OCPA News

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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Missoula Lip Sync Battle

Our Performance Company has been chosen to participate in the annual Missoula Lip Sync Battle on April 7th at the Dennison Theatre. Not only would we LOVE if you are able to come support us but MORE importantly, we would love your help in raising funds for Camp Mak-A-Dream. You can visit the link to our page & help us help other children in the community that we love! Any amount helps families participate in a life changing camp experience…  

https://www.firstgiving.com/team/387055

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More March Happenings

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

It’s finally sunny!  Woohoo!!  Fingers crossed this is the ‘out like a lamb’ part of this month. 

We try not to overwhelm you with emails but I have a couple of things to share…

NEWSLETTER
I have attached our March newsletter.  Please refer to it as a helpful reminder of important dates or fun things happening in and around the studio. 😉 ​

The Biz – March 2019

MARCH 18th – NEW STUDENT REGISTREATION CUT-OFF
Next Monday, we will no longer be accepting new students for the Spring Semester.  We will offer a couple of recreational classes for new students but they won’t be involved with the recital.  We have to make this adjustment because it’s close to impossible to order costumes at this point and it’s really hard on the teachers as they are deep into recital prep by now. 🙂  If you know someone interested in starting classed, please have them call the studio and we can answer any questions.

ATTENDANCE
Recital is right around the corner, believe it or not!  Our teachers are working really hard to create super fun performances so your little star can shine on stage.  With that being said, it is imperative that your student attend class so that they don’t fall behind in the recital number.  It’s really hard on the other students as well as the teacher if they are constantly having to re-teach their recital number each week.  If your student has missed or will miss three lessons in a row, we encourage you to schedule a private lesson to catch up on any missed material.  Thank you for understanding!!

MDAA – April 13th & 14th
The Spring MDAA Workshop is in Missoula this year!  Montana Dance Arts Association (M.D.A.A.) is a unique organization whose mission is to advance the art of dance for Montana students and educators by providing high quality  training opportunities and dance experiences.  If your child is interested in taking classes, please let us know.  The deadline for paperwork is next Friday the 22nd of March.  Any student 9yrs or older can participate!!  It’s an absolutely wonderful opportunity for all!  For more information, check out their website: http://www.montanadancearts.org 

FUNDRAISER
Our Performance Company has been chosen to participate in the annual Missoula Lip Sync Battle on April 7th at the Dennison Theatre. Not only would we LOVE if you are able to come support us but MORE importantly, we would love your help in raising funds for Camp Mak-A-Dream. You can visit the link to our page & help us help other children in the community that we love! Any amount helps families participate in a life changing camp experience…  

https://www.firstgiving.com/team/387055

Let us know if you have any questions!

Meagen

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March Happenings

Hello families!! It’s the luckiest month of the year!  Let’s hope that we are fortunate enough to see some warmer weather by the end of it. 😉  We are gearing up for a really busy spring so please read this email thoroughly to get all of the details you need.  

COSTUMES

  • We have started handing out costumes! Yay!!  Please make sure that your students costume fits.  We order the size that you approve & sign off on but we realize that some growth spurts are unexpected.  If your child has majorly sprouted, we will TRY to exchange the costume.  You may be charged a re-stocking fee so please be aware. 🙂
  • If you haven’t ordered a costume yet or are a new student, PLEASE order one as soon as possible.  As of this month – MARCH – we can’t guarantee that we will be able to get your costume here in time for our recital.  Reminder that they are not required but if you don’t order one, we ask that you replicate the class costume as precisely as possible. 
  • Please keep your student’s costume out of reach until they perform in the recital.  We won’t be able to replace them as we get closer to June.

SPRING BREAK
Spring break is right around the corner!!  We will be closed the week of March 25th-29th.  We sure hope you are able to have some fun family time during this week. 🙂 

RECOMMENDATIONS 
Our lovely teachers are working really hard to write up recommendations for every student.  This is an assessment of the level that your student has reached throughout this year.  Recommendations help you decide what level and what genre is best for your student for the following year.  You will receive your recommendations as well as a Season 19-20 class list before Pre-Registration (more info below).  Please let us know if you have any questions.  

PRE-REGISTRATION
As many of you know, we offer a pre-registration option for our current students which allows them a discount on the following years tuition.  We usually turn this into a physical event at the studio however, we are mixing it up this year!!  Because we have gone digital, we are going to allow CURRENT families to register online for next years classes the week before recital.  Please see the details below…

  • Pre-Registration – June 13th & 14th; this offer will only be available during these 2 days and this is a change to the original schedule advertised on the brochue from last fall.
  • Discount – 10% off of next seasons prices. 
  • Guaranteed spot in class.

