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Team Newsletter – May 2019

Happy May everyone! We are getting so close to our end-of-the-year performances. It seems like just yesterday we were sizing for dance shoes and costumes. As we come to an end we are already planning for next year. Every year, we send out a survey after all of our performances are over. This is such a great way for you to leave us feedback. We would love to hear everything…. what went well, where to consider changes, etc. It is great to hear things you love, so we know to keep doing them, and it is crucial we hear about things you wish we would change. We personally read every single survey and share them with the staff.  It is such a great way to make APA better every year. We appreciate you taking the time to fill this out for us.    
 
Another one of our favorite things going on is our Dad/Dancer Production that we perform at our Spring Showcase!  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 OR we will send out the video link in the June Newsletter for you to learn on your own. Practice dates are listed at the bottom of the Newsletter under our Spring Dance Showcase information. 

We know that many questions pop up at this time of year, so please do not hesitate to call, email, or stop in!  We are here to help and want to make sure you know what is coming up!    

 

Student of the Month – Congratulations Hailey Barth, our Competitive Team Dancer of the Month. Hailey is in 8th grade at Walden III Middle School where her favorite subject is Math. She would like to enter the medical field when she grows up. Hailey’s parents are her heroes. Hailey enjoys using the app Snapchat and her favorite color is white. Her favorite food are Buffalo Wild Wings and her favorite dessert is Cheesecake. Hailey has been dancing at APA for 10 years and this is her 3rd year on Teams. Her favorite style of dance is Poms. Her favorite memory is competing and feeling that she did really well. Dance has taught her to “Never Give Up”. Hailey was nominated by all of her competitive coaches. They love her positivity! “She always has a smile on her face, even on difficult days when rehearsals can be long, and never brings outside negativity into the classroom. Hailey puts forth the effort and energy to continue to grow as a dancer and a person. She always comes back knowing her choreography.  She is a supportive teammate and a great role model. She also tells some great jokes!” Congratulations, Hailey! 

Audition Deadline –  All dancers must pre-register for auditions.  Pre-registration is due this Saturday, May 4th.  Please click here to register.  Don’t forget all dancers need to stop at our front desk for a picture/headshot. Dancers should have hair in a clean bun and wearing a black leotard. Auditions will be held on Saturday, May 18th & Sunday, May 19th at our Oak Creek location.  

Saturday:                                                                                                 Sunday: 

830-1030am: Hip Hop, Ages 5+                                                             12-3:15pm: Jazz, 7+ 

1030-12pm: Tap, Ages 7+                                                                      3:15-5:15: Lyrical, 7+ 

12-1pm: Minis (Jazz AND Tap), ages 4-7, must have 1 year of Tap experience 

1-1:30pm: LUNCH BREAK 

1:30-3pm: Poms, ages 7+ 

2019-2020 School Year Team Information  For 2019-2020 Team Scheduling click HERE.  Please remember Nationals will be out-of-state next season and are mandatory. Please see the email sent out in April for details. We are trying to provide as many details as possible so you can make informed choices, but please remember you will not have exact weekly schedules until after audition results are posted, and we won’t have competition dates until they are announced by each company and we select those that work for us. Plan to make your registration appointments the second to last week of June (the week before Nationals). This is where you will sit with Miss Sarah to determine what Teams you will be accepting and exactly what your schedule for Summer and Fall will look like – more information about signing up for these appointments will be sent out end of May/early June. 

End-of-the-Year Banquet –  PLEASE remember this is a different date than years past. Thursday, May 30th, 5pm – 8pm at the Oak Creek Community Center. This is a semi-formal event where the dancers are encouraged to dress up. 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! 

Competitive Team ShowcaseTuesday, 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 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).   

Team Picture Details –  Like last year, we are doing Team photos during the afternoon on Tuesday, June 11th. This is also the day most of the Teams will have their dress rehearsal time at the SMPAC. This works out great because it allows dancers more time to be recharged and ready for their next dance during rehearsal blocks, and also ensures their individual and group photos feature their happy faces instead of flushed faces with fading hair and makeup as the night goes on. The time table is linked HERE and is approximate. These will be the official Team photos so even if you don’t want to order individuals, please attend so your dancer can be acknowledged with her group! Team photos may also be used for future promotions so it would be wonderful to have everyone!  You will also notice there is a tab on this spreadsheet for our Competitive Team Showcase order.  

2019 Nationals Information –  Reminder: Payments for National fees are 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 an additional 3% processing fee. 

