Involvement in the arts is crucial to a child's success socially and academically. We are dedicated to passing on a lifelong love of dance to the next generation of artists and art enthusiasts.

"ODC is my happy place. After a long day at school, I come here to be myself, express my feelings, creativity and get my inspiration through dance."
— Isabella Gee, student

"What drew us to ODC is the value of diversity and inclusion. This is truly a warm and welcoming community!"
— Tamar Lai, parent

"ODC taught me to stay passionate and engaged about something I love." 
— Eleanor James, former Dance Jam member

About the Youth & Teen Program

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.

View a PDF of the 2017/2018 Youth & Teen Program brochure here.

  • How do I register?

    Registration is conducted on a first come, first served basis. Please register early, as many classes fill up. A $30 registration fee is charged at the time of enrollment. 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 performance classes, do not qualify for discounts. 

    To register, please contact ODC Youth & Teen Program staff at 415.549.8520 or registration@odc.dance.

  • What is the calendar of the Youth & Teen Program?

    June 1, 2017 Registration opens for 2017/18 Session

    June 12, 2017 Early Placement Class

    August 1, 2017 Scholarship Applications Due

    August 21, 2017 Placement Classes

    August 30, 2017 Dance Jam Audition

    August 31, 2017 Teen Hip Hop Dance Crew Audition

    September 9, 2017 Fall Session begins

    September 30, 2017 The Velveteen Rabbit Audition

    November 15, 2017 Registration opens for Spring and Summer 2018

    November 20–26, 2017 Thanksgiving Break – No Youth & Teen Classes

    November 25–December 10, 2017 The Velveteen Rabbit performances

    December 10, 2017 December Showcase

    December 15, 2017 Fall Session ends

    January 13, 2018 Spring Session begins

    February 24, 2018 Boys/Men PerforMANce

    March 15–18, 2018 ODC/Dance Home Season: Dance Downtown

    March 31–April 1, 2018 ODC Dance Jam Home Season

    May 5–7, 2018 Uncertain Weather performances

    May 11, 2018 Spring Session ends

    May 12, 2018 May Showcase

  • What are the General Policies of the Youth & Teen Program?

    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 leave a voicemail with our absence line by calling 415/863.0481 or by emailing 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. Two-Payment Plan: first payment due at time of registration, second payment due January 15, 2018 (5% service fee added to tuition). Eight-Payment Plan: first payment due at time of registration, following seven payments automatically charged on the 15th of every month from October, 2017 through April, 2018 (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 Observations
    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
    Young Creative: Form-fitting clothing and bare feet. No jeans or tutus. Hair must be worn away from the face. Jr. Tap Movers requires tap shoes, Welcome to Hip Hop requires sneakers.
    Contemporary: Form-fitting clothing that shows the body—solid color leggings or tights with a solid color leotard or long tank top. Classes are taken barefoot. Hair must be worn away from the face. Further instruction on the preferred attire will be given by the teacher on the first day of class.
    Ballet (Girls): Please note the colors listed in the Youth & Teen Brochure have been updated to the following colors:
    Pink convertible tights and ballet slippers with solid color leotard based on the student’s level. Long hair must be securely up.
    - Black: Youth Intro, Teen Intro and Teen II
    - Pastels: Pre-Ballet A & B
    - Pink: Ballet I A, B & C
    - Light blue: Ballet II
    - Royal blue: Ballet III
    - Green: Ballet IV
    - Red or purple: Ballet V
    - Classic leotard in any solid color: Ballet VI
    Ballet (Boys): White or black t-shirt, black or white ballet slippers, black or gray tights, shorts or tight leggings. Dance belts required ages 13+.
    All other classes: Form-fitting clothing. No skirts, jeans, or baggy clothing. Athletic shoes for Hip Hop. Tap shoes for Tap classes. Appropriate dancewear as required for Dance Around the World (may include skirts and character shoes) will be announced by the teacher during first class. by teacher during first class.

    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, 2017 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, a placement class is required. Students must pre-register for one of two scheduled placement classes: June 12, 2017 or August 21, 2017. The fee for the placement class is $20. 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
    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.

