Mission and Core Values

Mission and Core Values


The mission of the Oakland Ballet Company is to provide accessible, relevant, and exciting dance for our diverse community.


Artistic Excellence

We present vibrant works by current choreographers who represent the highest standards in performance art.

OBC in Janice Garrett’s and Charles Moulton’s “Divining.”


We serve our community through performance and educational programs driven by a diversity of genres from classical ballet to folklorico to street dance.

OBC in Artistic director graham Lustig’s “luna mexicana.”


We are committed to diversity and inclusion in our choice of artists, programming, and community engagement.

OBC rehearsing Artistic Director Graham Lustig’s “Consort.”


We present bold new forms of artistic expression by collaborating with diverse and cutting edge artists.

OBC collaborates with the Turffeinz in Artistic Director Graham Lustig’s “Oakland-esque.”


We challenge our audiences to redefine the boundaries of classical and contemporary ballet through partnership with groundbreaking community artists.

OBC with AXIS Dance Company in Sonya Delwaide’s “Rocky Road.”

Education & Accessibility

We inspire students to become life long lovers of the arts and showcase our performers as role models of artistic achievement. We perform in a variety of easily accessible and affordable venues throughout Oakland and the East Bay.

OBC dancers at a “Discover Dance” educational assembly at Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School.