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There is a purpose for our play- play is more than physical activity and bouncing balls. There is a reason for our play and there are outcomes to be had as well. Our babies learn when they play, our children are healthier when they play. Our youth are engaged when they play, our families are unified when they play. Our communities thrive when we play with a purpose.

We aim to: Expose, Enlighten, Empower, and Encourage Educational Excellence Through Recreational Experiences.

We offer critical quality of life programming in areas of enrichment, cultural arts, prevention and intervention, sports and physical activities, health and wellness, youth violence abatement, and leisure activities for adults, youth, and children. Programs and Camps at recreation centers, pools and parks are part of the efforts to promote health, stem obesity, and encourage civic participation, personal development, and empowerment. We preserve the best of Oakland and connect communities. Seasonal activities and camps at our Recreation Centers may be found under Recreation Center & Facilities and Cultural Arts Programs.



Oakland_BalletOakland Ballet Company

The mission of Oakland Ballet Company is to keep the art of ballet exciting, vibrant and accessible; champion innovative choreographers; provide ballet training and performance opportunities for professional and aspiring dancers; share enrichment programs that bring the value of dance arts learning to those who might otherwise not have the opportunity.

For half of a century, Oakland Ballet has provided dance excellence and community service to the San Francisco Bay Area and the East Bay, touching many lives, and making a lasting impact in the performing arts world and our community. Join us this season as we honor the past five decades and dance with us into the next 50 years! For more information about open rehearsals for kids please contact us at 510-238-7526.


Rite of Passage (ROP)


R I T E   O F   P A S S A G E   ( R O P )
Is a comprehensive educational outreach program serving primarily youth ages 8-18 years in throughout the East Bay. The program offers free classes in Oakland Public schools, and year round low cost classes after school, on Saturdays, and during the summer at the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts. Students learn traditional styles of movement and music such as West African, Haitian, Cuban, and Brazilian, as well as more contemporary forms such as Modern/Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Ballet.  Sessions will include Spoken Word and Percussion. Through this programming, young people have the opportunity to learn from master artists rooted in traditional artistic forms that are strongly interwoven within African American culture. Most importantly it also helps students to work collectively and develop a deeper sense of their self-esteem . ROP sessions begin in October (fall), January (spring), and June (summer). Each session culminates with a performance, the largest being the annual spring play in May that is written and directed by ROP students and “It Takes Village” a community celebration of all cultures. There are limited scholarships available. Please contact the office at or (510) 465-3363 for further information regarding classes and registration.


D I M E N S I O N S   E X T E N S I O N S
P E R F OR M A N C E   E N S E M B LE   (D E P E )
Is a group of students ranging in age from 12-19 years, has developed an outstanding reputation for presenting pre-professional work that is considered unique and quite remarkable in terms of what is expected of youth groups. DEPE has the honor of continuing Dimensions Dance Theater’s legacy of performance by providing performances of the African-American experience. Members of Dimensions…Extensions are trained in jazz, modern, hip hop, Haitian, ballet and traditional African movement. Members are arts ambassadors who serve the community through various performances at local festivals, schools, church events, celebrations, fund raisers, etc. The group has performed and studied in Orlando, Los Angeles, Congolese Dance and Drum Camp in Nevada City, Washington D.C., and New York. Some members of the group traveled to Guinea, West Africa in December 2006 to participate in a cultural exchange with the youth of Conakry, Boke, and Sangaredi; where they also took class with and performed for Guinea’s national company Les Ballet Africains. Participation in the group is by audition only. Contact the office at (510) 465-3363 for audition dates and times.


Kritcal Thinkers 1Bay Area Girls Rock Camp

Bay Area Girls Rock Camp is a nonprofit organization that empowers girls through music, promoting an environment that fosters self-confidence, creativity and teamwork. BAGRC challenges gender stereotypes, encourage collaboration and tolerance among peers, and provides a comfortable space for people of all backgrounds to express themselves. Through music lessons, workshops, group activities and performance, girls acquire skills that help guide them throughout their lives.