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Monthly Newsletter – December 2019

We hope you had a great Thanksgiving with your family!  APA has so much to be thankful for. We are blessed with an incredible staff, hard-working students, and their dedicated parents.  From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for choosing APA for your child’s arts education.  

We have such an exciting month coming up with lots of performances.  Please make sure to read all of the information so you and your child are prepared for the upcoming events.  We are looking forward to seeing our students perform this month!  

Student Absences We have our Music and Dance recitals coming up.  If your student is missing a lot of classes prior to an upcoming performance, please make sure they are practicing at home.  If a student does not know their music piece or dance routine, our teachers will ask that those students do not participate in our shows.  

Frozen Friends Dance Camps:  Don’t miss out on this special event!   Our first two camps sold out in 2 days so we added 2 more times!   Double the Frozen fun – Get a gift box with a royal invitation, tutu, hair bow and more – included with the tuition cost!   Find out more details and save child’s spot by clicking here. 

APA FREE Community Christmas Party: Join APA on Sunday, December 8th for some Holiday fun at our Oak Creek location! Our Oak Creek location offers more space for this Event. We’re proud to bring this fun FREE event back for its 6th year! This is open to the community, so please invite friends and family! Santa will be here for pictures with the kids; we’ll have Cookies and Milk, a Dance Party, and Story Time with a Princess! Don’t forget about the Toy Drive during Community Christmas – for each new, unwrapped toy you donate you’ll get a ticket for our raffle!   Click here to learn more and register! Pre-registration is required. 

Give the Gift of Dance:   We’re excited to bring you a new way to give the gift of dance lessons to someone you know!  Beginning December 2nd we will have FREE gift cards handed out inside of the classroom, or for you to grab at the front desk, and GIFT to someone who is not currently attending APA.   This gift card gives them a full month of dance classes (group classes with openings only, up to $64 value) at no cost to them.   All you need to do is write your name and theirs on the back of the gift card and give it to them.   They can call us, stop by either location or go online to register for the dance class of their choice.   *Please make sure to have them mention they have a gift card promotion.* If they choose to register after their free month and are enrolled for 2 months, you both will be eligible for the APA referral program credit!  They must be enrolled by January 15th, 2020. This offer is for NEW students only.    

In-House FULL Dance Dress Rehearsal: Starting Saturday, December 7th – Friday, December 13th we will have our students come to their last regular class AT APA before our Showcase in complete costume with hair and make-up done. This will help our teachers see if there are any costume or shoe issues before our performance. 

Showcase Performance Hair:  
All Recreational Classes – High, curled ponytail    Team Students – Required Team hair.   Check your newsletter or check with your Team coach if you are unsure what the required style is.   Video tutorials are available on the Team page.   

Make-Up: This is optional for students enrolled in recreational classes. If you feel comfortable having your student wear make-up on stage, please have them wear some. With the bright lighting on stage, students can often look washed so a little lipstick, blush, and eye shadow will help with this and bring out their adorable expressions!  We understand if you do not want your younger student to wear this. 

Winter MUSIC Performance:  Our Winter Music Recital will be held at the Oak Creek Salvation Army on Sunday, December 15th starting at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm or 6pm. We are currently collecting song selections from students & teachers and then will assign each student a performance time. Please check your email for our performance line-up by December 4th. The Oak Creek Salvation Army is located at 8853 S. Howell Ave. This is a beautiful space that seats up to 400 people. This is a free event for students and any friends or family. Please feel free to invite as many guests as you would like. Each act will be about 1 hour. Please have students dress in formal attire, no jeans! 

Winter Break:  APA will be closed Sunday, December 22nd–Thursday, January 2nd.   Classes will resume on Friday, January 3rd.   For those of you that have other students enrolled in dance classes or music lessons, we will not have dance classes on December 14th, due to our Showcase performances.   Music classes WILL be held that day.  

Snow Days: APA will decide if we will remain open during a snow/ice storm.  We use the Oak Creek School District’s verdict as a guideline.  An email will be sent to all families by 3pm if we decide to close Monday-Friday or by 8am on Saturdays.  To receive updates, weather closures, and delays, please opt in by texting ACADEMY to 77948. Even if you agreed to texts at registration, you still need to opt in using the instructions above. We will post on Fox 6, as well as on our Facebook page. Because this is completely out of our control, we cannot provide make up lessons for each class, however, we will allow you to attend any group class the following week as a make-up. Please stop by the front desk to schedule.   

Cold Weather Reminder: To aid in injury prevention it is important that the dancer’s bodies are warm when they come to class.  We recommend that students wear layers to and from dance class.  Even though they may feel hot after dance class, it is important for their health to wear pants or leggings and a jacket.  

License Plate Winner:Congrats to license plate 365-LGT!  One of our staff members spotted your APA window sticker while driving! Please contact the front desk so we know who you are and you will receive a $50 tuition credit.  To participate, grab a FREE window sticker at the desk!   

Facebook & Instagram:   Interact with APA on social media!   We have fun contests, photos from classes and more on both our Facebook and Instagram pages.   Click here to join us on Facebook and here to follow us on Instagram!   

Logo Wear for Sale:   You can place orders from our online store from the 1st-10th of each month.  We do not have these items available at the studio. All orders will take 3-4 weeks after the store closing date and will be shipped for free to APA.  These items will arrive AFTER Christmas.  We will notify you when your items are available for pick-up.  Click here to order! 

Referral Program:  Share us with a friend!  When a new family registers and mentions your name, you EACH will receive a $50 tuition voucher. The voucher will be mailed out after 2 months of paid enrollment and there is no limit to the number of families referred! 

Winter DANCE SHOWCASE Information  

Tickets:  Tickets are going fast for our December performances!   Please visit the South Milwaukee PAC online to purchase your tickets – Click here.   

Volunteers:  We still need a limited number of volunteers backstage to help with our little ones.  Volunteers do not have to purchase a ticket and can watch your child’s performance from the back of the auditorium or from the side stage. Please sign up with the front desk! 

Dress Rehearsal:  This will be held at APA during your student’s normal class time starting Saturday, December 7th – Friday, December 13th.  Details are listed above.  

Arrival Time for Showcase:   Students are to arrive 30 minutes early with their costume, hair and make-up done.  We do not allow parents back-stage unless you are volunteering. 

Music:  Recreational classes can request to have their music sent to them so they can practice at home.   Please email us at [email protected] and we will send you a digital file.     

Complete Winter Show details including UPDATED show times, line ups, ticket sale information, hair and make-up click here.   

Happy Holidays!!  

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