  • Are there scholarships available?

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

    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: August 1, 2017

    Thea Faust Anderson Scholarship
    Designated for a young woman with a passion for dance and a commitment to social justice.

  • What are the achievement awards?

    ODC’s Youth & Teen Achievement Awards are granted to students based on instructor recommendation. There is no application process, but rather, students are selected through faculty observations and assessment of growth and potential. Awards are announced at the end of the Spring Session, after the student has competed at least one year of dance training with the Youth & Teen Program.

    Dudley Flores Achievement Award
    The Dudley Flores Achievement Award is given to one male student annually. The awardees (ages 13+) embody discipline in their dance study, and a demonstrated dedication to technical training and performance. This award is merit-based and includes both a partial scholarship and an in-depth mentorship with professional dancer and dance community leader Dudley Flores. Awardees are required to be currently enrolled in ODC’s Youth & Teen Program and intend to cross-train in both contemporary and ballet.

    Augusta Moore Achievement Award
    The Augusta Moore Achievement Award is designed for students (ages 10+) who are dedicated, attentive, and show up fully present in the dance studio. Awardees show a desire to be educated in the somatic study of movement, and embody a spirit of cooperation and courage in an effort to expand their personal repertoire. Potential awardees are enrolled in the ODC Youth & Teen ballet program, have completed at least one year of ballet training, and intend to cross-train in another movement form. Non-dance movement activities are considered. The award is merit-based, and includes both a partial scholarship and an in-depth mentorship with Ballet Director Augusta Moore. ODC’s Youth & Teen Program offers a robust scholarship program to help students who are dedicated to dance and are in financial need.

  • Who is who in the Youth & Teen Program?

    ODC School Director
    Kimi Okada

    ODC School Associate Director
    Jill Lounibos

    ODC Ballet Program Director
    Augusta Moore

    ODC Youth & Teen Program Manager
    Carlos Venturo

    ODC Youth & Teen Program Associates
    Lucienne Alicea
    Lindsay Leonard

  • Who are our teachers and musicians?

    Young Creative
    Keta Bill
    Laura Burton
    Amanda Egron
    Sarah Kearney
    Esme Kundanis-Grow
    Mara Surel
    Helen Wicks

    Conditioning
    Carolina Czechowska
    Hip Hop
    Meegan Hertensteiner
    Amber Julian
    Nicole Klaymoon
    Lee Pazmino

    Contemporary
    Celine Alwyn-Parker
    Crystaldawn Bell
    Kristin Damrow
    Brian Fisher
    Dexandro Montalvo
    Jackie Goneconti
    Lindsay Leonard

    Ballet
    Laura Bernasconi
    Marika Brussel
    Elizabeth Castaneda
    Marisa Castillo
    Sandra Chinn
    Zara Hayes
    Britt Juleen
    Christopher Lam
    Muriel Maffre
    Greta Schoenberg
    Isabelle Sjahsam

    Global Dance
    Katy Alaniz-Rous
    Various Guest Artists

    Tap
    Bruce Biada
    Nicki Brunetti
    Namita Kapoor
    Jennifer Baran

    Boys’ Classes
    Clint Calimlim
    Vincent Chavez
    Lee Pazmino

    Musicians
    Michiyo Aoyama
    David Berryessa
    Daniel Berkman
    Olga Blednova
    Raymond Fabrizio
    Brian Fitzsouza
    Ryan Huber
    Ben Juodvalkis
    Kendra McKinley
    Joe Rayhbuck
    Lucy Hudson

    Faculty subject to change

  • What is the Dance Jam?

    Directed by ODC School Director and Associate Choreographer Kimi Okada, our teen dance company performs the works of the three ODC company choreographers, Brenda Way, KT Nelson and Kimi Okada, as well as other professional guest choreographers which have included Katie Faulkner, Robert Dekkers, Lauren Simpson, Dexandro Montalvo, Erika Chong Shuch and Scott Wells.

