(Details updated by 2/1/18)
Our student’s favorite part of the year is our annual performances and every year we have over 95% of our students perform. We put on a professional performance in December and June. We make these optional performances and give you all the information upfront so you can make the choice of putting your son or daughter in the performances.
Dates & Times: For 2018, we will have a total of 6 shows. Friday, June 15th we will have one show at 6:15pm. On Saturday, June 16th we will have a 9:30am, 11:45am, 2pm, 4:15pm & 6:30pm. Our dress rehearsals are held the week of the performance on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday evenings. Each dance class is only in 1 showcase (except our performance teams, time permitting). Each show will last about 1 hour in length. Each class will only need to attend one rehearsal for about 1 hour. We will not have regular dance classes during our rehearsal and showcase week.
Rehearsal & Show Times: (Rehearsal times announced in April)
For all Grades 1st and younger Ballet/Tap classes, please arrive in your tap shoes first for rehearsals and performances.
SIBLINGS IN DIFFERENT SHOWCASE TIMES: We spend hours creating our spring showcase performance order and unfortunately we cannot get all siblings in the same showcase. We understand this is an inconvenience, but having multiple shows allows us to present much shorter shows for your enjoyment! We try to give priority to the families that register before 6/15. If your students are NOT scheduled in the same showcase, please email us at [email protected] with your student’s names. We will put a credit in your account for the 5/15 tuition payment for the 4 tickets (increased from 2 tickets last year). Because of South Milwaukee’s online ticket sales, we do not have capability to give free tickets on their site. You will still need to purchase these tickets on your own through South Milwaukee PAC.
Location for Rehearsals & Showcases: Our rehearsals & showcases are held at South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center inside of South Milwaukee High School. The address is 901 15th Ave. South Milwaukee, WI 53172 (between College and Rawson Ave). Entrance Door #9.
Rehearsal Arrival Time: Students should arrive 15 minutes prior to their scheduled rehearsal time. Please come in full costume, hair, and make up just as you would for the Showcase. When you arrive at the auditorium, please have a seat in the audience and wait for your class to be called. If you find extra pieces of your costume that you don’t know what to do with, please bring them to rehearsal and we will help you. Each class will receive 10 minutes on stage and then will head back stage to get professional pictures taken by Empire Photography. Rehearsals will last approx. 1 hour including group/individual pictures. We will give our photographers your email and home address and they will contact you with how to order optional pictures. Showcase t-shirts and participation medals will be handed out at rehearsals.
Showcase Arrival Time: Students should arrive 30 minutes prior to their show’s scheduled start time. Please have students use the bathroom BEFORE they head back-stage. Volunteers should arrive 45 minutes prior to the start of the show.
Please do NOT send jackets or street shoes back-stage to avoid anyone losing any items. Parents can take these items to their seats. Students should arrive back-stage with their dance costume and dance shoes on. It is also a good idea to have shoes and costumes labeled. If your student has more than one dance and needs to change their costumes or shoes, please bring this back-stage (including accessories) in a labeled bag so all items stay together. We will have a mom helping w/ changes.
Showcase Line Ups: TBD by 5/15/18
Tickets: Tickets go on sale in May for our Spring show. Exact dates will be announced in your upcoming newsletters. Tickets cost $12 per ticket must be purchased through the South Milwaukee Box Office. All seats are reserved seating. Tickets at the door are $13. We will only allow you to purchase 10 tickets per family per show. If there are seats left over in June, feel free to purchase additional.
When purchasing tickets online, we strongly encourage families to select seats starting from one end of a row to the opposite end of the row, and to not leave any seats in-between. This procedure will help reduce the number of individual or single seats scattered about the theatre, resulting in families who purchase tickets later being unable to sit together. Our shows will sell out, so please help us by filling in the gaps! Thank you in advance! This will help keep ticket orders together for families attending multiple show times. Tickets will be mailed or held at Will Call. Something to know about buying online: You get ten minutes to purchase and pay for seats once selected. Your seats will be held for you at this time. There is a possibility better seats would become available, if someone were to release their seats. (This is sometimes confusing to customers)
Ways to order Tickets at the South Milwaukee Box Office:
Online (preferred method) http://southmilwaukeepac.org/tickets/
In-Person – 901 15th Ave. South Milwaukee Hours are Monday-Friday 10am-4pm
Phone – (414) 766-5049 Hours are Monday – Friday 10am-4pm
Ticket Sale Dates: Dates are generally in May for our Spring performance. Exact dates and times will be released in the April newsletter.
