Discover Dance

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 programs help fill the gap in arts education for East Bay schools and foster an appreciation of dance through in-school programs, open rehearsals, free community performances, scholarships to our training programs, and ticket donations.

School Assembly Program

Each season, Oakland Ballet dancers visit Oakland and East Bay schools to present special, educational dance assemblies. Learn more about the OBC in the Schools assembly program >

Production in Action student performances

Students and teachers from local K-12 schools are invited to attend special, educational versions of upcoming OBC performances. Learn more about the Production in Action student performance program >

Ticket 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!  

Community Access Ticket Service

OBC’s acclaimed Discover Dance program makes the art of dance and arts education accessible for more 20,000 East Bay students each season. We thank our sponsors and school district partners for making this possible.

“…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

“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