Dear MDU Families, 

We are proud to continue to offer consistent weekly class experiences that support the physical, social-emotional, and mental health of our staff and students. Since reopening in June of 2020 we have made all necessary adaptations to our programs, following local, national, and industry guidance in order to support a Safer Studio™ learning environment.   

As such, we have updated our protocols to match recently updated guidance from the CDC and Wisconsin DHS, which shortens the isolation/quarantine period to 5 days for individuals who test positive for COVID-19. The updated process is as follows:

Students or Staff who receive a positive test result should:

  • Report the positive case to MDU via the COVID-19 Self Reporting Form.
  • Isolate at home for 5 days and until symptoms are no longer present.
  • Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.

Additional information about this change in recommendation from the CDC and WDHS can be found here

MDU continues to see an extremely low incidence of Covid-19 in our programs while experiencing very high positive reports of the benefits of keeping students engaged in activities. Our building continues to maintain enhanced cleaning protocols including state-of-the-art air circulation. We continue our enrollment management with 50% of our student body in the building less than one hour per week. We continue with our current mask policy. 

We continue to do what is necessary. We also continue to plan for spring performances, sharing hope and confidence with our students of brighter days ahead! 

We continue to be here for our staff, our students, our families, and our community <3. 

Thank you for continuing with us!
Miss Misty

Safer Studio Policy Archive
  • 923 12th Ave S, STE 103, Onalaska, WI 54650
  • 608.779.4642
  • 923 12th Ave S, STE 103, Onalaska, WI 54650
  • 608.779.4642


Dear MDU Families,

As you know, last Wednesday when the Coulee COVID-19 Compass turned red, we voluntarily closed our studio classes to support community health and our teachers have been serving our students enthusiastically online this week. We have also been working in cooperation with the La Crosse County Health Department to create a path forward to support student learning under all circumstances.

This afternoon we had a good discussion with the La Crosse County Health Department about the safety standards that we have in place at the studio. As a result of this discussion, the La Crosse County Health Department is in support of MDU opening for modified live classes at the studio next week, with a Zoom video feed from the studio for those who prefer to, or need to, keep learning at home.

Please note:

  1. We are finishing all classes for this week (6/22 - 6/27) ONLINE as previously announced.
  2. Next week (6/29 - 7/3) we will offer modified live classes at the studio with a zoom feed option from the classroom for those who prefer to, or need to, keep learning at home.
As you may recall when we started our summer term on June 15, assembly guidelines from the country allowed for 15 students in a class. We will be reducing that to 9 students for next week’s classes. Please note, there will be NO changes to the schedules - we will just split any class that has more than 9 students enrolled and add teachers as needed <3. Please refer to our June term re-opening policies for full details.

We will continue to follow the More Than Just Great Dancing!® Safer Studio™ guidelines for operations and the Youth Protection Advocates in Dance® Studio Sanitation guidelines for cleaning. Our teachers will continue to be well checked before attending class and be wearing masks. As always we ask families with any symptoms of illness of any kind to dance at home <3.

In closing, I want to thank our MDU parents for your continued support and to thank the La Crosse County Health Department for their good work. I also want to encourage an environment of grace and empathy as we all navigate these challenging times. Talk to your children about how they are feeling. Their feelings are important. Talk as a family about your comfort attending a class of up to 9 other students that would be sanitized and socially distanced - or your possible preference to learn from home next week. We support your decisions 100% and we look forward to seeing you next whether in person or online. <3

Misty Lown