APA Competitive Teams!

At APA, our competitive dance teams program is designed for dancers who want to commit to taking their dancing and training to the next level! This program promotes teamwork, discipline, responsibility, CONFIDENCE and life skills.
Dancers qualify for the program by showcasing their skill and talent during an annual audition. All members of our competition teams must also continue to participate in selected technique classes during the regular dance school year.
For the 2023-2024 season we are thrilled to have 100 competitive dancers on 25 competitive dance teams!
Learn about our competitive ALL STAR POMS TEAM HERE!

Want to join the team?

Season Auditions

Auditions for the 2024-2025 season will be held May 18th & 19th!  Dancers who audition at APA are notified by email of their audition results. Prior to Audition Day, dancers must complete our Team Audition Registration Form (coming soon!). Higher competitive levels mean more mandatory class-hours and stricter attendance policies – you should NOT audition for a level you cannot commit the required time to, but you must be accepted into an upper level regardless of what you indicate. Not all teams/styles have multiple levels.
– Auditions are closed to observers
– APA uses an “Immediate Callback” system
– Required attire: black leotard, tan tights, hair in bun, appropriate shoes for style (black dance shorts optional)

COST: APA Auditions are FREE!
A deposit is required per team/style a dancer auditions for to keep the process as realistic as possible in creating the actual Fall teams. A deposit will be applied to the family account for Fall should you accept a position on our Teams!
$50 for the first team and | $25 for each additional team
[No refunds will be issued should you decline to participate at APA during the school year]
Contact our Team Coordinator at [email protected] for more information.



APA has 3 levels which are based upon age, skill level and time commitment. Our levels listed below are Green, Pink & Blue. Tuition and hours listed are approximate. You must be on a Pink Level Jazz or higher to be considered for a Lyrical team.

Green & Minis

  • Hours per week:  2.75 – 6.25 hrs

  • Monthly Tuition: $175+


Includes Specialty Teams such as Hip Hop, Tap, Contemporary, & Lyrical

  • Hours per week:  5.25 – 10.25 hrs

  • Monthly Tuition: $270-$360

+ Attending at least one convention w/ APA


  • Hours per week:  7.0 – 11.5 hrs*

  • Monthly Tuition: $300-$360

+ Attending at least one convention w/ APA
*Additional Saturday rehearsals may be required
[APA offers a tuition cap at $360/mo for required classes]

Additional Requirements:

– Community Parades
– Team Bonding Events
– 1 Saturday extra team rehearsal per month September-February
– 4 Regional Competitions per year (3 in Milwaukee area, 1 in Madison, Dells or Chicago area)
-National Competition. For the 2024-2025 season we will be traveling out of state for the 20th anniversary year! (Location TBD) *It is optional for Green Teams to perform at Nationals.

Other Important Teams Info:

Our APA Team Commitment Contract will explain all of our policies including allotted absences, competition requirements, and much more. Our Team Coordinator, Miss Alyssa, can help you find and understand this information as well!

Age Groups

Ages are approximate, as age does not guarantee placement into a specific group.

  • 5-7 years old: Minis
  • 7-11 years old: Petites
  • 11-13 years old: Juniors
  • 12-Teen: Teens and Seniors


Dancers are evaluated on an individual basis, but placed on teams that create the most cohesive grouping & best foster their growth & development as determined by the Director and coaching staff.

Placement in routines and on certain teams is based on the following (but not limited to):

  • Attitude & Conduct
  • Technical Ability
  • Work Ethic
  • Maturity & Age
  • Ability to pick up choreography
  • Prior experience
  • Level of commitment & dedication
  • Attendance from previous classes & competitions

All decisions and placements made by the Director and coaching staff are final and non-negotiable. If you are unwilling to accept the placement as delivered, you should not audition for that team.

Financial Commitments

  • Yearly APA Membership Fee paid by all students
  • Summer Intensives
  • Choreography Camps
  • Costumes (approx. $100-$130/routine)
  • Misc Items (jacket, makeup, shoes)
  • Travel Expenses
  • Competitive Fees* + Nationals

*Competitive Fees: First team fee is approximately $446 & each additional team is $311 (fees based off of 2023-2024 season, does not include National fees)

Want to know more?

For Teams Questions, please email: