OCPA News

2019-2020 Teacher Lineup

Megan Wiltshire – Director, Mixed Arts, PreAprentice Jazz, Dance Fusion, Jr Jazz, Intro to Jazz 12+

Lindsey Barnard – Tap, Hip Hop, Dance Fusion and Contemporary

Keli Rhea – Music and Mixed Arts, Privates & Company

Reid Reimers – Acting, Privates & Company

Lauren Maes – PreBallet/Tap, Dance Fusion 2, Intro To Jazz 12+ & Privates

Tara McFarland – Intro, Pre-Apprentice, Apprentice, & Senior Ballet, Company & Privates

Isabella Gerrard – Baby Ballet, Pre-Ballet/Tap, Dance Fusion, and Jr. Ballet

Lynnae Giffin – Dance/Gymnastics Combo, Baby Ballet, Pre-Ballet/Tap & Company

Jaiden Hettick – Baby Ballet

Kelley Durbin-Williams – Company & Baby Ballet

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Introducing our new studio director!

We are so excited to have this amazingly talented professional on our team. 

Megan Wiltshire began dancing at the age of 5, which led her to the theatre when she was 14. Megan graduated from the University of Montana in 2011 with a BA in Theatre and a BA in Dance.

Megan has extensive experience working with children. In 2008, she began working for Missoula Children’s Theatre as a Tour Actor/Director and spent a cumulative three years on the road from 2008-2015, as well as staying active with the Children’s Theatre in Missoula. Recent credits include Directing/Choreographing Once on this Island, Jr (2019) and Seussical, Jr. (2017). Additionally in the past year, Megan choreographed Urinetown for the Orphan Girl Children’s Theatre in Butte, and Mary Poppins, Jr. for Bigfork Playhouse Children’s Theatre. 

Megan also stays active with the Missoula Community Theatre, most recently having directed Happy Days (2018), and choreographed Urinetown (2017), Mary Poppins (2016). In February of 2019, Megan received her 200 hour Yoga Teaching Certification.

Megan is spent this summer at the Fort Peck Summer Theatre for her 7th consecutive season. She works as an Actor, Choreographer and Director, as well as the Director of the Performing Arts Camp for the last 3 years. 

Megan is thrilled be be taking on the role of OCPA Director and sharing her love of dance and theatre with younger generations!

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Studio Location – 2019/2020

Towards the end of our 2018-2019 dance season, you may have heard that we were moving the studio to a new location and that we had to be out of our old studio July 31.  We successfully pulled that off! 😉

We were intending to build new studios inside of the old Mission Mattress building, as we announced in June.  However, we ran into some issues with our “Change of Use” permit which was going to involve us doing over $50,000 in renovation to a space that will all too soon be torn down. With that said, and having already spent $10,000 dollars on a space that won’t work, we have managed to secure some very creative solutions.  We will send you photos of our new studios once we complete the set-up but you will have to stay on the edge of your seats for an exciting show.  Just arrive at Mismo on Sept. 2 and we will have a treat for you!

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Summer Info

OCPA FAMILIES

INCLUDED IN THIS POST:

1 – Summer Classes and Camp

2 – New Location Starting Sept. 1

3 – Fall Schedule

4 – VIP Enrollment

5 – Company Auditions

6 – New, Returning, and Retiring Staff

1 – Summer Classes and Camp

We still have spots in our amazing summer classes.  Feel free to go to your parent portal and join us.  Classes start July 2 and run through July 31.  We also have one summer camp remaining in July.

https://app.iclasspro.com/parentportal/ocpadance

2 – On Center Performing Arts 2019/2020

Summer Location -Same awesome place you have been coming until July 31.

New Location – 1900 West Broadway (Opening Sept 1)

Brand new state of the art facility in an amazing centrally located spot.

3 – Fall Schedule – Published on or before July 15, 2019

4 – V.I.P. Fall Enrollment – August 1 & 2 – Open to any family who had students enrolled during the 2018/2019 School Year – 10% Discount

Open Fall Enrollment – August 3 – Open to New & Returning Families

5 – Company Auditions – August 20, 2019

Dance Intensive – Aug/Sept – Date TBD

6 – NEW & RETURNING STAFF

Owner – Kelley Durbin-Williams

Office Manager – Toni Evans

Director – Megan Wiltshire

Megan Wiltshire began dancing at the age of 5, which led her to the theatre when she was 14. Megan graduated from the University of Montana in 2011 with a BA in Theatre and a BA in Dance.

