Mr. Oatis has enjoyed a successful career as a professional dancer and educator.
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 the Elegy Boy Balanchine’s Serenade. Mr. Oatis has performed with the Kansas City Ballet, Owen/Cox Dance Group, Arcanium Dance Project, and Central Dance Theatre.
Mr. Oatis has worked with children of various ages and abilities for over 15 years. He has created a syllabus that combines French, Russian, and American styles that fosters technical proficiency and artistry. Some of Mr. Oatis’ students have joined professional companies to include San Fransisco Ballet, Joffery Ballet, Dallas Black Theatre, and St. Louis Ballet. Additionally, his students have been accepted into collegiate dance programs at Indiana University, University of Utah, University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Butler University. Mr. Oatis brings his teaching and leadership experience from the Kansas City Ballet School, Omaha Academy of Ballet, Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey, Ailey Camp, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Mr. Oatis is excited to continue to pass down his knowledge and expertise to his students and faculty.