    Whenever possible, members are offered the unique opportunity to work with ODC’s professional dance company, ODC/Dance. These teens are challenged with the creation of new works, high performance standards, and the complexities of diverse dance styles. They train in multiple dance techniques, often collaborate in the creative process, and participate in opportunities to guide and mentor other students in ODC’s Youth & Teen Program. The teens are mentored by ODC staff to produce their annual home season performance, providing production skills which extend well beyond the studio and stage. Students are held to the highest standards of attendance, behavior, and discipline. Students are expected to be available for additional rehearsals between the Fall and Spring Sessions. 

    Contact dancejamadmin@odcschool.org for information about how to pre-register for the August 30, 2017 audition.

    Who's in the Dance Jam?

    Donate to the Dance Jam

    See the Dance Jam perform

  • Do you have an educational outreach program?

    Involvement in the arts is crucial to a child’s success both socially and academically. Making Moves is the ODC school outreach program. It delivers a custom dance curriculum to Bay Area schools and community organizations, as well as group visits to our vibrant campus. Making Moves provides Bay Area youth and teens with a culturally enriching dance experience that gives them creative tools to access their confidence, intelligence and imagination, while also promoting skills in problem solving, communication, teamwork, and self-awareness within a school setting. Our teaching staff includes highly esteemed artists from the Bay Area’s rich and diverse arts community. Together, we are committed to the philosophy that the art of dance belongs to all of us.

  • Do you offer any programs for high school seniors in their college application and audition process?

    Our Next Steps program is designed for teens preparing for dance training beyond our program. Next Steps includes consulting sessions on college dance programs, individual coaching, choreographer matching for solo pieces, and filming of technique sessions and solos for audition videos. Students must be enrolled in an ODC School Youth & Teen Program class to participate.

  • Información en español

    Para obtener información a cerca del programa de niños y jóvenes de la escuela ODC, incluyendo información sobre solicitudes de becas, por favor llame al 415/549.8520 o envíe un email a registration@odc.dance

    Para la solicitud de beca en español haga click aqui.

  

Performance Opportunities

  • The Velveteen Rabbit

    Performances: November 25 - December 10, 2017

    Audition: September 30, 3-6pm

    Participants must be registered in an ODC Youth Program class

    Students ages 6–12 are eligible to audition for the annual ODC/Dance production of The Velveteen Rabbit held at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Two casts perform with ODC/Dance,
    our professional dance company, in this beloved main stage production. Pre-registration for the audition is required.

  • December Showcase

    Performance: December 10, 2017

    Selected classes perform in an informal studio setting to share what they have learned throughout the Fall Session. Performances showcase a broad range of technique and variety. Classes that do not perform in the December Showcase have scheduled parent observation dates. Performances are held in Studio B.

  • Boys/Men PerforMANce

    Performance: February 24, 2018

    Join us as we celebrate boys and men in dance! ODC School presents an informal performance featuring students from its boys’ classes (ages 6 -12), joined by special guests in an exciting evening for the whole family.

  • May Showcase

    Performance: May 12, 2018

    Selected variety classes perform at the end of the school year in an onstage showcase at ODC Theater. Classes include tap, hip hop, Dance Around the World, Boys Class, and more! Students interested in a more in-depth performance opportunity in the spring should consider our Step Onstage or Ballet Performance classes.

  • Step Onstage/Uncertain Weather

    Performance: May 5-7, 2018

    Designed to cultivate performance skills, stage presence, and an immersive performance experience, enrollment in Step Onstage includes the December Showcase and six performances
    of Uncertain Weather, our annual school production. Uncertain Weather, staged at the state-of-the-art ODC Theater, features student performers of all ages in a variety of dance styles including contemporary, hip hop, Bollywood, ballet, and tap. Directed and choreographed by School Director and ODC/Dance Associate Choreographer Kimi Okada, with additional guest choreographers, Uncertain Weather is fully-produced with costumes, props, and lighting. Class time is devoted to the creation and rehearsal of dances — strict attendance is required. Additional rehearsals will be scheduled in April and May, 2018 (TBA). Students must be enrolled in a concurrent ODC Youth & Teen Program class in order to participate.

