ODC 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 2018/2019 Youth & Teen Program brochure here.

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

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Young 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!

Fall: September 8 - December 14, 2018 (No clases Thanksgiving week: November 19 - 25)
Spring: January 12 - May 10, 2019 (No breaks or holidays during the Spring Session)

  • Ages 2-3

    Little Rabbits
    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 9:30–10:15 AM
    Little Rabbits B | Fri 9:30–10:15 AM
    Little Rabbits C | Sat 9:30–10:15 AM
    Little Rabbits D | Sun 9:45–10:30 AM WAITLISTED FALL 2018

    Tuition
    Fall (13 Weeks) | $247
    Spring (17 Weeks) | $323
    Year-Long Enrollment (30 Weeks) | $550< br /> To register, please contact ODC Youth & Teen Program staff at (415) 549-8520 or registration@odc.dance.

  • Ages 3-4

    Little Rabbits
    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 E | Sun 10:35–11:20 AM

    Tuition
    Fall (13 Weeks) | $247
    Spring (17 Weeks) | $323
    Year-Long Enrollment (30 Weeks) | $550 < br />

    Morning Moves
    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 9:00–10:00 AM
    Morning Moves B | Sun 9:30–10:30 AM
    Morning Moves C | Sun 9:15–10:15 AM
    Morning Moves D | Sun 10:15–11:15 AM

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

    To register, please contact ODC Youth & Teen Program staff at (415) 549-8520 or registration@odc.dance
  • Ages 4-5

    Junior Ballet Movers, & Junior Contemporary Movers
    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 4:15–5:15 PM WAITLISTED FALL 2018
    Junior Contemporary Movers B | Sat 11:00–12:00 PM WAITLISTED FALL 2018
    Junior Ballet Movers A | Sat 11:00–12:00 PM
    Junior Ballet Movers B | Sun 10:45–11:45 AM WAITLISTED FALL 2018

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

    To register, please contact ODC Youth & Teen Program staff at (415) 549-8520 or registration@odc.dance.
  • Ages 5-6

    Junior Ballet Movers, & Junior Contemporary Movers
    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 C | Sun 9:00–10:00 AM
    Junior Ballet Movers C | Sun 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
    Junior Ballet Movers D | Sun 12:00–1:00 PM

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

    To register, please contact ODC Youth & Teen Program staff at (415) 549-8520 or registration@odc.dance.
  • Ages 6-7

    Kid Dance*:
    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.

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

    Welcome to Hip Hop*
    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.

    Schedule:
    Welcome to Hip Hop | Sat 10:15–11:15 AM WAITLISTED FALL 2018

    Junior Tap Movers*
    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

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

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

    *These classes culminate in the May Showcase, May 11, 2019

    To register, please contact ODC Youth & Teen Program staff at (415) 549-8520 or registration@odc.dance.

  

Youth Classes

As children enter the Youth Class curriculum, they begin to delve into dance technique while continuing to explore their creative voice and self-expression. Spanning the duration of an academic school year, classes are designed to progressively build a foundation of skill over time, and introduce students to the discipline and rewards of dance training.

Youth classes require academic year-long enrollment.

Fall: September 8 - December 14, 2018 (No clases Thanksgiving week: November 19 - 25)
Spring: January 12 - May 10, 2019 (No breaks or holidays during the Spring Session)

  • Ballet | Ages 7-13

    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.

    Schedule:
    Pre-Ballet A | Thu 4:15–5:15 PM
    Pre-Ballet B | Sat 9 - 10 AM

    Tuition: Year-Long Enrollment (30 Weeks) | $600< br />

    Ballet I | Ages 8-10
    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.
    Ballet I A | Mon 4:15–5:30 PM
    Ballet I B | Sat 10:15-11:30 AM
    Ballet I C | Wed 4:15-5:30 PM

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

    Ballet II | Ages 9-11
    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. Ballet II students are required to take Dance Around the World, which is included in the tuition.
    Ballet II | Mon 4:15–5:30 PM & Wed 4:15-5:45 PM
    *Dance Around the World | Mon 5:30 -6:30 PM

    Tuition: Year-Long Enrollment (30 Weeks) | $1,530

    Ballet III | Ages 9-13
    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. Ballet III students are required to take Dance Around the World, which is included in the tuition.
    Ballet III | Mon 4:15–5:30 PM, Wed 4:15-5:45 PM, Fri 4:15-6:15PM
    *Dance Around the World | Mon 5:30 -6:30 PM

