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Spring Dance Performances

Spring Showcase 2021 

Due to COVID-19 we will be adjusting our Spring Showcase to fit with government mandates and orders.  

Our student’s favorite part of the year is our annual performances and every year we have over 95% of our students perform.  We put on a professional performance in December and June.  We make these optional performances and give you all the information upfront so you can make the choice of putting your son or daughter in the performances.

Safety Guidelines for our Performances:  SMPAC (South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center) is operating at 25% capacity, meaning that we have to limit the number of Showcase ticket sales per dancer. For spectator seating, every other row will be blocked off in the auditorium and there will be a gap of 2 seats in between families/households. Seats will be sprayed and sanitized in between each Show by the PAC custodial staff. Designated lines and socially distanced spots will be set to help control our entrances and exits. Our back-stage area will also have designated spots that are socially distanced for our students to wait. This area will also be monitored.  ***If capacity numbers increase, we will update our families.

If anyone has any health conditions, we recommend that they do not attend.  To abide by the state mask mandate, all spectators and dancers are required to wear masks at all times unless they are exempt or under the age of 5.


Spring Dance Rehearsals @ APA (Oak Creek location)

Spring Dance Showcase Rehearsal Location/Dates:  Due to Covid, we will be having our dress rehearsals and picture day at our APA Oak Creek location Tuesday, June 15th-Thursday, June 17th.  With the amount of students and families that we would have coming and going at different times, it would be too hard to sanitize the seats in between.  In addition, with the large space it would be difficult for our staff to monitor students to maintain social distancing while students wait for their pictures.  

Using our Oak Creek location will provide a smaller contained area for our staff to monitor our students.  We would continue to have a closed lobby and have students enter through our front door and have parents waiting by the back door for students to exit.  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 Empire Photography.  Please expect this to take 30-45 minutes from the start of your student’s class arrival time.  *Students can take their masks off right before their individual picture is taken.  Students will be photo-shopped together to make a digital (composite) group photo.  If any parents do not want their student’s picture taken, please let us know when they arrive at rehearsals.

Each class will have a set time block to rehearse with their class June 15th-17th.  ***This time will be different than your normal scheduled class time.  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 (no lipstick due to masks). This will help our teachers see if there are any costume or shoe issues before our performance.  Times are listed on our Showcase Index below.

Location for Showcase: Our Showcases are held at South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center inside of South Milwaukee High School. The address is 901 15th Ave. South Milwaukee, WI 53172. (between College and Rawson Ave).  Entrance Door #9.

Dance Showcase (APA Spring Mini Shows) @ South Milwaukee PAC:  Our Shows are scheduled for Friday, June 18th and Saturday, June 19th.  We also have a Competitive Team Showcase on Wednesday, June 17th at 7pm.

For our Recreational classes, we will be having 9 total “Mini Shows”. The Mini Shows will have approximately 10 dances per Show.  Each dancer will be able to purchase a limited amount of tickets initially (we will update you on the number of tickets in May).  We will open up the remaining seats that are available at a later date if students would like other spectators to attend.  The shows will last approximately 20-25 minutes.

For those of you who had their students perform in our Winter Mini Shows, our Spring Shows will have the same flow on how this will work to put on a safe performance for our students and spectators.  The only difference will be that our classes will only perform their routine on stage 1 time since we have a lot of combo classes that have more than 1 style to perform.  NEW families – please watch our video to see how this day will work.  We will follow city guidelines for capacity and masks.

Sibling Show Conflicts: For everyone’s safety, we had to divide up our Shows to limit the number of dancers in each performance.  If you have multiple dancers performing, it makes it very difficult to accommodate siblings in the same Show.  Due to the current circumstances, it was impossible to try accommodating all of our families like we usually can.  Unlike years past, we cannot give credits to siblings if they are in different shows because we are limited at 25% capacity.

Our Shows this year will require additional staffing to help with traffic flow, extra custodians at the PAC, and more total Shows to allow everyone the time to perform on stage.  We are so thankful that this is an option for our dancers and staff to put on a safe performance!  

Spring Dance Showcase & Rehearsal Times – click HERE (there are tabs on the bottom of this spreadsheet for each location, Competitive Teams and performance orders)
Video Tutorial please view our short video tutorial if you have questions on how to view our Showcase information.

Ticket sales will occur in mid-May.  More details will be available May 1st. We will also have a volunteer parent sign-up available for anyone who wants to help chaperone students backstage.

