Julia Ahn is 15 years old and a sophomore at Fremont High School. This is her first year at ODC as well as being a part of the Dance Jam. She started dancing at her local studio in Sunnyvale at age 3, and since then has trained in ballet, contemporary, tap, and jazz. She danced competitively before deciding she wanted a different experience and auditioning at ODC, and hopes to someday choreograph and dance professionally. She is very thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the Jam!
Directed by ODC School Director and Associate Choreographer Kimi Okada, and Assistant Director Dexandro Montalvo, The Dance Jam is ODC's resident teen dance company. They train in multiple dance techniques, collaborate in the creative process, and and perform a broad range of repertory and new works.
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.
The Jam trains rigorously in contemporary, ballet, composition/choreography, and Pilates , and is challenged with high performance standards and professional choreography by noted Bay Area choreographers, including work from the parent company, ODC Dance. Their 2023 season features pieces by Kimi Okada, Dexandro Montalvo, Mia J. Chong, Erin Derstine, and the dancers themselves.
“You won’t want to miss this evening of glorious dancing and bracing choreography performed by a dynamic talented team of youthful artists! Come experience the future of dance.”
Brenda Way, ODC Artistic Director
2023 Dance Jam members
Eve Axelrod ODC Dance Jam Member
Eve Axelrod is a sophomore at Ruth Asawa School of the Arts where she studies dance, as she has been doing for ten years. Eve started her training at City Ballet San Francisco, then moved to Dance Training Center/San Francisco, and finally ODC, making this her first year in the Jam. When not dancing, you can find her reading with her cats or listening to music at a ridiculous volume in her room.
Ruby Chen ODC Dance Jam Member
Ruby Chen is a freshman at Lowell High School. She has been dancing at ODC since she was 8 years old, starting in tap and transitioning to contemporary and ballet. This is her first year in the Dance Jam, and she’s extremely grateful for the opportunities she was given.
Sophie Faustinelli ODC Dance Jam Member
Sophie Faustinelli is a 17-year-old senior at the Lycee Francais de San Francisco. Sophie started dancing when she was 3, first discovering Arabic dance In Venezuela, then taking zumba and hip-hop classes in Chicago before moving to San Francisco in 2014. Since then, she’s dedicated her after-school time to train with ODC in ballet and contemporary. Sophie is super excited to be a part of the Dance Jam for her third year and is thrilled to keep growing as a dancer with the other Jam members, teachers, and staff by her side. When she’s not dancing, Sophie is most likely sewing clothes while binging her favorite show.
Ella Ford ODC Dance Jam Member
Ella Ford is 15 years old and a Freshman at Ruth Asawa School of the Arts. Ella has been dancing at ODC since she was 3 years old, and has always had a passion for performing of any kind. She has sung at SF Jazz as well as Freight and Salvage, performed in ODC’s The Velveteen Rabbit for 6 years, sung in ACT’s high school cabaret group, and has participated in Alonzo King’s LINES summer intensive for two years. This is Ella’s first year in the Jam, and it has been a long-time dream of her’s growing up in the ODC community. She is so excited to perform in this year's season!
Ever Keegstra ODC Dance Jam Member
Ever Keegstra is 14 years old and is a freshman at Jewish Community High School. She started her dance training at the age of 3, primarily focusing on contemporary and ballet, but dabbling in hip hop, tap, and acro. While Ever has been dancing at ODC for 6 years, this is the first year that she has been in the Dance Jam, which she is extremely grateful to be a part of. In her free time, Ever enjoys playing tennis and eating ice cream.
Noa Loewinger ODC Dance Jam Member
Born in Tel Aviv, Noa Loewinger has been dancing Ballet and Contemporary at ODC for eleven years and this is her second year in the Jam. She has been a part of ODC’s Velveteen Rabbit, Uncertain Weather, and Yerba Buena Night. During the summers, Noa has participated in summer intensives at Alvin Ailey, Batsheva Dance Company, Alonzo King Line Ballet, Kibbutz Contemporary Dance company, and others, where her passion for dance deepened. Her dream is to dance professionally in Batsheva and to choreograph. She is immensely grateful for the Jam community and can’t wait to perform!
Ava Miller-Green ODC Dance Jam Member
Ava Miller-Green is a 15-year-old sophomore attending Ruth Asawa school of the arts where she studies dance. She started dancing at the age of 3, mainly focusing on ballet but doing hip hop, carnival, and contemporary on the side. She started off her training at ODC then went to SFB and now is back at ODC as a first-time jam member. While Ava is not dancing she is hanging out with her cats or baking.