Team Newsletter – November 2018

Wow, it is hard to believe November is here!   

We hope you were able to join us for our free Trunk or Treat event!  We had such a great turnout for both locations and we will continue to make these events better each year. If not, don’t worry, we have many fun events planned again this year.  Up next we have our 5th Annual APA Community Christmas Party on Sunday, December 2nd at our Oak Creek location.   This is open to the public, so bring a friend!   We hope you can join us!  More details are below!  Team lock in details are also below   Don’t miss all the info on this fun bonding event! 

Don’t forget we close for Thanksgiving Break on Wednesday, November 21st – Sunday, November 25th.  We still have South Milwaukee Christmas Parade on Saturday November 24th. We hope each and every one of you have a very Happy Thanksgiving with good food and great company!  Thank you for being a part of our APA family.  As always, if you need anything, please let us know!  We are here to help. 


APA Student of the Month:  Congratulations to Cassidy Sorce, our Team Dancer of the Month! Cassidy is in 7th grade at South Milwaukee Middle School where her favorite subject in school is Science. She hopes to become a Forensic Scientist one day.  Her favorite color is pink. She likes using the Snapchat App, her fav food is Mac N’Cheese and she loves cheesecake for dessert. Her personal hero is her brother Devin who serves our country in the US Military.  Cassidy has been dancing for 10 years, and has been a part of APA Teams for 4 years! Her favorite style of dance is Lyrical and her favorite memory from dance was the Team Lock-in last year. Miss Danielle is very proud of Cassidy.  She has seen a dramatic increase in dedication and focus this year.  She is very respectful to her teachers and peers.  She is ready to go when class starts and takes a lead role in the front of class.  She continues to push herself every week with her skills and choreography. Congratulations Cassidy, keep up the great work!!

Parent Observation Week: November 12th-November 17th, we invite parents to come and sit in the classroom to see what your child has been working on in technique or recreational classes. We will have enough chairs for each child to bring 1-2 people. If you plan on bringing more than 2 people, please bring chairs or they can sit on the floor. If you have a younger child that can be disruptive to the class, please watch outside of the classroom through our observation windows.   Parent Observation Week does NOT apply to rehearsal classes.  

Fox 6 Coats for Kids:    Join us in helping keep kids in Wisconsin warm this winter!   Donation bins are available now through the end of November in the lobby area at both locations.     We are accepting new and used coats and snow pants for Coats for Kids.   All coats will be picked up and cleaned and then distributed to local children in need.     APA donated over 50 coats last year and would love to double that number this year!   

APA Community Christmas Party:   Join APA on Sunday, December 2nd for some Holiday fun at our Oak Creek location!   We’re proud to bring this fun FREE event back for it’s 5th year!  This is open to the community, so please invite friends and family.  Santa will be here for pictures with the kids; we’ll cookies and milk, a dance party and story time with a Princess!  Don’t forget about the Toy Drive during Community Christmas – for each new, unwrapped toy you donate you’ll get a ticket for our raffle.    We have a bunch of great prizes from local businesses!  Click here to learn more and register today! 

License Plate Winner: Congrats to license plate AAD-5311!  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! 

Facebook & Instagram:   Interact with APA on social media!  We have fun contests, photos from classes and more on both our Facebook and Instagram pages.   Coming up is our APA Great Holiday Giveaway – only on social media!  Click here to join us on Facebook and here to follow us on Instagram! 



Costumes:  Costumes have started to come in already!  Your teacher will hand out costumes in class when they arrive.  Some costumes were in stock and others made to order. Your class will continue receiving them through the 1st week in December. You will be trying them on in the classroom when you receive them to ensure they fit properly.   If you have any questions about the fit of the costume, please ask your teacher.  Alterations are at your own expense. 

Competition performance times have been updated.  Please click here and click on the TEAMS tab.  

Complete Winter Show details including ticket sale dates, showcase times, hair and make-up click here. 

2018 South Milwaukee Christmas Parade:  Same Routine as the 4th of July, with different music. We have the South Milwaukee Christmas Parade coming up on Saturday, November 24th.  All of our teams will be performing at this event. (Pre-Team is invited but they are not required to attend if you feel they are too young to walk the parade route.)  Please have your dancer start learning the parade dance at home. This dance is the same as our 4th of July parade routine.  Please have your students view/practice with the video link below.

