As the name suggests, an important mission of ODDT is to open the world of contemporary dance to the Texas State University, San Marcos, and surrounding area communities. Each year students are selected to work with the Texas State faculty and guest artists for the concert season. Texas State alumni, who have continued their dance careers, are often invited to contribute their work to the repertoire. ODDT has commissioned nationally recognized composers, artists, and designers, some of whom hail from San Marcos, to collaborate with their choreographers. The work of dance pioneer; Erick Hawkins has been presented in conjunction with members of the Texas State and Austin Symphony orchestras under the direction of conductor, Howard Hudiburg.
Opening Door Dance Theatre (ODDT) was founded in 1984 by Karen Earl, Sandy Rodriguez, and LeAnne Smith. Responding to the needs of advanced students, ODDT provided a pre-professional training arena for future dance artists. Opening Door Dance Theatre has brought a wide array of internationally and nationally respected choreographers and performers to the theatre. Opening Door Dance Theatre celebrated its 25th year with a gala concert on October 29 and 30, 2009. The company continues to strive to present dance that is accessible to diverse audiences in the San Marcos and surrounding areas. We are all human movers and this movement that connects us is the very art of dance and of life itself.