ODC Health

ODC Health

ODC Health

Movement has the power to promote physical and mental health, creativity, and longevity. The ODC Health initiative is a logical outgrowth of our passion for movement, commitment to community wellness and our wish to share our years of collective experience in developing and maintaining physical resilience. These ODC Health programs focus on supporting an informed, robust, and responsive physical lifestyle as they foster inclusivity and diversity through movement.

Healthy Dancers' Clinic

The Healthy Dancers’ Clinic at ODC strives to improve the well-being and healthcare of the dance community through education, musculoskeletal screening, integration of health services, enlightened treatment protocols, hoping to culminate in injury prevention. Our three main offerings are Clinic Assessments, Complete Clinics, and Bay Area Month for Dancers' Health. All Healthy Dancers' Clinic services are free.

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Health and Wellness Coaching

Want to live a vibrant, more balanced, healthy and joy-filled life? Our Health & Wellness Coach partners with you to enhance your well-being through self-directed lasting changes, aligned with your values. The Coach will support you in activating internal strengths and external resources to make sustainable and healthy lifestyle behavior changes. Our Coach displays unconditional positive regard for you and believes in your ability to change, honoring the fact that you are an expert on your own life while ensuring that all interactions are respectful and non-judgmental. Engage in self-discovery and self-monitor behaviors on your path to your healthiest self.

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ODC fit

We’re bringing together innovative specialists across the fitness, wellness, and dance industries to provide fitness offerings including one-on-one fit Coaching and on-demand fit classes. As professional movers, we know its power to promote your physical and mental health, creativity, and longevity. Personal Coaching provides one-on-one motivation, physical guidance for movements, general nutrition recommendations, assists with injury prevention, tracks and monitors progress, and creates customized health and wellness plans.

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It’s never too late to experience the joy of movement! ODC loves to get people of all ages moving with fun and supportive instructors. Improve strength, balance, and memory, and fuel your spirit!

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ODC Health Workshops

Somatic Workshop Series

ODC is hosting a series of workshops on three different somatic movement approaches: Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis, Tamalpa Art Life Process, and Body Mind Centering. The instructors are three migrant women of color who have a common ground.  They acknowledge that their background, culture, and training experiences in their countries of origin permeate the embodiment of the somatic methods they studied in the United States.  They hope to foster transformative experiences that celebrate diversity. 


Body is Nature: Dance and Connect through the Tamalpa Life-Art Process with Joy Cosculluela

April 6th, 2024

If your body could speak, what would it say? This workshop is based on the work of Anna Halprin’s dances in the natural environment and the Tamalpa Life-Art Process. Our intentions are to remember that we are part of nature, that nature inspires our creative process, and helps us heal. We arrive by tuning in to our somatic bodies, connecting with physical sensations, emerging feelings, and images. We explore elemental movement - earth, water, fire, air, and nature’s cycles to inspire us. We weave these explorations into our life stories. Through drawing, writing, and interacting with others, we share our dances and discoveries. Please bring a journal for writing. Drawing materials will be provided.
Joy Cosculluela (she/her) is an immigrant from the Philippines residing in the ancestral lands of the Ohlone people, otherwise known as SF Bay Area. Joy is a performing artist, somatic educator, and artistic director of Wayfinding Performance Group, a multicultural ensemble of artists in SF. Joy’s work is dedicated to a life-long inquiry of decolonization and explores themes of home, identity, and belonging. Joy was associate teacher and dancer with Anna Halprin and The Sea Ranch Collective. She has collaborated with numerous Bay Area artists and has worked as guest teacher at SF State, University of Washington, Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants, Nature Talks, and Body-Mind Centering Association. Joy holds an MFA Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College, is artistic director of Performance Lab SF, and core faculty at Tamalpa Institute in Kentfield,CA.



