Winter Dance Performances

Most of our student’s favorite part of the year is our annual performances and over 95% of our students perform in these optional performances.  We put on a professional performance in December and June. All classes and performance teams are given the opportunity to perform. Routines will be taught during your regular class times.

Dates: December 14th, 2019

Each dance class is only in 1 showcase on 1 day (except our competitive team students).  Each show will last about 1 hour in length.   There is not a formal dress rehearsal because of so many conflicts so close to Christmas.  Students will practice their final run through during their last class before the showcase. 


2019 Winter Showcase Line-Ups

Released in December 2019

Location for Showcase: Our 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.


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. Anyone who is volunteering should arrive 45-60 minutes prior to their show’s scheduled start time.

Please do NOT send jackets, boots 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.


Winter Dance Showcase Ticket Sale Days:  We will only allow you to purchase 10 tickets per family per show. If there are seats left over in December, feel free to purchase additional.

Online Ticket Sales – ALL SHOWS  Monday, November 4th, 2019 at 10AM

Purchasing tickets online is the preferred method since the studio is so large and the PAC does not have enough staffing to handle all of us at once. Each show time will go on sale on a different date for in person and phone sales to reduce the amount of people ordering at once.

Monday, November 11th, 2019 at 10AM: ALL Shows in person or over the phone 


Advanced Sales–

Premium Seats – $13 (front center section)
Regular Seats – $11
Obstructed View – $9
At Door  – $13 (*premium not available)

Tickets must be purchased through the South Milwaukee Box Office.  All seats are reserved seating.

Ways to order Tickets at the South Milwaukee Box Office: Online (preferred method)

In Person- 901 15th Ave. South Milwaukee Hours are Monday-Friday 10am – 1pm Phone – (414) 766-5049 Hours are Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm.

SIBLINGS IN DIFFERENT SHOWCASE TIMES: We spend hours creating our winter showcase performance order and unfortunately we cannot get all siblings in the same showcase. We understand this is an inconvenience, but having multiple shows allow us to present much shorter shows for your enjoyment! 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 12/15 tuition payment for the 4 tickets. 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.

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. 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).


Costumes Sizing: Students will get measured inside of the classroom for their winter/spring showcase costume. We are placing ALL costume orders on 9/26/2019.


Costumes/Music Selection: Our teachers select the music and costumes for each class. Once the teachers have selected their music and costumes, they must be approved by the studio director to assure they are age appropriate. We will be selecting 1 costume that we will wear for both showcases. We will still have different dances and music selections at both showcases. Music practice links will be available in December. Due to copy-writing laws, we are no longer able to display videos online so parents are welcome to tape our dances during “Parent Observation Week”.


Costume Fees:

Gr. 1st & younger $65/class (Plus Tax)
Gr. 2nd-5th $73/class (Plus Tax)
Gr. 5 & up $78/class (Plus Tax)

** Costumes are ordered in Fall and worn for both the Fall and Spring Showcases **

Costumes will be charged through automatic withdrawal on September 26, 2019. If you have registered after that date, it will be charged at registration. (If you registered online, you automatically agreed to this charge unless you emailed us that your student would not be participating. In person and over the phone registrations had the option to agree to this charge on your registration form.)

Costume Pictures: Please know your students class # before viewing costumes. Class #’s can be found in our show time index above.

Oak Creek Recreational Class Costumes

Franklin Recreational Class Costumes


Showcase required shoes:
* Grades 2nd-8th Combo classes please ask your teacher directly.
Ballet – Leather Pink Ballet Slippers
Jazz & Poms– Tan Jazz Shoes
Hip Hop – Silver sparkly tennis shoes purchased at APA!    Boys: purchase any type of black tennis shoes.   *Age 3-4 Pre-Hip Hop:  White, low-top tennis shoes (not provided by APA)
Tap – Tan Tap shoes
Contemporary/Lyrical – Half Sole Ballet Shoes
We have shoes and extra tights available for sale at the studio, but you are not required to buy them from us.

If you are in a recreational combo class please view the costume documents above to see which style dance you will be performing in the Winter Showcase. 


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.  Competitive Team Studentsare required to wear their performance make-up on stage.


Volunteers: We are always looking for volunteers to help backstage. Volunteers can sit with their child’s class and stay with them as they go on stage. You can watch from the side of the stage while he/she performs and you would not have to purchase a ticket. The sign-up for volunteers will take place in November.


Photos: Winter Showcase pictures are not taken. Professional pictures will be taken by Empire Photography for Spring Only! Feel free to take any photos during the show WITHOUT your flash on as this can be distracting to students.


DVD: Our Winter showcase is videotaped by a professional videographer and DVD’s will be for sale (our SPRING show includes a free copy). Our videographer tapes the group as a whole.  You are also more than welcome to tape the performance yourself if you would like.  Winter Showcase pictures are not taken; professional pictures will be taken by Empire Photography for Spring only!  Feel free to take any photos during the show WITHOUT your flash on as this can be distracting to students.


If you have any questions, please let us know! Our staff is happy to help!