Dear MDU Family,
As many of you are aware, the CDC released new guidance yesterday regarding the use of face masks and face coverings, which states “fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.”
While many of our dance parents are now fully vaccinated, I am also aware that there are members of our community who are not yet eligible, and the CDC continues to state that “the wearing of facial coverings is an effective means of preventing the transmission of COVID-19, particularly when worn indoors.”
MDU has taken a safety-focused approach to in-person activities through our Safer Studio™ practices which have resulted in a .0002% occurrence of positive Covid reports since re-opening in June of 2020.
For this reason, and in cooperation with the Weber Center's ongoing policy, MDU will continue to expect dancers, parents, and staff to comply with our current Safer Studio™ guidelines while at the studio or at the Weber Center for MDU Fest next week. This includes practicing social distancing, following good hand hygiene, and wearing masks for age 2 and up.
In light of the new CDC guidance, we will be re-evaluating our mask and COVID safety practices for the summer and fall classes, and as always families will be informed of any updates.
Thank you for your continued support, and for helping us fulfill our promise to make this season as safe as it is fun for our students and their families! Please see below for a statement from the Executive Director of the Weber Center.
"With new CDC guidelines on mask-wearing for fully vaccinated individuals being released in the past 24 hours, the Weber Center for the Performing Arts will be maintaining its current masking policies at this time. You can view Weber Center policies at webercenterarts.org and click on "Current Business Operations". The Weber Center will be assessing the new CDC guidelines and how they impact our operations moving forward, and will adjust our policies accordingly. Thank you for your continued support and cooperation as we navigate this ever-changing environment." - Dillon McArdle, Executive Director
All Things MDU Fest 2021
As you know we will be celebrating the conclusion of our season this year with MDU FEST, which will be held at The Weber Center for the Performing Arts (428 Front Street South / La Crosse) the week of May 18-23.
After a year of a LOT of hard work, commitment, and innovation from teachers, students, and parents alike. We are SO excited to see students of all ages dance on our outdoor stage!
PERFORMANCE DATES & TIMES
In order to accommodate for current safety guidelines and to support community health, we will be producing FOURTEEN performances this year at MDU Fest. Yes, you heard that right...14 performances:)
Show 1: Tuesday, May 18 at 5:30pm
Show 2: Tuesday, May 18 at 7:30pm
Show 3: Wednesday, May 19 at 5:30pm
Show 4: Wednesday, May 19 at 7:30pm
Show 5: Thursday, May 20 at 5:30pm
Show 6: Thursday, May 20 at 7:30pm
Show 7: Friday, May 21 at 5:30pm
Show 8: Friday, May 21 at 7:30pm
Show 9: Saturday, May 22 at 10:30am
Show 10: Saturday, May 22 at 12:30pm
Show 11: Saturday, May 22 at 2:30pm
Show 12: Saturday, May 22 at 5:30pm
Show 13: Sunday, May 23 at 12:30pm
Show 14: Sunday, May 23 at 3:30pm
Senior Night: Sunday, May 23 at 6:30pm (now also held at The Weber Center)
ADMISSION - PRE-ORDER BUTTON PICK UP
Audience admission to MDU Fest will be by General Admission with an MDU Fest Button. Each show will have its own unique and collectible button. Dancers performing in the show do not require a button to participate in their assigned show.
MDU Fest Buttons from the pre-order form and extra button sign up form are now available for pick up. Each show has a different color button and will be a great keepsake for your dancer. :)
Since our lobby is still closed, an MDU team member will be stationed at a table outside of Door B on the north side of the parking lot of our Onalaska Facility during the times listed below. No need to even get out of your car! Easy peasy :)
Buttons and Pre-Order T-Shirts and Stellarina Puppy Pick Up Times:
Saturday May 1st - 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Monday, May 3rd - 5:00-7:00 PM
Wednesday, May 5th - 4:00-7:00 PM
Friday, May 7th - 4:00-6:00 PM
Saturday, May 8th - 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Monday, May 10th - 5:00-7:00 PM
Wednesday, May 12th - 4:00-7:00 PM
At this time, we can only accommodate button pick-ups during these hours. Buttons will not be available for pick up at the front desk in order to maintain our Safer Studio guidelines. If you are unable to pick up during the times listed above, your items will be available at the Weber Center the week of the show.
IN-CLASS DRESS REHEARSAL WEEK!
This week May 10th-15th, is our In-Class Dress Rehearsal week at the studio!
All Costumes have been passed out in class. If you are awaiting on a costume size exchange, we will notify you when it arrives for pick up.
TIGHTS, SHOES & HAIR
All costumes have a specific style of tights that should be worn with the costume.All assigned tights colors, shoes and hair styles are listed on the ATTACHED PDF. All required tights colors and shoes are now IN-STOCK at our Everything Dance Boutique. We also have lots of handy hair accessories available for making the perfect performance bun!
Sunshine Floral of La Crosse will once again be offering the convenience of beautiful dancer bouquets - delivered right to our venue!
THE FLOWER PRE-ORDER HAS CLOSED.
Due to COVID restrictions, bouquets will only be available via pre-order this year. No extras will be for sale on site.
INDIVIDUAL PHOTOS at Design Photography
Design Photography of Onalaska is offering individual dancer portrait sessions at their studio again this year. Sessions will be spaced out for added safety. The dates for these individual photo sessions are as follows: Saturday, May 1st, Monday, May 3rd, Monday, May 17th and Saturday, May 22nd from 9:00am–5:00 pm as well as Tuesday, May 18th – Friday, May 21st from 2:00–8:00pm. As always, Bob is happy to make other special arrangements if necessary.
Please see the ATTACHED FLYER for package options. CLICK HERE to schedule your appointment!
SHOW ORDERS, ADDITIONAL TIPS, AND REMINDERS