Marcus Oatis, a native of Kansas City, has spent his career dedicated to the arts as a performer, teacher and administrator.
Mr. Oatis began his dance education with the summer program Ailey Camp and his music education under the tutelage of his grandfather Sylvester Heath. These experiences afforded Mr. Oatis the opportunity to study at additional programs to include Smith Sisters Dance Studio, The Center Dance, Kansas City Ballet, the Ailey School, and Paseo Academy of the Fine and Performing Arts. Mr. Oatis would later graduate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as a scholarship student with a degree in Music Performance.
In 2008, Mr. Oatis joined the Kansas City Ballet as a professional ballet dancer under the direction of William Whitener. Mr. Oatis was able to perform works by esteemed choreographers such as Val Caniparoli, Bruce Marks
, Peter Martins, Robert Hill, Ib Anderson, George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, and Yuri Possokhov. Mr. Oatis’ most notable roles were as the Russian in Todd Bolender’s The Nutcracker, Jessica Lang’s Splendid Isolations III, the Moor in Jose Limon’s The Moor’s Pavane, Jerome Robbins Afternoon of a Faun, and Balanchine’s Serenade. Mr. Oatis has also performed with the Owen/Cox Dance Group, Arcanium Dance Project, and Central Dance Theatre.
After retiring from the stage, Mr. Oatis was appointed the Johnson County Campus Manager and later the Principal of the Lower School for Kansas City Ballet School. During Mr. Oatis’ tenure, he was able to codify the Lower School curriculum, increase enrollment in school year and summer programming at the satellite campus, and to create and implement professional development opportunities for the teaching faculty. Additionally, Mr. Oatis has taught dance classes to students of all ages at various studios as a guest and faculty member to include Omaha Academy of Ballet, Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey, Ailey Camp, University of Missouri-Kansas City, and the Kansas City Ballet School. Mr. Oatis has also served as a Treasurer, Deacon, and Administrator at New City Church.
In 2013, Mr. Oatis founded Providence School of Arts. As a native resident of Kansas City, Missouri, Mr. Oatis is committed to contributing to the development and growth of the Metro area. Mr. Oatis firmly believes in the cognitive, physical, and emotional benefits of arts education and believes in providing families with viable educational opportunities. Mr. Oatis is the visionary and founder of Providence School of Arts.