Dance & Fitness Classes

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Annual YWCA Membership only $20 and receive $10 discount on all dance and fitness series!

Class Registration

Pre-registration and payment of all fees is highly recommended before the first meeting of a series or workshop. Register early – classes fill quickly! You may register:

  • Register Online or By Phone – all major credit cards accepted
  • In Person – During our regular business hours
  • By Mail – Check payable to the YWCA

Class Rates

  • Dance classes run in a Series of 6 weeks. Each series is $45 for YWCA members or $55 for non-members; a single class drop-in is $12.
  • Self Defense class runs in a Series of 6 weeks. Each series is donation based, with a $5 suggestion.

Enrollment Policy

  • Once a class has reached its full enrollment, the class will be closed.
  • At the start of the first class, drop-in payments will be accepted if class has not reached full enrollment.
  • Single Drop-in rate ($12) can be deducted from full series enrollment rate only if sign up occurs by the start of the next class.

Refund Policy

We only refund all fees for classes we must cancel. If you are unable to complete a class for medical reasons, submit a physician’s note and we will refund fees for the remainder of the series. Otherwise, there are no refunds, so please make sure you are able to attend the entire series.

For more information contact by phone at 510-848-6370 or email to dancefitness@ywca-berkeley.org.

Class Schedule

Dance and Fitness Schedule Online: click here
You can also pick up a hard-copy schedule brochure at the YWCA or call us to get one mailed to you.

Instructors

Find out more about our wonderful teachers and instructors!  Meet our instructors here.


Monday Dance/Fitness Classes

Ballet

Ballet For Fun and Fitness See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Mondays 5:15-6:15 PM | Series 1: January 23-March 6 (no class 2/20) | Series 2: March 13-April 24 (no class 3/27) 
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, or $12 for single class drop-in

Gain strength, flexibility and grace. Get a fun workout using ballet techniques. For beginners, all levels welcome. Instructors: Jana Hiraga, former member of American Ballet Theatre.

Flamenco Dance

Flamenco Dance See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
 Mondays 7:45-8:45 PM | Series 1: January 23-March 6 (no class 2/20) | Series 2: March 13-April 24 (no class 3/27)
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, or $12 for single class drop-in

Explore the foundations of this dynamic art form of multicultural Southern Spain known for its intricate rhythms, percussive footwork with an emphasis on a strong, grounded and expressive upper body.  Instructor: Sara Ayala, Co-founder of Flamenco Vivo, studied in Spain with Flamenco masters.

Tuesday Dance/Fitness Classes

Jazz Dance

Jazz Dance See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Tuesdays, 5:10-6:10 PM | Series 1: January 24-February 28
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, or $12 for single class drop-in

Get a workout, acquire jazz dance technique and flexibility. Learn routines that incorporate jazz, hip hop and other styles. For beginners and all levels! Instructor: Jenny DeRuntz, former instructor and coach for United Spirit Association and Columbia University.

Salsa

Beginning Salsa See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 PM | Series 1: January 24-February 28 | Series 2: March 7-April 18 (no class 3/28)
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, or $12 for single class drop-in

Connect to the passion, music and dance of Salsa! Ruth Caspary will teach the footwork, mini-patterns and styling you need to be a great Social Salsa Dancer. Review and practice are part of the program as well as lead and follow techniques. More experienced students will be challenged. No partner required. Non-rubber soled shoes suggested. Instructor: Ruth Caspary.

Bridge Salsa See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30 PM | Series 1: January 24-February 28 | Series 2: March 7-April 18 (no class 3/28) 
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, or $12 for single class drop-in

A continuation of basics but using key moves such as synchronized turns and hand tosses. Students will learn transitions from basics into these moves and build up mini-patterns. Ruth Caspary will break down the move and teach the transitions that will have you looking like an Intermediate dancer right away. Students with solid Salsa basics are welcome. No partner required. Non-rubber soled shoes suggested. Instructor: Ruth Caspary, Owner of Latin Connection

Wednesday Dance/Fitness Classes

Bollywood

Bollywood See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Wednesdays, 6-7 PM | Series 1: January 25-March 1 | Series 2:March 8-April 19 (no class 3/29)
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, or $12 for single class drop-in

Want to get a great workout while learning Bollywood dance steps? Please join us at the YWCA “Chalo Let’s Dance” Bollywood class. No experience required. Instructor:  Judy Huang, the founder of “Chalo let’s dance (Come let’s dance),” has 8 years of Bollywood, Bhangra, Fusion, and Geeta dance training. Visit her website at https://www.facebook.com/chaloletsdance or contact her at chaloletsdance@gmail.com. 

Bellydance

Bellydance Level 1: Technique & Combinations See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Wednesdays, 7:10-8:10 PM | Series 1: January 25-March 1 | Series 2: March 8-April 19 (no class 3/29)
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, or $12 for single class drop-in

This class is open to dancers of all different dance backgrounds and levels. We will explore body isolations, shimmies, and basic layering techniques in a fun and supportive environment.  Instructor:  Natalie Nayun, an international teacher and performer, currently directs Adara Dance Company and performs with Nava Dance Collective and Zenotope.

Bellydance Level 2  See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Wednesdays, 8:15-9:15 PM | Series 1: January 25-March 1 | Series 2: March 8-April 19 (no class 3/29)
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, or $12 for single class drop-in

This class is open to dancers with a basic understanding of bellydance. We will explore more complex movement technique, advanced layering, and traveling steps. Each session will challenge the dancer to develop greater musicality, improvisation, and/or finger cymbals. Instructor:  Natalie Nayun.

Thursday Dance/Fitness Classes

Self Defense

Self Defense  See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Thursdays 5:15-6:15 | Series 1: January 26-March 2 | Series 2: March 9-April 20 (no class 3/30) 
Class series run for 6 weeks: Donation based ($5 suggestion) 

This beginner level class will incorporate karate and self-defense techniques in order to provide the personal safety tools you need to feel empowered and prepared. Instructor: Tanya Kumar, Studied kenpo Karate for 10 years and earned a second degree black belt.

Contemporary Dance

Contemporary Dance See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Thursdays 5:15-6:15 | March 9-April 20 (no class 3/30) 
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, or $12 for single class drop-in

Pulling influence from jazz, hip-hop, and modern dance, you will learn contemporary dance techniques, gain flexibility, and play with choreography, all while getting a great workout! This class is suited for folks of all levels and body types. Instructor: Mercedes Forster, Studied dance for over a decade, in a variety of techniques, including: classical ballet, contemporary, modern, hip hop, jazz, African, salsa, and capoeira dance.

Argentine Tango

Argentine Tango: Fundamentals See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Thursdays 6:30-7:30 PM | Series: January 26-March 2
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, or $12 for single class drop-in

This beginner-friendly class will focus on fundamental techniques to prepare you for the social dance floor. Experienced tango dancers are welcome to attend to improve their dance.  Instructors: Jonas Aquino and Monza Lui studied Argentine Tango in Buenos Aires, and have taught throughout the Bay Area.

Argentine Tango: Beyond the Fundamentals  See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Thursdays 6:30-7:30 PM | Series: March 9-April 20 (no class 3/30)
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, or $12 for single class drop-in

This class will review the fundamentals, and then go beyond, exploring this beautiful dance from Argentina. All level tango dancers are welcome to join the class to improve their dance.  Instructors: Jonas Aquino and Monza Lui.