RECITAL PICTURE WEEK
Our recital picture week will be April 29th-May 3rd.  You will be able to purchase your packages through the parent portal this year! Yay!! Keep an eye out for more information. 🙂 

RECITAL TICKETS
Tickets for our recital will go on sale May 1st – 12pm.  We tend to sell out so mark your calendars!  We don’t want you to miss out on getting the amount of tickets you want.  All you have to do is:

1. Visit tututix.com;
2. Click Buy Tickets;
3. Scroll to Montana;
4. Click on On Center Performing Arts.  EASY PEASY! 

RECITAL REMINDERS
Our recital will be on these dates: June 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th at MCT.  Your child will perform in the show on the night that they normally dance.  If their class is on Monday, they perform on the 17th, etc.  There will be a tech rehearsal during the day of each show.  We are planning to have our ‘Best Of’ show on Saturday June 22nd.  We will have the Best Of numbers chosen before tickets go on sale.   I know this is A LOT!! 

Thanks for reading through it.  Please let us know if you have any questions.  

Meagen

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OCPA’s New Parent Portal

Hi lovely On Center Families – 

Below are instructions for you to follow to create your Parent Portal (online account). We ask that you act promptly to create your account. In doing so, we will have the ability to re-enroll your student(s) into their currently enrolled classes. As I stated, your artistic staff will be handling enrollment for Spring 2019 for you!

Auto-pay on account is required for all enrolled students.  You still have the option to pay for Spring 2019 Semester in Full (on January 1st) or to pay monthly that will process on the 1st of each month. Auto-pay system allows for you to pay with Bank Account (E-check), Credit Card/Debit (American Express, Discover, Master Card, Visa). Reminder, monthly tuition will process on the 1st of each month. 

Steps to create Parent Portal account:

·  Step #1- click below link to begin setting up your parent portal. Under “First Time Here?”  Click CREATE ACCOUNT and follow instructions to create your family account.

·  You will receive an email to continue setting up your family account

·  Accept all policies & procedures, Waiver & Billing Authorization

·  Step #2- Complete ALL personal family information in your account so we can enroll student(s) in classes. Please make sure to add each enrolled student to your family account. *REMINDER- WE WILL ENROLL THEM!

·  Step #3- Auto pay is REQUIRED on all accounts and must be added after creating account. In your parent portal, you will see a red box (far left column), under the Payments section click on Manage Payment Options. This is where you will add your auto-pay information to your account. You may change auto-pay information at ANYTIME by completing these same steps

Start Parent Portal-

Click Here

Please make sure to complete all 3 steps in your Parent Portal account. If you are experiencing problems or would like assistance registering, I will be available at On Center Front Office on Wednesday & Thursday evening this week from 4:30pm – 7:30pm. Or email me if you have any questions at toni@mismogynastics.com

Thank you,

Toni Evans

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Homecoming Parade

Hey Everyone!!

This week is PARADE WEEK!! Every year, we are invited to dance in the parade to represent our studio. We invite EVERY student to dance with us on Saturday October 6th at 9:30am.  All classes will be learning the parade dance in class this week. Then we will have a practice at Kiwanis Park on Friday October 5th 4:30-5pm, so we can practice it walking forward as we will in the parade.

Saturday we will meet at our meeting spot (which we still don’t know yet) at 9:30am. Parade starts at 10am.  We ask that you pick up your kiddos at 10:30am at University and Helen. Please make sure to be there when WE end, not when the whole parade is over.  We will not leave any child unattended, so please be sure to be there or arrange a ride for them.

We have long sleeved On Center T-shirts in the dance shop for sale this week. If you don’t want to purchase one, please wear our colors, black, red, or white!

The theme this year is ‘Montana Strong’, and since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we have chosen to dance for all the strong breast cancer fighters out there. Everyone that dances with us will wear the pink beaded necklaces we provide to them to honor anyone who has had to deal with breast cancer.

All family members are welcome to walk with us as well. We have signs that you can hold, candy to pass out, or if you just want to walk in the back, you can do that. The more the merrier.  This is such a fun opportunity we are given, so we hope you all take advantage of it!

Let us know if you have any questions! We will let you know what number we are in the parade as soon as we find out!

-On Center Performing Arts

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Pre-registration is this Friday!

Good Afternoon Students and Families!!!

Pre-Reg is THIS FRIDAY!! If you would like to register for next years classes and get first pick on time and days before we open registration up to the public, please join us on April 13th!  Not only that, but prices are changing next year if you are taking multiple classes, so be sure to be there to lock in this years tuition prices!

All you need to do is the following:

• Register ONLINE at oncenter.biz on April 13th.

• Come to the studio anytime between 4pm-6pm April 13th to finish your registration. (If you don’t come to the studio, your spot in the class will not be held, and you will not receive this years tuition prices if it goes up for you).

• Bring a VOIDED CHECK with you if you want to do the monthly installments for next year. We CANNOT use this years check. If you want to pay in full next year, we will take your credit card # and charge you on September 1st.

• Bring your $30 yearly registration fee.

If you are interested in Company this year, remember to sign up for ballet, music, and acting class (all 3 are required).  If you need to change things around later, you can, but it is safer to sign up for the classes before they get full! You may think it’s too early to register for the next year, but classes do fill up fast!

The Company kids will be taking classes at this time as well, so that you can have an idea of what a typical Friday on Performance Company is like.  You will be able to watch from the dance shop or the ballet studio. 🙂

Teachers will be there to talk to if you have any questions, and there will also be a special treat!!  We hope to see you on Friday!

Thank you,

On Center Performing Arts

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