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!


Misty Lown

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


Dear MDU Family,

As you know, we voluntarily closed our business last Wednesday when the La Crosse County Coulee COVID-19 Compass turned to RED. It was our hope that our community would band together to stay home and help curb the growing numbers of positive test results.

As of yesterday afternoon, the Coulee Covid-19 Compass remains in RED for our county. To help our community stay healthy and safe, MDU classes for the week of June 22-27 will be held ONLINE. All private lessons and skills tests will be rescheduled. Please look for an individual email if that pertains to you <3.

We have been asked we will open back up if Coulee COVID-19 Compass goes to ORANGE later this week. The answer is that we will not. We feel strongly that our families and teachers need to be able to make plans for the week and that would not be good to wake up each day wondering and waiting for an announcement of what life will look like for the day. To that end, we will be making our decisions on the status of summer classes on a week-by-week basis. A decision about the status of each week’s classes will be announced Sunday nights at 6pm.

Please check your email for online zoom links to your classes this week.

Thank you for your support as we seek to do our part to continue to serve our students while being good stewards of community health and our continued support efforts for our students and staff.

We appreciate our MDU families more than words can express and we can't wait to see you again in person some day.

In partnership,

Misty Lown