  • Ballet Performance (Ages 13–18)

    This class is open to all ballet students enrolled in Ballet IV, V, and VI, and is highly recommended for any dancer wishing to develop skills in the performance of classical ballet. Ballet repertory and new choreography will be taught to challenge technique and develop artistic voice. Students participate in the December Showcase (December 10, 2017), six performances of the school production of Uncertain Weather (May 5-7, 2018), and the May Showcase (May 12, 2018). Strict rehearsal and class attendance is required. Additional rehearsals will be scheduled in April and May (TBA).

  • Teen Tap Level III (Ages 13–18)

    Teen tappers work on the creation and rehearsal of challenging and imaginative tap choreography. Past curriculum has included soft-shoe sand dance, percussive dance, and spitfire driving tap sequences. Students will participate in the December Showcase (December 10, 2017), and in six performances of the school production of Uncertain Weather (May 5-7, 2018). Strict rehearsal and class attendance is required. Additional rehearsals will be scheduled in April and May (TBA).

  • Teen Hip Hop Dance Crew (Ages 13–18)

    Performances: TBD

    Audition: TBD


    Directed by Nicole Klaymoon, Artistic Director of Embodiment Project, the ODC Teen Hip Hop Dance Crew offers students the opportunity to delve deeper into hip hop dance training. Styles include popping, house, classic hip hop, waacking, and other street genres. With an emphasis on performance quality and originality, this teen company teaches members how to freestyle and perform choreography with confidence and passion. Two years of experience in hip hop dance is recommended to audition. Members will participate in the December Showcase (December 10, 2017), and in six performances of the school production of Uncertain Weather (May 5-7, 2018). Strict rehearsal and class attendance is required. Additional rehearsals will be scheduled in April and May (TBA). 

  • Teen Company: ODC Dance Jam (Ages 13–18)

    Performances: TBD

    Audition: August 30, 2017


    Under the leadership of School Director Kimi Okada, our teen contemporary dance company performs work by the choreographers of our professional company, ODC/Dance (Brenda Way, KT Nelson, and Kimi Okada), as well as renowned guest choreographers who have included Katie Faulkner, Robert Dekkers, Dexandro Montalvo, and Scott Wells. Members of the Dance Jam are challenged with the creation of new works, high performance standards, and the complexities of training in multiple dance techniques. They engage in dance mentorship with other students in the Youth & Teen Program, and are offered the unique opportunity of working in intimate studio settings with ODC/Dance. With guidance from ODC staff, the Dance Jam produces their annual home season, expanding their skill set and understanding of work within a professional dance company. Students are held to the highest standards of attendance, behavior, and discipline. Students are expected to be available for additional rehearsals between the
    Fall and Spring Sessions (December 11, 2017 – January 12, 2018).

  

Youth Creative Classes

Our Young Creative curriculum offers young children an opportunity to experience movement that is age-appropriate and complementary to their development. All classes encourage individual expression within a nurturing and structured framework. Children learn to socialize, dance together, and most of all, have fun!

See the Youth Creative Class Schedule.

  • Little Rabbits (Ages 2–4)

    Hop! Run! Clap! Sing! Parents and caregivers participate alongside their children in this creative movement and music class designed to provide a fun, first experience in a dance studio setting.

    Schedule:
    Little Rabbits A | Mon 9:30–10:15am
    Little Rabbits B | Fri 9:30–10:15am
    Little Rabbits C | Sat 9:30–10:15am
    Little Rabbits D | Sun 9:45–10:30am
    Little Rabbits E | Sun 10:35–11:20am

    Tuition: 
    Fall (13 Weeks) | $247
    Spring (17 Weeks) | $323
    Year-Long Enrollment (30 Weeks) | $550

  • Morning Moves (Ages 3–4)

    Blending movement, music, and rhythm, this class introduces students to creative dance. Students develop coordination and confidence by expressing themselves in new ways, and begin to learn how to take direction within the context of a dance class.

