Team Newsletter – April 2019
One of our favorite events is our Father/Dancer Dance, performed at our June Showcases. This is a free event and we hope to get as many Dads as possible involved! (If Dad isn’t available, feel free to invite your Uncle, Grandpa, etc.) We will have free classes at APA for you to bring Dad and learn the dance AND we will send out the video link in the May Newsletter for you to learn on your own. More details to come in our May Newsletter.
We hope everyone has a Happy Easter & enjoys their Spring Break!
APA Competitive Student of the Month: Congratulations Xiomara Martinez, our Competitive Team Dancer of the Month. Xiomara is in 6th grade at Carmen South Middle School where her favorite subject is Math. Xiomara loves the color purple. Xiomara’s favorite food is spaghetti and favorite dessert is strawberry cake. She enjoys using the app snapchat. Xiomara would like to become a lawyer when she is older. Her personal hero is Frida Kahlo. She has been dancing at APA for 5 years and this is her second year on Competitive Teams. Xiomara’s favorite style of dance is Lyrical, her favorite memory is receiving Team awards, and dance has taught her to never give up. Xiomara has been nominated because she is a dedicated worker and a very helpful and supportive teammate. Her leadership skills don’t go unnoticed. She constantly wants to improve her craft and always asks for ways to improve, corrections and then applies them. Xiomara always comes to class prepared and ready to give it her all. Those around her always appreciate her kindness. Congratulations Xiomara!
Spring Break for BOTH Locations: April 19th – April 25th. We will have class on Friday, April 26th AND Saturday, April 27th due to parent requests from years prior.
Friday and Saturday Rehearsals & Classes: Friday, April 26th and Saturday, April 27th are the last rehearsals before the next competition. All students must attend to be able to participate at the Rainbow Competition the following weekend unless you made prior arrangements via response to the email sent in January. *Based on previous schedules from Rainbow schedule, there will most likely be class that Friday evening for the Poms Teams (most of the time, but not always, solos and duos go on Friday nights so teams would still have class). In that case, Friday April 12th would be the rehearsal prior that you’d need to be sure to attend… HOWEVER, without a schedule we cannot guarantee that so you should not plan to miss on April 26th.
EXTRA Performance Opportunity: We have a time slot for some solo, duo/trio performances at the Southridge Mall on Saturday, June 1st from 3-4pm! If you are interested in getting a fun, community performance in, please email [email protected] by April 8th as we need to inform the Mall Event Coordinator of our numbers and changing needs. Miss Sarah would be interested in taking some of our smaller groups (who also use smaller space) if they were all available and willing (Pre-Team Jazz, any of the Tap Teams, etc.). There will be a yes/no list at rehearsal classes this week.
Showcase days and times: The dates and times for all leveled technique ballet classes as well as all Team routines are listed below.
Upcoming Production Rehearsal dates and times: All rehearsals will be from 8-10am at the Oak Creek Studio. April 13th, May 11th, and June 1st
2019-2020 Team Auditions: Our auditions will be held on Saturday, May 18th & Sunday, May 19th at our Oak Creek location. Details on next year’s season will be emailed out mid-April.
830-1030am: Hip Hop, Ages 7+
1030-12pm: Tap, Ages 7+
12-1pm: Pre-Team, ages 4-7, must have 1 year of Tap experience
1-1:30pm: LUNCH BREAK
1:30-3pm: Poms, ages 7+
12-3:15pm: Jazz, 7+
3:15-5:15: Lyrical, 7+
Click here to complete your Dancer Disclosure form and register for auditions:
We will not announce our Teams until after our Spring Showcase. In addition to our audition days, we will also be getting feedback from teachers regarding student’s classes, rehearsals, attendance records and any behavioral issues to help us pick our Teams. Auditions for returning team members and current studio members will be by pre-registration only.
Competitive Team Performance: Tuesday, June 11th @ SMPAC – doors open at 6:30pm, show starts at 7pm. NEW this year – our Competitive Teams will not rehearse Team numbers during the week. Instead they’ll perform on stage Tuesday night to try another approach to the annual Competitive Team Performance, BUT they will also dance in the various weekend Showcases as well. Tickets will go on sale through the SMPAC in May along with our other showcase tickets (ticket sale details for APA’s yearly showcases are at the bottom of the Newsletter).
Communication: As stated in the Team contract and at parent meetings, any communication through private accounts or personal phone numbers will not be addressed. All parents and staff must use official channels. Trisha can be emailed at [email protected] If there is an emergency during a competition weekend, please post on the Team Facebook page AND the Team App via Chat. Reminder: though it may be tempting, avoid posting excessively or asking several questions on the chat as everyone receives that notification each time.
