Students receive daily instruction throughout the academic year from highly trained dance educators and artists-in-residence, recruited from across the Bay Area and beyond. Master classes in a range of styles– salsa, Afro-Haitian, hip-hop, and others– provide students with a well-rounded dance education. Students train with the top dance teachers and artists-in-residence in the Bay Area, at the professional studios of ODC and Lines Ballet.
At the start of each year in the program, current Dance students are subject to a review and in-house audition, and are subsequently placed in different levels for teaching, based on their needs and abilities, to ensure that they are both supported and challenged in all of their dance classes throughout their time in the department. Students also have the opportunity to choreograph and audition pieces to be performed in the annual spring Dance Concert.