    Schedule:
    Morning Moves A | Sat 9:00–10:00am
    Morning Moves B | Sun 9:30–10:30am
    Morning Moves C | Sun 9:00–10:00am
    Morning Moves D | Sun 10:15–11:15am

    Tuition: 
    Fall (13 Weeks) | $260
    Spring (17 Weeks) | $340
    Year-Long Enrollment (30 Weeks) | $575

  • Junior Contemporary Movers (Ages 4–6) & Junior Ballet Movers (Ages 4–6)

    Students build on existing skills and are introduced to the basics of contemporary and ballet dance forms. Taught by professionals in either contemporary or ballet, students experience
    creative learning through working in groups, rhythm and musicality training, and the sheer joy of dance. These classes prepare the student for future dance technique training, while engaging the individual and igniting the creative process.

    Schedule:
    Junior Contemporary Movers A | Fri 4:15–5:15pm
    Junior Contemporary Movers B | Sat 11:00–12:00pm
    Junior Contemporary Movers C | Sun 9:00–10:00am
    Junior Ballet Movers A | Sat 11:00–12:00pm
    Junior Ballet Movers B | Sun 10:45–11:45am
    Junior Ballet Movers C | Sun 11:30–12:30pm
    Junior Ballet Movers D | Sun 12:00–1:00pm

    Tuition: 
    Fall (13 Weeks) | $260
    Spring (17 Weeks) | $340
    Year-Long Enrollment (30 Weeks) | $575

  • Kid Dance (Ages 6–7)

    Basic motor skills of the student (walking, jumping, skipping, stillness, and gesture) are expanded upon in this class to emphasize rhythm, spatial awareness, movement quality, moving to music, and dancing in groups. Kid Dance lays the foundation for future technique classes, while further immersing students in a dynamic dance experience.

    This class culminates in the May Showcase, May 12, 2018

    Schedule:
    Kid Dance A | Fri 5:15–6:15pm
    Kid Dance B | Sat 10:00–11:00am

    Tuition: 
    Fall (13 Weeks) | $260
    Spring (17 Weeks) | $340
    Year-Long Enrollment (30 Weeks) | $575

  • Welcome to Hip Hop (Ages 6–7)

    This high-energy class will fuse hip hop and creative movement while exposing the student to dance fundamentals: rhythm, musicality, spatial awareness, coordination, ensemble spirit, and the unique attitude of the hip hop dance form.

    This class culminates in the May Showcase, May 12, 2018

    Schedule:
    Welcome to Hip Hop | Sat 10:00–11:00am

    Tuition: 
    Fall (13 Weeks) | $260
    Spring (17 Weeks) | $340
    Year-Long Enrollment (30 Weeks) | $575

  • Junior Tap Movers (Ages 6–7)

    Students learn the basics of tap technique through the embodiment of precise musicality and rhythm. This introductory class emphasizes the joyful and exuberant nature of this particular dance form, while cultivating skills in coordination, weight shift, and balance.

    This class culminates in the May Showcase, May 12, 2018

    Schedule:
    Junior Tap Movers | Sun 9:00–10:00am

    Tuition: 
    Fall (13 Weeks) | $260
    Spring (17 Weeks) | $340
    Year-Long Enrollment (30 Weeks) | $575

  

Youth Classes

Youth classes require academic year-long enrollment.

See the Youth Class Schedule

  • Pre-Ballet (Ages 7–8)

    Introducing students to ballet concepts and vocabulary, this class develops confidence, coordination, and movement creativity. Students explore musicality and body awareness, where an appreciation for this dance form is fostered.

    This class culminates in the May Showcase, May 12, 2018

    Schedule:
    Pre-Ballet A | Thu 4:15–5:15pm
    Pre-Ballet B | Sat 9:00–10:00am

    Tuition: 
    Year-Long Enrollment (30 Weeks) | $600

  • Youth Intro to Technique (Ages 10–12)

    A well-rounded introduction to the form and etiquette of dance. This class offers the student an understanding of the fundamentals of both ballet and contemporary dance forms. This class is structured to provide ballet technique on Tuesday, and contemporary technique on Thursday, and is ideal for students who seek a solid dance foundation.

