"The major reason to celebrate ODC is its artistic achievements...Over the years this body of work has become formally more sophisticated without losing its humanistic principals and questioning spirit.." - Dance Magazine
ODC is known worldwide for its athleticism, passion and intellectual depth. Among the many awards ODC’s three resident choreographers--Brenda Way, KT Nelson, and Kimi Okada--have received are a Guggenheim, NEA American Masterpiece Award, 30 years of NEA fellowships and production grants, seven Isadora Duncan Dance Awards, two Nureyev Awards, a San Francisco Examiner Golden Slipper Award, and a Tony nomination. ODC has been hailed as “Best Dance Company” in the San Francisco Bay Guardian’s Best of the Bay 2002, 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2011 editions. In 2009, ODC was selected by the Brooklyn Academy of Music as one of three dance companies invited to tour internationally under the aegis of the U.S. State Department’s inaugural DanceMotion USA tour.
Founded in 1971 by Artistic Director Brenda Way, ODC (Oberlin Dance Collective, named after its place of origin, Oberlin College in Ohio) loaded up a yellow school bus and relocated to San Francisco in 1976. Her goal was to ground the Company in a dynamic, pluralistic setting. In 1979, ODC was the first modern dance company in America to build its own home facility, from which it now operates the dance company, a school, a theater, a gallery, and a health clinic for dancers.