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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.

***Please check back in October 2021 for updated details!

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 2021 TBD

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:  TBD
(Performance orders are also available on this document above, please look at tabs on the bottom of the spreadsheet)

In-House FULL Dance Dress Rehearsal  TBD  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 (no lipstick due to masks). This will help our teachers see if there are any costume or shoe issues before our performance.  

REQUIRED VIDEO TO WATCH:   This video will show you where to enter/exit along with student drop-off/pick-up locations and additional Covid safety precautions.  Returning members – please still watch this video in its entirety as certain things will be different from years past.

Click HERE for Video



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: Please check your email on how to sign-up to volunteer back-stage.

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’s available for purchase:  As always, we have our Shows videotaped and will be available by DVD and a downloadable link in mid-January.  Please click HERE to download the order form.  These orders are not handled by APA and must be submitted directly to Zaker Videography.  The cost is $25 for ALL Shows.  ***Families are also welcome to videotape the performances as well.

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