Community Outreach

The “Discover Dance” Program

A large part of Oakland Ballet Company’s mission is to bring the joy of dance to everyone in our community, especially East Bay students. Oakland Ballet’s “Discover Dance” educational outreach program helps to fill the gap in arts education in East Bay schools and fosters an appreciation of dance through in-school educational programs, open rehearsals, free community performances, scholarships to our training programs, and ticket donations.
Oakland Ballet Company dancers with Melrose students“Discover Dance – Oakland Ballet in the Schools” Since 2010, Oakland Ballet dancers have visited 37 Oakland and East Bay schools, bringing mini-performances and dance arts education directly to more than 13,000 local students. Learn more about the “Discover Dance – OBC in the Schools program.

Melrose Students watch Oakland Ballet Company perform“Discover Dance – Production in Action”Students and teachers from K-12 schools are invited to attend the dress rehearsal of an Oakland Ballet production, including Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker at the Paramount Theatre and our Spring Repertory season productions. Find out more about how to attend “Production in Action!” here.

Educators can use our downloadable guide to teach students about ballet and The Nutcracker prior to an “Oakland Ballet in the Schools” visit or attending on of our educational “Production in Action” matinees. Download the Teacher’s Guide
Community Access Ticket ServiceTicket Donations. Through our partnership with Community Access Ticket Service, Oakland Ballet Company provides hundreds of donated tickets each season to community members that may not otherwise be able to afford access to a live performance.
Thanks to our season sponsors, Oakland Ballet Company has been able to donate over 20,000 tickets to its productions since 2007!  Learn more about how your social service agency can receive OBC tickets through CATS.

Contact us at (510) 893-3132, or email for more information about Oakland Ballet “Discover Dance” Community Outreach program.


East Bay teachers and students comment on Oakland Ballet Company’s “Discover Dance” Program.

“…The students left the theater curious, delighted, and ready for their next theater experience. Thank you for exposing my students to the wonders of the performing arts.”
—3rd Grade Teacher, Santa Fe Elementary, Oakland

“I don’t ever get to see things that are this beautiful!” —Student, Allendale Elementary, Oakland

Manzanita students watching Oakland Ballet Company perform
Manzanita students watching Oakland Ballet Company perform

“The Oakland Ballet is a gem in our city. Oakland students are blessed to have
you include us in the arts.” —Mary Lou Stenger, Teacher, Franklin Elementary
School, Oakland

“I was very pleasantly surprised and touched when Graham Lustig welcomed our school to the performance during his introductory comments. That served as a human connection with the experience which set the stage for the live performance and provided our students with a distinct contrast to “screen” experiences.” —John Panagos, Teacher, Lakeview Elementary School, Oakland