Team Newsletter – March 2019



As we are fast approaching the end of our school year, our newsletters are especially important.  Here are a few things to be aware of: 

All of our students will receive a Free t-shirt in June!  This year’s shirt is dark grey and a picture of the design is shown below.  If you (parents) would like to order one, please pay at our front desk by Monday, April 8th.  They are $20 plus tax, add $2 for 2XL or 3XL.  T-shirts are unisex so they run bigger.  Note: ALL Students will receive a FREE one.  Parent t-shirts will be available for pick up the last week of dance classes in June at your location.   



Student of the Month: Grace Mensch – Congratulations to Grace Mensch, our Team Dancer of the month. Grace is a Freshman at Oak Creek High School, where her favorite subject is band. When she grows up she hopes to be a Veterinarian. Her favorite color is blue. Grace enjoys using the Spotify app. She loves cheesecake and cookie dough, and her favorite food is cheese. Grace’s hero is her mom! Grace has been dancing and competing with APA Teams for 8 years, where her favorite styles of dance are Ballet and Contemporary. Her best dance memory was learning and performing her solo last year. Grace says dance has helped her become more confident in herself and helps relieve anxiety.  Her dance teachers say Grace always comes to class with an open mind about improving and advancing in her training.  She’s willing to take corrections and works to improve each and every day.  She is very respectful to teachers, staff and other dancers.  She’s a great role model for younger dancers in and out of the studio!  Congratulations Grace! 

Details from Parent Meeting – If you were unable to join us for the parent meeting last month please go to our Team Facebook page to view it. All families are responsible for getting the information from the meeting. 

NEW! Dance PODs At this past lock-in we put the dancers into groups called PODs (Partners On Dance) and will be giving each student a list of the other members in their group. The PODs give kids the opportunity to form relationships with dancers on other teams and in other age groups. They’ll have the chance to get guidance from students with more competitive experience and also to learn to be good leaders and helpers with each other. There is a video about these on the Team Facebook page, please check that out! 

Production Practice! We are inviting all students in Production to come in for extra practice next Wednesday before Legacy. Class is 6-7pm in OC on Wednesday the 6th at no extra charge. We strongly encourage all dancers to come as it was clear during this past dress rehearsal practice that some would benefit from extra practice and because Legacy is our Nationals qualifier competition! Thank you! 

Legacy Competition Date and Call Times–  Reminder: our next competition is the Legacy Dance Championship in New Berlin, March 8th -10th. Please make sure to block this entire weekend for the competition. As soon as APA receives the final schedule and we create our call times, we will send it to you right away.  In the Dance Industry, it is standard to not receive this until the week of competition. 

Community Easter Egg Hunt​ – Join us for our Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 13th exclusively at our Oak Creek location!  Our event will include a dance class and story time, along with our fun Egg Hunt for students age Walking up to 8 years old.  While you’re there stop at our Bake Sale (cash only) and/or have your child get a festive glitter tattoo!  We will have the Easter Bunny here to visit with students and take pictures!  This event is open to the community so invite your friends and family.  It will be held indoors so no need to worry about the weather! Click here for full details and to register!  

Bake Sale at the APA Community Easter Egg Hunt Sign Up – If you would like to earn money to go towards your dancer’s National Fees or Next Year’s Competition Fees , we are looking for the first 6 families to email Trisha at [email protected].  You will need to provide 3 dozen bake sale items AND 1 adult will need to volunteer at the Easter Egg Hunt. A dancer can also volunteer in addition to the adult, but must be 12 years old or older.  All money earned will be divided equally between the 6 families.  This will be on a first come, first serve basis.  Once the first 6 families have emailed Trisha, she will email out details – including a sign-up on what to bring to the bake sale.  