    Schedule:
    Youth Intro to Technique | Tue/Thu 4:15–5:45pm

    Tuition: 
    Year-Long Enrollment (30 Weeks) | $1,140

  • Youth Intro to Contemporary (Ages 10–12)

    Offered in the Spring Session only, this class introduces students to the fundamentals of contemporary dance technique. Students explore momentum, alignment, articulation of the body, and musicality in an engaging and welcoming environment designed for beginners.

    Schedule:
    Spring: Youth Intro to Contemporary | Fri 4:15–5:45pm

    Tuition: 
    Spring Enrollment (17 Weeks) | $360

  • Youth Contemporary I, II, III (Ages 8–12)

    Emphasizing athletic movement, full use of the body, and expansive use of space, contemporary dance technique addresses alignment, articulation of the joints and muscles, momentum, weight, and gesture. Each student is encouraged to move with joy and expression. Regardless of age or level, contemporary classes are challenging, dynamic, and inspiring.

    Schedule:
    Youth Contemporary I | Tue 4:15–5:30pm
    Youth Contemporary II | Tue/Thu 4:15–5:45pm
    Youth Contemporary III | Tue/Thu 4:15–5:45pm 

    Tuition: 
    Youth Contemporary I: Year-Long Enrollment (30 Weeks) | $630
    Youth Contemporary II or III: Year-Long Enrollment (30 Weeks) | $1,140

  • Ballet I, II, III (Ages 8–12)

    Ballet classes in our program emphasize a healthy body alignment to create a strong, elegant, and injury-free technique. Using body awareness, students work on strength, flexibility, focus, and musicality, as well as the cultivation of a positive body image and the mastery of technique. Pre-pointe technique begins in Ballet III. Students enrolled in Ballet II and III are automatically enrolled in Dance Around the World.

    Schedule:
    Ballet I A | Mon 4:15–5:30pm
    Ballet I B | Sat 10:00–11:15am
    Ballet I C* | Wed 4:15–5:30pm
    Ballet II** | Mon 4:15–5:30pm & Wed 4:15–5:45pm
    Ballet III** | Mon 4:15–5:30pm & Wed 4:15–5:45pm & Fri 4:15–6:15pm

    * Must have one year of Ballet I as a prerequisiteor be placed in this class in order to enroll
    ** Required to take Dance Around the World, which is included in the tuition.
    *** Student must be enrolled in an additional class to register for Step Onstage. Tuition includes all production costs.


    Tuition: 
    Ballet I A, B or C: Year-Long Enrollment (30 Weeks) | $630
    Ballet II: Year-Long Enrollment (30 Weeks) | $1,440
    Ballet III: Year-Long Enrollment (30 Weeks) | $2,040

  • Dance Around the World (Ages 6–12)

    This class offers exposure to dance forms from around the world, which have included Afro-Brazilian, Kathak, Flamenco, Russian Character Dance, and more. Material learned in these classes will be used to create choreography, while also providing students with an understanding of the origins and cultural context of each dance. This class is open to new students, and is incorporated into the curriculum for all students enrolled in Ballet II and III.

    This class culminates in the May Showcase, May 12, 2018

    Schedule:
    Dance Around the World (Open to Ballet II-III Only) | Mon 5:30–6:30pm
    Dance Around the World A | Sun 11:00 –12:00pm
    Dance Around the World B | Sun 12:00–1:00pm

    Tuition: 
    Dance Around the World A or B: Year-Long Enrollment (30 Weeks) | $600

  • Youth Tap I, II, III (Ages 8–12)

    This exuberant and percussive dance form emphasizes musicality through keen listening and the embodiment of rhythm. In these technique classes, students learn coordination, weight shift, and balance. Students are challenged to learn choreography in a group setting, while exploring the unique physicality of this dance form.

    This class culminates in the May Showcase, May 12, 2018

    Schedule:
    Youth Tap I | Sun 10:00–11:00am
    Youth Tap II | Sat 12:00–1:00pm
    Youth Tap III | Sat 1:00–2:00pm

    Tuition: 
    Year-Long Enrollment (30 Weeks) | $600

  • Youth Hip Hop (Ages 8–12)

    These high-energy classes fuse different hip hop techniques including pop-locking and freestyling. Movement phrases learned in class are used to create choreography in a non-competitive environment suitable for all levels.