Solos and Duets, it is optional if you choose to attend.  If you have not yet emailed Miss Trisha at [email protected] that your soloist would like to compete at Nationals, please do so immediately.  

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, 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 for the Team Parent Directory.  

National RehearsalsWe will be rehearsing the week after the showcases for Nationals. Each team has 30 minutes. Please see below for your team(s) rehearsal dates and times.  All rehearsals are mandatory for Nationals and will be in Oak Creek. If you need a time during those solo/duo blocks with your teacher, email Trisha ASAP to get a slot reserved. 

Tuesday, June 18th          
1:00  Sarah  Teen Pink Jazz  Get Happy 
1:30  Sarah  Teen Lyrical  I’m Jealous 
2:00  Sarah  Senior Lyrical  Slide 
           
6:30-7 & 7:30-8  Jessie  Solos/Duos Block    
7:00  Jessie  Junior Pink Jazz  My Tribe 
7:30  Alyse  Teen Hip Hop  Mic Drop 
8:00-9:00  Sarah  Production  Anchors Aweigh 
9:00-10:00  Sarah  Solos/Duos Block    
           
Wednesday, June 19th          
12:00-2:00  Sarah  Solos Block    
5:30  Jessie  PreTeam Tap  Ice Cream Freeze 
6:00  Jessie  PreTeam Jazz  Little Red 
6:30  Jessie  Petite Tap  Bare Necessities 
7:00  Jessie  Junior Tap  This Will Be 
7:30  Jessie  Teen Tap  Stand By Me 
5:30-7:30  Danielle  Solos Block    
           
Thursday, June 20th          
5:30  Alyse  Mini Hip Hop  My Boyfriend’s Back 
5:30  Danielle  Jr/Teen Green Jazz  Miss Otis Regrets 
6:00  Alyse  Petite Pink Jazz  I’m A Brass Band 
6:00  Danielle  Petite Green Jazz  Name Game 
6:30  Alyse  Junior Lyrical  O Holy Night 
6:30  Danielle  Petite Lyrical  We’re Going to Be Friends 
7:00  Alyse  Petite/Junior Hip Hop  Pit Stop 
7:45  Heather  Poms  Wild Women Do 
7:00-9:00  Danielle  Solos Block    
8:15-9:15  Heather  Solos Block    

  

FundraisingWould you like to earn credit for the 2019/2020 Competitive Team fees? Below are 3 optional opportunities to fundraise. Click on the link next to each one to sign up. First come, first serve. You may sign up for just 1, 2 or all 3. Profits for each group will be divided up equally between each individual group.  Ex: Silent Auctions donation collectors will receive those proceeds only. 

  1. Bake Sale during the dress rehearsals. You must bake items AND volunteer at least 1 shift to sell items. This will take place Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

Click here 

  1. Tuesday evening meal sales during dress rehearsals and before Competitive Showcase (to feed those kids who are there). You would need to purchase items AND staff the sales as well. We recommend something simple such as subs, chips and water. Water can be brought into the PAC, but no soda or juice.  

Click here 

  1. Silent Auction basket donations. Donate a minimum of a $40 basket to be bid on before and during the Competitive Showcase on Tuesday night.  

Click here 

Summer and Fall Dance Assistant ApplicationsIf your dancer 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 of class they assist for the Summer session, they will receive a $61 credit for Fall classes. All Fall applications are due no later than July 25th. Please complete this after you register for the 2019-2020 season. Fall classes:  for every two 2 hours of class they assist per week, they receive a monthly $41 tuition credit.  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 including tuition credit method, subs and more.  Those dancers willing to assist a minimum of 1 class at the Franklin location will get priority scheduling! 

Click here for Summer Assistant Application 

Click here for Fall 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/ 

Dance Showcase Volunteers – If you are interested in working backstage for our Showcase, please let the desk know. You will not need to purchase a ticket and you will be able to see your son or daughter perform from the side of the stage or in the back of the auditorium. We need several volunteers for all 6 showcases. 

Parade Sign-ups –  Attendance for all parades for Competitive Team Dancer are required, unless preapproved by the dance director. This is part of our Team requirements. 

Parade attire:   7 and older that will be dancing/walking, please wear your APA t-shirt for this year’s Spring Showcase with shorts/pants and tennis shoes.  Use your best judgment to make sure your child will be comfortable during the parade. Plese apply sunblock to your child before they arrive. 

