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.

For a complete schedule of classes, please view our 2016/17 Youth & Teen Program Brochure.

  • How do I register?

    To register, please contact ODC Youth & Teen Program staff at 415.549.8520 or registration@odcschool.org. Online registration opens March 1 for summer enrollment. For more information about summer offerings, and to register, please go to odc.dance/summer.

    To apply for need-based scholarship (ages 8 and up only), please click here. Para la solicitud de beca en español (disponibles para niños desde los 8 años de edad), haga click aqui.

    Prospective Year-Long students with prior experience (ages 9+) are required to take a placement class on either June 12th, 2017 or August 21st, 2017 to enroll in the upcoming 2017-2018 school year programs. Prospective 8-year old students are placed directly into introductory classes regardless of their experience level. All placements in the Youth & Teen Program are at the discretion, and professional opinion, of our Faculty and will not be discussed with parents.

    For returning students, Fall Session and Year-Long Programs registration opens June 1, 2017. Registration for the Spring Session Programs opens November 15, 2018.

    Registration is on a first come, first served basis. Please register early as classes typically reach capacity and we cannot guarantee a space in any class, for any student. A space cannot be held until full tuition is paid or enrollment into a payment plan.

    Classes for students ages 8+ are structured to develop over the course of the school year. Students stay in the same class and level for both Fall and Spring Sessions. Students must be 8 years old before January of the year-long session in which they are enrolling. Students must enroll for the entire 30-week year-long program.

    Students in the Young Creative Program (ages 2-7) register based on age and interest, and are welcome to change classes for the Spring Session. Students must register for the full 12-week Fall Session, full 18-week Spring Session, or full 30-week year-long program.

  • Who is who in the Youth & Teen Program?

    Kimi Okada, School Director
    Jill Lounibos, Associate School Director
    Augusta Moore, Ballet Program Director
    Carlos Venturo, Youth & Teen Program Manager (Next Steps)
    Lucienne Alicea, Youth & Teen Program Associate (Registration, Making Moves)
    Nicole Jackman (Registration, Scholarship Program, Teen Hip Hop Dance Crew)
    Lindsay Leonard, Youth & Teen Program Associate (Dance Jam, Step Onstage/Uncertain Weather)

  • Who are our teachers and musicians?

    Young Creative
    Keta Bill
    Laura Burton
    Colleen Griffin
    Amanda Egron
    Meegan Hertensteiner
    Esme Kundanis-Grow
    Mara Surel
    Helen Wicks

    Contemporary
    Celine Alwyn-Parker
    Crystaldawn Bell
    Tanya Bello
    Clint Calimlim
    Kristin Damrow
    Brian Fisher
    Dexandro Montalvo 
    Lindsay Leonard  

    Ballet
    Marika Brussel
    Elizabeth Castaneda
    Marisa Castillo
    Colleen Griffin
    Chris Lam
    Muriel Maffre
    Greta Schoenberg
    Isabelle Sjahsam 
    Demetria Schioldager

    Hip Hop
    Meegan Hertensteiner
    Amber Julian
    Nicole Klaymoon
    Lee Pazmino

    Tap
    Bruce Biada
    Nicki Brunetti
    Namita Kapoor

    Global Dance
    Katy Barnhill

    Conditioning
    Carolina Czechowska
    Lauren Slater

    Musicians
    Michiyo Aoyama
    Daniel Berkman
    David Berryessa
    Olga Blednova
    Raymond Fabrizio
    Ryan Huber
    Ben Juodvalkis
    Lucy Hudson
    Joe Rayhbuck
    Adam Starkopf
    Billy White
    Adam Young

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

    June 1, 2016 Registration opens for 2016/17 Session

    August 29, 2016 Placement Classes | New students with prior dance experience only

    August 31, 2016 ODC 2016/17 Dance Jam Audition, Pre-registration required

    September 6, 2016 ODC 2016/17 Teen Hip Hop Crew Audition Pre-registration required

    September 10, 2016 Fall Session Begins September 10 to December 9  (No classes from 11/21 to 11/27)

    October 1, 2016 The Velveteen Rabbit Audition Pre-registration required

    November 21–27, 2016 Thanksgiving Break (No Youth & Teen Classes) 

    November 25–December 11, 2016 The Velveteen Rabbit Performances

    December 9, 2016 Fall Session Ends (No Youth & Teen classes from 12/10 to 1/6).

