Dear MDU Family, 

I am writing today with a proactive communication regarding the potential state-wide mask mandate repeal going before the Legislature on Thursday. 

Regardless of the outcome, our business will continue to support a mask requirement (unless you have an exception) until further notice. 

While it is true that we have had a negligible occurrence of COVID-19 in our programs since re-opening in June (.00025%, or 5 reportable cases out of over 20,000 heads in classes, and none for two months) Coulee Region public schools are in the process of welcoming their students back which introduces a new risk variable to our student population. Even if the mask mandated is repealed on Thursday, it would be unwise to introduce a second risk variable to our student population at the same time.

As a teacher and a dancer, I look forward to the day when this is no longer a talking point, but in the meantime, we will continue all of the Safer Studio™ measures that have brought us such success so far including keeping people home when they don't feel well, well checks for employees, ongoing facility cleaning with our Sparkle Squad, hand sanitation, and face coverings. Our community is turning the corner and we need to stay the course until we get there <3. 

As always, we will continue to monitor the situation as we keep our focus on supporting the whole health of our students—including physical, social-emotional and, mental well-being—through dance classes each week.

Thank you for your support! 

In partnership, 

Misty Lown

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  • 923 12th Ave S, STE 103, Onalaska, WI 54650
  • 608.779.4642
  • 923 12th Ave S, STE 103, Onalaska, WI 54650
  • 608.779.4642

IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE for Monday, March 16 - Studio Closing today

Dear MDU Families,

We are living in a historic moment. As such, please be assured that we are making the best decisions we can on a daily (and sometimes hourly) basis for our students and our employees.

To that end, based on current information and recommendations available as of March 16, 2020, we have made the following updates to our COVID-19 response:


PERFORMANCES & RECITALS In closing, while there are many uncertainties in this time, here are a couple of things I DO know for certain from 28 years of teaching <3.

The kids are watching how the adults they trust are handling this situation. <3

They are taking cues from us as to how to process the entire situation. History is playing out before their eyes. Little ones are going to need extra assurance, time and familiar things. It's also worth noting that kids who are of the age of having a cell phone are not only hearing updates from schools, national networks, and home but they are also getting a 24/7 info-feed from on social platforms like Snapshot and TikTok. Teens may act like they are okay, but check in with them anyway...You might not think they are listening, but they are.<3

Lastly, as many of you know our studio not only serves our students here in the Coulee Region, but also provides resources and support for 300 studios the world through our More Than Just Great Dancing!® Affiliated Studios program. Those studios serve 120,000 kids each week - ALL of whom are going through the same thing we are right now. Just like your kids are looking to you right now, our affiliated studios are looking to us. I just wanted to thank you AGAIN for being an amazing studio family - your support helps not just our Coulee Region kids, but kids across the world as well.

With much appreciation,

Misty Lown