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Connecting with the Community

Connecting with the Community

As spring bursts into full bloom, the artists and staff at Oakland Ballet Company are still basking in the success of the company’s newly added, early spring season – this year featuring the premiere of Jangala. This all new program had a modern, urban take on The...

Magic in the Multipurpose Room

Magic in the Multipurpose Room

On a Tuesday morning at ten o’clock, right before holiday vacation, the students of Howard Elementary in east Oakland streamed into the school’s multipurpose room for an assembly. They were excited because it was almost the holiday break. They were excited because it...

Casting for Graham Lustig’s “The Nutcracker”

Casting for Graham Lustig’s “The Nutcracker”

Ramona Kelly and Seyong Kim cast as lead roles in Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker. Sports legends join the cast for special cameo appearances. Each year, Oakland Ballet Company holds auditions to hire company dancers - all highly trained performers possessing...

Ballet and Baseball: A Match Made in Oakland

Ballet and Baseball: A Match Made in Oakland

Two of the East Bay’s most beloved institutions are teaming up this Fall to bring you two opportunities to appreciate the community’s diverse offerings. Both Oakland Ballet Company and the Oakland A’s each recently celebrated their 50th year of contribution to the...

Ballet Boot Camp Student Reflections

One of the many joys of providing dance and ballet training for young dancers is hearing about the impact that our training programs make on these young artists. Artistic Director Graham Lustig received this lovely, hand-drawn card from a Ballet Boot Camp student...

Making A Dance – Ballet Boot Camp 2017

Making A Dance – Ballet Boot Camp 2017

A few dozen young dancers ages 7-17 gathered for three weeks in July for OBC's annual Ballet Boot Camp summer intensive program at Hayward's Ballet Petit studios. At the end of each week the students presented an “informance” - an informal showcase of what they had...

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