Competition Feedback/Pointers for a Smooth Season:
~Parents: If your child has a costume change it is your responsibility to have a Mom, Sister or female guardian go to the dressing room area to help them get changed. This is not the responsibility of a Team assistant or Team coach – they do their best to help but have other responsibilities and timelines to manage as well.
~Reminder: Call time means hair done, make up done, costume and shoes on so that the dancer is ready to run through that routine(s). Students are expected to be situated in the dressing room prior to this time, and to have already warmed up their bodies for healthy dancing. “Call time” is a performance industry term for when one needs to be “ready to work.”
~Dancers: You may have multiple routines to run at a specific call time – we know this and purposely booked them this way to allow ample time for the other members in your group and also your coach. You should NOT expect to meet with your first Team and stay with them until you perform that routine… your other routine will need you as well. It does require some time management and leaving one of the Teams for a bit but that is already understood and expected by coaches.
~Eating at competitions: We cannot control the schedule and flow of the competition, and we base call times off how long in advance we need to begin running for stage and also accounting for dancers and coaches with multiple Teams in a close time span. Meals and snacks must be managed around call times; dancers are not allowed to disperse after their call time because we may not find them all again in time to go on stage. Please prepare ahead of time – look at call times, expected performance times, and award sessions and plan for when you can get snacks or meals for them (or they can get themselves).
**We know there can be a lot going on during competition weekends (your coaches have been there as students too), and there are sometimes many unknowns until the moments before or even of… but we must continue to treat each other with respect and understanding. We want to help you as much as possible, but APA staff are fielding the entire studio’s questions, conflicts, last minute issues – that adds up and it’s a long day(s) for us too! We cannot control scheduling, competition companies make their own errors as well, and we have the best interest of each Team as a whole to consider – we CAN try to make the best of the weekend, take care of any unexpected events one by one, and enjoy the experience as a united studio!**
KAR Pictures and Videos: Don’t forget – for the KAR and Rainbow competitions your additional $25 fee paid for all of your dancer’s pictures and videos of their dances. If you haven’t already done so, go to https://dancekar.com/parent-center and log into your personal parent portal OR create one if you have not yet done so.
2019 Nationals Information: We would like to Congratulate all the Teams, Soloists, and Duets who competed at the Legacy Dance Competition! All routines qualified for the Nationals competition! In March an email was sent out with the details. Please see below.
Payments for National fees will be due Thursday May 9th. The cost is $52 per Team routine. Please pay via check or cash by May 8th if you do not want to use your account on file. If you choose to pay via credit card or your account on file there is a 3% processing fee.
Solos and Duets, it is optional if you choose to attend. Please email Trisha at [email protected] to let us know if you are going to be performing at Nationals by April 15th. You will still need to pay by May 9th, but this allows us to register every dance ahead of time.
The cost for a solo is $130 each and the Duets are $77.50 per person.
Dates: June 23rd – June 28th
Location: Wilderness Resort, Wisconsin Dells
We are very excited to see all of our Teams at the Legacy Nationals in the Wisconsin Dells. It’s a high- energy experience and packed with amazing dances! Nationals is divided into levels just as Regionals is, so your dancer will compete under the same categories they did at this past Legacy competition.
We have had many parents who completed the google form for the Team Parent Directory. If you would like to arrange car pooling or other arrangements please click here to access the Team Parent Directory.
If you would like to add your information to the Team Parent Directory please click here.
Fall Schedule – If your student is enrolling in our competitive program again next year, please wait to register for TECHNIQUE, REHEARSAL & ACRO classes until AFTER auditions. We will hold spots for Acro students.
Summer and Fall Dance Assistant Applications: If your child is going to be 10 years old by September 1st and is interested in assisting dance classes this summer and/or next school year, please click below to complete an assistant application. All summer applications are due no later than May 31st. For every 2 hours a week of summer class they assist for the summer session, they will receive a $61 credit for fall classes, if they assist all 6 weeks.
Fall Applications will be available in the June newsletter. Since we will need to know your dance schedule prior to giving your availability, the deadline will be after Team results come out. Please keep in mind the more flexibility and availability you have, the easier it is to schedule. Please make sure to review each application as there have been changes. Any assistant who commits to assisting a minimum of 1 class at the Franklin location will get priority scheduling.
Click here for Summer Assistant Application:
Want to know more about what is expected when assisting? This article will answer many of your questions. http://www.danceadvantage.net/great-teachers-assistant/
Summer Intensives: Generally speaking, all Petites and Junior Green register for Level 1 Ballet/Jazz; Junior Pinks and Blues in Level 2; and Teens in Level 3. Click HERE for schedule. Acro clinics are TBD at the moment.
