Team Newsletter – November 2019
Wow, it is hard to believe November is here!
We are closed for Thanksgiving Break on Wednesday, November 27th – Sunday, December 1st.
Don’t forget we still have the South Milwaukee Christmas Parade on Saturday, November 23rd – we also have our extra Saturday rehearsals for all Teams on this day for the month of November so we can keep more of your weekends open. 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.
Up next: We hope you can join us for our 6th Annual APA Community Christmas Party on Sunday, December 8th at our Oak Creek location! This is open to the public, so bring a friend! More details are below.
APA Team Dancers of the Month:
Congratulations to Ariana South, our Petite Dancer of the Month. Ariana is in 3rd grade at Carollton Elementary where her favorite subject is Art. When she grows up she wants to be a veterinarian. Her favorite foods are tacos and ribs and her favorite treat is doughnuts. Ariana’s favorite holiday is Halloween because she loves to dress up. Her favorite style of dance is Jazz. This is Ariana’s second year on APA’s Competitive Teams and she is a member of the Petite Green Jazz Team. She is looking forward to going to the dance competitions with her friends. Miss Danielle nominated Ariana because she has quickly become one of the leaders on her Petite Green Jazz Team. She works hard in every class, understands terminology being used, and comes to each class prepared and knowing her choreography. She has a bright, positive attitude that spreads all around.
Congratulations to Sierra Petersen, our Junior/Teen Dancer of the Month. Sierra is in 8th grade at Oak Creek East Middle School where her favorite subject is Art. She hopes to become a physical therapist when she gets older. Sierra’s favorite color is pastel pink. Her favorite food is lasagna and her favorite treat is ice cream! Her favorite holiday is almost here, Thanksgiving. Her favorite style of dance is Lyrical. This is Sierra’s 11th year dancing at APA and her 1st year on Competitive Teams. She is a member of the Teen Green Jazz Team, and is looking forward to dancing at competitions this season. Being new to Teams this year, Sierra has transitioned seamlessly to the added commitment. She comes to every class well-prepared, works to fix corrections quickly, and is very respectful to every person around her. She is also an assistant this year with a K-1st class and shows great patience with the kids.
South Milwaukee LIGHTED Christmas Parade: We have South Milwaukee’s Christmas Parade (the second year they are doing lights) coming up on Saturday, November 23, 2019. All of our Teams will be performing at this event (Mini Jazz and Tap and Mini Hip Hop are invited to walk the parade route, but they are not required to attend if you feel they are too young. If your Mini dancer walks, a parent must walk with them). This is the same dance as our 4th of July routine but with a different song (may contain slight modifications due to this being a lighted parade).
REMEMBER: This is the SAME DAY of our Extra Saturday rehearsals for the month of November. We know it will be a lot of dancing that day for some of our students, but we wanted to keep more of your weekends open this month!
Parade Practice @ OC APA: November 23rd 415pm-515pm. We will practice directly before the parade to work on our lines. We will practice inside and outside. We will set up carpools to get students from APA to the parade line-up.
The parade is scheduled to start at 6pm.
For the parade, everyone needs to wear their warmup jacket (with layers underneath), any black yoga/jazz pants and any tennis shoes – dark shoes would be great if you have them. You will also need to purchase a black pair of gloves and black headband to cover your ears. Please start looking for these items now!
APA Team jacket
Multiple layers underneath the jacket
Dance tights and extra layers under the black leggings
Long black socks, that cover any skin between the dancer’s pants and shoes to be worn underneath the pants. No skin should be showing around the ankles.
Primarily black tennis shoes are preferred if you have some.
Black ear warmers and black gloves
Hair in a clean or curly ponytail (no fly-aways)
APA will be providing glow sticks for each dancer.
We are looking for parents/guardians to help carpool the dancers from APA to the start of the parade. We are also in need of 8 parents to walk with APA during the parade. 4 parents will be walking behind our group and 4 parents will be handing out giveaways/flyers. If you would be willing to help drive dancers and/or volunteer at the parade please click the link below and complete the google form.
