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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!

Best,

Megan Wiltshire

MDAA Fall Schedule

Hotels and Restaurants in Butte

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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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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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