Meet the Artistic Director

A native of California, Scot started
dancing at the age of five. After graduating from
USIU School of Performing and Visual Arts, BA,
MFA, Mr. Davidge went on to perform and work
around the world with Zena Bethune
TheatreDance Co., Stanley Holden, Bob Fosse,
Martha Graham, Tommy Tune, Kristy McNickel,
Jane Powell, BalletInternational, Crystal Gayle,
Disney International, Ginger Rogers, Mickey
Rooney, Debbie Boone and La Pacifica Ballet.
Moving to New York to pursue his musical
theatre career, D. Scot appeared in such
Broadway shows as Grease, Pippin,
JCSuperStar, Evita, 42nd Street, The Tap Dance
Kid, No No Nanette, Twelfth Night,
A Chorus Line. Scot originated
the part of Benjamin in Seven Brides for
Seven Brothers.
D. Scot fell in love
with the Springfield community while on tour with
the Kenley Players, and decided to move to
Springfield to raise his son. Discovering a desire
for formal theatre education in our community,
Mr. Davidge created OPAI, to give back to the
community that has adopted him.

A Note from the Artistic Director

As the Artistic Director, it is important to me to
emphasize that at OPAI we teach children
how to dance
, not just how to do one dance
all year. This provides them with the skills to
apply what they have learned to other
performance opportunities at school, community
theater, college, etc. Just because we are in a
small community there is no reason that I can't
teach on a professional level. Would want your
children to learn half of the alphabet? Or how to
only count to four? This is why at OPAI dancers
are encouraged to explore creative possibilities
of various dance forms while receiving a solid
technique foundation that can be utilized in all
phases of their training. This principle is applied
in every class, for every student from the serious,
career-minded dancer to the child just
beginnning to explore dance, and the adult
interested in creative expression.


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