy of dance music

  • Journal, book, or homework

  • Pens/pencils/colored pencils

  • Phone and charger

  • Money for souvenirs or programs

  • Towel

  • Pillow

  • Blanket

  • Warm-ups

  • Slippers/flip flops

 

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!