    Tuition: Year-Long Enrollment (30 Weeks) | $2,160

    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 4:15–5:45 PM

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

    To register, please contact ODC Youth & Teen Program staff at (415) 549-8520 or registration@odc.dance.
  • Contemporary | Ages 8-12

    Youth Contemporary I | Ages 8-9
    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.
    Youth Contemporary I | Tue 4:15–5:30 PM
    Tuition: Year-Long Enrollment (30 Weeks) | $630

    Youth Contemporary II | Ages 9-11
    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.
    Youth Contemporary II | Tue/Thu 4:15–5:45 PM
    Tuition: Year-Long Enrollment (30 Weeks) | $1,140

    Youth Contemporary III | Ages 11-13
    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.
    Youth Contemporary III | Tue/Thu 4:15–5:45 PM
    Tuition: Year-Long Enrollment (30 Weeks) | $1,140

    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 4:15–5:45 PM
    Tuition: Year-Long Enrollment (30 Weeks) | $1,140

    To register, please contact ODC Youth & Teen Program staff at (415) 549-8520 or registration@odc.dance.
  • 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 noncompetitive environment suitable for all levels.

    Youth Hip Hop A | Ages 8-11 | Sat 9:00 - 10:00 AM WAITLISTED FALL 2018
    Youth Hip Hop B | Ages 8-11 | Tue 4:15 - 5:15 PM
    Youth Hip Hop C | Ages 9-12 | Tue 5:15 - 6:15 PM
    Youth Hip Hop D* | Ages 9-12 | Tue 6:30 - 7:30 PM
    *By placement only.

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

    To register, please contact ODC Youth & Teen Program staff at (415) 549-8520 or registration@odc.dance.
  • Tap | 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.

    Youth Tap I | Ages 8-12 | Sun 10:00 - 11:00 AM
    Youth Tap II | Ages 8-12 | Sat 12:00 - 1:00 PM
    Youth Tap III | Ages 8-12 | Sat 1:00 - 2:00 PM

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

    To register, please contact ODC Youth & Teen Program staff at (415) 549-8520 or registration@odc.dance.
  • Global | Ages 6-13

    This class offers exposure to dance forms from around the world, which have included Afro-Brazilian, Kathak, Flamenco, Russian Character dance, Chinese 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.

    Dance Around the World A | Ages 6-8 | Sun 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Dance Around the World B | Ages 9-12 | Sun 12:00-1:00 PM

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


    These classes culminate in the May Showcase, May 11, 2019 To register, please contact ODC Youth & Teen Program staff at (415) 549-8520 or registration@odc.dance.
  • Youth Boys' Curriculum | Ages 6-12

    Youth Boys' Classes | Ages 8-9
    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 23, 2019).

    Youth Boys Class A | Ages 6-8 | Sat 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
    Youth Boys Class B | Ages 8-10 | Sun 10:00-11:00 AM
    Youth Boys Class C | Ages 6-8 | Sun 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
    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 23, 2019).

    Youth Boys Intro to Technique | Thu 4:15–5:30 PM
    Tuition: Year-Long Enrollment (30 Weeks) | $630

    To register, please contact ODC Youth & Teen Program staff at (415) 549-8520 or registration@odc.dance.
  • Step Onstage | Ages 8-12

    Step Onstage Group A | Ages 8-9
    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 technique class to join Step Onstage. Strict rehearsal and class attendance is required.

    Step Onstage Group A | Ages 8-9 | Thu 5:45–6:45 PM
    Tuition: Year-Long Enrollment (30 Weeks) | $600

    Step Onstage Group B | Ages 10-12
    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 technique class to join Step Onstage. Strict rehearsal and class attendance is required.

    Step Onstage Group B | Ages 10-12 | Thu 5:45–7:45 PM
    Tuition: Year-Long Enrollment (30 Weeks) | $720

    To register, please contact ODC Youth & Teen Program staff at (415) 549-8520 or registration@odc.dance.

  

Teen Classes

With options for absolute beginners and aspiring professional dancers alike, the Teen Class curriculum offers a wide range of classes that span over the course of an academic year. Teens are immersed in the dance environment of ODC, where they learn to cultivate technical training as well as artistry.

Teen classes require academic year-long enrollment.