Flowing Forms: Body Mind Centering and Dance Explorations with Diana Lara

May 4, 2024

In this workshop we use elements of Body-Mind Centering experiential anatomy and developmental movement to awake body and movement awareness. We also incorporate elements of contemporary dance (Humphrey-Limon technique and release) and movement science to move in the space in the three planes of motion, and to move in and out of the floor. We learn movement phrases based on somatic principles, guide improvisations, and promote reflection and sharing on movement experience.
Diana Lara, MS, RSME is a choreographer, dancer, and somatic educator from Honduras. She graduated from the choreography program of the Center for Research and Choreography at the Mexican National Institute of Fine Arts in 2003 and from the Body-Mind Centering certification program on Developmental Movement in 2011. Diana holds a master in science in Kinesiology with emphasis in movement science from San Francisco State University. Diana is bilingual English/Spanish and is an ISMETA member. www.dianalara-somatics.com 




Mid Intensity Interval Training (M.I.I.T.) with Michelle Hammar
Thursdays, 5:45-6:30pm, Studio SD

This is a mid-intensity-interval-training (MIIT) class that combines barre poses with fast paced, heart rate lifting, mid-intensity interval style training. Be prepared to sweat and have fun! This class is appropriate for all fitness levels.



Fast Fit with Arina Hunter
Saturdays, 9:05 - 9:40am & 9:50 - 10:25am

This 35 minute class incorporates all the elements of a balanced workout routine: strength, cardio, agility, and mobility. Some resistance equipment such as weights and body weight will be utilized to target specific muscle groups to improve strength. Body movement will help gain cardiovascular function and agility/mobility. All levels.



LudoSport - Lightsaber Sparring 

LudoSport teaches students to safely utilize light sabers by learning techniques from seven forms of combat. With practice, students are able to carefully duel with one another, participate in official LudoSport tournaments, and over time, may even qualify to compete in National and World Championship events.

We'll Provide the Sabers! The Italian Designed Sport Saber LamaDiLuce Polaris SSe-1 will be available for your use during the class. Be ready for some fun!

Intermediate Form I or Form II Workshop Series with James Billings, Michael Masangkay, & Darien Caine
May 5 - June 30, 2024
1:00 - 3:00pm



About the Team

Rachel Recinos Abair is the ODC Health Initiatives Program Director. She is a lifelong dancer and brings over 20 years of experience in the health, wellness, & fitness industry to the position. She has worked in a variety of markets including health clubs, corporate wellness, campus recreation, and community programs and developed health and fitness, youth, seniors, sports, and volunteer programs and offerings. She earned her M.S. in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Exercise, Nutrition, and Eating Behavior from George Washington University. She holds multiple fitness certifications including ACSM Clinical Exercise Physiologist.


Dr. Celina De Borja is a Pediatric Sports Medicine Physician who works at UCSF Medical Center. She has special interest in dance and performing arts medicine, injury prevention and bone health. She has worked with the Boston ballet school, Boston conservatory, and Berklee college of music during her medical training. She is an active in volunteer with UCSF RunSafe and PlaySafe, providing medical coverage at various sporting events in the Bay area. She also serves as the volunteer medical director of the ODC Healthy Dancers' Clinic, which aims to improve the well-being and health of the dance community through education, musculoskeletal screening and integration of health services.


Kirsten Olshan is a wellbeing change maker and coach. Her focus is on the psychology of human performance. Her passions are organizational, and Personal wellness. Kirsten's passion is to help find strengths, joy to help motivate individuals to make behavior changes more sustainable for better Life/Work integration. After battling two Chronic illnesses, Kirsten faced challenges of adapting to a new way of life as a recreational and competitive athlete. Kirsten resilience led her to research and focus on how participation in sports and physical activity impacted individuals overall wellbeing, both physically and mentally. She earned her Master’s in Exercise Science, Health Promotion with a focus in Sports Physiology and Nutrition from PennWest. Kirsten has worked with athletes, professional athletes, coaches, executives, business professionals, clinicians and high-profile performing artists. She has been a Keynote speaker at Stanford University and led mindfulness events as part of team Exos for Google. She has led workshops on health and wellbeing Globally. She is a health educator, research cancer advocate, certified health and wellness coach and nutritionist. She facilitates short courses for 2U/ Stanford Health Education on Stress Management and Employee Wellbeing and Healthcare leadership.


Arina Hunter holds a strong passion for movement, wellness, dance, and helping others live and enjoy their best life. She received her BFA in Dance from the University of Montana and expanded her knowledge base in personal training, pre and post natal fitness, corrective exercise, mindset coaching, and nutrition. You can find Arina dancing, choreographing, hiking, enjoying nature, video editing, and snuggling with her pup Noodle. She believes in the magic of movement to energize, connect, help reduce pain and stress, prevent injury, and increase overall health, happiness, and sustainability.