ODC School Youth & Teen Program

September 12, 2020 - May 14, 2021
Ages 2-18
Enrollment for the Spring Session is open!

View the Spring 2021 Youth & Teen Brochure

The ODC Youth & Teen Program provides students from 2 to 18 years old the opportunity to experience dance in a context that values the individual and the creative process. The program is dedicated to high-quality technical training within a non-competitive environment and offers access to many forms of dance. 

Our curriculum caters to each student's strengths and is designed to encourage creative expression and a positive body image. The program exposes and connects students to ODC/Dance, a world-class modern dance company; ODC Theater, a presenter of cutting-edge dance, theater and music; and ODC School's adult program, to offer myriad multicultural dance opportunities. It is a nurturing, exciting and dynamic setting for students who seek either sheer enjoyment or a career in dance.

All ODC Youth & Teen classes will take place via Zoom for the Fall & Spring Session.

The Spring 2021 session puts together a collection of the best the program can offer online, keeping young dancers engaged in technique and the joy of movement – helping them maintain a connection with their bodies while dancing from home, and with their community and environment in the world we’re living in.

The Spring 2021 ODC Youth & Teen Program session will be primarily offered online. If/when it's deemed safe by the pertinent authorities, a plan will be created to transition to hybrid or in-person classes.

  • Online classes offered through Zoom by experienced faculty
  • New class formats added to fit your family’s lifestyle

To register, please contact ODC Youth & Teen Program staff at registration@odc.dance, or register online here. A $30 Beyond the Classroom Registration Fee is charged at the time of enrollment to all students to provide additional opportunities to cultivate the complete dancer. If registering online, please add the $30 Beyond the Classroom Registration Free from the "Products" tab at checkout, or let us know how we can assist you.

New to the ODC Youth & Teen Program? Please fill out this ODC Youth & Teen Enrollment/Inquiry Form

Scholarship Opportunities Available

Para obtener información a cerca del programa de niños y jóvenes de la escuela ODC, incluyendo información sobre solicitudes de becas, por favor envíe un mensaje a registration@odc.dance

School Policies

  • Registration Information

    ODC is dedicated to the lifecycle of the artistic process and aims to inspire audiences, cultivate artists, engage community, and foster diversity and inclusion through dance. ODC believes that just as the benefits of a dance class extend beyond the classroom, so does the learning. A $30 Beyond the Classroom Registration Fee is charged at the time of enrollment to all students to provide additional opportunities to cultivate the complete dancer. This fee not only helps cover administrative costs, but helps us provide teacher training sessions and school open house days. Depending on the student's class and level, this fee will also help cover student evaluations, props and materials for classroom and faculty use, production costs for performance opportunities, added rehearsals, and special programming throughout the school year. Some classes qualify for a 10% tuition discount, which is available to students taking multiple classes in a session or siblings who are enrolling simultaneously. Classes with built-in discounts, as well as performances classes, do not qualify for discounts. Registration is conducted on a first come, first served basis. Please register early, as many classes fill up.

    To register, please contact the ODC Youth & Teen Program administrative staff directly at registration@odc.dance

    Fall, Spring, & Academic Year-Long Program

    Students in the Young Creative Program (ages 2-7) can select classes based on age and interest, and can choose to register for either the Fall Session, Spring Session, or full academic year. Classes in the Youth & Teen Program (ages 8-18) are structured to develop over the course of the academic school year. Students remain with the same class and level for both the Fall and Spring Sessions. Cross-training in different dance modalities is encouraged in our program for our students to develop their full potential.

  • Absences

    Class attendance is crucial for a successful experience at ODC School.

    To report an absence, please email registration@odc.dance.

    If an extenuating circumstance, injury, or sensitive personal matter arises, please contact the ODC School Youth & Teen Program administrative staff directly

  • Payment Plans

    For classes that require academic year-long enrollment, the ODC Youth & Teen Program offers two types of payment plans. A current credit card must be provided and stored on-file in order to participate. Ask us about setting up a special payment plan that works for you.

    Two-Payment Plan: first payment due at time of registration, second payment due January 15, 2021 (5% service fee added to tuition).

    Nine-Payment Plan: first payment due at time of registration, following eight payments automatically charged on the 15th of every month from October, 2020 through May, 2021 (10% service fee added to tuition).