Fall: September 8 - December 14, 2018 (No clases Thanksgiving week: November 19 - 25)
Spring: January 12 - May 10, 2019 (No breaks or holidays during the Spring Session)

  • Contemporary | Ages 13-18

    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. Students learn the fundamentals of ballet (Mondays) and contemporary (Wednesdays). This class is ideal for teens who seek to establish a solid dance foundation.
    Teen into to Technique | Mon/Wed 5:45–7:15 PM

    Tuition: Year-Long Enrollment (30 Weeks) | $1,260

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

    Tuition: Year-Long Enrollment (30 Weeks) | $1,260

    ODC Dance Jam Audition required on September 4, 2018
    Visit odc.dance/jam for information on how to pre-register

    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, Chuck Wilt, Erica Chong Shuch, and Scott Wells. Members of the Dance Jam are challenged with the creation of new works, 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 experience of working 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. Dance Jam members are held to the highest standards of attendance, behavior, discipline, and performance. The Jam will hold additional rehearsals between the Fall and Spring Sessions (December 17, 2018 – January 11, 2019).

    Monday
    Ballet Class | 4:15-6:15 PM
    Rehearsal | Mon 6:15-7:45 PM
    Tuesday
    Contemporary Class | 4:15-5:45 PM
    Company Meeting | 5:45-6:15 PM
    Ballet Class | 6:15-7:45 PM
    Wednesday
    Ballet Class | 4:15-6:15 PM
    Rehearsal | 6:15-7:45 PM
    Thursday
    Contemporary Class | 4:15-5:45 PM
    Ballet Class | 6:15-7:45 PM
    Friday
    Stretch & Strength | 4:00-4:30 PM
    Composition or Production Meeting | 4:30-5:30 PM
    Rehearsal | 5:30-7:30 PM

    Tuition: Year-Long Enrollment (30 Weeks) | $4,322*
    *Price reflects 10% multiple class discount
    Scholarship opportunities available.

    To register, please contact ODC Youth & Teen Program staff at (415) 549-8520 or registration@odc.dance

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  • Ballet | Ages 9-18

    Teen Ballet II | 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.
    Teen Ballet II | Mon/Wed 6:15–7:45 PM

    Tuition: Year-Long Enrollment (30 Weeks) | $1,260

    Ballet III | Ages 9-13
    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. Ballet III students are required to take Dance Around the World, which is included in the tuition.
    Ballet III | Mon 4:15–5:30 PM, Wed 4:15-5:45 PM, Fri 4:15-6:15 PM
    Dance Around the World | Mon 5:30-6:30 PM

    Tuition: Year-Long Enrollment (30 Weeks) | $2,160

    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.
    Ballet IV | Mon/Wed/Fri 4:15–6:15 PM
    Ballet V | Mon/Wed/Fri 4:15–6:15 PM
    Ballet VI | Mon/Wed/Fri 4:15–6:15 PM

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

    Ballet Performance | Ages 13-18
    This class is recommended for dancers in Ballet III (second year)-VI who wish to build ballet technique while enhancing their performance skills. Both classical repertory and new choreography will be taught. Additional rehearsals will be scheduled in Fall and Spring. Strict attendance is required. This class culminates in the May Showcase, May 11, 2019
    Ballet Performance | Fri 6:15–7:30 PM

    Tuition: Year-Long Enrollment (30 Weeks) | $750

    To register, please contact ODC Youth & Teen Program staff at (415) 549-8520 or registration@odc.dance

  • Hip Hop | Ages 13-18

    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.
    Teen Hip Hop I | Sat 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    Teen Hip Hop II | Sat 12:30-1:30 PM

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

    Seeds, Teen Hip Hop Dance Company | Ages 13-18
    Co-Directed by Nicole Klaymoon, Artistic Director of Embodiment Project and Amber Julian, Seeds, ODC’s Teen Hip Hop Dance Company offers students the opportunity to delve deep into hip hop dance training and performance. Styles include popping, house, classic hip hop, waacking, and other street genres. With an emphasis on performance quality and originality, this teen company teaches students how to freestyle and perform choreography with confidence and passion.
    Audition required on September 8, 2018
    Seeds, Teen Hip Hop Dance Company | Mon/Wed 5:30–8:00 PM

    Tuition: Year-Long Enrollment (30 Weeks) | $1,500

    To register, please contact ODC Youth & Teen Program staff at (415) 549-8520 or registration@odc.dance

  • Tap | Ages 13-18

    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.
    Teen Tap I | Fri 4:15-5:30 PM
    Teen Tap II | Fri 5:30-6:45 PM

    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
    Teen Tap III | Tues 7:15-8:30 PM

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

    To register, please contact ODC Youth & Teen Program staff at (415) 549-8520 or registration@odc.dance

  • Teen Companies | Ages 13-18

    ODC Dance Jam | Ages 13-18
    Audition required on September 4, 2018
    Visit odc.dance/jam for information on how to pre-register

    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, Chuck Wilt, Erica Chong Shuch, and Scott Wells. Members of the Dance Jam are challenged with the creation of new works, 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 experience of working 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. Dance Jam members are held to the highest standards of attendance, behavior, discipline, and performance. The Jam will hold additional rehearsals between the Fall and Spring Sessions (December 17, 2018 – January 11, 2019).

