All Departments Newsletter: December 2023

Hi Everyone! 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, hardworking 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!

Saturday, December 9th MUSIC Lessons:

Our music recital is on Saturday, December 9th, however our Saturday music students will still have their normal practice on that day and perform at their recital in the afternoon so they do not miss a practice.  Please check with your private teacher if you have any questions about your recital day lesson. Dance classes will run as normal on this date.

Saturday, December 16th DANCE Lessons:

Any Saturday dance classes will NOT have class on Saturday, December 16th due to our Showcase.  Music classes will run as normal on this date.

Elf Jr Musical Tickets!

Come watch our APA students perform Elf Jr on Saturday, December 2nd or Sunday, December 3rd at 6 pm!! Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water musical comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity.

This is a ticketed event and will be held at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center! Tickets cost $15 per ticket and can be purchased by visiting

Give the Gift of Performing Arts:

We’re excited to bring you a new way to give the gift of performing arts to someone you know! APA 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 group classes (classes must have openings only, up to $74 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 group 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, 2024. This offer is for NEW students only.

Cookies with Santa @ Next Step Dance Studio:

Saturday, December 9th, 12:30 pm-1:30 pm
At our new Sister Studio!

Cost: $25. Cookies with Santa will include a photo with Santa, a cookie, a dance, crafts, a themed prop, games, and a holiday dance. Come dressed in your favorite Holiday outfit or wear comfortable clothes that you can move in with socks or ballet shoes. Dancers will star in an end-of-the-camp performance that the parents can watch. Parents come into class the last 5 minutes of class for performance. Click HERE to register!

Adult Fitness 6-Week Sessions @ NEXT STEP DANCE STUDIO:

Calling ALL Adults! Are you looking for something to keep you active during these upcoming colder months? Come take a 6-week mini session at our sister studio – Next Step Dance Studio in Franklin starting the week of January 8th. We offer a Refresh & Stretch class or a Cardio/Barre class on 2 different evenings. The cost is $87 for a 6-week session (no discounts)!  Click HERE to view our adult class offerings!

Student Absences

As you know, we have our music and dance recitals coming up this month!! 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, their teacher will ask that those students not participate in the recital and wait for our spring recital.

Snow Days:

APA will decide if we will remain open during a snow/ice storm, or cold weather advisory. An email will be sent to all families by 3 pm if we decide to close Monday-Friday or by 8 am on Saturdays. PRIVATE MUSIC LESSON STUDENTS: please click HERE to view our makeup policy to see which music teachers will offer virtual lessons on snow days. To receive studio updates/reminders, weather closures, and delays, please opt in by texting the letters “APA” to (414) 240-8458. Even if you agreed to texts at registration, or via social media, this is a different phone number and you still need to opt in using the instructions above.

❄️📅 Winter break! 📅❄️

APA will be closed Saturday, December 23rd – Monday, January 1st. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 2nd.

Stay Up To Date!

Want to see future dates @ APA? Check out our APA Calendar!

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.

Required Dance Costumes/Shoes:

Please check to make sure your dancer’s costume is ready to go for our in-class FULL dress rehearsal. Students MUST have the correct dance shoes for our performance. Please check with our front desk if you are unsure of what your dancer needs to wear.

Winter Showcase 2023 Details:

In-Class FULL Dance Dress Rehearsal:

Starting Saturday, December 9th – Friday, December 15th we will have our students come to their last regular class day/time 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. 

Hair and make-up requirements can be found by visiting (please scroll down to FAQ section).

Winter Showcase 2023 Details
Our showcases are held at the NEW Oak Creek Performing Arts Center. All details including show times, arrival times, costume pictures, ticket sales, hair and makeup details can be found by visiting

***Performance Orders and Show Times time can be found on the same spreadsheet – scroll to the FAQ section of the Winter Showcase page, and select the Performance Times tab, then click the Showcase Index. There is a tab on the bottom of that spreadsheet called Performance Orders for you to view.  If your student is enrolled in a combo class, we will list what style of dance they are performing when we announce our line-ups. In spring, students will perform both styles since they have more time to work on a 2nd routine.

Winter Dance Showcase Tickets: To purchase visit:

Do you have siblings in different showcases?  Because of the inconvenience, APA will offer families who have siblings in different dance showcase times, 4 free tickets to your second show time. We will put a credit in your APA account for the value of 4 free standard tickets ($52) to deduct off future tuition. APA has over 700 dancers performing with multiple siblings so it is very difficult to schedule all siblings together. We accommodate families first based on the date you registered for our current session. Please email us if your siblings are not in the same show so we can verify and add the credit to your account.

Parent Volunteers Backstage: We are looking for parent volunteers to help us backstage assist younger classes. Volunteers do not have to purchase a ticket and can watch their child’s performance from the side stage. Siblings who are not performing are not allowed to be backstage.Parents are not allowed backstage unless they are an approved volunteer.  We will send a volunteer email the week of the Showcase with final instructions. Sign up HERE!

For Showcase TimesCostumes, & Pictures, and ALL other Showcase Info CLICK HERE 
(scroll down to FAQ section to see all of these offerings)

Winter Music Recital:

As mentioned in the previous newsletters, APA’s Winter Music Recital will be held on Saturday, December 9th at the Saber Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin High School. This will be an all-day event with acts starting at 9 am through 5 pm. The exact performance time for each student, performance order, and all other final recital details were emailed out to our music families on Tuesday, Nov. 7th.  Click HERE and scroll down to view all of our Performance FAQS on our website.  Tickets can be purchased online only by visiting

Spring Music Recital - SAVE THE DATES!

Please mark your calendars for our first-ever, 2-day Spring Music Recital on Saturday, June 1st AND Sunday, June 2nd at the Saber Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin High School.  More details to come as we get closer to the date. 

**Please note: Recital and other important APA dates, including when we are closed for holidays, can all be found on the APA calendar.

Music Lesson Makeup Policy / Snow Days:

Please make sure to read over APA’s music lesson makeup policy/snow days so you are informed of this process. Some of our teachers offer virtual lessons on snow days, so please view our policy so you know what to expect.  

Please click HERE to view the makeup policy.

Important Reminders:

Text Messaging:
In order to better relay important information to you, specifically for weather-related emergencies, please opt-in to receive text messages. You’ll also be the first to know about events and 
special offers! Text “APA” to 414-240-8458.

License Plate Winner:
Congrats to license plate AGN-4558. 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 APA window sticker at the desk!

Member Accounts:
There is a Member Log-in area on our website where you can see what your account has been charged, enroll in classes, etc. Every family has their own account.  Your username is the email address you gave us. If you need to update your email address, please contact us.

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!

Referral Program:  
Share us with a friend! When a new family registers and mentions your name, you will EACH receive a $50 tuition credit. The credit will be automatically put into your APA account after the new family has paid for 2 months of enrollment. There is no limit to the number of families you can refer to APA!

Happy Holidays!

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