Youth & Teen Program

Youth & Teen Program

ODC School Youth & Teen Program

Located in San Francisco's Mission District at the ODC Campus, ODC School Youth & Teen program is a creative hub for students ages 2 - 18 to learn dance and movement techniques; engage in performance opportunities, and community activities. Registration is open for programs starting September 9, 2023. Please submit a Youth & Teen Program Info/Enrollment Form so we can help you get started with communication and registration. ODC Youth & Teen 2023/2024 Brochure.

Family Informational Session Tuesday, September 5th at 5pm (online) Link to info session here

Scholarship Opportunities Available:  APPLY HERE

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Text the Youth & Teen Program or request a callback: 707-653-5541



  • 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 $60 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 or text 707-653-5541 and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. You can also request a callback by texting this number. Please allow 24-72 hours for a response. Thank you!

    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. 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. Prorated Spring only tuition is available for those joining us in January.

  • Absences

    Class attendance is crucial for a successful experience at ODC School. To report an absence, please email or by texting (707) 653-5541. If an extenuating circumstance, injury, or sensitive personal matter arises, please contact the ODC School Youth & Teen Program administrative staff directly. We do not offer make-up classes in the Youth & Teen Program.

  • 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, 2022 through May, 2023 (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, 2023. The fee for the placement class is $30. 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. Spring enrollment is available on a case by case basis in year-long classes. Please ask us about available classes.

  • 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 high expectations of commitment, attendance, and behavior. Inconsistent attendance will jeopardize a student’s scholarship status. Scholarship information and applications are available here. Please contact with questions. 

    Deadline for scholarship application submission for Fall 2023: September 1, 2023. Spring 2024, December 1, 2023

  • Información en español

    Para obtener información acerca del programa de niños y jóvenes de la escuela ODC, por favor envíe un mensaje a Las becas están disponibles: la solicitud de beca se puede encontrar aquí.

About the School

Welcome to the ODC Dance Commons!
200 Classes a Week. 365 Days a Year. All Ages.  All Levels.  All Welcome.

ODC School is dedicated to inclusion and to promoting the artistic lifecycle of a dancer through creative and technical training that develops artistic capacity, enthusiasm, and engagement.

ODC is ADA Accessible

ODC Theater is ADA Accessible. For all ODC/Dance and ODC Theater presented performances, ASL is provided for shows with performed text for at least one performance during the show run. Additional wheelchair seating is provided for select shows. Captioning is provided for all Digital Encores. ODC Theater restrooms are All-Gender and All-Gender restrooms are located upstairs, outside of Studio B in ODC Dance Commons. Please see individual event pages for more information. Questions? Please contact the ODC Box Office at

Land Acknowledgement

ODC is on the ancestral lands of the Ramaytush People in Yelamu. We pay respects to elders past and present, who are still here and part of our community. We recognize that regenerative land management is not new, but is a continuation of practices from Native cultures and from our own ancestors. It is our responsibility to steward the land with care, as our elders did before us. ODC is donating $.50 for each in-person ticket (seat) sold to all performances in the Theater.