To be as efficient as possible, parents will form a line in the pick-up lane, and we will send out your dancer and dancers who needs a ride to your car. Your child’s friends are not guaranteed to be in your car, but please take this opportunity to talk and bond with other dancers.
A parent needs to pick up student at the end of the parade route 1 block south of SM City Hall. You need to meet when APA is done, not the when the whole parade is completed.
Parade Video Links:
**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 (see above).
Team Christmas Party/Lock-in:
Our Team lock-in event is December 6th – December 7th. Details are outlined below.
- Mini Jazz/Tap and Mini Hip Hop: 6:30-8pm ONLY with Miss Jessie, Miss Alyse and Team assistants who do not have class. Bring a wrapped Christmas exchange gift, between $8-$10. 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, money for vending machine snacks (optional)
- NEW: To cut down on a HUGE amount of waste, there will not be cups this year. Students MUST HAVE a water bottle to drink out of (can fill with water or use as a cup for soda during dinner).
- Bring a wrapped Christmas exchange gift, between $8-$10. Everyone who brings one will receive one. We will be dividing our groups into approximately grades 3rd-6th and 7th-12th graders.
- APA will be providing soda and pizza when students arrive. Mini Teams will have juice boxes instead of soda. We will also provide muffins and fruit for the morning when students wake up.
- Activities for the night: Eat, perform your routines for your fellow dancers, gift exchange, watch a movie, and “sleep.”
- There is always a sleeping/quiet room for those dancers who want to and need to go to sleep.
- Pick up is 8am unless your dancer is in Production.
- Production rehearsal is from 8-10am.
NYCDA Dance Convention – Registration Due November 23rd This is a BLUE TEAM student requirement, but we invite any/all of our Team dancers to come too! Blue Dancer parents will need to authorize Miss Trisha to charge the account on file.
1 Day Workshop: Ready, Set, Dance: Ages 5-7: $150*
- * For Dancers ages 5-7, a fun intro in the convention world, with classes in Jazz, Tap and Ballet.
- *Saturdays from 8:45 AM to 11:45 AM- concludes with a performance, diploma and souvenir!
2 Day Workshop: Ages 8 and older: $265 dancer
Optional Spectator Fee: $50 p/p if paid ahead of time or $60 at the door. APA will not charge the observer fee unless we are instructed to via email or at time of payment before the registration deadline.
In Chicago February 14th – 16th at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare.
How to Register: Pay at the front desk Monday-Thursday 4pm-9pm by November 23rd ** if you would like to use the account on file or a credit card there is a 3% service fee.
Special Limited-Edition APA Holiday Items: We have some special custom items available to you this Holiday season! These limited-edition items are only available during this sale period and this will be the ONLY chance for you to order. To ensure pick up of items at APA the week of December 16h, all orders are DUE by December 1st. Click here to order these NEW items!!!
Hair & Makeup
Hair & Makeup Demo Videos for ALL Teams are available on our website under Members Area > Team Info (the password protected section).
Please watch these videos and make sure you’re doing the makeup as instructed, it will look heavy up close!
The following Teams will do double-space buns: Mini Jazz, Mini Tap, Petite Green Jazz, Petite Tap. Everyone else will have a single low bun with middle part per the video. We know this will require hair changes for some dancers, and it may be quick, but it’s what creates the best image/presentation on stage for each group.
Miss Sarah will check hair and makeup at the Winter Showcase and let dancers know if they need to make any changes or add more.
In-House FULL Dance Dress Rehearsal: Starting Saturday, December 7th – Friday, December 13th we will have our students come to their last regular class AT APA before our Showcase in complete costume, competitive rehearsals do NOT need full makeup, but you should have your hair done in the style required for the Team (competition-ready perfection not required for this). If your Team is listed above for double buns, you will need those in to make sure all hairpieces are positioned the same. This will help our teachers see if there are any costume or shoe issues before our performance.