The parade starts at 6pm.   We will post arrival time and location on the team Facebook page.   For the parade, we will have everyone wear their warmup jacket (with layers underneath), any black yoga/jazz pants(tights/leggings underneath) and any tennis shoes.  You will also need to purchase a black pair of gloves and black headband or ear muffs to cover your ears.  Please start looking for these items now!  A parent needs to pick up student at the end of the parade route.  You need to meet when APA is done, not the when the whole parade is completed.  We do need 4 parent volunteers to walk with us and help hand out APA giveaways.  If you would like to volunteer, please email Miss Trisha at [email protected]  She would appreciate the help!  ?  

***Because the song changes every year, we will not provide a video with music and students will practice when they arrive before the parade starts. 

Team Christmas Party/Lock-in:    

Our team lock-in event is November 30th – December 1st. Details are outlined below. 

  • Pre-Team and Mini Hip Hop:  6:30-8pm ONLY with Miss Jessie, Miss Alyse, Pre-Team assistants and Mini Hip Hop Assistant.  Bring a Christmas exchange gift, between $8-$10.  Wrapped.  Everyone who brings one will receive one. 
  • All other teams:  Arrival: 8pm 
  • What to bring: Pillow and sleeping bag or blankets, PJ’s, Dance shoes (students will perform for each other) Water bottles and  money for vending machine snacks (optional) 
  • Bring a wrapped Christmas exchange gift, between $8-$10. Everyone who brings one will receive one. We will be dividing our groups into ages 3rd-6th graders and 7th – 11th graders.   
  • APA will be providing soda, water and pizza when students arrive. Pre-Team will have juice boxes instead of soda. We will also provide muffins for the morning when students wake up. 
  • Activities for the night:  Perform your routines for your fellow dancers, play games, gift exchange, watch a movie, and “sleep.” 
  • Pick up is 8am if you are not staying for Production practice. 
  • Production rehearsal is from 8-10am on December 1st.  

Optional Convention:  NYCDA Dance Alliance, February 8th-10th, 2019 (Rosemont, IL Hyatt Regency O’Hare)     

The studio will be offering a registration sign up for the NYCDA (New York City Dance Alliance) convention – this will be similar to the Showstoppers sign up in that we are looking for at least 10 dancers to register to send an instructor and go as a studio. 

The convention is February 8th-10th in Chicago, and features a schedule packed with classes plus special auditions for scholarships to a variety of dance programs and opportunities!  The faculty includes professionals who have had ballet careers, dance on Broadway, in music and movies, and more; there will be some truly incredible classes here!  Options include a “Ready, Set, Dance” 1-day workshop for younger dancers (ages 5-7) who are just getting into the convention world, and full 2-day workshops for age divisions split into Mini, Junior, Teen, and Senior.  Cost is $150 of Ready, Set, Dance participants and $260 for all other dancers.  Spectator fees are $50 p/p IF you choose to watch.  Hotel and travel accommodations are extra.  NYCDA Conventions are an incredible way for dancers to experience training from industry professionals and be inspired to grow and learn themselves as they are surrounded by their peers from around the country.  Please pay at our front desk by December 1st.  Visit this link for hotel information and more details 


Hair & Makeup for PreTeam, Petite, Junior and Teen Teams:  Makeup will remain the same as last year.     A video is available on the team webpage for reference.  

Hair is middle part low bun unless you receive special instructions at the lock-in/Xmas party because some teams will be different based on hair accessories.

Competition Fees/Events for 2018-2019 – Automatically Charged 1/2/19 to your account on file. 
Miss Trisha has everyone’s updated fees. Please contact her or the front desk for your fee total.  Please remember these fees must be paid on time.   

1st Team Routine:  $375 
Each additional Team Routine:  $243 

Pre-Team: please note you have 1 jazz routine and 1 tap routine. 

***If anyone is enrolled in tap rehearsal, you would also subtract an additional $15 because they will not perform at the Lakefront competition. *** 

Team Events: Click for our most up to date, calendar of events: 

Click Here 

Logo Wear for Sale – Last Order to receive before Christmas:  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! 

Referral Program:  Share us with a friend.  When a new family registers and mentions your name, you will EACH receive a $50 tuition credit.  (Credit given after 2 months enrolled and there is no limit to the number of families referred!)   

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