Dancer Masks:  These are required for all dancers ages 5 and older.  Please do not have your student wear lipstick because of the mask. We recommend any solid neutral color mask: (black, white, beige/tan).  For overall safety reasons, please make sure your child’s mask fits their face properly, we are flexible on the color these are just recommendations.

Costumes/Music Selection: Our teachers select the music and costumes for each class. For our Spring show, Once the teachers have selected their music and costumes, they must be approved by the studio director to assure they are age appropriate. Spring costumes are the same as our winter costumes. Please click on the links below to view.

Costumes 2020-2021
Please click on the location where your student takes class and find your students age group.  Classes will be listed in their age group by day and time order.  

Oak Creek Costumes – Click HERE 
Franklin Costumes – Click HERE
***Boy students who are enrolled in co-ed classes will be emailed their costumes directly.

Costume Measuring: To save the students and parents time, we measure the students during one of their first classes of the school year. If a dancer is absent, we make it our responsibility to make sure they are measured the next time they come in the studio. If you sign up after we have already measured, we will measure your child separately. We order the costumes with extra room for growth.

Costume Fee (includes a pair of free tights and hairpiece, worn at winter & spring show):
Gr. 1st & younger $65/class (Plus Tax)
Gr. 2nd-5th (specialty classes) $73/class (Plus Tax)
Gr. 4th & up (leveled classes) $78/class (Plus Tax)

**Costumes are ordered in Fall and worn for both the Fall and Spring Showcases**

Costume Payments: Everyone was charged on September 25th for their costume. If you are new and have registered after this date, you have one week from your first class to decide without paying a shipping fee. Please keep in mind the faster you order your costume, the sooner it will be here. If you drop out of your class, after the costumes have been ordered, there are no refunds. We will call you when your costume is in and able to be picked up. You have up to 15 days after our Showcase to pick it up. We do not hold on to these costumes and they will be given to Goodwill.

Matching shoes are required for each dance. You will receive your free pair of tights and hairpiece with your costume. Every class has a different costume. For each class your dancer participates in, they will owe the amount above per costume. For all Ages 3-4 and Grades K-1st Ballet/Tap Class – They will perform 2 numbers in the same show wearing the same costume! Please ask our front desk if you want to know if certain combo classes share the same costume.

Showcase Required Shoes:  *all shoes must be purchased from APA or approved to wear by the teacher
* Grades 2nd-8th Combo classes, please ask your teacher.
Ballet – Leather Pink Ballet Slippers (Target does not sell these!)
Jazz & Poms– Tan Jazz Shoes
Hip Hop – Sliver sparkly tennis shoes purchased at The Academy! Boys: purchase any type of black tennis shoes.
Tap – Tan Tap shoes
Contemporary – ask teacher (foot thongs, barefoot or jazz shoes)

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 make-up will help with this.  We suggest no lip-stick as students will be wearing masks on stage. We understand if you do not want your younger student to wear this.

Competitive Team Students – are required to wear their performance make-up on stage

Costume Delivery: Costumes will be handed out in class as they arrive.  Some costumes will not be available until mid-May.  It is imperative that students attend all classes in order to make sure they are there when the costumes are delivered.

Photos: Empire Photography will be at our Dress Rehearsals at APA (Oak Creek location).  You will be emailed a proof 2-3 weeks after your student’s rehearsal to see if you would like to purchase anything. *Students can take their masks off right before their individual picture is taken.  Students will be photo-shopped together to make a digital (composite) group photo.  If any parents do not want their student’s picture taken, please let us know when they arrive at rehearsals.

Feel free to take any photos during the show WITHOUT your flash-on as this can be distracting to students.

Digital Video of Performances:  Everyone will be emailed a digital copy of each APA Mini Show approximately 1 month after the performance FREE of charge!  Please remember that this will not be a zoomed-in image on your child and will showcase all dancers on stage.  Students will also be wearing a mask on stage so dancers could be hard to identify.  Families are also welcome to videotape the performances as well as long as you are not in the way of another family.


Q1. Does my dancer have to drop out of class if he/she chooses not to be in either recitals?

A1. Absolutely Not! We will still have regular classes and only work on our dance at the end of class. Your dancer will still learn the dance and perfect it just like the other dancers. We have students that have weddings or other events that day and cannot attend our showcase, but love learning the dance and taking class.

Q2. Will live-streaming still be available for purchase if we have family members that do not feel comfortable attending in-person or we do not have enough tickets due to limited capacity?

A2. IF we have at least 10 families interested in purchasing this option, we can continue to offer this!  In May, we will offer this and see how much interest we get.