    This class culminates in the May Showcase, May 12, 2018

    Schedule:
    Youth Hip Hop A | Sat 9:00–10:00am
    Youth Hip Hop B | Mon 5:30–6:30pm
    Youth Hip Hop C | Mon 6:45–7:45pm

    Tuition: 
    Year-Long Enrollment (30 Weeks) | $600

  • Youth Boys’ Classes (Ages 6–10)

    Energetic and dynamic classes to get your boy moving! These classes offer an introduction to dance techniques including contemporary, hip hop, and creative movement. Students cultivate an appreciation for dance study and focus on coordination, spatial awareness, athleticism, ensemble work, and dance class etiquette. These classes participate in our Boys/Men PerforMANce (February 24, 2018).

    This class culminates in the May Showcase, May 12, 2018

    Schedule:
    Youth Boys Class A | Sat 11:30am–12:30pm
    Youth Boys Class B | Sun 10:00–11:00am
    Youth Boys Class C | Sun 11:15–12:15pm


    Tuition: 
    Year-Long Enrollment (30 Weeks) | $600

  • Youth Boys’ Intro to Technique (Ages 10–12)

    A power-packed, athletic class to match your boy’s exuberant physicality! It includes an introduction to highly physical forms (capoeira, hip hop), as well as exposure to contemporary and ballet dance technique. Skills in coordination, spatial awareness, and ensemble work will be cultivated, along with creativity and expression. This class participates in our Boys/Men PerforMANce (February 24, 2018).

    Schedule:
    Youth Boys Intro to Technique | Thu 4:15–5:30pm

    Tuition: 
    Year-Long Enrollment (30 Weeks) | $630

  • Step Onstage Groups A & B (Ages 8–12)

    Join the acclaimed production of Uncertain Weather, a fully-produced show with costumes, props, lively music, and lighting. Class time is dedicated to the creation and rehearsal of choreography to be performed. Stage presence, artistic expression, and performance skills are cultivated through participation in this class. Students must be enrolled in another ODC Youth & Teen Program class to join Step Onstage. Strict rehearsal and class attendance is required. Please see the Performance Opportunities section for more information.

    Schedule:
    Step Onstage, Group A | Thu 5:45–6:45pm
    Step Onstage, Group B | Thu 5:45–7:45pm

    Tuition: 
    Group A: Year-Long Enrollment (30 Weeks) | $510
    Group B: Year-Long Enrollment (30 Weeks) | $660

  

Teen Classes

Youth classes require academic year-long enrollment.

See the Teen Class Schedule

  • Teen Intro to Technique (Ages 13–18)

    Designed for teens who are new to dance, this class offers a well-rounded and welcoming introduction to dance technique. It offers an understanding of the fundamentals of ballet (Mondays) and contemporary (Wednesdays). This class is ideal for teens who seek to establish a solid dance foundation.

    Schedule:
    Teen Intro to Technique A | Mon/Wed 5:30–7:00pm
    Teen Intro to Technique B | Mon/Wed 7:00–8:30pm

    Tuition: 
    Year-Long Enrollment (30 Weeks) | $1,140

  • Teen Ballet II (Ages 13–18)

    Ballet classes in our program emphasize a healthy body alignment to cultivate an elegant, joyful, and injury-free technique. Using body awareness, students work on strength, flexibility, focus, and musicality. Dancers are encouraged to develop a positive body image as an integral part of their understanding of dance.

    Schedule:
    Teen Ballet II | Mon/Wed 6:15–7:45pm

    Tuition: 
    Year-Long Enrollment (30 Weeks) | $1,140

  • Teen Contemporary II–V (Ages 13–18)

    Contemporary technique emphasizes athletic movement, full use of the body, expansive use of space, alignment, articulation of the joints and muscles, momentum, weight, and gesture. Each student is encouraged to move with maximum joy and expression. Contemporary classes are challenging, inspiring, and artistically engaging.

