Since 1975, the Oregon Coast Dance Center (OCDC) has been in several buildings around Tillamook. However, their new location on 312 Main Ave. is by far the largest.
On Jan. 14, OCDC owner Lisa Greiner cut the ribbon, welcoming the Tillamook dance community to her new location downtown. The new location is much larger than the previous building space on first and main and according to Greiner, the extra space was much needed.
“We’ve been needing to expand,” Greiner said. “It was becoming more difficult to schedule classes with just two rooms and being able to add in a third room that is dedicated to our tumbling program is going to allow us to continue to expand that program in the future.”
The new location allows for two full-time dance rooms, the full-time tumbling room and a massive amount of space for storage.
“I’m also very excited about our display windows!” Greiner said. “I’m looking forward to bringing fun dance stuff for folks to see when they are downtown.”
Although the move was much needed for OCDC, Greiner said it was not an easy one considering the amount of stuff they needed to move.
“The studio stores props and costumes for a variety of shows, most notably all of our Nutcracker props and costumes that are stored,” Greiner said. “Packing and purging was an interesting process that we started in mid-November and continued all the way through the end of December. The most nail-biting moment was moving the mirrors, they are big (4’ x 6’), heavy and obviously fragile!”
OCDC was founded 44 years ago by Pat Hawkins and was originally named Patrician School of Dance. Since then, the dance program has grown needs and bounds in more ways than one. In the last 10 years OCDC has grown to include a second class location in Nehalem at the NCRD, as well as adding in Tumbling and Musical Theater to their standard class schedule. But what has remained constant throughout the years has been OCDC’s dedication to ballet.
“Ballet has always been, and will always be, our main staple,” Greiner said. “We hold 12 ballet classes a week, ranging from three years old to adult.”
With the new added space, Greiner said she is hopeful that they will be able to add a few more classes and workshops to their schedule soon. For now, OCDC is looking for prospective dancers to enroll in their program. Enrollment is open now through Feb. 2 for all classes. Registration is available on their website at oregoncoastdancecenter.com or at the studio.