My son has been involved with the orchestra for almost 3 years and we owe the refinement and advancement of his talent to his instructor, Tia Juby and to the program director, Laura Tyson. This is a wonderful program to introduce our children to the arts and to give them the opportunity to achieve at a level their desire and talent carries them to. Laura, Tia and Joycelyn have the heart, skill and talent to teach the arts as they should be taught to our students and only need the resources to continue and to lift the program to new and higher levels. The preformances seem to achieve a greater high, though you would not think it is possible as so many of the youth have that star quality that you expect to see them next in the Tulsa Ballet or Tulsa Symphony. It is through this teams dedication to excellence in this program and their desire to propell the arts for future generations that have made it a shining example for the community.
I am now a senior in College and have an outstanding GPA, job offers, and am two months away from a bachelors degree. None of this would have been possible without Oklahoma Performing Arts. It is more than a studio it is a family. I have had so much support even when I graduated from the school. I am always in contact with the director who is constantly helping me figure out problems academically, artistically, and emotionally. While I was there I learned responsibility, maturity, and how to work as a team. There is no other place in Oklahoma where you can find all of that plus highly rated arts education. Any time I come back to Oklahome me and the other alumni always make sure we can take at least one class. They deserve as much support as anyone can give. The director is trying to make a difference in Oklahoma and with support I know she can do it.
My child is a student at Oklahoma Performing Arts, we have been with OPA for 9 plus years and counting. Miss Laura and her staff of teachers have greatly contributed to the development of my child as an individual and as a student in the performing arts. OPA is a wonderful program that contributes to the community as well as to the students and families. I enjoy being involved in my children's activities and OPA's C.A.S.T. program (Children of Arts Support Team) makes this possible for me as a parent. I couln't ask for a better place or program for my child to be involved in.
Oklahoma Performing Arts is so much more than a dance school. I am very thankful to God that he has sent OPA our way. I wanted my daughter to start dance lessons, but didn't know where the right place would be. I was referred to OPA by another parent whose daughter attends and I am so glad that we have the opportunity to give back to the community while gaining training in the classic arts. My daughter is being trained in voice, acting, tap, ballet and jazz and is becoming a well rounded individual as well as performer. The discipline they learn from OPA goes far beyond the stage.
My 4-year daughter has been taking dance from OPA for about 6 months. She has learned more than I could have imagined during that time. During a recent gymnastics class at another location, her instructor commented on Avery's poise and talent- and said it must come from her ballet instruction! The children are challenged to do more than expected and they DO! During the holidays, the students performed at various nursing homes in the area. It was so much fun to see the JOY on the faces of the residents watching the children perform. The children interact with the residents following the nursing homes and its mutually beneficial!!
The community service provided by this group is greater than any other arts organization I have ever seen. Their desire to expose people to the arts and gain support for the arts is evident by all the workshops and programs they offer throughout the state. Their program is wonderful and I am amazed at the way they develop the individual talents of each student. Observers are constantly amazed at how talented the students are.