Welcome to the beautiful new webpage for the Classical and Contemporary Dance Conservatory at OCSA. My hope is for this site to be a hub featuring the stunning beauty of CCD’s featured art forms while highlighting the successes of our students, alumni, and faculty. In addition, information on the outstanding caliber of faculty, guest master teachers and choreographers, and the varied experiences and opportunities our students enjoy, will be available to peruse at your leisure.


Steven B. Hyde


CCD is a conservatory where dancers seeking a specified focus in ballet, modern, and choreography composition will flourish. Our dancers learn and refine skills necessary for careers in dance and graduate with the knowledge and understanding of what is involved in persuing careers in dance.

Read More


Follow link for donations to:

"All in One" (includes Industry Professional Experience, Winter Concert Production donation & Exclusive DVD/Photo Packet, Spring Concert Production donation & Exclusive DVD/Photo Packet.

or separate donations for:

  • "Industry Professional Experience"
  • "Winter Concert Production donation & Exclusive DVD/Photo Packet"
  • "Spring Concert Production donation & Exclusive DVD/Photo Packet"

2017-2018 - Artist in Residence - Molly Lynch - L3

Molly Lynch is an award winning choreographer and artistic director, with over 30 years of experience creating, producing, and presenting dance. She is currently an Associate Professor of Dance in the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California, Irvine. She teaches ballet, pointe, partnering, repertory, and arts management. She has received an Excellence in Teaching Award in 2009 and 2014. Ms. Lynch is the Founder and Artistic Director of the National Choreographers Initiative, an internationally known project to nurture the development of new choreography, which was begun in 2004. Her research with NCI was awarded an NEA grant in 2015.

She was the Artistic Director for Ballet Pacifica from 1988-2003. During her tenure, Ms. Lynch established Ballet Pacifica as Orange County's leading professional dance company and one of the area's top performing arts organizations. Among her innovative trademark programs was the Pacifica Choreographic Project. Under Ms. Lynch's direction, the company worked with forty choreographers, premiered more than forty new ballets and restaged some of America's most beloved classics by George Balanchine, Antony Tudor and Choo San Goh. Ms. Lynch has also choreographed over 30 concert and story ballets, 6 children's ballets and a full-length production of The Nutcracker. Ms. Lynch has created new ballets for Sacramento Ballet, Nashville Ballet, BalletMet (Columbus, Ohio), Singapore Dance Theatre and Dance Collage (Hermosillo, Mexico).

She began her dance training with Lila Zali, received a scholarship to the Joffrey Ballet School and performed as a soloist and principal dancer with the Louisville Ballet and Ballet Pacifica for over 10 years. As a Fine Arts major at the University of California, Irvine, she studied with distinguished figures in dance such as Eugene Loring, Antony Tudor and Olga Maynard. Upon receiving her MFA in dance from UCI, she was named Outstanding Graduate Student - the first student from Fine Arts so honored. In 1992, Ms. Lynch was given the esteemed Outstanding Alumnus award from UCI and was named one of Orange County Metro Magazine's "Ten Women Who Make A Difference". She was also the recipient of the Red Cross Clara Barton Cultural Arts Award and the Boy Scouts of America Women of Excellence award in 1996. She was the recipient of the 2001 Choo San Goh Award for Choreography. In 2007 she received the Outstanding Arts Organization Award for her National Choreographers Initiative from Arts Orange County. And in April 2008 she was honored with the Irvine Barclay Theatre's prestigious Jade Award for her extraordinary leadership and creativity.


Read More
2017-2018 - Artist in Residence - Molly Lynch - L3
2017-2018 Artist in Residence - Mark Harootian - L2

2017-2018 Artist in Residence - Mark Harootian - L2

A native of Worcester, Massachusetts, Mr. Harootian received his early dance training at the Performing Arts School of Worcester and the Burncoat Senior High Dance Department. During that time his main line of training was in classical ballet, but he also had extensive training in Modern dance, Jazz, and Musical Theater. He attended the University of Utah on scholarship and graduated with a BFA in ballet performing and teaching.

At this time, he also became a member of Utah Ballet. While he was with Utah Ballet, he performed in and choreographed many of the department’s seasonal shows while dancing leading roles, including the company’s tour to Taipei, Taiwan in 2001. Mr. Harootian also performed at Disney’s Epcot Center, the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics Medal Plaza and the Festival of White Nights in Pushkin, Russia. From 2004-2011 Mr. Harootian was a company dancer and choreographer for Festival Ballet Providence and from 2010 -2012 he was also the company’s Director of Educational Outreach. Memorable dance roles include The Captain in Carmen, The Sailor in Con Amore, Doug Spivey in The Widow’s Broom, The lead in Anthony Tudor’s The Leaves Are Fading and the Chief of Thieves in Eldar Aliev’s A Thousand and One Nights. Mr. Harootian captivates Festival Ballet Providence’s Up Close on Hope Performance Series audiences annually with his choreography, and has presented a number of notable premieres there.

