The Academy at OBC

2019 – 2020 season classes at the Academy at Oakland Ballet will begin September 7, 2019.
Fall semester: Sept. 7 – Dec. 14, 2019 (no class Nov. 30, Thanksgiving weekend)

Spring semester: Jan. 18 – May 16, 2020 (no class Feb. 8, or April 11)

2019-2020 Season Class Schedule

The Academy at Oakland Ballet Company offers classical ballet training with one of the leading Bay Area professional dance companies.

Classes focus on developing students’ technique, exploring artistic expression through dance, and building self-confidence in a fun and nurturing class environment. 

Classes available for ages 5 and up, starting with those that have no ballet or dance training through the more advanced technique levels.

Class Levels and Schedules

Fall semester: Sept. 7 – Dec. 14, 2019 (no class Nov. 30, Thanksgiving weekend)
Spring semester: Jan. 18 – May 16, 2020 (no class Feb 9, or April 11)

2019-2020 Class Schedule

To Enroll
Complete the Registration Form on line
Once your responses are received we will contact you to confirm and coordinate tuition payment.

Tuition Payments
Via check: mail to 2201 Broadway, Suite LL17, Oakland CA 94612
Via credit card: call 510-893-3132

Class Locations:  all classes are held on Saturdays
Level 3, 4 and Pointe – Oakland School for the Arts – 530 18th Street, Oakland
Level 1, 2, and Pre-Ballet – Oakland Ice Center – 519 18th Street, Oakland

Classes at the Academy will be taught by company dancer Samantha Bell. As a current member of the Oakland Ballet Company, her students have the excitement of studying with a working professional dancer.

About Miss Bell

Miss Bell is from Orange County, California, where she trained with the Anaheim Ballet on full scholarship and joined their company in 2008. She won third place at Youth American Grand Prix and went on to the New York City finals. From 2010-2015, Samantha danced with the State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara (SSB) where she performed soloist roles including the Autumn Fairy in Rodney Gustafson’s Cinderella and Bianca in Robert Sund’s Taming of the Shrew. She originated the lead role of Mrs. Medlock in Josie Walsh’s premiere of The Secret Garden. Samantha’s piece, titled Pistolero, became the first-ever dancer choreographed creation to be added to the company repertoire. She toured extensively with SSB, including a two month tour of China. Samantha has danced in television, film, as well as the MTV Video Music Awards. Samantha has performed with Menlowe Ballet, Western Ballet and most recently spent the summer dancing with ARC Dance in Seattle,  performing the lead in Paul Destrooper’s new ballet.

Miss Bell joined Oakland Ballet Company during the 2017-2018 season and has been featured in leading roles such as Shere Khan in “Jangala” and The Bride in “Luna Mexicana.” Miss Bell is also the instructor for our “You Can Dance” arts education program – delivered in local public schools.

(Girls) Black leotard, pink tights, ballet slippers. Long hair must be kept back in a neat bun & all jewelry removed.
(Boys) White T-shirt, black tights, black or white slippers.

If you have any questions about The Academy at Oakland Ballet Company, feel free to email Education Coordinator, Bat Abbit at or give us a call at 510.893.3132.