NEW Dress Rehearsal and Competitive Show Information Last year we had an end of the year competitive team showcase featuring all of our team performances held at the South Milwaukee Middle School.  After much discussion, we’ve decided that most of our competitive teams will NOT have rehearsals at SMPAC for their team rehearsals but instead will put on a competitive showcase on Tuesday, June 11th at 7pm at the SMPAC.  This will still be a paid event that spectators would need to purchase tickets to attend.  We will still have regular rehearsal times for our tech ballet classes, our blue team opening act, and production.  More details to come!   
Save the Dates  

Blue Team Group Photo:  Wednesday, April 17th 4:30pm-5:30pm with a weather back-up date of Wednesday, May 1st 4:30pm-5:30pm.  We are wanting to take an outdoor group shot of our Blue Team Students to feature as the cover of our Spring Showcase Program book.  More details will be emailed out as we get closer. 

Team Auditions: Saturday, May 18th and Sunday, May 19th.  Auditions will be pre-registration only.  Details on pre-registration will be in the April newsletter.  

Spring Team Banquet:  Thursday, May 30th, 5pm – 8pm.  Oak Creek Community Center. Please email Trisha at [email protected] if your dancer is unable to attend.  Sorry no parents, but don’t worry, Miss Trisha takes lots of pictures! 

Summer Classes & Intensives Pre-Team students (2019-2020 team) will be the only students required to take our 6-week Summer program from July 8th-August 17th.  These classes and the recreational schedule will be available online April 1st HOWEVER please do not register for these classes until after auditions. We will let you know about the Team Intensive schedule when it’s finalized – you will not know what Intensives you are required to take until after auditions, but the structure will be very similar to last summer.

Summer Recreational DANCE & MUSIC Classes Monday, July 8th- Saturday, August 17th – Schedules and ONLINE ONLY registrations will begin April 1st.  Our summer session is 6 weeks long.  Over the phone and in-person registration will be available starting April 8th.  Online registrations are our preferred method of registering so you can complete everything in full. Register early!  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.     

Fall Schedule Our Fall Schedule will be available on May 1st with more info in your April Newsletter! 

License Plate Winner – Congratulations to license plate 651-PPH!  One of our staff members spotted your Academy window sticker while driving!  Please contact the front desk to receive a $50 tuition credit.  To participate, grab a FREE window sticker at the desk. 

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! 

Dance Wear for Sale – Shop for leos, dance shoes and more from the comfort of your home!  Check out our new dance wear store at


Spring Dance Showcase Information

**Purchase a Happy Gram for your dancer in our Spring Showcase Click here!  Deadline is April 1st! 
Program books are available at the desk to see an example! 

**Earn Tuition credit!  Students may sell Business Ads for the Spring Showcase Programs and earn tuition credit, win a free summer class or win tuition FREE for one year!!  Click here to see the order forms to give to businesses.  Hurry– Deadline is April 1st!     PRIZES INFO SHEET

For a full list of details for our spring show including performance times and rehearsal times please click here

Please remember it is very hard for us to get siblings to perform together.      Team and Technique times coming soon!


Upcoming Team Events and Reminders… 

  • March 8-10, 2019: Legacy Competition in New Berlin 
  • March 15-17, 2019: KAR Competition in Chicago (Joliet) 
  • March 30, 2019: Production Rehearsal in Oak Creek 8-10am 
  • April 5-7, 2019: Thunderstruck Competition @ SMPAC 
  • April 13, 2019: Production Rehearsal in Oak Creek 8-10am 
  • May 3-5, 2019: Rainbow Competition @ SMPAC 
  • May 11, 2019: Production Rehearsal in Oak Creek 8-10am 
  • May 18-19, 2019: Team Auditions 
  • May 30, 2019:  Team Banquet @ OCCC 
  • June 1, 2019:  Production Rehearsal in Oak Creek 8-10am 
  • June 10, 11 & 13, 2019:  Rehearsals for Tech Ballet, Blue Team Opening Act & Production at SMPAC 
  • June 11, 2019:  Picture Day at APA (during day), Rehearsals/picture make-ups @ SMPAC starting at 345p, Competitive Team Showcase at 7p  


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  

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