ODC is an innovative contemporary dance company based in San Francisco.

Envisioning a Dance Collective Grounded in the Urban Environment


ODC, formerly known as Oberlin Dance Collective, was founded by Brenda Way in 1971. Way – who studied under legendary George Balanchine and was a faculty member at Oberlin College in Ohio – established ODC with the goal of creating a dance collective rooted in dynamism, pluralism, and the urban setting of San Francisco. In 1979, ODC made history as the first modern dance company in the United States to own its home facility. Additionally, it was one of the first American dance companies to incorporate a post-modern sensibility into a virtuosic contemporary dance technique. Today, ODC's ten-person company performs for more than 50,000 people annually and has been widely recognized for its unique and rigorous technique. ODC also oversees the ODC Dance Commons, comprised of the ODC School, a Youth & Teen Program, and a Rhythm & Motion Dance Program which offers classes for students of all ages and skill levels. In both its performances and its educational programs, ODC embodies the belief that dance should be visible, accessible, and joyful.

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