Dear MDU Family,
This evening Gov. Tony Evers addressed our state issuing Executive Order #94 that calls upon business leaders "to continue doing their part to keep workers, customers, and communities safe by expanding working from home options for workers, offering online or virtual services, and limiting the number of people in offices, facilities, and stores" - all things we are PROUD to say we have been doing since we re-opened in June.
We have been following our Safer Studio™ Standards every step of the way through this season and continue to do so. Our team members have work-from-home capabilities, we are fully tech-enabled with online and virtual options, and we have always limited the number of people in our offices, facility, and store.
We have had over 10,000 visits to our studio since re-opening and only 4 isolated reported cases of COVID-19 - that's less than 1/100th of 1% occurrence.
Our strong focus on safety has made it possible to maintain a very low-risk environment while allowing our young people to benefit from exercise and friendship in a safety-focused environment as well as the associated positive benefits on social-emotional and mental well-being.
We are proud to continue to be a positive anchor in the lives of our local youth and we look forward to seeing and supporting your children in classes this week. In the meantime, please join us in doing all you can to keep our community safe by wearing face coverings, keeping the recommended 6 ft distance from friends and classmates, washing your hands, and staying home if you are unwell. For the safety of our community, if you are unable to or prefer not to wear a face covering, we strongly encourage you to attend our virtual class options.
As always, your teachers and I thank you for your support.
Why We Teach Dance
At Misty’s Dance Unlimited, our teachers come from a variety of backgrounds. Most of them grew up dancing and then chose to combine their passion for dance with their interest in education. Some teachers pursued other careers but discovered that teaching dance always held a special place in their hearts. And some just always knew that teaching was their greater calling! ALL teachers at MDU are Youth Protection Advocates in Dance certified.
No matter the pathway our teachers took, the “why” behind their decision to teach is what brought them to us. In this blog post, we’re excited to share more with you about why we LOVE teaching dance! Our faculty all agree that there are three top reasons, so we’re counting them down for you right here:
#3: Teaching dance changes lives
This might seem like a big claim, but it’s no exaggeration. Every teacher at Misty’s Dance Unlimited has had their life changed through dance: From the skills they’ve developed, to the resilience they’ve gained, to the thoughtful way they solve problems, their lives were transformed. Now, through their personal experiences, they’re able to impart those lessons upon our students. As you know, having a positive impact on a young person’s life is an incredible responsibility and sometimes has its challenges! But that impact is also one of the most rewarding reasons to be a dance teacher.
#2: Teaching dance instills tradition
Teaching dance is based on established practices of movement, codified techniques, and unique styles that were created generations before us. Because of that, our teachers have a sense of obligation to pass down their knowledge and skills to their own students. The history of dance is like a big family tree, with roots of the great influencers and branches grown from new interpretations. With respect and appreciation for tradition, our students are becoming a new part of this legacy, which is one of the top reasons why teaching dance is so meaningful to our faculty. We are all a part of this unique community!
#1: Teaching dance brings joy
There’s simply no other way to put it: The number one reason why our teachers love what they do is because it brings such joy to others. When a student achieves a long-term goal, that joy is pure awesomeness. When a class is smiling and laughing as they learn how to chassé, that joy is contagious. When it’s performance time and a teacher sees her students’ hard work realized onstage, that joy is inspiring. Teaching dance is FULL of these addictive moments; there’s nothing else like it.
We teach dance to make an impact, to transform thinking, to develop artists, and to connect as humans. It is a gift to be a dancer and a gift to teach. It’s one of the best jobs there is, and that’s why we love having your children dancing with us at Misty’s Dance Unlimited! Thank you for being a part of our MDU family.