2020-2021 Academy Classes

There is still so much we do not yet know regarding the fall.  Our first priority is to keep safe our community.  Oakland Ballet will fully comply with the recommendations of the Alameda County Public Heath Department.  If we are unable to hold classes in person come September, we will make alternative plans.  The information on this page represents our hope but we must acknowledge the possibility of other scenarios and we stand ready to adjust should the need arise.

2020 – 2021 season classes for the Academy at Oakland Ballet will begin September 12, 2020.
Fall semester: Sept. 12 – Dec. 12, 2020 (no class Nov. 28, Thanksgiving weekend) Dec. 12 Parent Observation Day

Spring semester: Jan. 9 – May 22, 2021 (no class Feb. 6, or April 3) May 22 Parent Observation Day

2020-2021 Season Class Schedule, Descriptions, and Tuition

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. 12 – Dec. 12, 2020 (no class Nov. 28, Thanksgiving weekend) Dec. 12 Parent Observation Day
Spring semester: Jan. 9 – May 22, 2021 (no class Feb 6, or April 3) May 22 Parent Observation Day

2020-2021 Class Schedule, Descriptions, and Tuition

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
Oakland School for the Arts
530 18th Street, Oakland

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Faculty:
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.

Attire:
Girls: Black leotard, pink tights and pink ballet slippers or flesh toned tights and flesh toned ballet slippers. Long hair must be swept back away from the face and neck and held securely in a ballet bun. Braids are acceptable. If hair is too short to be placed in a bun, it must be secured and held back by an elastic headband that will not fall off. All jewelry should be removed.
Boys: White t-shirt, black tights and black shoes, or white socks and white shoes.

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