ODC School Youth & Teen Program

2021-2022 | Ages 3-18

I am so excited to welcome you to the ODC Youth & Teen program for this year ahead. Having pivoted and punted for over a year, it is deeply gratifying to offer our full program of youth classes again. The year of sheltering made us realize the true value of connection. The ability to share a move, a feeling, a thought, a laugh sustained our young students, as it did for our faculty, and staff. As we return, whether it be live, virtual, or hybrid, we know the power of dance and community will continue to nourish and inspire. Let’s celebrate the upcoming year by dancing together!

Kimi Okada
ODC School Director
ODC Associate Choreographer

Click here to view the Youth & Teen Program Brochure
 

Youth & Teen Parent Zoom Info Session
Thursday, September 9, 5:30pm PT
RSVP here

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 o llame al 415/549.8520

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 $50 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 and health & safety procedures, but includes a ticket to select ODC productions. It 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 in-house field trips, student evaluations, props and materials for classroom use, production costs for performance opportunities, added rehearsals, and special programming throughout the school year. Details on ticket redemption will be released at the beginning of 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 performance 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 or leave us a voicemail at 415/549.8520 and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

    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, or Spring Session (the complete Spring schedule
    will be announced later this Fall). 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.

    • Two-Payment Plan: first payment due at time of registration, second payment due January 15, 2022 (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, 2021 through May, 2022 (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 in advance with ODC School staff.

  • Parent Observation

    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. Welcome to Hip Hop requires sneakers (sneakers must be reserved for studio use only in order to protect our floors from dirt).

    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.

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

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

    Pre-Ballet: pastels

    Ballet I: pink Ballet II: light blue Ballet III: dark blue Ballet IV: green

    Ballet V: red or purple Ballet VI: classic leotard in any solid color.

    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 studio use only in order to protect our 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, or would like to explore different options, please contact Youth & Teen Program staff directly.

  • 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 sent to you by the school staff before the start of enrollment for the following school year. 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 teen students 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 the placement class, scheduled for August 24, 2021. The fee for the placement class is $25. Prospective students in ages 9-11 with previous experience will be placed by school staff on a case-by-case basis. Other students can select an appropriate class based on 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 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

    Scholarships are awarded to students based on financial need, motivation, and commitment. 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 will jeopardize a student’s scholarship status. Scholarship information and applications are available on our website or by contacting registration@odc.dance.

    Deadline for scholarship application submission: September 3, 2021

  • 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