As a student of Miss Laura Tyson, I learned so much more than dance and performance skills. I learned about how to persevere, how to embrace self-confidence, and how to express myself through movement. Miss Laura is more than a dance teacher. She is a life-long friend, mentor, and advisor. Now, my daughter takes from Miss Laura, and I have the blessed opportunity to watch life come full circle.
I am a volunteer for this organization as well as a parent of one of the dancers. As a parent of one of the dancers I can tell you that what she is receiving is so much more than dance, voice and acting lessons. My 11yr child is incredibly disciplined in all areas of her life. She is a straight A student and we attribute her hard work to lessons she has learned from what she has learned at OPA. We love being part of the OPA family.
We moved to the area this past year and were referred to OPA as our daughter is serious about dance. We had never done voice or acting . . . It quickly became evident that the program was very advanced and well suited for our family. It impresses me how quickly the children progress. My daughter was behind others her age, but was given the attention and instruction to catch up and thrive! It is a true testament to the fact that if you expect something out of a child, they WILL rise to meet the goals! Also, the family atmosphere made our move and integration into a new community much easier. We love it so much that our son recently started in the program.
I volunteered for Laura Tyson for about 4 months. She was an amazing person to work for. She always had the kids busy and working on something. Anytime i had to ask her a question about filing papers she somehow managed to take time out of teaching her students to make time for me. She was always polite and courteous. My younger brother and sister are currently enrolled in Oklahoma Performing arts and they both love it. Laura Tyson is an amazingly gifted instructor.
My daughter has been a part of OPA for 3 years, my son for 2 years. We love everything about the program!! We especially love the community outreach, the staff, and the other kids. They keep kids so busy that they do NOT have time to get into trouble. I could not imagine our lives otherwise. The director, is phenomenal!! I have no idea how she gets it all done. They are way more than just a dance, voice, and acting company. They are a family!