  • Refunds & Mid-Year Withdrawal

    There are no refunds. Please select classes carefully! If a student becomes ill, injured, or is otherwise unable to remain in the program, an online withdrawal form must be completed. The remaining tuition amount will be credited to your ODC account for future use.

  • Trial Classes

    Prospective students may do a trial class at the beginning of the Fall or Spring Sessions. Trial classes are subject to availability and must be arranged with ODC School staff in advance. The $20 trial class fee is applied toward tuition cost should the student enroll fully.

  • Parent Observation

    In-class parent observations are only available on designated days, which are scheduled in advance by ODC staff and faculty. Observations are announced via email notification in the weeks prior to the set date for each class, and usually take place toward the end of the Fall and Spring sessions

  • Dress Code

    Dress code is the same for online classes and in-person classes.

    Young Creative: Form-fitting clothing and bare feet. No jeans or tutus. Jr. Tap Movers requires tap shoes; Welcome to Hip Hop requires sneakers.

    Contemporary: Form-fitting clothing that shows the body– solid color leggings with a solid color leotard or tank top. Classes are taken barefoot. Further instruction on the preferred attire will be given by the teacher at the start of the session.


    Skintone convertible tights with solid color leotard based on the student’s level. Or, white, black, or solid color t-shirt/tank top based on the student’s level. Black, gray, skintone tights, or leggings. Ballet slippers.

    Youth Intro to Technique, Teen Intro to Technique, and Teen Ballet II: black

    Pre-Ballet: pastels

    Ballet IA, IB & IC: pink

    Ballet II: light blue

    Ballet III: dark blue

    Ballet IV: green

    Ballet V: red or purple

    Further instruction on the preferred attire will be given by the teacher at the start of the session.

    All Other Classes: Form-fitting clothing. No skirts, jeans, or baggy clothing. Sneakers for Hip Hop (sneakers must be reserved for class use only in order to protect floors from dirt). Tap shoes for Tap classes. Dance Around the World will have specific requests according to the style being studied. Details will be announced by the teacher during class.

    If you have questions about the dress code, please contact Youth & Teen Program staff.

  • Placements

    For students of ballet and/or contemporary who are enrolled in the year-long program (ages 8+), instructors will decide upon individual student placement for the following year. The placement decision will be available starting June 1, 2021 and can be obtained by calling or emailing the school office.

    All placement decisions are made at the discretion and professional opinion of faculty, and take into account the best interest and progression of the student.

  • Prospective Students

    For prospective students (ages 8+) with prior experience in ballet and/or contemporary who wish to continue their training with the ODC Youth & Teen Program, our faculty and staff will assess placement and according to a student's background and previous training. The placement decisions will be verified during the first two weeks of the session and adjusted if necessary. Prospective students under the age of 8 may select their class based on age and interest, regardless of prior dance experience. Variety classes (hip hop, tap, Dance Around the World) can be selected according to age and interest.

  • Policy of Inclusion

    ODC staff and faculty instill a culture of inclusion and kindness in the studio from the very start of the session. The ODC Youth & Teen Program has a zero-tolerance policy pertaining to bullying or exclusion of any kind.

  • Student Conduct

    The same rules apply to in-person, and online classes. Students are expected to attend all classes and are strongly encouraged to participate in showcase performances. Students must arrive promptly for class, wearing proper attire, and be prepared, respectful, and eager to learn. Any form of inappropriate behavior will jeopardize participation in the Youth & Teen Program.

  • Arts Access Scholarship Information

    Scholarship application can be found here | Para la solicitud de beca en español haga click aquí

    Scholarships are awarded to students based on financial need, motivation, and potential. Scholarships are available to students (ages 8+) who seek to enroll for the academic year-long program. Scholarship students are held to a high expectation of commitment, attendance, and behavior. Inconsistent attendance or inappropriate behavior will jeopardize a student’s scholarship status. Scholarship information and applications are available on our website or by contacting scholarships@odc.dance

    Deadline for scholarship application submission: Fall, September, 1, 2020 | Summer, May 15, 2021
    Please inquire about further scholarship assistance at the time of registration.

  • Información en español

    Para obtener información sobre el programa de niños y jóvenes de ODC, incluyendo solicitudes de becas, por favor envíe un mensaje a registration@odc.dance