Desert Coast Dance Performing Arts from San Luis Obispo, Ca. is comprised of a children’s dance performance group and an adult  Dance Bunkai trio. Director Vieve Odell draws from the past by keeping old traditions alive while constantly finding inspiration from all over the world in search of something yet to be discovered.

Dance Fusion (Jazz, Ballet & Contemporary) classes for ages 7-15 are offered at the Morro Bay Community Center and  Dance Bunkai (Ballet, Contemporary & Self-Defense) classes for teens & adults are located at the SLO Vets Hall. Our goal is to provide an encouraging learning environment for beginners of all ages and nurture all levels and individual forms of expression. All of our classes have an instructor and a class leader, this way the teacher will always have an assistant who is happy to offer one-on-one attention.

We have regular performance opportunities for all experience levels. Desert Coast Dance Performing Arts and the DCD Kids have been performing for community events in San Luis Obispo County since 2015. Original performances have included “The Abandoned Circus”, “Story Time-Feel the Music, Dance the Story” parts 1, 2 & 3, and “Where the Wild Things Are” choreographed & co-directed by 13 year old Liora Odell.

An excerpt from a nice note by Debra Hesch:

 “I wanted to tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed the play on June 15th! Genevieve, It’s obvious that you recognize and bring out the natural talent in every individual dancer/performer! It’s your gift and by using it you are bringing pleasure to others.

You might know that I lost my mother in February (I’ll never be the same), a close friend in March, and my husband had major surgery in April. I’m feeling better but my inner being is so full of sorrow and grief. There was something about watching your play, the graceful dance movements, the wonderful music that soothed my soul. It was evident that your students loved their teacher, dancing and performing. And I was struck by their confidence-everyone looked relaxed and comfortable on the stage.”

-Debra Hesch (Odell family friend since 1971!)

Why dance?

Dance and the performing arts boost self esteem, improve and reduce depression, help us feel more connected and social, and a 2017 study has shown that older people who routinely partake in physical exercise can reverse the signs of aging in the brain, and dancing has the most profound effect! You’re never too young or too old to start dancing!


“My daughter loves the dance fusion class! I can’t believe how much she has grown and how much confidence she has on stage and in life as a result of taking these classes. Genevieve is a wonderful teacher and we are grateful to have found Desert Coast Dance!”

-Janie Riddiough

The Community Center offers scholarships! Also, if you have an Inspire student, Desert Coast Dance is a vendor.

Thank you for supporting the Arts!

-Genevieve Odell


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