Brenda Way
Dance, Dance, Dance

Brenda Way

Dancing since the age of 3, dance has always been a means of expression for Oberlin Dance Collective founder Brenda Way. At the height of the 60s when political and social movements were reaching new heights and boundaries were being broken in the arts, Way realized that movement could mirror and further express her political ideals. She was invited to Oberlin College to teach and that was when she started the Oberlin Dance Collective, ODC, which she brought to San Francisco in 1976 with 16 people. She now is the co-director of ODC Dance Commons, a 33,000 sq. ft space, with 180 classes a month, 200 performances a year, and above all else, a deep sense of integrity, community and strength, the ideals she started with in the 60s.