All Departments Newsletter: June 2024

As we prepare for our end-of-the-year performances, we know a lot of questions may arise. If anyone is uncertain about any information, please feel free to call or text us. If texting is your preferred method, please opt-in by texting APA to 414-240-8458. After you have opted in, feel free to text us your questions. Our staff is here to assist you! 

If you will not be joining us for summer classes, we hope you have a wonderful summer and we look forward to seeing you in fall for the start of our 20th year! Thank you for being a part of APA this past season and making it a great year! The studio will have limited office hours during the summer.

Good luck to all of our performers! 

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Summer GROUP REGISTRATION OPEN

Join us this Summer!! We are offering (2) 4-week long mini GROUP class sessions. Pick between Session I and Session II dates or register for both to keep your student moving all summer long.  Session I will be June 17th-July 20th (w/ week of 4th of July off) and/or Session II July 22th-August 17th. 

👉 Click HERE to view the summer Schedule!

VIP Priority Registration!

Register NOW for our Summer and/or School Year Classes!  Our preferred method for registration is using your APA portal so you can complete everything in full.

September Classes – start the week of September 3rd!

👉 Click HERE to view our schedule!

Yard Sign Contest:

Grab a yard sign from the lobby at either location and place it in your yard, THEN take a photo and share it to your Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #APAproud! We will pick a random winner each month who will receive a $50 tuition credit. Winners are announced on our social platforms, and we’ll contact you on your post! First come, first serve!

NEW! Summer Group Piano Classes

For  Beginners Ages 9-13! Are you looking for an introduction to piano class for beginners – in a GROUP setting?  Students will learn how to read music and play familiar songs on the piano! Keyboard included for students to use!

👉 For more details visit https://academywi.com/summer-music-class-registration/.

Annie! APAs summer musical

Last Chance to Register for the Summer Musical, Annie Jr!

Musical Runs June 17th-August 10th!
 
Auditions start on June 11th!

Rehearsals begin June 17th-August 10th.

👉 Visit https://academywi.com/annie-musical/ for all details on prep workshops (very soon!), auditions, and how to register for the cast!

Stay Up To Date!

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

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Dance Student T-shirt/Medal Pick-Up:

T-shirts and medals will be handed out during dress rehearsals. We will also hand out our 5, 10 or 15 year awards during dress rehearsals so students have the option to get a professional picture taken with the trophy. Parent t-shirt orders can also be picked up during our dress rehearsals! If your student will not be performing in the show, please contact us after June 17th for our summer hours.

Assistant/Leadership Program:

We are revamping our assistant program, which will now be called the APA Leadership Program! We have been researching other programs that will benefit our younger assistants by providing leadership skills and more guidance on how to assist the teacher. We feel revamping this program will provide more training. Please click the link below to view the new details on the program!

👉New APA Leadership Program
(application form is also listed on this document)

Special Someone Dance Production:

For our Spring Dance Showcase!

This is one of our favorite events to see ON STAGE at our Spring Showcase! This is a FREE event. This is for current students performing in our Spring Dance Showcase who want to dance on stage for a special performance with mom, dad, grandma, grandpa etc.  Only one practice will be needed to learn the routine. 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 costumes on stage for the performance.  For the adults that will be performing with their students – we suggest that you wear business casual clothing or jeans and a nice shirt for the performance.   Both locations may attend either practice.

Franklin Practices: Friday, May 31st
Grades 1st and younger:  5:45-6:30pm (45 minutes)
Grades 2nd and older:  6:30-7pm  (30 minutes)

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

👉 Please sign up HERE.

Student Absences:

Our music and dance recitals are coming up soon! 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, our teachers may ask that those students do not participate in our shows.

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Spring Dance Showcase & Rehearsal/Picture Times @ Oak Creek APA

Spring Dance Showcase & Rehearsal/Picture Times – click HERE for details (scroll down to Showcase Schedule & Performance Order Index).  

Rehearsals & pictures are set for Tuesday, June 11th through Thursday, June 13th. Our rehearsals will take place at our Oak Creek location at APA.  There are no regular classes this week​ starting Tuesday, June 13th.​ We will have normal classes on Monday, June 12th because we are closed on Memorial Day.

Each class will have a set time block to rehearse with their class and get pictures taken during June 11th-13th.  ***This time will be different from your normal scheduled class time since we have to accommodate so many classes and arrange with our photographer in one location. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your student’s class start time.  

