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All Famililes Newsletter- December 2020

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! 

 

Winter Break:  APA will be closed Wednesday, December 23rd – Sunday, January 3rd.  Classes will resume on Monday, January 4th.  For those of you that have other students enrolled in dance classes or music lessons, we will not have dance classes on December 19th, due to our Showcase performances.   Music classes WILL be held that day.

License Plate Winner: Congrats to license plate 340-YNV.  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!   

Frozen Friends Dance Camp & Gift Box:  Double the fun when you register!
When you register for our camp you will receive a Frozen-themed mask, Frozen bracelet, Wand, Dance Scarf, treats, and a Royal Invitation to our Camp on Saturday, January 2nd, all packed in a special gift box you can give your child or loved one for Christmas!  Click HERE for more details!  Limited spots available, must register by December 7th!  This event will only be held at our Oak Creek location.

Give the Gift of Dance:  We’re excited to bring you a new way to give the gift of dance lessons to someone you know!  Beginning November 30th, we 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 dance classes (group classes with openings only, up to $64 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 dance 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, 2021. This offer is for NEW students only.   

Referral Program:  Share us with a friend!  When a new family registers and mentions your name, you EACH will receive a $50 tuition voucher. The voucher will be mailed out after 2 months of paid enrollment and there is no limit to the number of families you can refer!

Student Absences:  We have our Music and Dance Recitals 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.  Remember that our dance students have the option to live-stream their dance class from home.  If a student does not know their music piece or dance routine, their teacher will ask that those students who do not participate in the Recital wait for our Spring Recital.

Snow Days:  APA will decide if we will remain open during a snow/ice storm.  We use the Oak Creek School District’s verdict as a guideline.  An email will be sent to all families by 3 pm if we decide to close Monday-Friday or by 8 am on Saturdays. To receive updates, weather closures, and delays, please opt-in by texting ACADEMY to 77948. Even if you agreed to texts at registration, you still need to opt-in using the instructions above. We will post on Fox 6, as well as on our Facebook page. We will be live streaming all of our classes for students to participate from home.  If this option does not work for your family, we will allow you to attend any group class the following week as a make-up.  Please contact the front desk to schedule this.  

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. 

Facebook & Instagram: Interact with APA on social media! We have fun contests, photos from classes, and more on both our Facebook and Instagram pages. Coming up: Our fun Holiday Giveaways– only on social media! Click here to join us on Facebook and here to follow us on Instagram!

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

 

MUSIC DEPARTMENT:

Winter Virtual MUSIC Recital:  Our Winter Music Recital will be held virtually on Saturday, December 5th, and Sunday, December 6th. Performance times were emailed out on November 23rd.  Please read over the entire performance time email so your child is fully prepared for our virtual recital.  The email contains important information, such as the Zoom link you will need to use for the recital. 

These performances will be recorded and emailed out to all of our families by Wednesday, December 9th.  Feel free to pass along any of our recordings to your family and friends.  Please have students dress in formal attire even though this is virtual, no jeans!  

DANCE DEPARTMENT:

Dance Showcase (APA Winter Mini Shows) We’ve recently sent out a lot of information on our Mini Shows. To view all of our information including times and ticket sale dates, please visit https://academywi.com/winter-dance-performances/.  


Showcase Index (Dates/times/performance orders of Mini Shows)
*** There is a tab on the bottom called Recreational Dance Performance Order.  This will list the order each class is performing in.  Students who are performing more than 1 dance in a Mini Show, would need to know what dance they are performing first. 

 

By December 11th, we will email out an instructional video on how our process will work for dropping off/picking-up students, how we will control entrance and exits at the PAC, etc.  Please be on the look-out for this detailed email.

In-Class FULL Dance Dress Rehearsal: (Cara keep highlighted so this stands out)  Starting Saturday, December 12th – Friday, December 18th 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 https://academywi.com/winter-dance-performances/.

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.

Visit https://academywi.com/winter-dance-performances/ to view your students’ costumes.
***IF your student is enrolled in a combo class, next to the picture of their costume, it will list what style of dance they are performing for our Winter Shows.  In Spring, students will perform both styles since they have more time to work on a 2nd routine.

Tickets:  Please visit the South Milwaukee PAC online to purchase your tickets –Click HERE.

Volunteers:  We still need a limited number of volunteers backstage to help with social distancing each student.  Unlike years past, you will be a volunteer back-stage and will be assisting ALL classes back there, not just your student’s class. Volunteers do not have to purchase a ticket and can watch your child’s performance from the side stage.  Siblings who are not performing are not allowed to be back-stage. Please sign up by clicking HERE.  For the safety of our students, anyone backstage will need to check-in as a volunteer and receive one of our volunteer lanyards.  Parents are not allowed back-stage unless they are approved, volunteers.   We will send a volunteer email the week of the Showcase with final instructions.

Arrival Time for Showcase:   Students are to arrive 20 minutes early with their costume, hair, and make-up done.  We do not allow parents backstage unless you are volunteering.  Please have your student arrive in their costume.

Practice Music for Students:  Click HERE (scroll through this folder to find your student’s class, we are still waiting on a few songs and will upload when they are available)

Complete Winter Show details including showtimes, line ups, ticket sale information, hair, and make-up click here. 

Happy Holidays!! 

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 ACADEMY to 77948 to join now.

2020-2021 APA Calendar:  Click HERE 

APA Logo Wear for Sale: You can place orders from our online store from the 1st through the 10th of each month. We do not have these items available at the studio. All orders will take 3-4 weeks after the store closing date and will be shipped for free to APA.  Please include your student’s name when ordering.  We will notify you when your items are available for pick-up.  Click HERE to order!

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!

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