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



Safer Studio Policy Archive

July 2021

Dress Code for the 2021-22 Season at MDU!

All items are available for purchase in our Everything Dance Boutique.

Mini & Me (2-year-olds) through Kidance (1st graders)
Girls: Any style or color of leotard and tights. Appropriate shoes (Pink leather ballet
shoes for Ballet and Musical Theater, Black Tap shoes for Tap, clean soled sneakers for
Hip Hop) and hair in a ponytail or bun.
Boys: Solid white t-shirt and black athletic pants. Black leather ballet shoes for Ballet and
Musical Theater. Black tap shoes for Tap. Clean-soled sneakers for Hip Hop.

Beginning & Building Level (2nd-3rd Grade) (Includes Lyrical, Musical Theater)

Girls:

Leotard: Any solid soft pink leotard (no fluff or attached skirt)
Tights: skin-tone tights
Hair: hair in a bun
Shoes: Ballet/Musical Theater: Pink leather ballet shoes, Tap: Black tap shoes, Jazz & Lyrical: Tan jazz shoes.
Optional Accessories: white wrap-around skirt (for ballet), Solid black dance shorts or leggings for Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, and Musical Theater; and pink wrap-around sweater for warm-up / colder months.  

Boys: Solid White t-shirt, solid black athletic pants, and appropriate shoes as follows:

Ballet: Black leather ballet shoes, Tap: Black tap shoes, Jazz: Tan jazz shoes, Clean-soled sneakers for Hip Hop.

Graded Level Technique Dancers (Level 1-7 Ballet, Tap, Jazz)
Girls: Any solid black leotard. We have a nice selection of body-positive leotards in our Boutique. (Black
Sports bras are allowed.  Other color sports bras are allowed as long as they are covered by the leotard) 
White skirt and Pink tights for ballet, solid black dance shorts, or leggings for jazz and tap. (Black Sports bras are allowed.  Other color sports bras are allowed as long as they are covered by the leotard)

Appropriate shoes, tights, and hair in a bun.  Ballet: Pink Leather/Canvas ballet shoes,  Tap: Black tap shoes,
Jazz: Tan jazz shoes

Boys: Solid white t-shirt, solid black athletic pants, and appropriate shoes as follows:
Ballet: Black leather ballet shoes, Tap: Black tap shoes, Jazz: Tan jazz shoes

Hip Hop (All ages and levels) 

Girls: Any colored leotard or top, solid-colored pants or sweatpants, clean soled sneakers, hair in a ponytail.  No bare midriff.

Guys: Clean, comfortable clothing such as athletic gear and tennis shoes.

Specialty Classes (All ages and levels) (Lyrical, Modern, Contemporary,  Acro, Dance Team, Leaps & Turns, and Performing Groups)
Any solid colored leotard, solid black jazz shorts or leggings, any color tights, and appropriate footwear for each class. (Barefoot for Modern and for Acro) Mini Dance Team can wear either tan jazz shoe, tennis shoes or go barefoot. Hair in a bun for all Specialty Classes except Acro should have a pony tail.

Steps of Praise: SOP t-shirt and black jazz pants/leggings. For 1st Semester Hip Hop - Clean soled tennis shoes. For 2nd Semester Lyrical - Ballet Shoes (Pink for Girls, Black for Boys). SOP t-shirts are available for purchase at the studio for $15 plus tax:)

FOR ALL DANCERS: No jewelry, No smart watches (please leave at home)

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