    Monday
    Ballet Class | 4:15-6:15 PM
    Rehearsal | Mon 6:15-7:45 PM
    Tuesday
    Contemporary Class | 4:15-5:45 PM
    Company Meeting | 5:45-6:15 PM
    Ballet Class | 6:15-7:45 PM
    Wednesday
    Ballet Class | 4:15-6:15 PM
    Rehearsal | 6:15-7:45 PM
    Thursday
    Contemporary Class | 4:15-5:45 PM
    Ballet Class | 6:15-7:45 PM
    Friday
    Stretch & Strength | 4:00-4:30 PM
    Composition or Production Meeting | 4:30-5:30 PM
    Rehearsal | 5:30-7:30 PM

    Tuition: Year-Long Enrollment (30 Weeks) | $4,322*
    *Price reflects 10% multiple class discount
    Scholarship opportunities available.

    Seeds, Teen Hip Hop Dance Company | Ages 13-18
    Co-Directed by Nicole Klaymoon, Artistic Director of Embodiment Project and Amber Julian, Seeds, ODC’s Teen Hip Hop Dance Company offers students the opportunity to delve deep into hip hop dance training and performance. Styles include popping, house, classic hip hop, waacking, and other street genres. With an emphasis on performance quality and originality, this teen company teaches students how to freestyle and perform choreography with confidence and passion.
    Audition required on September 8, 2018
    Seeds, Teen Hip Hop Dance Company | Mon/Wed 5:30–8:00 PM

    Tuition: Year-Long Enrollment (30 Weeks) | $1,560

  

Performance Opportunities

  • The Velveteen Rabbit

    Performances: November 24 - December 9, 2018

    Audition: September 29, 2018, 3-6 PM

    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 9, 2018

    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 23, 2019

    ODC School presents an informal performance featuring students from the Youth Boys classes (ages 6 -12), joined by special guests in a family-friendly celebration of gender diversity in dance.

  • May Showcase

    Performance: May 11, 2019

    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 should consider our Step Onstage or Ballet Performance classes.

  • Step Onstage/Uncertain Weather
    Performance: May 4-6, 2019

    A weekly class designed to cultivate performance skills, stage presence, and an immersive theatrical experience, enrollment in Step Onstage includes participation in 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 different 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 choreography — strict attendance is required! Additional rehearsals will be scheduled in April and May, 2019 (dates TBA). Students must be enrolled in a concurrent ODC Youth & Teen Program technique class in order to participate.

  • Ballet Performance | Ages 13–18

    This weekly class is open to all ballet students enrolled in Ballet III (second year), 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 9, 2018), six performances of the school production of Uncertain Weather (May 4-6, 2019), and the May Showcase (May 11, 2019). Strict rehearsal and class attendance is required! Additional rehearsals will be scheduled on weekends during Fall and Spring (dates TBA).

  • Teen Tap Level III | Ages 13–18

    This weekly class allows intermediate and advanced teen tappers to 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 9, 2018), and in six performances of the school production of Uncertain Weather (May 4-6, 2019). Strict rehearsal and class attendance is required! Additional rehearsals will be scheduled in April and May (dates TBA).

  • Seeds, ODC's Teen Hip Hop Dance Company | Ages 13–18

    Audition required on September 8, 2018
    Visit odc.dance/seeds for information on how to pre-register for the audition

    Co-directed by Amber Julian and Nicole Klaymoon, Artistic Director of Embodiment Project, Seeds, ODC’s Teen Hip Hop Dance Company offers students the opportunity to delve deep into hip hop dance training and performance. Styles include popping, house, classic hip hop, waacking, and other street genres. With an emphasis on performance quality and originality, this teen company teaches students 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 9, 2018), in six performances of Uncertain Weather (May 4-6, 2019), and in the May Showcase (May 11, 2019). Strict rehearsal and class attendance is required! Additional rehearsals and performances will be scheduled during the Spring Session (dates TBA).

  • ODC Dance Jam | Ages 13–18

    Audition required on September 4, 2018
    Visit odc.dance/jam for information on how to pre-register

    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, Chuck Wilt, Erica Chong Shuch, and Scott Wells. Members of the Dance Jam are challenged with the creation of new works, 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 experience of working 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. Dance Jam members are held to the highest standards of attendance, behavior, discipline, and performance. The Jam will hold additional rehearsals between the Fall and Spring Sessions (December 17, 2018 – January 11, 2019).

