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Spring Dance Performances

Spring Showcase 2022 – 

Information below is from 2021.  2022 will be updated by February 2022
Due to COVID-19 we will be adjusting our Spring Showcase to fit with government mandates and orders.
SMPAC safety guidelines can be found under the F.A.Q.’s section.

Ways to order Tickets at the South Milwaukee Box Office:
Online (preferred method) Log in using your email you think you have on file and go through the steps of connecting your account. If you are unsuccessful at connecting your previous account, you can simply create a new account.  ***Online ticket sales end 24 hours before each show.

APA Recreational Mini Shows Ticket Link:  n/a at this time
Competitive Team Showcase Ticket Link: n/a at this time
Phone – (414) 766-5049 Hours are Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm

***Scroll down to view all other important details on our Shows including ticket sale dates and performance/rehearsal times!


Spring Dance Rehearsals @ TBD – information below is from 2021!

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 14th-Thursday, June 16th.  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 14th-16th.  ***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.

***Students in Grades 1st and younger Combo Classes:  Please arrive in your tap shoes first.

Spring Dance Showcase & Rehearsal Times – TBD for 2022 (there are tabs on the bottom of this spreadsheet for each location, Competitive Teams and performance orders)


Information below is from 2021.  2022 will be updated by February 2022

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 16th 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!  

Student Arrival Times to Shows: Students should arrive at SMPAC 20 minutes prior to their showtime. Please have students use the bathroom BEFORE they head backstage. Only 1 adult will be allowed to drop off your student backstage. Please do NOT send jackets or street shoes back-stage to avoid anyone losing items. Parents can take these items to their seats. Students should arrive backstage with their dance costume and dance shoes on. Please make sure to not wear your dance shoes outside. Shoes can be changed upon entry to the PAC. Please have shoes and costumes labeled with your student’s name. If your student has more than one dance and needs to change their costumes or shoes, please bring this backstage including accessories in a labeled bag so all items stay together. We will have a mom helping with changes. For students in Grades 1st and younger combo classes, tap shoes should be worn first for both the rehearsal and showcase, unless otherwise advised.

Spectator Arrival Times: Spectators are welcome to walk in with their dancers. The doors to the auditorium will open 15-20 minutes prior to the start of the showtime once the auditorium has been sanitized. We will NOT allow anyone inside of the building earlier than 20 minutes prior to your dancer’s Showtime.  Please enter through door #9. 

If you are attending multiple Shows, you cannot wait inside of the PAC during gaps between shows.  You must leave and come back to the venue.  Only ticketed members will be allowed inside of the building for their Showtime.

Volunteers – Backstage:  If you are looking to volunteer backstage, please contact our front desk or check our newsletters for our sign-up link.

Seating:  All seating will be General Admission.  For social distancing and spacing accommodations, general seating is our best option.

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 Info

Information below is from 2021.  2022 will be updated by February 2022

Tickets for Recreational Dance Classes:  Cost is $10 per seat/per show that will be occupied.  If a younger child can sit on someone’s lap, they would not need a ticket but CANNOT occupy a seat.  Because we have to limit the number of seats per student, all tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE, no exceptions.  In order for us to put on these Shows, we need to make sure we can cover all of our rental costs.  IF you want paper tickets mailed to your house there is a $1 mailing fee per order or you can print electronic tickets at home with no charge.  Online ticket sales end 24 hours prior to your showtime.

Ticket Sale Dates (up to 4 tickets per student – if capacity increases we will inform you):  We split our sale dates into 2 dates listed below. Tickets will be available for purchase until Monday, May 31st.  Because this is general seating, even if you purchased 4 tickets the first round, your family will still be able to sit together if you purchase additional tickets starting June 1st when we open up the remaining seats.

Monday, May 17th @ 10am – you can purchase tickets for the following shows:
Friday 6:15pm, Saturday 9:30am, Saturday 10:30am, Saturday 11:30am
Our Team Showcase on Wednesday, June 16th at 7pm will also go on sale on this date.

Tuesday, May 18th @ 10am – you can purchase tickets for the following shows:
Saturday 12:30pm, Saturday 1:30pm, Saturday 2:30pm, Saturday 3:30pm, Saturday 4:30pm.

Masks are REQUIRED for ALL dancers and spectators age 5 and older.  SMPAC is enforcing this policy so please inform all spectators attending.

Ways to order Tickets at the South Milwaukee Box Office:
Online (preferred method) 

APA Recreational Mini Shows Ticket Link:
Competitive Team Showcase Ticket Link:
Phone – (414) 766-5049 Hours are Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm

Remaining Tickets for Sale:  We will have any remaining tickets for each Show available on a first come, first serve basis starting Tuesday, June 1st.  Because this is general seating, even if you purchased 4 tickets the first round, your family will still be able to sit together if you purchase more at this later date. IF you purchase tickets the day of at the SMPAC, the cost is $15 per ticket.  Online ticket sales end 24 hours prior to your showtime.


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


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 2021-2022 – TBD
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 –
Franklin Costumes – 
***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 27th 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)

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.

Photo & Video

Information below is from 2021.  2022 will be updated by February 2022

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.


Information below is from 2021.  2022 will be updated by February 2022

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. We will NOT be live streaming this event since we give everyone digital copies of all the recreational performances.

Q3.  What will SMPAC be doing to keep our families safe?

A3. 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.