Recital Dates and Info

Good evening,

Let me start first by thanking all of you for your patience through the Recital booking process.  It has been long and I imagine you must be feeling frustrated.  Well, you won’t have to wait any longer.

I am so pleased to announce that On Center’s 2020 Recital will take place May 21 and 22, 2020 at the Hellgate High School Auditorium.

Though we are sad not to be returning to MCT this year, we are so excited about the auditorium at Hellgate!  It’s been newly remodeled and has a much larger seating capacity than the theatre at MCT!

We are making a change to the structure of the recital as well.  Rather than use an entire week with a different performance each night and daytime rehearsals, we will create 1 program that will have 2 opportunities to perform, on Thurs. May 21 and Fri. May 22. There will be a tech/dress rehearsal on Wed. May 20 in the late afternoon/evening for all performers.  We are so excited about each student being able to perform twice this year, rather than only some having the opportunity for a second performance in the Best of Show.

I am aware that this is the week prior to Memorial Day weekend.  I understand there may be conflicts.  It’s also a week that we know we are not competing with any graduations, summer vacations, and oh so much more.  A decision needed to be made, and this is what was decided and we hope will impact the least amount of people

Again, I thank you all so much for your patience.  I am so excited to be finally sharing this information with you!  As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with your questions and concerns, and I thank you all deeply for continuing to enrich your child’s life through the arts.


Megan Wiltshire


On Center Performing Arts


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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!


Megan Wiltshire
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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Montana Dance Arts Association

I want to send you some information about the upcoming MDAA Fall Workshop in Butte, MT. All OCPA students that are 10 and older are invited to attend. The workshop dates are Oct. 18-20.

This is a great opportunity for our students to work alongside dancers from all around the state, while they learn from dance teachers from around the state and the country! There is a variety of classes to choose from, with varying levels for each class. I’ve attached a schedule to this email. We would love to have On Center represented by as many students as possible, though I realize that October 18th is quickly approaching and that this may be asking a lot from our families.

At this time, On Center is not in a position to act as chaperones for the weekend, so for any student that wishes to attend; registration, transportation, and accommodations must be arranged by the families. We will have staff present at the Workshop for the entire weekend, however, so we can provide support during the days and we are happy to help your student choose the appropriate class levels and offer suggestions about classes they should take.

In addition to the master schedule, I have also attached a hotel list, as there are a couple hotels in Butte that have blocks of rooms reserved at a discounted price. If your student is planning to attend, I strongly encourage they reach out to find other students attending so that perhaps they can be in the same hotel, or carpools can be arranged.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions. I am here to help!


Megan Wiltshire

MDAA Fall Schedule

Hotels and Restaurants in Butte

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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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Good Evening OCPA Families, 

Saturday, October 5th, OCPA will be participating in the U of M Homecoming parade.  
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,


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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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