  

FAQ

  • 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.

    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.

    Fall: September 8 - December 14, 2018 (No clases Thanksgiving week: November 19 - 25)
    Spring: January 12 - May 10, 2019 (No breaks or holidays during the Spring Session)

  • Are there scholarships available?

    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: August 10, 2018
     

  • Are there 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, 2019 (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, 2018 through April, 2019 (10% service fee added to tuition).

  • 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 aquí.

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

    June 1, 2018 Registration opens for 2018/19 Session

    August 10, 2018 Scholarship Applications Due

    August 20, 2018 Placement Classes

    September 4, 2018 Dance Jam Audition | pre-registration required

    September 8, 2018 Seeds, Teen Hip Hop Dance Company Audition | pre-registration required

    September 8, 2018 Fall Session begins

    September 29, 2018 The Velveteen Rabbit Audition

    November 15, 2018 Registration opens for Spring and Summer 2019

    November 19–25, 2018 Thanksgiving Break – No Youth & Teen Classes

    November 24–December 9, 2018 The Velveteen Rabbit performances

    December 9, 2018 December Showcase

    December 14, 2018 Fall Session ends

    January 12, 2019 Spring Session begins

    February 23, 2019 Boys/Men PerforMANce

    March 1, 2019 Registration opens for Summer 2019
    Summer Teen Lab apllications available

    March 7–10, 2019 ODC/Dance Home Season: Dance Downtown

    March 30–31, 2019 ODC Dance Jam Home Season

    May 4–6, 2019 Uncertain Weather performances

    May 10, 2019 Spring Session ends

    May 11, 2019 May Showcase

  • 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 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. Visit the scholarship tab for information on how to apply.

  • 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

    ODC Youth & Teen Administrative Assistant
    Sarah Kearney

     

  • Who are our teachers and musicians?

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

    Conditioning
    Carolina Czechowska

    Hip Hop
    Meegan Hertensteiner
    Amber Julian
    Nicole Klaymoon
    Dazaun Soleyn

    Contemporary
    Celine Alwyn-Parker
    Kristin Damrow
    Brian Fisher
    Andrea Fuchilieri
    Chin Chin Hsu
    Lindsay Leonard
    Dexandro Montalvo
    Samantha Stone

    Ballet
    Laura Bernasconi
    Marika Brussel
    Elizabeth Castaneda
    Marisa Castillo
    Sandra Chinn
    Mark Foehringer
    Britt Juleen
    Clarissa Ko
    Christopher Lam
    Milissa Payne-Bradley
    Greta Schoenberg
    Isabelle Sjahsam
    Chloë Zimberg
    Gabrielle Zucker

    Global Dance
    Katy Alaniz-Rous
    Various Guest Artists

    Tap
    Bruce Biada
    Nicki Brunetti
    Namita Kapoor

    Boys’ Classes
    Clint Calimlim
    Vincent Chavez

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


    Faculty subject to change

     

  • What is the Dance Jam?

    Directed by ODC School Director and Associate Choreographer Kimi Okada, The Dance Jam is ODC's resident teen contemporary 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.

    For information about how to pre-register for the September 4, 2018 audition visit odc.dance/JamAudition.

    Learn more about the Dance Jam at odc.dance/jam

  • What is Seeds?

    Formerly ODC Hip Hop Crew, Seeds is ODC's Teen Hip Hop Dance Company

    Co-Directed by Amber Jullian and Nicole Klaymoon, Artistic Director of Embodiment Project, Seeds offers students the opportunity to delve deep into hip hop dance training and performance.

    For information about how to pre-register for the September 8, 2018 audition visit odc.dance/Seeds.

  • 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.

  

School Policies

  • Registration Information

    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 the ODC Youth & Teen Program administrative staff directly at registration@odc.dance or call (415) 549-8520

  • 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, 2019 (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, 2018 through April, 2019 (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 $25 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

    Young Creative: Form-fitting clothing and bare feet. No jeans or tutus. Jr. Tap Movers requires tap shoes; 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 IA, IB & IC: 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, 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, 2019 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 the placement class, August 20, 2018. The fee for the placement class is $25. 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.

  • 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: August 10, 2018

  • Información en español

    Para obtener información sobre el programa de niños y jóvenes de ODC, incluyendo solicitudes de becas, por favor llame al (415) 549-8520 o envíe un email a registration@odc.dance


View a PDF of the 2018/2019 Youth & Teen Program brochure here.