    Schedule:

    Teen Contemporary II | Tue/Thu 5:45–7:15pm
    Teen Contemporary III | Tue/Thu 5:45–7:15pm
    Teen Contemporary IV | Tue/Thu 4:15–5:45pm
    Teen Contemporary V | Tue/Thu 4:15–5:45pm

    Tuition: 
    Year-Long Enrollment (30 Weeks) | $1,140

  • Ballet IV–VI (Ages 13–18)

    The ballet curriculum of ODC’s Youth & Teen Program prioritizes a healthy, body-positive, injury-free technique cultivated through alignment, strength, flexibility, and focus. Students are encouraged to develop a mastery of technique, informed by somatic awareness and enjoyment. Pointe technique is introduced to students as recommended by ballet faculty.

    Schedule:
    Ballet IV | Mon/Wed/Fri 4:15–6:15pm
    Ballet V | Mon/Wed/Fri 4:15–6:15p
    Ballet VI | Mon/Wed/Fri 4:15–6:15pm

    Tuition: 
    Year-Long Enrollment (30 Weeks) | $1,980

  • Ballet Performance (Ages 13–18)

    This class is recommended for dancers in Ballet IV-VI who wish to build ballet technique while enhancing their performance skills. Both classical repertory and new choreography will be taught. Strict attendance is required. Please see Performance Opportunities section for more information.

    These classes culminate in the May Showcase, May 12, 2018

    Schedule:
    Ballet Performance | Fri 6:15–7:30pm

    Tuition: 
    Year-Long Enrollment (30 Weeks) | $530

  • Teen Hip Hop I–II (Ages 13–18)

    These physically-charged classes incorporate various street styles, including pop-locking, breaking, and freestyling. Students develop movement quality and musicality, while also exploring improvisation and group collaboration. Level I is recommended for beginners.

    These classes culminate in the May Showcase, May 12, 2018

    Schedule:
    Teen Hip Hop I | Sat 11:30–12:30pm
    Teen Hip Hop II | Sat 12:30–1:30pm

    Tuition: 
    Year-Long Enrollment (30 Weeks) | $600

  • Teen Tap I–II (Ages 13–18)

    Our Teen Tap curriculum focuses on the development of technique with an emphasis on musicality, rhythm, coordination, weight shift, and balance. Students work on fundamental skill-building material, as well as inventive choreographies.

    These classes culminate in the May Showcase, May 12, 2018

    Schedule:
    Teen Tap I | Fri 4:15–5:30pm
    Teen Tap II | Fri 5:30–6:45pm

    Tuition: 
    Year-Long Enrollment (30 Weeks) | $630

  • Teen Tap III (Ages 13–18)

    This intermediate/advanced tap class focuses on the creation and rehearsal of challenging and imaginative tap choreography. It explores various techniques such as soft-shoe sand dance, percussive dance with objects, and spitfire driving tap sequences. Please see Performance Opportunities section for more information.

    Schedule:
    Teen Tap III | Tue 7:45–8:45pm

    Tuition: 
    Year-Long Enrollment (30 Weeks) | $630

  • Teen Stretch & Strength (Ages 13–18)

    Incorporating several somatic modalities, this class provides a supportive environment for teens to explore healthy movement for life-long vitality. Through yoga, Feldenkrais, and Pilates, students will learn practices to help them balance power and flexibility for optimal alignment and function. This class is highly recommended for all young dancers.

    Schedule:
    Teen Stretch & Strength | Wed 6:15–7:30pm

    Tuition: 
    Year-Long Enrollment (30 Weeks) | $630

  • Step Onstage Group C (Ages 13–18)

    Join the acclaimed production of Uncertain Weather, a fully-produced show with costumes, props, lively music, and lighting. Class time is dedicated to the creation and rehearsal of choreography to be performed. Stage presence, artistic expression, and performance skills are cultivated through participation in this class. Students must be enrolled in another ODC Youth & Teen Program class to join Step Onstage. Strict rehearsal and class attendance is required. Please see the Performance Opportunities section for more information.

    Schedule:
    Step Onstage Group C | Tue 7:15–9:00pm

    Tuition: 
    Year-Long Enrollment (30 Weeks) | $660


View a PDF of the 2017/2018 Youth & Teen Program brochure here.