Parent Observation Week May 6th – 11th: We invite parents to come and sit in the classroom to see what your child has been working on in all dance and music classes. We will have enough chairs for each child to bring 2 people. If you choose to bring Grandma or Grandpa please be ready to bring in additional chairs. If you have a younger child that can be disruptive to the class, please watch outside of the classroom through our observation windows. Rehearsal classes are still closed during Parent Observation Week.
Questions about Teams or Auditions Next Year? Miss Trisha, our Competitive Team Coordinator, will be at the Oak Creek studio on Saturday April 27th from 9am – 11am to answer any questions that you may have. Miss Trisha can answer questions on the administrative aspect of being on teams – hours, fees, time and financial commitments. Placement and a dancer’s ability would be questions for their coaches and/or Miss Sarah.
Important Team Reminders:
Blue Team Group Photo: Wednesday, April 17th 4:30pm-5:30pm with a weather back-up date of Wednesday, May 1st 4:30pm-5:30pm. We are wanting to take an outdoor group shot of our Blue Team Students to feature as the cover of our Spring Showcase Program book. More details will be emailed out as we get closer.
Spring Team Banquet: PLEASE remember this is a different date than years past. Thursday, May 30th, 5pm – 8pm. Oak Creek Community Center. Please email Trisha at [email protected] if your dancer is unable to attend. Sorry no parents, but don’t worry, Miss Trisha takes lots of pictures!
Community Easter Egg Hunt: Join us for our Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 13th exclusively at our Oak Creek location! Our event will include a dance class and story time, along with our fun Egg Hunt for students age walking up to 8 years old. While you’re there stop at our Bake Sale (cash only) and/or have your child get a festive glitter tattoo! We will have the Easter Bunny here to visit with students and take pictures! This event is open to the community so invite your friends and family. It will be held indoors so no need to worry about the weather! Click here for full details and to register!
Optional Kringle Fundraiser: Earn money towards Team expenses or National Entry Fees: We are doing a fundraiser through Racine Danish Kringle. Order forms will be available at our front desk. We have had people make over $300 in profit from this fundraiser alone! Order Form Due Date – Wednesday, May 1st.. All late orders will receive $10 off of your profit! Wherever you drop off your form is where you need to pick up! Please make sure you have everyone make out their check to you, and then you need to make one check out to APA. We will not order your fundraiser without payment. It would be in your best interest to collect payment as people place orders. Profits will be in your account before May 15th! (Pick up dates are listed on the fundraiser)
License Plate Winner: Congrats to license plate 348-VTU. One of our staff members spotted your APA window sticker while driving! Please contact the front desk to receive a $50 tuition credit. To participate, grab a FREE window sticker at the desk!
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. We will notify you when your items are available for pick-up. Click here to order!
NEW Online Nimbly Dancewear Store: Shop online with us for all your Revolution dancewear needs. This does not include APA logo wear. Buy leotards, shoes, tights and more, and get them shipped directly to your home. Perfect for when Grandma and Grandpa want to buy gifts!! Click here to order today!
Spring Dance Showcase Information –
2019 Competitive & Tech Ballet Showcase Times & Rehearsals: Click HERE
*Please click on the tab for Competitive on the bottom of the spreadsheet.
For a full list of details for our Spring Showcase, including performance times, please click here. Please remember it is very hard for us to get siblings to perform together. We run an enrollment report from families that register prior to June 15th and try to prioritize in the order that you register.
**Purchase a Happy Gram for your dancer in our Spring Showcase–DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 15th!!!
– Programs books are available at the desk to see an example!
**Earn Tuition credit! Students may sell business ads for the Spring Showcase programs and earn tuition credit, be our cover model, get a FREE summer dance class and more! Click here to see the order forms to give to businesses and a full list of prizes available. DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 15th!
Ticket Sale Dates: Wednesday, May 8th: ONLINE ONLY at 10am
Tuesday, May 14th: tickets can be purchased over the phone or in person.
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
Upcoming Team Events and Reminders…
- April 5-7, 2019: Thunderstruck Competition @ SMPAC
- April 13, 2019: Production Rehearsal in Oak Creek 8-10am
- May 3-5, 2019: Rainbow Competition @ SMPAC
- May 11, 2019: Production Rehearsal in Oak Creek 8-10am
- May 18-19, 2019: Team Auditions
- May 30, 2019: Team Banquet @ OCCC
- June 1, 2019: Production Rehearsal in Oak Creek 8-10am
- June 10, 11 & 13, 2019: Rehearsals for Tech Ballet, Blue Team Opening Act & Production at SMPAC
- June 11, 2019: Picture Day at APA (during day), Rehearsals/picture make-ups @ SMPAC starting at 345p, Competitive Team Showcase starts at 7p