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.
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!