Competition Fees/Events for 2019-2020 – Automatically Charged 1/2/20 to your account on file.
Miss Trisha has everyone’s updated fees. Please contact her or the front desk or at [email protected] for your fee total. These fees must be paid on time! Your dancer will not be registered for the competitions unless payment is received. APA cannot guarantee dancers can be added at a later date.
*Fees do not include National fees. These will be due shortly after APA competes at the Starpower Regional Competition. Mini’s: please note you have 1 Jazz routine and 1 Tap routine.
1st Team Routine: $405
Each additional Team Routine: $255
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 on 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!
NEW Text Messaging: In order to better relay important information to you, specifically for weather-related emergencies, please opt-in to receive text messages. You’ll also be the first to know about Events and special offers! Text ACADEMY to 77948 to join now. Even if you agreed to texts at registration, you still need to opt in using the instructions above.
APA Community Christmas Party: Join APA on Sunday, December 8th for some Holiday fun at our Oak Creek location! We’re proud to bring this fun FREE event back for its 6th year! This is open to the community, so please invite friends and family. Santa will be here for pictures with the kids; we’ll have 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 on the link to register today!
Parent Observation Week: November 11th-November 16th 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. Remember all rehearsals are still closed.
License Plate Winner: Congrats to license plate 903-WFP! 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: Our APA Great Holiday Giveaway – only on social media! Click here to join us on Facebook and here to follow us on Instagram!
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!)
WINTER DANCE SHOWCASE
Costumes: Costumes have started to come in already! We will continue doing live reveals on the APA Facebook page and 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 middle of November. 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.
Complete Winter Show details including ticket sale dates, showcase times, hair and make-up click here. http://www.academywi.com/winter-dance-performances/
Team show times have been updated on our Showcase Index on the Competitive Tab at the bottom.
Winter Dance Showcase Ticket Sale Days:
*ONLINE ONLY – Monday, November 4th ALL SHOWS on sale at 10am.
*IN PERSON OR OVER THE PHONE – Monday, November 11th at 10am
$13 per ticket – Premium Seats
$11 per ticket – Regular Seats
$9 per ticket – Obstructed View Seats
Tickets must be purchased through the South Milwaukee Box Office. If seats are available the day of, tickets are $13 at the door. All seats are reserved seating. Ways to order Tickets at the South Milwaukee Box Office: Online (preferred method) http://www.southmilwaukeepac.org/smpac_boxoffice.html In Person- 901 15th Ave. South Milwaukee Currently, all walk-up ticket sales customers must use Door #7 (district door off of 15th Ave.) and present a photo ID. Hours for walk-up are M-F from 10 am to 1 pm. Phone hours are 10-4.
SMPAC Ticket Reminders:
School Security during Regular School Hours
Our walk-up box office sales hours/policies changed earlier this year due to security/visitor procedures here at the high school. Currently, all walk-up ticket sales customers must use Door #7 (district door off of 15th Ave.) and present a photo ID. Hours for walk-up are M-F from 10 am to 1 pm. Phone hours are 10-4.
Postage for Mailing Tickets – $1.00 per order to mail tickets. Patrons have the option of printing their tickets at home or picking them up at Will Call the day of the show.
Electronic Tickets/Mobile Devices
Due to high patron volume and quick turnarounds for dance recital performances, we strongly recommend that all attendees present a printed ticket at the door. They do not have a ticket scanning system that would guarantee patrons would only be able to use electronic tickets (mobile device) for a single show or single person.
DVD’s: Our Winter Showcase is professionally videotaped and available for purchase. Forms will be available at the event. (The Spring Showcase includes a free DVD of the performance)
Volunteers: We will need a limited amount of volunteers back-stage to help with our little ones. Volunteers do not have to purchase a ticket and you can watch your child’s performance from the side of the stage. Assistants can also volunteer. Please sign up with our front desk if you are interested in volunteering.
Have a great November!