Team Newsletter – October 2018


We hope your child has settled in to their class(es) by now. Our biggest priority with your child’s commitment to their Team is finding value and learning in class. Being a part of APA, we want your child to experience MORE than just great arts education. You will see our Academy giving back at our upcoming events. This month we are participating in Fox 6’s Coats for Kids. Read more about it below.  Happy October!


Choreography Camps: Don’t forget the Fall Choreography Camps start this Friday, October 5th! Click here to see the schedule.

Team Performance Dates:  CLICK HERE – please check this each month for updates.

Contacting Team Coordinator: In this day and age we know it can be tempting to reach out to our Team Coordinator via Facebook, or text or phone calls.  However, so we can have a record of these conversations it is now a policy at APA that you only reach out via the Team email ([email protected]) or calling the studio at 414.768.0101.  Miss Trisha is no longer allowed to respond to text messages, phone calls (to her private number) or Private Facebook Messages.  Thank you for your understanding.

Miss Trisha’s current hours her hours are Monday and Tuesday from 9am-11am and 3:30pm-9pm and Thursdays from 4-9pm.

South Milwaukee LIGHTED Christmas Parade:  We have the South Milwaukee Christmas Parade coming up on Saturday, November 24 for their first ever lighted Christmas Parade.  We will meet around 5:45pm.  All of our Teams will be performing at this event (Pre-Team 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 to walk the parade route. If your Pre-team or Mini Hip Hop dancer walks a parent must walk with them). Please have your dancer start learning the parade dance at home.  We will be sending out a video link by the end of October.   This is the same dance as our 4th of July routine but with a different song.  Due to the lack of interest and participation over the last two years, we will not have an in-studio parade practice.

For the parade, we will have everyone wear their warmup jacket (with layers underneath), any black yoga/jazz pants and any tennis shoes. 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!  Details about when and where to meet for the parade will be in the November newsletter.  Please remember this is a required Team event.

Logo Wear for Sale:  Get your “Fan Of” t-shirts, APA hoodies, tanks, t-shirts and more!  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!    DO NOT ORDER YOUR TEAM JACKET FROM THIS STORE.

Practicing at Home: All competitive team dancers are expected to be practicing at home. When the dancers learn something in class, we want them to review and memorize it at home so we can move faster in our classes.

Absences: If your child will be absent for any classes or rehearsals please inform your coach AND send us an email.  Remember there are limited absences allowed throughout the year unless it is an APA sponsored event, such as a dance convention with APA. The coaches do track attendance and tardies, so after the second absence you will receive an email to remind you of the policy and how many absences your child has.  Please refer to the Team contract for specific absence policies for each Team level.  All specialty Teams (Hip Hop, Poms, and Tap are considered Pink).

Hair and Makeup: Team students are required to wear their hair and make-up a certain way for most required events.  We have instructional videos for how to do performance hair and make-up on the Team website. We are going to have Miss Sarah check everyone’s hair and make-up at the winter showcase.  We are still finalizing Pre Team and Mini Hip Hop hair.

Convention Details:  For those of you who signed up for the Showstopper Convention (October 13th -14th) we will email out details as they become available.  Please expect an email from us 1 week prior to the event.  Please remember you are representing APA and our policies (such as the modest policy) apply.

Team Fees: We wanted to give another reminder that on January 1st we will automatically be charging the account on file for Competitive Team fees. Since this is the largest payment, we want to give everyone as much time to plan as possible. Please remember this is per routine:  1st Routine fees approximately: $360. Each additional routine is $225, including Production.

Student of the Month:  Congratulations to Elyse Johnson, our Team Dancer of the Month! Elyse is in 7th grade at Franklin Park Middle School where her favorite subject in school is Math. She likes using the Snapchat App, her fav food is Mac N’Cheese and she loves cheesecake for dessert. Elyse has been dancing for 8 years, and we’re so happy she has decided to join the APA Teams! Her favorite style of dance is Jazz, and one day she hopes to become a dance teacher/choreographer or a FBI Agent.  Elyse’s coaches say she is a delight to have in practises; she is always ready to dance and eager to learn more. We can tell she practices her dances because she’s confident and has a smile that sparkles. She sets a good example for her peers and we think she’s off to a great start this season. Congratulations Elyse, keep up the great work!!

October License Plate Winner: Congrats to license plate ZV4-1519. One of our staff members spotted your APA 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!

Trunk or Treat Event: Please join us for our 5th Annual event on Sunday, October 21st at both of our great locations! We will be sending out a video link by the end of October.  NEW this year:  Bounce house, tattoos, pumpkin decorating and more!  Join us for a fun costume contest with great prizes.  Click here for more info!  If you are a business and would like to host a FREE trunk to advertise for yourself, please contact Rachel at [email protected]

Kringle Fundraiser: Order form is due Tuesday, October 2nd.   Franklin Pick Up – Thursday, October 18th 3pm-6pm and Oak Creek Pick up – Friday, October 19th 3pm-6pm. You must pick up from the location you ordered from. Anyone that does not show up between those times will be charged $10 to their account on file. If you do not pick up your food that night, your frozen food will not be good as we do not have a freezer on the premises. Profits from the fundraiser will be in your individual family account before October 15th.

Coats for Kids:  APA is proud to be participating in Fox 6’s Coats For Kids again this year!   Donations will be accepted starting in mid-October. Donation bins will be in the lobby at both locations.  Please start checking your closets for coats that can be donated to those in need of these items in the harsh Wisconsin winter weather.   All sizes are needed.

Yard Sign Contest:   This continues through the month of October!   Grab a yard sign from the lobby of either location and place it in your yard.  If we spot your house during October you could be our next $50 tuition credit winner.

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!)


2018 Winter Showcase Times:  Our Showcases are set for Saturday, December 15th at the South Milwaukee High School PAC. Our shows will be approximately one hour in length and at the following times:  930am, 1130am, 130pm, 330pm & 530pm. We will announce our Teams’ performance times in our November newsletter – some Teams could be asked to perform in more than one Showcase time. Technique classes, with the exception of upper level ballet classes, will NOT perform.

SIBLINGS IN DIFFERENT SHOWCASE TIMES: Please remember it is very hard for us to get siblings to perform together.  We run an enrollment report from families that register prior to June 15th and try to prioritize in the order that you register. If siblings perform in different shows, we will put a credit in your APA account for a value of 4 REGULAR tickets to deduct off your 12/15 tuition payment. If your students are not scheduled in the same Showcase, please email us at [email protected] with your student’s names. Because of South Milwaukee’s online ticket sales, we do not have capability to give free tickets on their site. You will still need to purchase these tickets on your own through South Milwaukee PAC.

Winter Dance Showcase Ticket Sale Days:  
*ONLINE ONLY – Monday, November 5th ALL SHOWS on sale at 10am.
*IN PERSON OR OVER THE PHONE – Monday, November 12th at 10am 

Tickets: Premium Tickets: $13 per ticket, Regular Tickets cost $11 per ticket and must be purchased through the South Milwaukee Box Office. If seats are available the day of, tickets are $15 at the door. All seats are reserved seating. Ways to order Tickets at the South Milwaukee Box Office: Online (preferred method) In Person- 901 15th Ave. South Milwaukee Hours are Monday-Friday 10am-1pm Phone – (414) 766-5049 Hours are Monday – Friday 10am-4pm

DVD’s: Our Winter Show 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 volunteer’s back-stage to help with our little ones; volunteers do not have to purchase a ticket. The sign-up will take place in November.

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