    December 11, 2016 Youth & Teen Program Fall Showcase

    January 7, 2017 Spring Session Begins, 1/7 - 5/12 (No breaks or holidays during the Spring Session)

    March 23–April 2, 2017 ODC/Dance Home Season: Dance Downtown

    April 1–2, 2017 ODC Dance Jam Home Season

    May 6–8, 2017 Uncertain Weather Performances

    May 12, 2017 Spring Session Ends

    May 13, 2017 Youth & Teen Program May Showcase

  • 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

  • Are there performance opportunities?

    Our program has a variety of performance opportunities throughout the year, including:

    The Velveteen Rabbit (By audition only)
    Participants must be registered in an ODC Youth Program class ODC Youth Program 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 children’s casts perform with ODC/Dance, our professional dance company, in this beloved main stage production. Pre-registration for the audition is required.

    December Showcase December 11, 2016
    Some selected classes in our program perform in an informal studio setting. Performances feature a broad range of techniques and styles. All other classes will have open class observation during the fall session. Performances are held in Studio B.

    Boys/Men Performance February 25, 2017
    A special performance that combines appearances by students from our Youth Boys Classes and professional men dancers of ODC/Dance and special guests. A showcase of the technical and artistic possibilities of the male body through dance.

    Spring Showcase May 13, 2017
    Selected Variety classes perform at the end of the year in an onstage showcase at ODC Theater. Students present pieces worked on in class. Classes include Tap, Hip Hop, 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. Performances are held at ODC Theater.

    Step Onstage
    Enrollment in Step on Stage includes the Fall Informal Performance and six performances of the production Uncertain Weather. Staged at the state of the art ODC Theater, Uncertain Weather features performers of all ages in a variety of dance styles including contemporary, hip hop, Bollywood, ballet, and tap. Directed and choreographed by School Director & ODC Associate Choreographer Kimi Okada, with additional guest choreographers, Uncertain Weather is fully produced with costumes, props, and full lighting. Class time is devoted to the creation and rehearsal of dances for the performance. Participants must be enrolled in an ODC School Youth & Teen Program class to add any Step Onstage class. Strict rehearsal and class attendance is required. Additional rehearsals will be required in April and May (schedule TBA).

    Ballet Performance
    This class is open to all ballet students enrolled in Teen Ballet III, IV & V. Ballet repertory and a creation of new choreography will be taught to challenge technique and develop artistic voice. Students will participate in the December Showcase, December 11, 2016; in six performances of the school production Uncertain Weather, May 6–8, 2017; and the May Showcase, May 13, 2017. Strict rehearsal and class attendance is required. Additional rehearsals will be required in April and May (schedule TBA).

    Teen Tap Level III
    Teen tappers work on the creation and rehearsal of challenging and imaginative tap choreography. Past curriculum has included softshoe sand dance, percussive dance, and spitfire driving tap sequences. Students will participate in the December Showcase, December 11, 2016, and in six performances of the school production Uncertain Weather, May 6–8, 2017. Strict rehearsal and class attendance is required. Additional rehearsals will be required in April and May (schedule TBA).

    Teen Hip Hop Dance Crew (By audition only)
    Directed by Nicole Klaymoon and Amber Julian, ODC Hip Hop Dance Crew offers students a foundation in several different street styles (i.e., popping, house, classic hip hop, waacking, as well as other urban social dances). With an emphasis on performance quality and originality, this class teaches members how to freestyle and perform choreography with confidence and passion. Students will participate in the December Showcase, December 11, 2016, and in six performances of the school production Uncertain Weather, May 6–8, 2017. Strict rehearsal and class attendance is required. Additional rehearsals will be required in April and May (schedule TBA).

    Teen Company: ODC Dance Jam (ages 13–18, by audition only)
    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 (December 12, 2016–January 6, 2017). Contact dancejamadmin@odcschool.org to pre-register for the audition.

  • 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.

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

    Registration Information Registration is on a first come, first served basis. Please register early as classes fill up. A $25 registration fee will be charged for every student who enrolls in our program. A 10% discount on tuition is offered for students taking multiple classes or for siblings who are both enrolled in classes. To register, please contact ODC Youth & Teen Program registration staff at registration@odcschool.org or 415.549.8520.

