The Orange School of Performing Arts has been providing premier arts education in central Virginia for over 25 years. In addition to the arts, we encourage our students to pursue their dreams in all areas of interest to establish an enriched life. At the Orange School of Performing Arts we believe exposure to the arts enhances personal development through creative expression, it builds self confidence and promotes a healthy lifestyle.
We provide a supportive, nurturing environment while encouraging our students to strive for excellence through hard work and discipline.
We are built on Family and dedicated to serving and inspiring our community.
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Our facility, originally a firehouse for the Orange Volunteer Fire Company on Main St. in downtown Orange, Virginia was built in 1938. The O.V.F.C. operated from its Main Street location until 1984. In 1992, Ricardo Porter Jr. founded the Orange School of Performing Arts which operated out of the basement of the old firehouse. Ten years later, Porter expanded to the main floor adding the Firehouse Theatre, more studio space, and dressing rooms.
At no time are children under the age of 12 allowed to be left alone in the studio without parent supervision. After classes, all students must wait inside the lobby or foyer for parents’ arrival.
All families are assigned a mailbox in the front office at OSPA. This mailbox should be checked regularly by parents for any correspondence regarding OSPA, INC.
OSPA, INC. instructors and staff hold the right to dismiss students from classes due to inappropriate behavior. Upon dismissal from classes a parent will be called and expected to pick up the student immediately.
Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and all Holidays observed by OSPA, INC will be announced in the studio newsletter and marked on the studio calendar.
In the event of inclement weather please call the studio, (540) 672-9038 after 2:00pm on weekdays and one hour prior to your class time on weekends, for a message regarding whether classes have been cancelled. If the message does not say otherwise classes will be held on schedule. Additionally cancellation emails will be sent to all studio families and updates will be posted on the website.
Classes missed due to sickness may be made up only if a comparable level class is available. Permission must be obtained from the Front Office prior to attendance. Students may only make up one missed class per month.
OSPA INC. offers an open Observation Policy.
Parents wishing to watch students in Studio A may do so the last 10 minutes of class only. Studio A (Firehouse Theatre Space) has space available for watching inside the classroom. Parents are asked to respect the instructors and students by not talking while in this space!
Parents wishing to watch students in Studio B may do so from the Parent Room observation window at any time.
Parents wishing to watch students in Studio C may only do so in the last 10 minutes of class. Studio C has an observation window outside the classroom.
If parents begin to abuse this privilege and become a distraction to students, OSPA reserves the right to discontinue the privilege!
The studio has yearly locker rentals that are available to all OSPA students. Lockers are located on the main floor in front of the girls locker room and the cost for a locker rental is $10 and all lockers come with a combination lock. For locker rental information see the front desk. All lockers must either be re-rented OR be cleaned out by the end of the dance season (May 1st). The studio is not responsible for items missing from the lockers.