We will have our students come to APA (Oak Creek location) 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.  Times are listed on our Showcase Index next to your dancers’ showcase time by visiting our website listed below.

Students will have time to run through their routines a few times and then immediately head to another studio room for their pictures to be professionally taken by School & Sports Pictures.  Please expect this to take 20-35 minutes from the start of your student’s class arrival time. 

Newest Spring Showcase Info!!

Spring Showcase 2024 Details
Our recreational dance classes will perform on Saturday, June 15th. Our Competitive Team Showcase (only competitive dancers) is scheduled for Friday, June 14th. Our performances will be held at Oak Creek Performing Arts Center.  This is a ticketed event. 

Spring Dance Showcase & Rehearsal/Picture Times – click HERE for details (scroll down to Showcase Schedule & Performance Order Index). 

How will June 15th work? We will have 4 show times on Saturday, June 15th at 9am, 12pm, 3pm & 6pm. Each class will be assigned one performance time.  We will have students arrive at the Oak Creek Performing Arts and Education Center 30 minutes prior to their scheduled showcase time.

Shows will run approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes with a short intermission. All classes ages 4 and younger will perform before the intermission and can leave during the intermission if you feel your student is too young to last the whole show.  

Tickets are on sale by visiting:  https://29869.danceticketing.com/r/events/

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 along with your ticketing receipt so we can verify and add the credit to your account.

Spring Showcase Music: Want to practice your routines at home? Click HERE and find your dancers’ music listed under their teachers’ name.

Back-stage Volunteers:  We will also have a volunteer parent sign-up available for anyone who wants to help chaperone younger students backstage.  Volunteers do not have to purchase a ticket and can watch their child’s performance from the side stage. Volunteers must stay for the duration of the entire show and siblings who are not performing are not allowed to be back-stage.  We will send a volunteer email the week of the showcase with final instructions.  Sign-up HERE!  

👉Visit https://academywi.com/spring-dance-performances/ to view your students’ costumes and all additional details.

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NEW APA Required Dress Code for September 2024: 

For the upcoming  2024-2025 school year session, our recreational classes will have a fresh, new dress code! The dress code outlines different leotard options – with each age group wearing a different color! These can be paired with fitted shorts, pants, or skirts, if you choose. *Hip Hop students will not wear leotards but will still have a dress code in place.

We will have sizing dates available in August to pre-order items! We do not want students to order too early in case they grow over the summer. When items are available for purchase, our current APA families that registered for our fall classes by June 15th, will receive a $20 APA apparel credit to use towards our new dress code. (This will not be a physical gift certificate and the credits will be applied upon your registration date when ordering items).

We feel the right dance attire transforms your child from a student to a dancer, allowing them to move freely, focus on technique, and fully engage in the artistic expression that dance offers. It also promotes Equality and Inclusivity: Uniformity in attire promotes equality among our dancers, irrespective of their background or personal style. It fosters a sense of inclusivity, emphasizing that everyone is an essential part of our dance family.

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Music Student T-shirt/Medal Pick-Up:

T-shirts, medals, and any 5 or 10 year trophies will be given to music students at the Spring Music Concerts on June 1st and 2nd.  If your student will not be in the Spring Music Concert, please respond to this email so we can set up a time for pick up.

Fall Group Music & Theatre Classes:

This upcoming school year, we will continue to offer several group music (Tiny Tunes, Music Jr., & Glee Pop Choir) & theatre classes (Drama Jr, Musical Theatre, & Drama Club). With some of these classes now available as convenient 6 Weeks Mini Sessions! For more information and to sign up for our group theatre & music classes, please click the link below. 

👉 Music Registration!

Summer/Fall Private Music Lesson Registration:

Private music students who did NOT opt out for private music lessons will be charged for summer tuition on 6/3 and will be charged for September on 8/1. If you are interested in transferring your summer or fall time slot, please call us at (414) 768-0101 as you are not able to do online transfers through your portal. 

Summer Group Piano Classes:

NEW Beginner Summer Group Piano Classes for Ages 9-13:  Are you looking for an introduction to piano class for beginners – in a GROUP setting?  Students will learn how to read music and play familiar songs on the piano. For more details visit https://academywi.com/summer-music-class-registration/.

Save The Dates!

Summer Session (NEW 8 week!):
Dates: June 17th – August 17th (closed the week of July 4th)

2024-2025 School Session:
Dates: Sept. 3rd – June 9th

Spring Music Concert (Recital):

STARTING TODAY!!

We look forward to hearing all of our music students perform at our Spring Music Concert on Saturday, June 1st AND Sunday, June 2nd at the Saber Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin High School!  Music families received the concert info below via email in early May, but as a reminder…

Click HERE to find your student’s concert DATE & act time.

SATURDAY, June 1st APA Music Concert (Recital) Performance Order
SUNDAY, June 2nd APA Music Concert (Recital) Performance Order

Tickets are on sale by visiting:  https://29869.danceticketing.com/r/events/

CONCERT FAQS:
Click HERE  to view all concert FAQs on our website

Do you have siblings in different concerts?  Due to multiple parent requests over the past year to make the recital experience better for our students, we have made the decision to schedule each student on the same day and during an act where their teacher can be present for them.  In the past we had put all siblings together no matter what, so many students would perform in acts where their teacher could not be present.  We have decided to make this change so all of our students can have their teacher present for support and encouragement. 

Due to the increased length of our performances each year, we have decided to have concerts on 2 days instead of only 1.  This allows our teachers to NOT have to work more than 11 hours in a row, and this also allows us to have earlier act times, especially for those students who are very young.

Due to both of the changes above, we will have some families that will be scheduled on both dates of the concert: June 1st and June 2nd, OR in 2 different acts on the same date.  These families will receive up to 4 FREE tickets to the second concert date/act.   If you are one of these families (see the link below) please email us your ticket receipt at [email protected] so we can verify your concert dates, and tickets purchased (up to 4) to put a credit into your account for up to 4 free tickets.

**To view if you are a family that is scheduled for both dates or 2 acts, please click HERE

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

Student Absences:

Our music concerts are coming up soon! 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, our teachers may ask that those students do not participate in our shows.

Music Lesson Makeup Policy:

APA Private Music Lessons have a specific makeup policy. Parents, please READ.

👉Click HERE to view the makeup policy.

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Drama & Musical Theatre Performances!

Drama and Musical Theatre Classes – Saturday, June 8th Performance: Our theater department has been hard at work on our spring project: MTI’s Broadway Jr. Revue- Pure Imagination. This season, students have been learning interesting facts about the shows in the revue, and the roles used to create a successful show. Each Musical Theatre class will prepare and perform musical numbers that include choreography, solo work, and dialogue, while the Drama Club classes will prepare short skits or short introductions/monologues to perform in between. All students who are enrolled will be featured!

The performance and dress rehearsal will be on Saturday, June 8th and will take place at the Saber Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin High School.  Students will have a dress rehearsal prior to the show at 3pm and our show will start at 6pm. *Students will be allowed time to bring a bagged lunch/snack to eat before the performance.  We hope you join us to create this exciting show! 

👉Tickets on sale https://29869.danceticketing.com/r/events/

Annie! APAs summer musical

Official 2024 Summer Musical!

Annie Jr the Musical – June 17th-August 10th: 

Calling all performers and theater enthusiasts! Join us for auditions for “Annie Jr.,” a heartwarming musical extravaganza! We are seeking talented performers ages 6-18 to bring this beloved story to life. Come showcase your talent and be part of an unforgettable production filled with joy, hope, and timeless music. While all who enroll are guaranteed a spot in our production, we will be holding auditions before the first rehearsals to cast all roles. 

ANNIE AUDITION PREP WORKSHOPS!

Optional but Recommended Workshop to Prepare for Audition! These workshops are highly recommended for anyone who is wanting a larger part:

  • Ages 6-10 Friday, June 7th 6:30-7:30 pm at APA Oak Creek location  | Cost: $20 | SIGN UP HERE!
  • Ages 10-18 Friday, May 31st 6:30-8:00 pm at APA Oak Creek location  | Cost: $25 | SIGN UP HERE!
    *10-year-olds can choose which age workshop they feel comfortable attending.

Visit https://academywi.com/annie-musical/ for all details on workshops, auditions and how to register!

Fall Group Music & Theatre Classes:

Fall Group Music & Theatre Classes: This upcoming school year, we will continue to offer several group music (Tiny Tunes, Music Jr, & Glee Pop Choir) & theatre classes (Drama Jr, Musical Theatre, & Drama Club). With some of these classes now available as convenient 6 Weeks Mini Sessions! For more information and to sign up for our group theatre & music classes, please click the link below.
https://academywi.com/music-class-registration/

👉CLICK HERE!

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 349-MVG! 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
www.academywi.com 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!

See You On The Stage!

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