Monthly Newsletter – January 2019


Welcome Back! We hope you had a very Happy Holiday!  All classes resume on Wednesday, January 2nd.  Our December performances were great!  We cannot wait for our Spring shows.  We are so proud of our students for what they learned in a few months. Everyone did a fantastic job! Make sure to check out our Facebook page to see all of our pictures from performances, as well as other photos people have posted or tagged us in.    

Please call or email us if you have any questions.   Happy New Year – We are so happy to have you with us in 2019!  

License Plate Winner:  Congrats to license plate 979-LNS.  One of our staff members spotted your Academy 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 window sticker at the desk!  

Special Note to New Members: We would like to welcome our new members joining us this January!  If you have any questions, please feel free to email us or see the front desk. If you have not received a Welcome Letter and/or APA Calendar, please let us know!  Dance students will also receive information on our Spring Showcase and costume ordering details.  Our registration cut-off date for dance classes is February 15th.  

Winter Break:  APA is closed Saturday, December 22nd – Tuesday, January 1st.  Classes will resume on Wednesday, January 2nd.  

APA Students of the Month: Congrats to the following students –   

Music –   Congratulations to Judith Strand, our Music Student of the Month!   Judith is in 3rd grade at Indian Community School. Her favorite subjects are Music and Math. She would like to be a singer, race car drive AND a chef when she grows up! A few of her favorite things are cupcakes, cheeseburgers and the color purple.  She also enjoys using the app Sandbox. Her hero is her mom. Judith’s favorite style of music is singing and her favorite instrument to play is the piano.  Her favorite genre of music is pop and her favorite artist is Megan Trainor.  Currently her favorite song is Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys.  Judith has been taking lessons at APA for 2 years. Judith was nominated by Miss Tess.  Judith has shown her ability to multitask and practice not one instrument this semester, but two! She has done well this semester in improving and practicing both piano and voice. Judith’s ability to read music has improved greatly and she always shows up to class with a smile and great attitude! 

Recreational Dancer – Congratulations to Sierra Petersen, our January Recreational Dancer of the month.  Sierra is in 7th grade at Oak Creek East Middle School where her favorite subject is Language Arts. Her favorite color is green.  She hopes to become an architect when she grows up.  Sierra’s favorite food is lasagna, her favorite dessert is apple pie.   Sierra has been dancing with APA for 10 years and her favorite style of dance is Jazz and Contemporary.  Her favorite dancer memory was performing last year’s Jazz dance at the December Showcase.    Miss Amy says she is a strong leader in class and sets a good example, by encouraging other students to try their best. She is polite and a good listener.  She pushes herself to improve during every class.   She knows her dances and she always comes to class dressed in appropriate dancewear with a smile to share with everyone.  Congratulations Sierra!! 

Team Dancer –   Congratulations to Ellie Santi, our Team Dancer of the month! Ellie is in 7th grade at Oak Creek East Middle School where her favorite subject is Language Arts.  She hopes to become a veterinarian when she is older. Ellie’s favorite color is blue.  Ellie’s favorite dessert is Kringle and her favorite food is salad.  She enjoys using the Snapchat app.  Ellie would love to travel to Bora Bora and maybe take her personal hero, her grandma.   Ellie has been dancing at APA and has been on Teams with APA for 10 years!  Her favorite style of dance is Hip Hop.  Her favorite memory from dance is when she perfected her aerial.  Dance has helped Ellie become more social and make lifelong friendships.  Miss Alyse and Miss Jessie nominated Ellie and they say that Ellie goes above and beyond when in class and outside of class, and that Ellie is a hard worker who always comes to class prepared and with a positive attitude. Ellie is always willing to help whether it’s helping tie a younger student’s shoe when assisting or helping a classmate catch the steps. We love the encouragement from her and the pep in her step. Ellie has joined two new Teams this year and we are so proud of her. She is a great asset to our program and also a great Team assistant. Keep up the good work Ellie. Your positivity and your help don’t go unnoticed. Congratulations Ellie!!   

APA Logo Wear for Sale:  You can place orders from our online store from the 1st-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.  We will notify you when your items are available for pick-up.  Click here to order!   

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 to group classes with openings!  We will have FREE gift cards 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 only, up to $59 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 the 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, 2019 and this offer is for new students only.    

Girl Scout Dance Badge Event: Calling all Girl Scouts!   Come and take this one-hour dance sampler class designed just for YOU!  Earn your dance badge and have fun with your friends at the same time!   Only $5 per girl!  This special event will be held on Sunday, 2/3/19 in Oak Creek and Sunday, 2/10/19 in Franklin.  Click here to sign your Troop up!!  Hurry, these events fill fast!   

Try It FREE Week!:  We are holding our Try It FREE Week January 7th – January 12th.  (*Select classes held the following week) The classes are FREE and open to anyone.  If you’ve always wanted to try a different style of dance, now is the time!  There are select classes available for this special week.  For a full list of classes and to register CLICK HERE.    

Bring a Friend Week: We will be hosting our annual “Bring a Friend” Week January 14th – 19th.  Grab an invite at the front desk. Your friend will need to bring the invite, filled out by their parent, with them to the class!  If a NEW friend registers for classes, the referring student and new student will each receive a $50 academy gift certificate after 2 months of paid enrollment.  *** Team Rehearsals will not have friends attend since we are entering our competition season.    

Spring Dance Showcase & Rehearsal Times:  *Will be available in February.  Please note:  Due to South Milwaukee Middle School Graduation being held at South Milwaukee PAC on Wednesday, June 12th we have rescheduled Wednesday’s rehearsal to be on Monday June 10th (this is different than what is listed on your APA calendar). ***Students that have dance class on Monday, June 10th will have their last class on Wednesday, June 12th at APA during their normal class time.   Rehearsals will be held at the South Milwaukee PAC on Monday, June 10th, Tuesday, June 11th & Thursday, June 13th.  We will have one show on Friday, June 14th and five shows on Saturday, June 15th. 

Spring Music Recital: Our Music Recital will be held on Sunday, May 19th at the Oak Creek Salvation Army starting at 1pm. Our students will begin to pick out their music later on in the semester.   Also, please feel free to talk to your teacher before or after class for a brief summary of what they are working on! 


Winter Dance Showcase DVD’s:  If you purchased a DVD, we will contact you when the orders are available at APA.  Please expect this in mid to late January.   DVD order forms were due to Zaker Video by December 31st.  If you are still interested in purchasing one, please email them directly  [email protected] to see if you can still add on.  

Spring Dance Showcase Information – 

Showcase days are: Friday, June 14th and Saturday, June 15th  

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 new costume.  

NEW STUDENTS:   If you would like to participate, please contact the front desk immediately for details!  

Showcase Routines: Each class will be working on their new dance starting in mid-February. They will still be working on technique, across the floor combinations, jumps and turns. If your child is not participating in our Spring show, they will still learn the dance, and will strategically be placed in formations so we do not have any gaps during the performance.   

You will be able to videotape the dance to practice at home during Parent Observation Week (May 6th – May 11th)!    

For a full list of details for our Spring Showcase please click here 

Please remember it is very hard for us to get siblings to perform together.  We were able to get a lot of siblings together for our Winter Showcase this year, however, there was a show that sold out and we were not able to accommodate all family members that wanted to attend.  Because of this, we will not be able to accommodate as many siblings in the future.  We run an enrollment report of families that register prior to June 15th and try to accommodate these families in the order that you register. 

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