Mr. Harootian was awarded the Fellowship Choreography Grant Award from the Rhode Island State Council of the Arts in 2007 and 2011. He also was awarded by the Worcester Educational Development Foundation the Distinguished Alumni & Friends of the Worcester Public Schools Achievement Award in 2014. Most recently Mr. Harootian was an adjunct professor at Dean College and Salve Regina University and taught and choreographed at Island Moving Company, Ballet Arts Worcester B.A.W., Inc. Hanover Theater Conservatory for the Performing Arts, Sally McDermott Dance Center, Cathy Taylor School of Dance, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Red Shoe Dance Company, and Paula Meola’s Dance and Performing Arts Inc. Currently Mr. Harootian is moving to Los Angeles where he will continue to further his career.



Read More

2017-2018 - Artist in Residence - Lisa D. Long - L1

Lisa is a choreographer, dancer, educator and licensed massage therapist. For thirteen

years she danced professionally for Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Riedel Dance Theater and

was a principal dancer with Dance Kaleidoscope, under the artistic direction of David Hochoy,

former rehearsal director of the Martha Graham Dance Company, for eight years. She has

created roles in works by Donald Byrd, Kevin Iega Jeff, George Faison, Chuck Davis, and Jin

Xing and has performed works by Talley Beatty, Rob Esposito, Andre George, Donald McKayle,

Ricardo Melendez, Milton Meyers, Cleo Parker Robinson, and Dereque Whitters.

Lisa’s concert choreography and installations have been produced at: DUMBO Dance Festival,

Inaside Dance Chicago Choreographer’s Showcase, Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Green

Show, and Daedalus Project, Alabama Dance Festival’s adjudicated New Works Concert and at

Electric Lodge and at Miles Memorial Playhouse in Los Angeles. In 2012 her choreography for

Chevrolet won fourth place in MOFILM's Las Vegas commercial competition.


Her choreography for theater includes: Two Sisters and A Piano for Oregon Shakespeare

Festival, Curtains for WKU, Compleat Female Stage Beauty and Milk Milk Lemonade for Rogue

Machine Theater in Los Angeles. Clara’s Christmas Dream debuted her choreography Off-

Broadway for StageRight Productions and was favorable reviewed by the New York Times.

Backstage described her work as “imaginative and inspired.”


She holds an MFA in choreography from CalArts, a BFA in ballet from Texas Christian

University, an AA in occupational therapy form Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences,

and is a certified GYROKINESIS instructor. She has taught at CalArts, UCLA, Butler University

and Western Kentucky University. At California State University Fullerton, Lisa teaches modern

technique, anatomy/kinesiology for dancers, choreography, and creative dance for children.

Specializing in Graham-based technique, her class highlights the principles of classical modern

in conjunction with contemporary sensibility, anatomical awareness, and fluid momentum. Lisa

works from a belief that as physical and energetic creatures we reach our ultimate potential

when these systems flow seamlessly together.

Read More
2017-2018 - Artist in Residence - Lisa D. Long - L1


All-For-One donation includes the following:

$ 150  - Industry Professional Experience *
Contribution for Artist in Residence, Master Classes, Workshops, Hospitality 

 $ 175 - Winter Concert & Exclusive DVD/Photo Packet *
Contribution for Production Fee; only opportunity for DVD/Photo Packet

 $ 175 - Spring Concert & Exclusive DVD/Photo Packet *
Contribution for Production Fee; only opportunity for DVD/Photo Packet

If you should have any questions or concerns regarding these donations, feel free to contact Steven B. Hyde confidentially at 714-560-0900, ext. 6766 or by email at: steven.hyde@ocsarts.net.

The Orange County School of the Arts is organized as a non-profit organization under IRS code 501(c)(3) our Tax ID is 33-0891574.
All cash donations are fully tax deductible as provided by law.

Please select a link below in support of CCD!


* Click "Read More" to view donations tax deductible amount.

* Your donation, minus the fair market value (FMV) of the goods and services you receive, is tax deductible per IRS guidelines.  However, we encourage you to work closely with your tax advisor to determine your donations eligibility for a tax deduction.

Donation Type



 Tax Deduction

(all donations listed below)




If each donation is made separately:

Industry Professional Experience




Winter Concert & Exclusive DVD/Photo Packet




Spring Concert & Exclusive DVD/Photo Packet 




Read More

Q: Why is the Parent Funding Agreement so important?

A: The PFA is the donation* each family pledges to the Conservatory. Your pledges help support all aspects of the Conservatory program. It pays for the ingredients and food needed for a robust cooking program, maintenance of appliances, new equipment, instructor salaries, master chef fees and extracurricular activities. 

The 2016-2017 Budget Overview:

  • $236,500 supports 55 students in the program
  • PFA Pledge: $234.475, or 99% of budget
  • Expected Fallout (Unfulfilled Pledges): $39,861 
  • Current actual budget: $194,614, or 82% of total budget

*Donations are tax deductible. 

What's the rehearsal schedule? Team Up to the rescue!

Stay informed of CCD’s rehearsal schedule through “Team Up”. Using Team Up has reduced the chances of miscommunicating schedule changes and updates in real time. No more checking several different places for the rehearsal schedule. It’s all in one convenient place.



We found 28 events in April 2018

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Coming up in May