SAVE the Date:  4th of July Parades: For students ages 7 and up, we will teach a fun dance for them to do during the parade. We will have practice times for the students to come and learn the dance or can provide you with a video link to practice at home. Don’t worry; this will be an easy dance! Both locations will be doing the same dance so you can attend either location if the practice times work better. This will always be the same dance every year but to a different song. Practice dates will be available in the June newsletter. 

SAVE the Date: Heritage Days Parade:  Join us for this fun parade on Saturday, July 27th in South Milwaukee!  Details to come.    

Summer Private Lessons – If you are interested in setting up private lessons for our Summer session, please email [email protected] to let Miss Trisha know. Times are going to be very limited and requested teachers are not guaranteed. Reminder:  solo, duet or any routines are not allowed to start in the Summer session. 

Team Calendar –   Please make sure to keep up to date by checking our Team calendar. Click Here 

Saying Goodbyes –  This year we will be losing some staff members as they pursue other opportunities.  Miss Tess & Mr. Jeremy, from our Music department, will be leaving us after our Summer session.  We would like to thank them for all they have done for our students and families at APA!  We’ve enjoyed having them with us and we wish them well!   

License Plate Winner –  Congrats to license plate 706-XHE  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!   

Optional Kringle Fundraiser – Orders Due TODAY, Wednesday, May 1st.  Wherever you drop off your form is where you need to pick up!   

Parent Observation Week May 6th– May 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 and/or Grandpa please bring additional chairs. If you have a younger child that can be disruptive to the class, please watch from outside of the classroom through our observation windows. Team rehearsals are closed during Parent Observation Week. 

Memorial Day Weekend We will have regular classes through Saturday, May 25th.  We WILL be closed Sunday, May 26th and Monday, May 27th for Memorial Day. 

Yard Sign Contest –   Our yard sign contest is back!   Grab a yard sign from the lobby of either location and place it in your yard.  If we spot your house you could be our next tuition credit winner!  If you’re our lucky winner you’ll receive a $50 tuition credit.  Winners are announced via Facebook.  You must comment in on the post if it is your house that is the winner.   

Logo Wear for Sale –  You can click the link below and place your order online.  Our store will close on the 10th of the month and will not reopen until the 1st of the next month.  All orders will take 3-4 weeks after the store closing date and will be shipped for free to APA.  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   

Dad/Dancer Production @ our Spring Dance Showcase   Come join this FREE event!    This is for current students performing in our Spring Dance Showcase who want to dance with their Dad for an additional performance during their Showcase time.  Only one practice would be needed to learn the routine or if you can’t make it, we will have a video link for you to learn at home starting in June. Students will wear their costume on stage for the performance.  Dads, please wear khaki pants or jeans and button up shirt for the performance.   Both locations may attend either practice.  

Franklin Practices: SATURDAY, June 1st 
Grades 1st and younger:  12pm-12:45pm (45 minutes) 
Grades 2nd and older:  12:45-1:15pm  (30 minutes) 

Oak Creek Practices:   SATURDAY, June 8th 
Grades 1st and younger:  12:30pm-1:15pm (45 minutes) 
Grades 2nd and older:  1:15-1:45pm  (30 minutes) 
 

Please register for your Showcase time by CLICKING HERE.  You may register for as many show times as you would like!   

Friday 6:15pm           Saturday 9:30am       Saturday 11:45am  
Saturday 2pm       Saturday 4:15pm      Saturday 6:30pm 

Video of Recital Dance –  If you would like to record your child’s dance(s) for the Spring Showcase to practice at home, please do this IN CLASS during Parent Observation Week, May 6th – May 11th.  APA will not be recording the classes for Showcase.    

Music   If your student would like to practice at home with their music, please email us to receive your music link. All Team music (including ballet dances) is in the same Team Music folder on drive that has been shared with everyone since Fall. 

For a full list of details for our Spring Show 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.  If siblings perform in different shows, we will put a credit in your APA account for a value of 4 REGULAR tickets.  Please notify us before May 14th so we can put the credit in your account before the final payment. 
 
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/
Phone – (414) 766-5049 Hours are Monday – Friday 10am-4pm 

In Person– 901 15th Ave. South Milwaukee Hours are Monday-Friday 10am-1pm.  Currently, all walk-up ticket sales customers must use Door #7 (district door off of 15th Ave.) and present a photo ID.  

Cost:  $14 for premium seats, $12 for regular seats and $10 obstructed view. 

Spring Dance Showcase Details – Friday, June 14th & Saturday, June 15th  
For details on rehearsal times, show times, ticket sale dates, hair and make-up etc.  Please click here 

Upcoming Team Events and Reminders… 

  • 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 7pm 

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