Dance Newsletter: May 2024

Happy May APA families!! As we near our spring performances and the end of our current session, we are already planning ahead for next year. At the end of every spring session, we send out a survey after all of our performances are over. This is a great way for you to leave us any feedback. We love to hear everything…. good, bad, etc. It is great to hear about things you love, so we know to keep doing them, and it is crucial we hear about things you wish we would change. We personally read every survey and share them with our staff. The ultimate goal is to  make APA better for our families every year. We appreciate you taking the time to let us know your thoughts.

We know that many questions pop up at this time of year, so please do not hesitate to call, email, or stop in! 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. We are here to help.

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VIP Priority Registration!

VIP Priority Registration/September Savings:  Register for our September GROUP classes early and take advantage of our sales below based upon your registration date. Any CURRENT APA families who intend to register during VIP Week must do so in your APA portal, you will not be able to sign up on the website.

May 1st-May 7th VIP WEEK:

  • DANCERS: Priority seat/ticket selection for next season’s Winter 2024 & Spring 2025 dance showcases. *For dance students only.
  • 25% off September-Only Group Classes (first class only).  *Group music & theatre students will get this perk!
    Use promo code 25off at the bottom of the registration form and list in the coupon field.  This offer is for current APA members only.

May 8th-31st Special:

  • 20% off September-Only Group Classes (first class only).

Use promo code 20off at the bottom of the registration form and list in the coupon field.  This offer is valid for returning and new members.

Click HERE to view our schedule!

(Must register via the portal until May 8th!)


NEW 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.  

Our preferred registration method is using your APA portal so you can complete everything in full.  Register early to take advantage of our discounts.  Our suummer classes have limited offerings compared to our school year session!  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.

5, 10, & 15 Year Awards!

Students who have taken classes at APA for 5, 10, and 15 complete years are eligible to receive a trophy!  If your child has been with us that long, please complete this form before May 15th so that your child will receive their trophy at their dance rehearsal or in their music concert!  Students would have had to have been consistently enrolled with APA since Fall 2019 (5 year), Fall 2014 (10 year), Fall 2009 (15 year). If you are unsure, please email [email protected] and we can look into this. 

5 / 10 / 15 Year Awards

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.

For more details visit

Mother’s Day Special - Princess & Pilates @ NSDS!

Cost: $25 |  Ages 3-9 | Saturday, May 11th, 12:30-1:30 pm
Join the
Mother’s Day Princess & Pilates – One Day Camp @ Next Step Dance Studio (sister studio)
Mother’s Day Special is for the dancer & their mom together.  It will be filled with an intro to dance and pilates, crafts, themed props, games, and a princess dance for the little dancer.  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.  Click HERE to register.

Automatic Tuition Withdrawals

Automatic withdrawals for tuition will stop after May 15th unless you sign up for our fall session.

Memorial Day Weekend!

We will have regular classes through Saturday, May 25th. We will be CLOSED Sunday, May 26th and Monday, May 27th for Memorial Day.

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!

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!

Musical Runs 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. Each musical we have done has grown in size, so don’t wait to save your student’s spot on the cast!

Visit for all details on workshops, 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 Parent Observation Week:

May 13th-18th
We will allow parents to enter the classroom the last 15 minutes of class this week 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 parent attends to limit the number of people in the building.  ***If anyone wants to record their student’s dances so they can practice at home, you will do this during the last 15 minutes.

Individual Feedback sheets for recreational dance students will be given out during Parent Observation Week. Feel free to still register for a fall class that works for you and you can always transfer to another class. We will be handing these sheets directly to parents, to ensure that you are receiving the information.

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

Click HERE for ALL 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!!

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 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.  

Spring Dance Showcase Ticket Sale Days: Tickets will go on sale on Monday, May 13th at 1pm (central time). To purchase visit  ***Families who participated in priority registration in May 2023  will get to purchase tickets one week earlier. Please check your email on 5/3 for instructions and priority codes.

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.

Costume Status:  Costumes will continue to come in up until the end of May or the 1st week of June.  Teachers will hand these out in class as they arrive. Please have your student try on their costume immediately. 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.

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 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 ACG-3847! 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 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!

Happy May!

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