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Winter Dance Performances

Most of our student’s favorite part of the year is our annual performances and over 95% of our students perform in these optional performances.  We put on a professional performance in December and June. All classes and performance teams are given the opportunity to perform. Routines will be taught during your regular class times.

Safety Guidelines for our Performances:  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 anyone has any health conditions, we recommend that they do not attend.  All spectators and dancers are required to wear masks at all times unless they are exempt or under the age of 5.

Dates: December 19th & 20th, 2020

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 Winter Mini Shows):  For our Recreational classes, we will be having 10 total “Mini Shows” on Saturday, December 19th & Sunday, December 20th. The Mini Shows will have only 5-6 dances per Show and we will be allowing each student at least 5 guests to attend. We will open up the remaining seats that are available at a later date if students would like other spectators to attend. Each class will perform their routine 2 times on stage. The shows will last approximately 20-25 minutes.

***Competitive Team Showcase will be held on Sunday, December 20th at 10:30am.  This performance will last approximately 1 hour and fifteen minutes.

Showcase Performance Days/Times:  Click HERE

In-House FULL Dance Dress Rehearsal  Saturday, December 12th-Friday, December 18th We will have our students come to their last regular class AT APA before our Showcase in complete costume with hair and make-up done. This will help our teachers see if there are any costume or shoe issues before our performance.  

Tickets:  Cost is $10 per seat/per show that will be occupied for a Mini Show.  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 amount of seats per student, all tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE, no exceptions (unless SMPAC cancels).  In order for us to put on these Shows, we need to make sure we can cover all of our rental costs.  ***Team Showcase is $15 per seat that will be occupied.

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

Ticket Limits:  There will be a chance to purchase additional tickets at a later date.  The details are below.
Mini Shows (Recreational Dance):  up to 5 tickets per student
Competitive Team Showcase:  up to 3 tickets per student

Ticket Sale Dates:    We split our sale dates into 2 dates listed below. Tickets will be available for purchase until Wednesday, December 2nd.

Monday, November 23rd @ 10am – you can purchase tickets for the following shows:
Saturday 9:30am, Saturday 10:30am, Saturday 11:30am, Saturday 12:30pm, Saturday 1:30pm

Tuesday, November 24th @ 10am – you can purchase tickets for the following shows:

Saturday 2:30pm, Saturday 3:30pm, Saturday 4:30pm, Saturday 5:30pm & Sunday 1pm.  Our Team Showcase on Sunday at 10:30am will also go on sale on this date.

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

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 Monday, December 7th.  Because this is general seating, even if you purchased 5 tickets the first round, your family will still be able to sit together if you purchase more at this later date.

Arrival Time:  Spectators can only arrive 20 minutes before your scheduled Showtime.  We will NOT allow anyone inside of the building earlier than 20 minutes prior to your dancer’s Showtime.  Please have students use the bathroom BEFORE they head back-stage.

We will provide additional details on how the traffic flow of entering and exiting the venue will happen in December.  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 Show time.

Please do NOT send jackets, boots or street shoes back-stage to avoid anyone losing any items. Parents can take these items to their seats. Students should arrive back-stage with their dance costume and dance shoes on. It is also a good idea to have shoes and costumes labeled. If your student has more than one dance and needs to change their costumes or shoes, please bring this back-stage (including accessories) in a labeled bag so all items stay together.

Dancer Masks:  Masks must be worn on stage.  We recommend any solid neutral color mask: (black, white, beige/tan).  For overall safety reasons, please make sure your child’s mask fits their face properly.

Costumes 2020-2021
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.  If your student is enrolled in a combo class, they only perform 1 style of dance for our Winter Shows.  Next to our costume pictures, it will indicate the style of dance they will perform.  For our Spring Show, they will perform both styles.

Oak Creek Costumes – Click HERE 
Franklin Costumes – Click HERE
***Boy students who are enrolled in co-ed classes will be emailed their costumes directly.

Costumes Sizing: Students will get measured inside of the classroom for their winter/spring showcase costume. We are placing ALL costume orders on 9/26/2020.

Costumes/Music Selection: Our teachers select the music and costumes for each class. Once the teachers have selected their music and costumes, they must be approved by the studio director to assure they are age appropriate. We will be selecting 1 costume that we will wear for both showcases. We will still have different dances and music selections at both showcases. Music practice links will be available in December. Due to copy-writing laws, we are no longer able to display videos online so parents are welcome to tape our dances during “Parent Observation Week”.

Costume Fees:

Gr. 1st & younger $65/class (Plus Tax)
Gr. 2nd-5th $73/class (Plus Tax)
Gr. 5 & up $78/class (Plus Tax)

** Costumes are ordered in Fall and worn for both the Fall and Spring Showcases **

Costumes will be charged through automatic withdrawal on September 25, 2020. If you have registered after that date, it will be charged at registration. (If you registered online, you automatically agreed to this charge unless you emailed us that your student would not be participating. In person and over the phone registrations had the option to agree to this charge on your registration form.)

Showcase required shoes:
* Grades 2nd-8th Combo classes please ask your teacher directly.
Ballet – Leather Pink Ballet Slippers
Jazz & Poms– Tan Jazz Shoes
Hip Hop – Silver sparkly tennis shoes purchased at APA!    Boys: purchase any type of black tennis shoes.   *Age 3-4 Pre-Hip Hop:  White, low-top tennis shoes (not provided by APA)
Tap – Tan Tap shoes
Contemporary/Lyrical – Half Sole Ballet Shoes
We have shoes and extra tights available for sale at the studio, but you are not required to buy them from us.

If you are in a recreational combo class please view the costume documents or Showcase index above to see which style dance you will be performing in the Winter Showcase. 

 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 lipstick, blush and eye-shadow will help with this and bring out their adorable expressions! We understand if you do not want your younger student to wear this.  Competitive Team Studentsare required to wear their performance make-up on stage.

Volunteers: We are working with SMPAC to see if a limited amount of volunteers would be available back-stage to help.

Photos: Winter Showcase pictures are not taken. Professional pictures will be taken by Empire Photography for Spring Only! Feel free to take any photos during the show WITHOUT your flash on as this can be distracting to students.

DVD: Our Winter showcase is videotaped by a professional videographer and DVD’s will be for sale. Our videographer tapes the group as a whole.  You are also more than welcome to tape the performance yourself if you would like.  Winter Showcase pictures are not taken; professional pictures will be taken by Empire Photography for Spring only!  Feel free to take any photos during the show WITHOUT your flash on as this can be distracting to students.  *2020 Update – we are working with our videographer to make sure he is still available since we have more shows than normal.


If you have any questions, please let us know! Our staff is happy to help!