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 Even if the mask mandated is repealed on Thursday, it would be unwise to introduce a second risk variable to our student population at the same time.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!
Miss Misty has been sharing her passion for dance and mentorship with students for 29 years. She is the founder of More Than Just Great Dancing™ affiliated dance studios and “A Chance to Dance Foundation”, a 501(c)3 charitable organization. Misty is passionate about community service and has given over $500,000 in combined cash and studio scholarships over the past 23 years.
Miss Shayna is the General Manager of Misty’s Dance Unlimited and leads COVID Safety Team and Recitals. She began teaching at MDU in 1999 and is the creator of “Dancin’ Kids!”, a popular performance group for 7-9 yr. olds. Miss Shayna co-authored a Children’s Curriculum for More Than Just Great Dancing™ and is passionate about instilling confidence in every child.
Miss Tiffany grew up dancing at MDU and has many teaching since 2008. She is an award winning choreographer. Miss Tiffany is proficient in all styles of dance and has a passion for seeing students develop their God-given talents in a nurturing environment.
Miss Amanda has taught ballet and Pilates across the Midwest for two decades and for 17 years at MDU. She trained in Madison, with the Milwaukee Ballet and the Nutmeg Conservatory. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a dance minor. She has performed professionally with the Madison Ballet and as a guest artist throughout the Midwest.
Miss Alexia has studied various styles of dance, but has a special love of Hip Hop and Lyrical. She is a former member of MDU’s Performance Company and currently leads our Steps of Praise program in which dancers can share their love of God through dance. Miss Alexia enjoys working with children of all ages to help them grow as dancers and individuals. She has been teaching at MDU since 2014.
Miss Beth has been dancing for 20 years. Her favorite genres include tap, musical theatre, and contemporary. Beth shared her love for performing for many years as a member of MDU’s Performance Company. She is a 2013 graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in Elementary Education and Spanish. She has danced with Ingredients Dance Company in Texas and has taught at MDU since 2014.
Mr. Dennis grew up studying ballet at Maple Conservatory of Dance in California. He graduated from Belhaven University with a BFA in dance and has danced professionally with Ballet Mississippi and Filter Dance Company. Additionally, he has four years of experience in Martial Arts. Mr. Dennis has taught at MDU since 2015.
Miss Kylie returned to MDU in 2015 after graduating from Belhaven University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance and a minor in accounting. She is the Director of our Award Winning Performance Company! She has worked with choreographers associated with Complexions, Ad Deum, Inaside Chicago, and Limon Dance Company. Her favorite dance role was in Pitch Perfect 2.
Miss Alex has been teaching at MDU since 2012. She is a ballet and tap specialist with a love for children. She is a graduate of Winona State University. She is also a rehearsal assistant for Ballet La Crosse.
Miss Denise and Miss Misty grew up dancing together at Marilyn School of Dance in La Crosse. Miss Denise is currently an English professor at Western and has loved being back in the dance classroom since 2009. Miss Denise teaches in our Children's program, leads our Darby's Dancer's program and is a rehearsal assistant for Ballet La Crosse.
Miss Larissa is a former professional ballerina with the Estonian National Ballet in Europe. She has been teaching for MDU's Pre-Professional Program and our classical performing company, Ballet La Crosse since 2011. Ballet La Crosse was founded by Miss Larissa's late husband and beloved ballet master, Mr. Kennet Oberly.
Miss Debbie started studying dance at age 15 at the former College of St. Teresa in Winona, MN. She performed with the Minnesota Collegiate Ballet Company for 2 years. She studied at the National Academy of Dance in Champaign, IL during high school. Later she taught and performed at the Rochester Ballet School in MN. She studied, danced, and taught several years at the Alvin Ailey School in New York City.
Miss Krisa is another MDU grad who returned to the studio following college graduation. She is a jazz and hip hop specialist and the former coach of the award winning UW-Green Bay dance team. She has been teaching at MDU since 2007.
After doing gymnastics through her sophomore year of college, Amy still has a passion for the sport and loves to teach kids acro and tumbling. Amy has been teaching for many years, and is certified in acro by Acrobatic Arts. She's been teaching at Misty's since 2016.
Miss Anna is a graduate of the UW-La Crosse where she was a member of the Hip Hop Dance Team. She grew up dancing at Jan's School of Dance in Hastings, MN. Anna has been teaching at MDU since 2017 and is currently the Varsity Dance Team coach at Viterbo University.
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Miss Sandy has been with MDU since day one! She is our Hospitality Services leader at the front desk as well as Miss Misty’s mom! Miss Sandy is the first friendly face you will see when you come in and always happy to help. She enjoys the warmth and camaraderie of the families and staff at MDU and watching our students grow throughout the years.
Kris comes to us with 25 plus years of excelling in managerial careers. She started at MDU in 2013 and currently serves as our Family Services leader and well as coordinating our boutique, Everything Dance. She manages student enrollment, studio emails, family accounts, student attendance, and more! She loves working with families and kids!