Message from Miss Misty 

Wow! Things are really progressing in all ways at the studio over the past few weeks! The students and teachers are progressing in getting their recital dances ready for family and friends. Ballet La Crosse is progressing towards their Spring Show and our Performance Companies are progressing towards competition season. And, our new facility?! Well, that is making progress by the DAY! In fact just today when I got to the office at 9am, they were just starting to put the roof on the south side of the building and by the time I left the office at 5 pm, they were DONE! Wow! We can’t wait to share ALL of our progress with you this Spring. Keep reading for more!
-Miss Misty Lown, Owner

Message from Miss Shayna

As we move toward Spring, moving is certainly on our minds because in just a few short months we will be moving to our brand new facility! In fact, when you walk in the studio next, you will notice that we are already thinking about our big move by starting to clear out our storage room. Browse our “Moving Sale” in the lobby now through Easter Break. You’ll find past recital props, costume pieces, decorations, craft supplies, and more! Free will donations for items will go directly to A Chance To Dance Foundation. Find a new treasure to take home and help to give someone a chance to experience the joy of dance at the same time.

-Miss Shayna Stellflue, School Director



March 21-27: Open House – Parents Watch the ENTIRE Class!

March 28: Ballet La Crosse’s “Evening of Ballet” at The Weber Center

March 28-April 3: Easter Break – NO REGULAR CLASSES!

March 30: Recital Memories Orders Due

April 7: Recital Costume Alterations Day / Hair & Make Up Workshop

April 21: Registration Begins for Fall Children’s Classes!

April 21: Pathways in Dance Presentation with Miss Misty

Dress Rehearsal Assignments

WE HEAR YOU! Dress Rehearsal / Recital Week is SUPER busy for families as May is always jam packed with lots of school, church, and other special events!  Therefore, we are excited to announce some improvements to this year’s Viterbo Dress Rehearsal Schedule:

  • 4 pm Start Time! (Pushed back from 3:30pm in previous years)
  • All Daddy Daughter Rehearsals on 1 DAY!  (To accommodate dads in multiple shows)
  • Longer Time Blocks for Older Dancers! (Allowing more flexibility for dancers in multiple classes)

Check out our 2018 MDU RECITAL QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE to view the day and time your dancer’s class(es) will rehearse at Viterbo University May 14-17 for their On-Stage Dress Rehearsal. This Quick Reference Guide also contains a reminder of the 2018 Spring Recital Show Assignment for each class along with the tights, shoes, and hair style your dancer should wear!

Everything Recital! Don’t Forget! We have created a special page on our website for quick access to all things recital! Now, as soon as you open you will see our “Everything Recital” logo. One click and you can easily reference all of the important dates, details, and documents that we have sent via email. Still have questions? No problem! Our front desk team is here to serve YOU this recital season!

If you haven’t done so already, please read through our 2018 MDU Spring Recital Handbook. This is a detailed guide to all things “Recital” and an overview of what to expect in the months leading up to the show! This document is a must read if this is your first Spring Recital with MDU.

Daddy-Daughter Dance Details 

Calling all DADS! Don’t miss this opportunity to make a lasting memory with your daughter! Dancers in our Kidlets/Taplets Level and up (Kindergarten age and up) are eligible to perform in the Daddy-Daughter Dance at our Spring Recital. Rehearsals to learn choreography will be held as follows.

Friday, May 4 (at MDU)
ALL Participants: 6:00-7:30pm
EXTRA practice for Senior Dads: 7:30-8:00pm

Saturday, May 5 (at MDU)
Show 1: 9:00-10:15am
Show 2: 10:15-11:30am
Show 3: 12:30-1:45pm
Show 4: 1:45-3:00pm
Show 5: 3:00-4:15pm

Thursday, May 17 (Dress Rehearsal On Stage at Viterbo)
ALL Participants / ALL Shows: 5:00-7:00pm

Sign Up for all of the shows you would like to participate in via our Recital Memories form Today. Participation cost is $50 per family.

Watch Your Dancer’s ENTIRE Class!

Our Spring Open House will be held Wednesday, March 21 – Tuesday, March 27. Parents and guests are invited into our classrooms to watch their dancer’s ENTIRE CLASS! Bring your camera! Invite Grandma and Grandpa! Please remember to silence your cell phones and remind siblings to observe quietly so that dancers may concentrate. We can’t wait to show you all we have been learning! Hope to see you there!

FREE Costume Alterations & Hair and Make Up Workshop

Our annual Costume Alteration and Hair & Make-Up Workshop Day will be held on Saturday, April 7 from 9:00-11:00am at MDU!

