Evelina Acri is 15 years old and a freshman at Wallenberg High School. She recently moved to San Francisco from Hawaii. She started dance at age 11 at Alexander academy of performing arts. This is her first year in the ODC Dance Jam. She's thrilled to be apart of such a unique program. Evelina hopes to study dance in college and beyond.
Directed by ODC School Director and Associate Choreographer Kimi Okada, The Dance Jam is ODC's resident teen dance company. They train in multiple dance techniques, collaborate in the creative process, and are held to high standards.
Dance Jam members are offered the unique opportunity to work with ODC’s resident professional choreographers, dancers, and staff. The teens are mentored by ODC staff to produce their annual home season performance, providing skills which extend well beyond the studio and stage.
2016/17 Dance Jam members
Trea Dipkin 2017/18 Dance Jam Member
Trea Dipkin is 18 years old and this is her third year in the Jam. Trea started dancing when she was 8 at the Spindrift School of The Performing Arts and joined their dance company when she was ten with styles such as modern, ballet, jazz, hip hop, pointe, and tap. Trea has also participated in summer intensives including the Alvin Ailey professional division intensive, ODC's pre-professional Teen Lab, as well as many musical theater and acting programs. Trea plans to continue training and having dance be such a big part of her life.
Olivia Ferguson 2017/18 Dance Jam Member
Olivia Ferguson is 16 years old and a sophomore at the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts (SOTA) in the dance department. She has been training in ODC's Youth and Teen program since the age of 8. This is Olivia's first year in the ODC Dance Jam and she is excited for all the new opportunities that come with being a member of the Jam. In previous summers, Olivia has attended the California State School Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA) Dance program and ODC summer Teen Lab. Olivia hopes to continue dancing in some way for the rest of high school and beyond
Eliza Loran 2017/18 Dance Jam Member
Eliza Loran is currently a Junior at Berkeley High School and is excited to be part of the ODC Dance Jam for her second year. Her dance training began at 7 years old at Berkeley City Ballet (BCB). During her eight years at BCB, she studied and performed ballet, contemporary, modern and jazz, including many years in the annual Nutcracker ballet. This past summer, she attended NW Dance Project and Complexions intensives. Eliza hopes to continue dance in college and beyond.
Lily McDonald 2017/18 Dance Jam Member
Lily McDonald is 16 years old and is a sophomore at Alameda High School. This is her first year in the Jam. Lily started dance at the age of 3 at Footloose Dance Studio. There she studied ballet, jazz, modern, hip hop, and tap. At the age of 14, she started at Triple Threat Performing Arts where she studied jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern and ballet. Lily has attended summer intensives such as The Rock School in Philadelphia and The Alvin Ailey summer intensive in New York City. Lily plans to continue dancing in the future and keep it a huge part of her life.
Hiroka Nagai 2017/19 Dance Jam Member
Hiroka Nagai, 17, is a Japanese American San Francisco native who is currently a senior at Abraham Lincoln High School. This is her second year in the Jam. Hiroka's dance training began at San Francisco Youth Ballet Academy at the age of 5. She has spent many summers studying at ABT, Gelsey Kirkland Ballet Academy, LINES Ballet, SFCD and Hubbard Street. This summer she will be traveling to Portland to attend the Northwest Dance Project Intensive. Hiroka wishes to pursue a dancing and teaching career both in the US and Japan.
Risa Padilla 2017/18 Dance Jam Member
Risa Padilla enjoyed being raised in an artist community where she got to wander and wonder, under the love of various artists. Amongst this community was ACDT, African-Caribbean Dance Theatre, where she thrived amongst the West African dance and drum -- a love she continues to acknowledge under the tutelage of Alseny Soumah in Oakland,Ca. In 2015, Risa began her training at the ODC Youth & Teen program and joined the ODC Dance Jam in 2017. There she has been able to explore her body in the realms of ballet and contemporary dance. Risa believes dance can serve as a universal language and seeks to explore this language in college and beyond. Light and Love.
Sofía Rivero 2017/18 Dance Jam Member
Sofía Rivero, 18, was born and raised in México and moved to San Francisco this year. She graduated from high school in 2017 and decided to take a gap year to train at ODC's Youth & Teen program. She's been dancing since she was 4 mainly training ballet and tap but she has tried other styles as contemporary, lyrical, hip hop, jazz, belly dance and aerial silks. Sofía wishes to make the most of this year with the Jam and to continue her dancing career for a long time.
Lillian Stone 2017/18 Dance Jam Member
Lillian Stone is a 16 year old student at Le Lycée Français de San Francisco and this is her second year in Jam. She began her ballet training at Miss Tilly's Ballet at the age of 5, continued on with Pascale Leroy’s Ballet Center and finally ODC. She has performed in ODC's The Velveteen Rabbit multiple times and was a part of the ODC Hip Hop Crew in 2015. She has also trained in Flamenco, musical theater, classical singing and was a competitive rhythmic gymnast for 5 years. In the coming summer she hopes to attend CSSSA and other summer intensives. Looking to the future, Lillian wants to keep dance as a big part of her life wherever it takes her.
Nicola Wong 2017/18 Dance Jam Member
Nicola Wong was born in Berkeley and is currently a sophomore at Bentley High School. She has been dancing since she was 2 years old, and started training at Berkeley Ballet Theater (BBT) at the age of 5. While at BBT, Nicola performed various roles in the annual Nutcracker and Spring performances. In her seventh year at BBT, she was selected to perform as part of the children’s cast in The Australian Ballet’s Swan Lake at Zellerbach Hall. Summer Intensives at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Hubbard Street in Chicago, and Joffrey Ballet in New York City, sparked her growing interest in contemporary dance and led her to ODC. This is Nicola’s first year with ODC and in the Dance Jam. She is thrilled to be a part of this exceptional group of dancers and plans to pursue dance in college and beyond.
Oona Woodbury 2017/18 Dance Jam Member
Oona Woodbury is 15 and a sophomore at The Bay School of San Francisco. She began her dance training with ballet and tap at Star Dance Studio when she was 4, but moved to City Ballet school at the age of 6. This is Oona's first year in the Dance Jam, and at ODC, and she is very thankful for this amazing opportunity. Oona hopes to keep dance a big part of her life for the years to come.