OCPA News

You are invited….

…to Parent Appreciation Week at On Center!!!

Parents, we know how hard you work to support your dancers, singers, and actors, and we want to say THANK YOU!!!

Please join us next week in class (Nov. 18-21) with your student to observe, and have some treats in the lobby before and after class.  It’s the least we can do to thank you for all of your support!

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions and I look forward to seeing you next week!

Best,

Megan Wiltshire
Director
On Center Performing Arts

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Adult Ballet

Exciting news at On Center! 

We are thrilled to announce our Adult Ballet Workshop, beginning November 6th!

Many folks have been asking and we couldn’t be happier to be offering this class.  Taught by Tara McFarland, member of Bare Bait Dance Company, we can’t think of a better way to take care of ourselves as we enter the Holiday season!

Please follow this link to claim your spot today, and we’ll see you at the Barre!

Megan Wiltshire

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Homecoming, Part 2

Good evening OCPA families! Here is the official itinerary for this weekend. Much of this is repeat info from the email last week, though there are a couple of new details and a couple of edits. 

Friday Night: 

  • Parade Rehearsal: 4-5 PM. Everyone participating in the parade is heavily encouraged to come to this. Our float/group is going to be HUGE so we are asking all programs be there so we can make sure everything will run smoothly on Saturday morning. 

Saturday Morning:

  • 9:15am– Meet at St. Francis parking lot across from St Patrick Hospital (420 W Pine), check-in with Megan, Lauren, or Lynnae, we will walk to our parade spot at 9:30am.  
  • All kids may participate, if they are under the age of 8, parent must accompany them. (This is different than what I emailed last week.)
  • Attire: Please wear layers – OCPA Homecoming shirt or red and black.  Comfy shoes, as we have a ways to walk.
  • Parade Pick-up & Mismo Tailgate: Spot is located at the practice field by the UM score board closest to Madison street bridge. We will walk all parade participants to the Tailgate spot as soon as we have finished in the parade. Please join our Mismo Tailgate. 
  • Dancers must check in and out with a parent.

Please let us know if you have any questions!  

Thank you!

OCPA Staff

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Homecoming!!!!




Good Evening OCPA Families, 

Saturday, October 5th, OCPA will be participating in the U of M Homecoming parade.  
 
Details:  
9:15 am – Meet at St. Francis parking lot across from St Patrick Hospital (420 W Pine), check-in with Megan or Lauren – we will walk to our parade spot at 9:30am.  

All dancers are invited to participate. If they are under the age of 10, a parent must accompany them.

Attire: Please wear our OCPA colors, Red and Black.  Also, it will be Oct. in Montana, so please be dressed appropriately for whatever the weather. 

Parade Pick-up & Mismo Tailgate – Students should be picked up from the MISMO tailgate.  The spot is located at the practice field by the UM score board closest to Madison Street bridge. We will walk all parade participants to the Tailgate spot as soon as we have finished in the parade. All are welcome to join our Mismo/OCPA Tailgate. 

Please don’t hesitate to respond with any questions! 

Thank you,
OCPA Teaching Staff

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Open House Invitation

Hello On Center families,

Megan Wiltshire here, the new Director of On Center Performing Arts. I am so honored to step into this role and I am hoping to be an exceptional leader for your dancers.

I am looking forward to meeting all of you as the season moves on, but I am hoping to get a jump start tomorrow, with our Open House!  Kelley and I are looking forward to using the Open House as an opportunity to say thank you and spoil the families that have been so supportive of On Center. We have a lot of great prizes that currently enrolled students will be eligible to win, including dance gear, recital tickets, and a free month of tuition!

We’ll have plenty of treats and snacks for all, and I sincerely hope you are able to make it for at least a short time. Please feel free to bring friends, and we hope to see you tomorrow afternoon!

If you are unable to make the Open House tomorrow, I look forward to meeting you soon. Please feel free to stop me anytime you are in the building and introduce yourself! 

All the best,

Megan

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Open House

Join us for our annual open house this coming Friday, September 20th between 4 and 6pm.

Swing by our new location at 1900 West Broadway for a tour of our NEW STUDIOS! You can meet this year’s teacher staff, enter to win one of several great PRIZES and even register your student for one of our CLASSES!

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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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