    Academic Year-Long Program Students in the Young Creative Program (ages 2–7) register based on age and interest, and are welcome to change classes for the Spring Session. Students must register for the full 12-week Fall Session, full 18-week Spring session, or full 30-week year-long program. Classes in the Youth & Teen Program are structured to develop over the course of the school year, which includes both the Fall and Spring sessions. Students stay in the same class and level for both fall and spring sessions. Students must be the appropriate class age before January of the year-long session in which they are enrolling. Students must enroll for the entire 30-week year-long program.

    Payment Plans For classes that require year-long enrollment, we offer two payment plans, which requires a current credit card to be stored on account. 2 installments: First payment due at time of registration, second payment due January 15. Both payments will include an additional service fee of 5%. 8 installments: First payment due at time of registration, all following payments will be charged on the 15th, October–April. All payments will include an additional service fee of 10%. Refunds & Mid-Year Withdrawal

    Refunds & Mid-year withdrawal There are no refunds. Please select classes carefully. If a student becomes ill or injured and needs to withdraw from classes, a withdrawal form must be submitted to the ODC School office. If tuition has been paid in full for the year, a credit for the remaining tuition will be put on account at ODC. If you have enrolled in any payment plan, we will remove you from the plan but will charge any additional anticipated service fees.

    Trial Classes At the beginning of the Fall and Spring sessions, students may take a trial class for a fee. If the student enrolls, the fee will be subtracted from the full tuition. Trial classes are subject to enrollment availability. If a class becomes full, prospective students will not be allowed trial classes.

    Class Observations During class, studios are closed to observers. However, there are scheduled Parent Observation Days. These days provide an opportunity for parents to experience their child’s dance class firsthand. Class observations are scheduled at the beginning of the session and announced throughout the session.

    Dress Code Young Creative: Form-fitting clothing and bare feet. No jeans or tutus. Hair must be worn out of 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 out of the face. Ballet: Girls — Pink convertible tights and ballet slippers with solid color leotard based on the students level: Youth Intro–black; Pre-Ballet Youth I A, B & C and Youth II–pastels; Youth III—green and blue; Teen Intro and Teen II/III— black; Teen IV—burgundy and purple; Teen V & VI—classic solid leotard in any color. Long hair must be securely up. 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) TBA by teacher during first class.

    Placements At the conclusion of the academic year-long program (students ages 8+), instructors will place dancers for the following session. For returning students, placements are provided by contacting the school office starting on June 1, 2016, when registration opens. New students (ages 8+) with previous technical training should consult with Youth & Teen staff. If interested in contemporary and ballet classes, students should participate in placement class, for a $20 fee. Students interested in all other classes can be placed during the regularly scheduled classes. Placement of each student is at the discretion of ODC faculty and not negotiable. Our experienced faculty and directors make placement decisions with the student’s best interest and long term goals in mind.

    Policy of Inclusion ODC staff and instructors instill a culture of inclusion and generosity in our studio classrooms from the start of the session. The ODC Youth & Teen Program has zero tolerance for bullying or exclusion of any kind, physical or emotional.

    Student Conduct Students are expected to attend all classes and participate in informal performances. They must arrive promptly for class, wear proper attire, and be respectful and attentive during class.

  • Are there scholarships available?

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

    Scholarships: At ODC School, we believe art education is vital to a child's development and we are committed to making dance accessible for all youth, regardless of economic situation. Whether it is the student's first dance experience, or they are a seasoned veteran of our program, it is our hope that we can offer them an exciting experience with a partial tuition reduction or full scholarship as available. Scholarships are awarded based on need, commitment and talent. Our goal is to offer each scholarship student a challenging, exciting, and joyful experience, within the context of a rigorous and professional environment. Each year, ODC awards over $100,000 in scholarships through its General Youth & Teen Fund, the Augusta Moore Achievement Award, and the Dudley Flores Achievement Award. Scholarships are available to students ages 8+ enrolled into our year-long programs. If awarded, scholarship students are held to a high expectation of commitment, attendance, and behavior. Erratic attendance or behavior will jeopardize a student’s financial assistance.

    Achievement Awards: ODC's Youth & Teen Achievement Awards are granted to students based on instructor recommendation, class observation, and student growth and potential. Applications are not accepted. Awards are announced at the end of the spring session, after students have completed at least one year of the Youth & Teen Program.