Do you need help taking in costume straps, shortening pant legs, assistance with getting your dancer’s hair into the perfect bun, or stage make up tips? We are here to help! Stop by anytime from 9:00-11:00am on Saturday, April 7 to take advantage of this FREE service provided by MDU!

Save the Date for MDU’s 20th Anniversary Party!

As you know, this year’s Spring Recital Weekend will kick off with our 20th Anniversary Party! Join us for dessert and dancing on Friday, May 18 from 6:30-9:00pm at The Cargill Room in Downtown La Crosse!

  • Special Guest Performances
  • DJ Dance Party
  • and MORE!

Mark your calendar now to SAVE the DATE!  Official RSVP to follow… don’t miss the FUN!

Pathways in Dance with Miss Misty

Has you dancer ever wondered what role dance will play in their life as they enter middle school, high school and beyond? Have they ever wondered how to balance school, dance and other activities? Have they ever thought about dancing on a dance team, for a company, in college or teaching?

Join Miss Misty on Saturday, April 21 from 9:00-10:30am for a special Pathways in Dance presentation and learn more about your dancer’s path in the years ahead! This presentation is geared toward dancers and parents in our Graded Levels of Technique (4th grade and up). Coffee, juice, and muffins will be provided. Bring a notebook!

Summer Classes, Camps & Workshops

THIS SUMMER is going to be EXTRA SPECIAL at MDU as all programs will take place in our BRAND NEW FACILITY!

Check out our awesome variety of Summer 2018 classes, camps, and workshops today! Programs have limited space and always fill up fast. Special discounted rates apply until May 1! Register ONLINE today!

Last Chance: Spring Recital Memories

Our Recital Memories Order Form is your ONE STOP and ONLY chance to order your Recital Memories!

  • 20th Anniversary Keepsake Yearbook / Program Booklet
  • Limited Edition “Year Long Dance Party” Recital T-shirts
  • Keepsake Recital DVDs from AVP Media
  • Flowers for your Dancer from Sunshine Floral
  • Personalized Dancer Love Notes
  • Daddy Daughter Dance sign-up

Click here to order your Recital Memories!  All orders must be received by Saturday, March 30! No late orders will be taken!

Calling All Business Owners!

Do you own a business? Our Spring Recital is attended by nearly 5000 people each year! Put your business right at their fingertips by advertising in our Spring Recital Yearbook Program Booklet. Click HERE to view our Spring Recital Business Ad options!

What better way to advertise than to your fellow MDU families!  All Business Ads are due March 30!

Individual Recital Photos with Design Photography

Design Photography is once again offering Individual Recital Photo Sessions. Dates for this year’s individual photos are April 28 and April 30 – May 5. All photo sessions are held at Design Photography in Onalaska. Check out Design Photography’s 2018 Flyer for package options.

This year, Design Photography has made it even easier to sign up for a dance portrait session. You can now book your session online, whenever it is most convenient for you. Simply click here to book your photo session now. You can also sign up for your Individual Photo Session by calling Design Photography at 608-783-2324!

Moving Sale!

We are getting ready to MOVE! Check out our “Moving Sale” in the lobby now through March 27!  Free will donations for all items go directly to A Chance To Dance Foundation.

  • Past recital props
  • Costume pieces
  • Holiday decorations
  • Craft supplies
  • Books
  • Home Decor
  • And more!

Ballet La Crosse’s “Evening of Ballet” 

MDU and Ballet La Crosse are excited to be presenting our Spring 2018 “Evening of Ballet” production at The Weber Center on Wednesday, March 28 at 7:00 pm.

We hope you will join us for a captivating evening of classical and contemporary ballet featuring “The Firebird” choreographed by Miss CiCi Houston of St. Louis Ballet. We are excited to complete our production with additional works by Kennet Oberly, CiCi Houston and Karina Sturdevant-Levy. Prepare to be moved by “The Firebird’s” powerful storyline and energetic choreography, along with a beautiful array of balletic works with beautiful costuming set to a lively assortment of classical music. This performance is certain to delight audiences of all ages.

Get your tickets today through the Weber Center Box Office!

Students of the Month!

Miss Allison Krett
Miss Cleo Fannin
Miss Hayley Koblitz
Miss Taylor Eide

Check out our lobby display featuring these dancers! We would also like to recognize this month’s other nominees: Evie Gerke, Taryn Meyer, Lauren Mikat, Greta Moseng, Jagger Palmer, Tessa Reitzel, Anna Skemp, Adelaide Teska, Scarlett Wagner, and Emma Wittenberg-Buchner. Way to go, dancers! Keep up the awesome work!

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