Good Luck Ads: Good Luck Ads for our 2017 Program Book are due March 20th! CLICK HERE to download the order form. This is the perfect way to congratulate and cheer on your dancer!
Business Ads: Placing a business ad in our Showcase Program Book is great exposure for your business! We have over 4,000 people attend our Showcases and they all receive a Program Book! CLICK HERE to download the order form. Dancers– Earn tuition credit! You’ll receive 20% off the business ad sales as a tuition credit in your studio account!
Costumes/Music Selection: Our teachers select the music and costumes for each class. For our Spring show, Once the teachers have selected their music and costumes, they must be approved by the studio director to assure they are age appropriate. Spring costumes are the same as our winter costumes. Please click on the links below to view.
Costume Pictures: Please know your students class # before viewing costumes. Class #’s can be found in our show time index above.
Costume Measuring: To save the students and parents time, we measure the students during one of their first classes of the school year. If a dancer is absent, we make it our responsibility to make sure they are measured the next time they come in the studio. If you sign up after we have already measured, we will measure your child separately. We order the costumes with extra room for growth.
Costume Fee (includes a pair of free tights and hairpiece, worn at winter & spring show):
Gr. 1st & younger $55/class (Plus Tax)
Gr. 2nd-5th (specialty classes) $63/class (Plus Tax)
Gr. 4th & up (leveled classes) $68/class (Plus Tax)
All Hip Hop Classes $68/class (Plus Tax)
**Costumes are ordered in Fall and worn for both the Fall and Spring Showcases**
Costume Payments: Everyone is charged on September 26th for their costume. If you are new and have registered after this date, you have one week from your first class to decide without paying a shipping fee. Please keep in mind the faster you order your costume, the sooner it will be here. If you drop out of your class, after the costumes have been ordered, there are no refunds. We will call you when your costume is in and able to be picked up. You have up to 15 days after our Showcase to pick it up. We do not hold on to these costumes and they will be given to Goodwill.
Matching shoes are required for each dance. You will receive your free pair of tights and hairpiece with your costume. Every class has a different costume. For each class your dancer participates in, they will owe the amount above per costume. For all Ages 3-4 and Grades K-1st Ballet/Tap Class – They will perform 2 numbers in the same show wearing the same costume! Please ask our front desk if you want to know if certain combo classes share the same costume.
Attention All Boys: See your teacher for details. You do not need to pay for a costume; you will get your costume on your own!
Showcase Required Shoes:
* Grades 2nd-8th Combo classes, please ask your teacher.
Ballet – Leather Pink Ballet Slippers (Target does not sell these!)
Jazz & Poms– Tan Jazz Shoes
Hip Hop – Sliver sparkly tennis shoes purchased at The Academy! Boys: purchase any type of black tennis shoes.
Tap – Tan Tap shoes
Contemporary – ask teacher (foot thongs, barefoot or jazz shoes)
We have shoes and extra tights available for sale at the studio, but you are not required to buy them from us.
Showcase Performance Hair: All Recreational Classes – high, curled ponytail
Leveled Ballet and Teams – Low bun with middle part. If you are in a team/leveled ballet and a recreational class, please wear low bun with middle part hair for both!
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. Competitive Team Students – are required to wear their performance make-up on stage
Costume Delivery: Costumes will be handed out in class as they arrive. It is imperative that students attend all classes in order to make sure they are there when the costumes are delivered.
Photos: Professional pictures will be taken by Empire Photography at The South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center the day of dress rehearsal for Spring Only! Purchasing pictures is optional. Empire will mail/email you a link for you to view your pictures. Feel free to take any photos during the show WITHOUT your flash on as this can be distracting to students.
DVD: Our Spring showcase is videotaped and each family receives a FREE copy of the performance. You are more than welcome to tape the performance and/or dress rehearsal yourself if you would like as well. The Winter showcase is videotaped however you would have to purchase and fill out an order form at the showcase.
Q1. Does my dancer have to drop out of class if he/she chooses not to be in either recitals?
A1. Absolutely Not! We will still have regular classes and only work on our dance at the end of class. Your dancer will still learn the dance and perfect it just like the other dancers. We have students that have weddings or other events that day and cannot attend our showcase, but love learning the dance and taking class.
Q2. What if I can’t afford to bring my entire family to the performance?
A2. We understand this can get expensive if you want to bring your entire family, please note our Spring dress rehearsal is a full dress rehearsal with costumes, hair, makeup, etc. Feel free to bring your family to our FREE dress rehearsal to watch your dancer’s performance. Each class has a 10 minute spot on stage where they will do their performance at least 2 times full out.