August 25, 2021

Dear MDU Families, 

Thank you for a great kick-off to our 24th season of “More Than Just Great Dancing!”. We are now a full week into our season and it has been amazing to see kids and families back in the building.  

As the leader of our studio community, I have the great joy of seeing the excitement of the kids and teacher returning to class. I also have the great responsibility of navigating a continuously changing situation as it relates to Covid-19. 

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, MDU has provided clear communication and real-time decision-making. This has allowed us to offer continuous programming with only .0002% incidence of Covid-19 while providing consistent access to the benefits of dance such as physical fitness, social-emotional health, and mental wellness. That’s the joy part!

Now for the responsibility part. At MDU, we make all of our Covid-related decisions based on a variety of inputs, including local and national sources, as well as industry and studio data.  I wake up every morning, search the data, and track the trends. I also consult with our county, speak with other community leaders, and pray for wisdom.  I’m pleased to say that MDU is still doing extremely well in terms of cases as shared above. That’s why we began our fall season by continuing our summer policy of mask recommendation, not a requirement. Our community, however, is not doing as well.  The cases reported yesterday morning were double what they were the week prior and the 7-day average is one we have not seen since February. 

In my Welcome Letter from one week ago, I shared that we would escalate our policies if cases continue to rise. As such, beginning today (8/25/21), the following mitigation measures are being implemented: 

  • Masking required for students in preschool to age 11 while indoors.
  • Masking strongly recommended for everyone 12 and older while indoors.
  • Masking required of teachers while working with students unless in a private lesson. 

We will continue monitoring the situation week by week and will make you aware of any changes.  If community cases continue to rise, potential escalation of policies may include closing the lobby to reduce traffic, further limiting class sizes, greater physical distancing requirements in classes, and/or masking requirements for all ages.

In closing, I fully understand this message will cause relief for some and disappointment for others. Some will think it’s too much and others may think it’s not enough. This is the nature of the times we live in. But, it’s also in our nature to adapt and to support each other.  Our kids are mirrors of our reactions and emotions, so let’s focus on what’s positive!  In a time when our community is welcoming Afghan refugees who have lost all, we have much to be thankful for. Thank YOU for your support!

Sincerely, 

Misty Lown



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UPDATE: COVID-19

Studio Closed Wednesday, June 18 - Sunday, June 22

MDU has been working closely with La Crosse County Health Department leaders and adhering to their guidelines since the beginning of the COVID-19 situation. This week, I had another call with them to make sure our opening and operational plans were above and beyond community health expectations (which they were<3).

Today, Wednesday, June 17, the La Crosse County Health Department changed the status of our county on the Coulee COVID-19 Compass from “orange” to “red”. While the associated changes are recommendations and NOT mandates, we would rather be “safe than sorry” as my dad always used to say. To that end, the programming for summer classes that were set to start today and tomorrow will begin next week instead and be extended accordingly by one week.

Our website and social media will be updated regarding the status of classes on Monday, June 22nd at 12pm. If our county is still “red” according to the Compass, we will host our classes via online distance learning until we return to “orange”.

My appreciation goes to our management team who built a flexible schedule to adapt to any circumstance. Our hope is that our community will work together over the rest of the week and weekend to stay home when possible and help our county to “return to orange” so our kids can return to in-person classes next week. They’ve waited so long, please help by staying home when possible. <3

Thank you AGAIN for your support. Our staff, our students, and families thank you!

Sincerely,

Misty Lown