Performances & Events

OBC Events

We are so proud to call Oakland home. For 50 years the city has inspired us, and keeping the art of dance a vibrant tradition within our community continues to be part of what defines Oakland Ballet as a leading arts organization in the East Bay. From glamorous events like our annual Spring Gala to free performances around the community at venue’s such as Children’s Fairyland and Oakland Art Murmur, we love to step outside the studio and connect with our audience. Join us at our next event and experience the role dance plays in Oakland.

    Advice from the Dancers

    Advice from the Dancers

    Four of OBC's dancers, Ashley Thopiah, Lawrence Chen, Marianne Bassing, and Skylar Burson, offer up their best advice. What is the best advice anyone ever gave you about Auditions?Marianne: You will never be the best in the room. You might have the highest legs, or...

    After high school, what’s next?

    After high school, what’s next?

    With graduation on the horizon, high school seniors are planning their future. As dancers, it is not so straightforward. Many battle with the idea of pursuing a dance career knowing the competitiveness, lack of stability, and often times low wages not to mention the...

    Getting the most from Class

    Getting the most from Class

    It’s Spring and as we all look forward to in-person summer programs, fingers crossed. Now is a good time to clean up our class habits. To improve you want to glean the most amount of benefit from the class as possible. Here are some tips to help you do just that. Take...

    Choosing a Summer Program

    Choosing a Summer Program

    You took your young child to ballet but you never expected they would stay engaged so long. Now you find yourself with a serious ballet student trying to navigate the world of summer programs. What to do? Here are some tips any ballet parent must learn in order to...

    Auditions

    Auditions

    There are many misunderstandings about auditions that lead to unnecessary anxiety. Although the audition process can be challenging and disappointing, it can also be exciting and fun. Auditions are possibilities and an opportunity to show what you have but feeling...

    Love Yourself

    Love Yourself

    The study of dance is exciting, challenging, and rewarding. It can also be frustrating and disappointing. As a profession, a lot depends upon qualities over which you have no control. Of course, we can work and improve but proportions or our overall shape are out of...

    Extraordinary!

    “Luna Mexicana was a fantastic ride through the Dia de los Muertos experience. The dancers were all in top form and the costumes were beautiful. Graham Lustig has done it again.”

    The Oakland Tribune