Megan has extensive experience working with children. In 2008, she began working for Missoula Children’s Theatre as a Tour Actor/Director and spent a cumulative three years on the road from 2008-2015, as well as staying active with the Children’s Theatre in Missoula. Recent credits include Directing/Choreographing Once on this Island, Jr (2019) and Seussical, Jr. (2017). Additionally in the past year, Megan choreographed Urinetown for the Orphan Girl Children’s Theatre in Butte, and Mary Poppins, Jr. for Bigfork Playhouse Children’s Theatre.

Interim Performance Company Director – Kelley Durbin-Williams

Company Choreography will be done by internal and visiting guest choreographers

Acting – Reid Reimer

Music – Keli Rhea

Instructors:

Megan Wiltshire

Tara McFarland

Lindsay Barnard

Lauren Maes

Isabella Garrard

Lynnae Giffin

Support/GUEST Teachers

Rachel Danielson

Mica Clarkson

and more to come….stay tuned!

Departing Staff

We want to send a HUGE thank you to Meagen Hensley-Shapiro for amazing hard work and commitment over the years to OCPA.  She was a blessing in our lives and we look forward to seeing what great things she accomplishes next! Tavja is also retiring from the studio, her smile is contagious.  Brynlee will be with us through the summer and then headed to college.  And we are thrilled to announce that Carley Jo was accepted into nursing school next year.  All of our ladies are growing and doing amazing things! We wish them all the best!

HAPPY SUMMER!

LOVE,

KELLEY 😉

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April Happenings

Hi everyone! Welcome Spring…I mean, Hi Again, Winter.  Hahahaha!  At least we know that we are through Fool’s Spring & almost through Second Winter.  Then we only have one more Winter before official Spring.  YAY!! 😉

EMAILS
We have discovered that quite a few families weren’t getting our emails.  In the new software, if you checked ‘unsubscribe to email blasts’ then you weren’t getting all of the important info.  Hopefully we have fixed the problem.  Let me know if you would like to get all of the emails that were sent in previous months.  

RECOMMENDATIONS
You will be seeing recommendations arrive in the mail in the next week or so.  These are always so exciting for the kids!  Many aspects are taken into consideration when teachers decide on placement: abilities, attendance, attitude, focus, etc. Please let me know if you have any questions regarding the recommendations for next fall. 

CLASS LEVELS
We will be changing our class levels next year.  We have found that the current description of levels is confusing so we will be changing to a number system.  The current levels & new levels are as follows:

Junior/Beginning = Level 1
Pre-Apprentice = Level 2
Apprentice = Level 3
Senior = Level 4 

COSTUMES
If your costume still hasn’t arrived & you are wanting to get pictures, please let me know.  I will be emailing classes so that we can figure out a borrow situation so you can still be a part of the photo week. 🙂  

RECITAL OPENING
We are planning to open our recital this year with a fun slide show & we need your help!  Because the theme is ‘Road Trip!’ we would love to collect as many road trip photos as possible.  Please send us pictures of your student &/or your family traveling.  It will be so fun to see your photo on the big screen!! RECITAL REMINDERS

  • Photos: Photo week is April 29th-May 3rd.  Please register online for your photo packet.  It’s an easy process through the parent portal. 🙂 The picture schedule will be sent out the week before but plan to be at the studio during your usual class time.  If you aren’t getting photos, you won’t have class that week. 
  • Tickets: Tickets will go on sale through TutuTix on May 1st at 12pm.  We tend to sell out so get your tickets before they are gone. 
  • Best Of:  Our Best Of Show will be on Saturday – June 22nd.  We will announce the Best Of Show lineup before tickets go on sale. 

MEMORIAL DAY
We WILL NOT have class on Memorial Day! 🙂  

FINALE
We are opening our finale performance up to any students 6yrs or older that want to participate!  It’s super fun!!  You will need to attend a rehearsal on Saturday – June 1st from 10am-12pm.  During recital week, you will perform your class number & then stay backstage until the finale performance.  You will wear the same costume that you have for your class performance.  We hope to see you at rehearsal! 

STUDENT APPRECIATION DAY
DATE CHANGE!! We are moving our annual Student Appreciation Day to June 8th.  We originally scheduled it on June 1st so make sure to change your calendars!  This year we will be having a ‘Sock Hop’ theme so start planning your costume now!  Poodle skirts, saddle shoes, leather jackets, OH MY!  

THANKS for reading this all the way through!!  I know its A LOT but it’s that crazy time of year.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  

-Meagen

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