Dance Newsletter: April 2024

We hope everyone had an amazing spring break!  Classes resume Monday, April 1st.  Our staff is excited to welcome our students back and get ready for our upcoming performances in June.

As we head into Spring, APA is already thinking about Summer and Fall classes!! We officially open Summer registration on April 1st. When we say don’t wait too long to register, we really mean it.  APA limits the number of classes during our Summer session. Our Fall schedule will be available for registration in May!

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T-shirt Design Contest!

WINNER UPDATE:  We wanted to say thank you to the students who submitted their designs for our 2024 end of the year t-shirt.  Our staff voted on all of the designs and our winner is….. 🎉Kai Imp🎉!  See the final shirt based on his winning design in the image above and on the t-shirt order form!
Congrats Kai!!!! Please see our front desk for your free APA cup!

2024 APA Student T-shirt:

ALL of our students enrolled by March 1st will receive a FREE APA t-shirt in June!  DANCERS & PARENTS – Please click HERE to provide your student size and also to purchase additional t-shirts.  Orders are due by 4/7.  Music & drama students were sized in class.

GLow Party Camp @ NSDS!

Cost: $25 |  Ages 3-9. 
Join the Glow in the Dark Dance Party at Next Step Dance Studio (our sister studio!) on Saturday April 13th! The camp will be filled with an intro to dance, crafts, themed props, games, and a princess dance.  Come dressed in your favorite neon/glow-in-the-dark 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 during the last 5 minutes of class!
Click HERE to register!

Summer REGISTRATION Is OPEN!

NEW this summer! We are offering (2) 4-week long mini GROUP class sessions.  Students will be able to pick between Session I and Session II dates or register for both to keep your students moving all summer long.

Session I will be June 17th-July 20th
(w/ week of 4th of July off)
&/or Session II July 22th-August 17th.
 

Our preferred method for registration is using your APA portal so you can complete everything in full.  Register early to take advantage of our discounts! Don’t forget that our summer classes have limited offerings compared to our school year session, and there’s less chance of your class being full, or canceled due to low enrollment. We need at least 5 students enrolled in each class.

**Current MUSIC students enrolled in private lessons please read the details in the music department section.  Private MUSIC lessons will be 8-weeks long to keep a consistent schedule for teachers throughout summer.

Summer EARLY BIRD Savings!
Register for any of our GROUP classes that are at least 4-weeks long and get rewarded! Register online between April 1st-7th to get 25% off each 4-week session – AND, register for any 3 of Next Step Dance Studio one day camps and get the 4th FREE!
*You can get the sale price for Session I and Session II if you register for both during the sale period! Offers expire on April 7th!


Fall Schedule: 
Our Fall Schedule will be available in May!

Competitive POMS Team Auditions:

For the 2024-2025 Season:  Auditions will be held on Saturday, April 27th. Details are available by visiting https://academywi.com/poms-team/.  We will also be offering a FREE workshop for new dancers to our competitive poms program on April 20th to get a better idea of what students will be working on in our upcoming season.  Details can also be found on the website above!

Competitive Team Auditions:

Competitive Team Auditions for 2024-2025 Teams (Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Lyrical, and Contemporary): Auditions will be held the weekend of May 18th-19th.  More details will be available May 1st.  If your child is interested in joining our Competitive Teams and has specific questions, please email our Team Coordinator at [email protected] for more information!  Click HERE to be on our list to receive our try-out details by May.

Annie! APAs summer musical

Official 2024 Summer 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.  Visit https://academywi.com/annie-musical/ for all details on workshops, auditions and how to register!

Auditions will be on Tuesday, June 11th with call-backs on Wednesday, June 12th. More details at the link above.  Don’t miss this opportunity to shine on stage in “Annie Jr.” – an adventure that promises to captivate hearts and leave audiences spellbound!

Enrollment will open on April 1st!

Stay Up To Date!

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

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NEW APA Required Dress Code for September 2024: 

For the 2024-2025 school year session – our recreational classes will have a new dress code to follow.  The dress code will give different options of leotards (based upon a different color for each age group) and can be paired with fitted shorts,pants or skirts, if you choose.  Hip Hop will not wear leotards but will still have a dress code in place.

Details will be released May 1st along with our fall schedule.  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 gift certificate to use towards our new dress code.

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.

Dance Classes - Make-Up Class Cut-Off Date:

March 15th, unless there is a class available that is taught by your same teacher with the same Showcase dance. It can be difficult for students to attend a class after this date because students have already started learning Showcase dances.

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 that will replace our daddy/dancer dance. 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.  More details to come in our May Newsletter.

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 13th through Thursday, June 15th. Our Competitive Team Showcase (only competitive dancers) is scheduled for Friday, June 14th. Our recreational classes will perform on Saturday, June 15th. Our performances will be held at Oak Creek Performing Arts Center.

Each class will have a set time block to rehearse with their class and get pictures taken during June 13th-15th.  ***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 20-30 minutes from the start of your student’s class arrival time.  

Please visit https://academywi.com/spring-dance-performances/ for more details and times. Scroll down to our rehearsal tab.

More Showcase Info!!

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.

Showcase Costumes: We use the same costumes from our Winter Show for our Spring Show. If you are transferring classes and the new class does not use the same costume, you will need to purchase a costume for the new class.

Costumes will continue to come in up until the end of May.  Teachers will hand these out in class as they arrive.  Please have your student try on their costume immediately as you will have one week to inform us of any exchanges or costume issues. Please remember these are not custom fit costumes.

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

Ticket sales will occur in mid-May.  We will also have a volunteer parent sign-up available for anyone who wants to help chaperone younger students backstage.  Sign-up HERE!  

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

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 AMR-185! 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!

Snow / Cold Weather Days:  
APA will decide if we will remain open during a snow/ice storm. An email will be sent to all families by 3pm if we decide to close Monday-Friday or by 8am 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 updates, weather closures, and delays, please opt in by texting APA to (414) 240-8458. Even if you agreed to texts at registration, you still need to opt in using the instructions above.

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 Spring!

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