Hi Everyone! It is hard to believe that November is already here! This month will be a busy one, as we finalize and continue to work on our upcoming performance pieces. Please don’t forget that APA is closed for Thanksgiving break on Wednesday, November 22nd-Sunday, November 26th. You can check out our calendar at the bottom of this email.
We are so thankful to have you be a part of our APA family. As always, if you need anything, please let us know! We are here to help.
Halloween Spirit Week + APA Spooktacular Costume Contest!
Monday, October 30th-Saturday, November 4th: Have your student come to class dressed up for Halloween Spirit Week! Students are allowed to wear costumes as long as they can easily remove their costumes if they need to use the restroom during class time.
Spooktacular Costume Contest: Entries Due by November 5th – Winners Announced November 6th! Snap a picture of your student in the costume that they wear to Spirit Week OR their regular Halloween costume. Then share it on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #APAspooktacular. Two students will be randomly selected to win a big Halloween treat and a $10 APA credit!
Optional Cookie Decorating Class by Christine's Angelic Treats
Saturday, November 11th 1pm-3pm! Sign up for this class where you will learn how royal icing is colored and used to decorate cookies. You will learn how to make the various layers of colors and design. Each person will receive 6 cookies to decorate and take home. This class is geared towards adults, but you can bring a child with to participate! *Children under 10 must be with a parent and will count as 1 person. Only 1 student under 10 per adult. No students under 6 please.*
For anyone interested in this cookie decorating class, please visit the link below for more details and to sign up! The proceeds from this event goes directly towards our theatre department.
Frozen Fun Dance Party!
@ Next Step Dance Studio (our new sister studio)!
Our Frozen party will be filled with intro to dance, crafts, themed prop, games and a princess dance. Come dressed in your favorite Princess costume 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.
Our winter music and dance recitals are coming up in December!
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 do not participate in the recital.
Stay Up To Date!
Want to see future dates @ APA? Check out our APA Calendar!
Dancers Parent Observation Week: November 13th - November 18th
We will allow parents to enter the classroom the last 15 minutes of class 11/13-11/18 to hear important updates from your teacher and watch students practice their dances. It will be standing-room only and we ask that only 1-2 spectators attend to limit the number of people in the classroom. If any spectators are feeling ill (coughing, sneezing etc.), we ask that you do not enter the classroom. **If anyone wants to videotape their student’s dances – great to help practice at home – you can do this during the last 10 minutes.
***NEW STUDENTS – If you are new to APA and would like additional information on how our shows work, please check out this document.
Winter Showcase 2023 Details:
APA loves showcasing our dancers in our annual winter & spring showcases. It is also a memorable moment for our dancers, and helps build confidence while showing family and friends what they have learned throughout the year, and how they have grown. Dancers who are not available or choose not to perform in either showcase are still invited to participate in the class throughout the year.
Our showcases are held at the Oak Creek Performing Arts Center. As details become available, they will be found on our website by visiting http://www.academywi.com/winter-dance-performances/. This is a ticketed event.
How will this work? Because OCPAEC has 1,000 seats available, we will have 3 show times on Saturday, December 16th at 9:30am, 12:30pm & 3:30pm. Each class will be assigned one performance time. Shows will run approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes with a short intermission. All classes ages 4 and younger will perform before the intermission and are allowed to leave during the intermission if you feel your student is too young to last the whole show.
Winter Dance Showcase Ticket Sale Days: Tickets will go on sale on Tuesday November 14th at 9am. To purchase visit https://www.danceticketing.com/29869/. **Families who registered for our May promo will get to purchase tickets earlier. Please check your email on 11/3 for details.
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.
Click HERE to view all class expectations and how many dances each combo class will perform in each Showcase.
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 IF their class is performing in the show. This will help our teachers see if there are any costume or shoe issues before our performance. Hair and make-up requirements can section) be found by visiting https://academywi.com/winter-dance-performances/
Please scroll down to FAQ “Showcase Performance Times”. Each show time is listed on the same spreadsheet where you find out your students show time. There is a tab on the bottom of the spreadsheet called “Dance Performance Order”. 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.
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!
Drama & Musical Theatre Showcase Performance
Saturday, November 4th @ 6pm at South Milwaukee PAC: A showcase, separate from the APA Music Recital, where Drama, Musical Theatre, and any Drama movement class students perform monologues, solos, and scenes.
A dress rehearsal/photos will take place on Tuesday, October 31st from 5pm-8pm. This will be a ticketed event! Tickets cost $12 per ticket and are now on sale for purchase at https://29869.danceticketing.com/.
Vocal Performance at the OC Community Center’s Tree Lighting:
Come meet Santa, enjoy some hot cocoa and cookies, and enjoy a performance by a select group of APA student vocal groups and soloists on Sunday, Nov. 26th at the Oak Creek Community Center! This tree lighting event begins at 5 pm and APA’s vocal performance begins at 6pm. We can’t wait to see you there!
Elf Jr Musical Tickets:
Come watch our APA students perform Elf Jr on Saturday, December 2nd or Sunday, December 3rd at 6pm. This is a ticketed event and will be held at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center. Tickets cost $15 per person and are now on sale for purchase at https://29869.danceticketing.com/.
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 7 pm. The exact performance time for each student, performance order, and all other final recital details will be emailed out to our music families on Tuesday, Nov. 7th. Tickets for the Winter Music Recital go on sale on November 14th at 9 am online only at https://29869.danceticketing.com/.
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. Please click HERE to view the makeup policy.
Please remember that music lessons are charged each month for the amount of lessons scheduled for the month. For example, if your regular lesson is on Monday, and there are only 3 Mondays in the month you are only charged for 3; if there are 5 Mondays in the month, you are charged for 5.
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.
Our monthly newsletter is emailed to APA families at the beginning of every month. It is also posted on our website at www.academywi.com/newsletters. Paper copies are available by request only at our front desk. IF you previously opted out of receiving any of our emails, you will NOT receive any new emails from us – including the newsletter. If you need assistance in opting back in to receive our emails, please contact our front desk.
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 929-RHN. 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!
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!
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!