DANCE AND FITNESS CLASSES

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Class Rates

  • All classes run in a Series of 6 weeks. Each series is $45 for YWCA members or $55 for non-members.
  • A $30 YWCA Class Pass will allow you to drop into any 3 classes. YWCA Class Pass is non-transferable. Expires May 5, 2015.
  • A single class drop-in is $12
  • NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES.
Note: Unless otherwise stated, for all classes, Series I and Series II are the same level.  Series I is NOT a prerequisite for Series II.

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

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Monday Dance/Fitness Classes

Ballet

Ballet For Fun and Fitness See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Mondays 5:15-6:15 PM | March 16 – May 4; no class 3/23, 3/30
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, $30 YWCA Class Pass or $12 for single class drop-in

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

Yoga

Yoga See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Mondays 5:30-6:30 PM | March 16 – April 27; no class 3/23
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, $30 YWCA Class Pass or $12 for single class drop-in

Drawing on a combination of yoga styles, these well-rounded classes teach balance of movement and stability that links seamlessly with breath and body awareness.  Instructors: Melissa Williams, certified Yoga instructor, holds a 500-hour certification that she received in the YogaWorks Method.

Swing Dance

Swing: Charleston Level 2 See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Mondays 6:30-7:30 PM | March 16 – April 27; no class 3/23
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, $30 YWCA Class Pass or $12 for single class drop-in

In this class we will be building a base of Charleston moves which should be in every Lindy Hoppers repertoire. Charleston and Lindy Hop are both under the swing dance umbrella and can be danced together. Get ready to have a lot of fun as you pick up new Charleston patterns.  Instructors:  Jean & Bromley Palamountain, award-winning swing dance instructors.

Flamenco Dance

Flamenco Dance See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Mondays, 7:45-8:45 PM | March 16 – April 27; no class 3/23
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, $30 YWCA Class Pass 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
Tuesdays, 5-6 PM | Will resume in Summer
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, $30 YWCA Class Pass or $12 for single class drop-in

Get a workout, acquire jazz dance technique and flexibility. Learn a variety of routines. For beginners and all levels! Instructor: Jenny DeRuntz, former instructor and coach for United Spirit Association and Columbia University.

Salsa: LA Style

LA Style Beginner Social Salsa See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Tuesdays, 6:10-7:10 PM | March 17 – May 5; no class 3/24, 3/31
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, $30 YWCA Class Pass 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, Owner of Latin Connection Dance in Oakland.

Wednesday Dance/Fitness Classes

Samba: Brazilian Movement

Samba
Will resume in Summer
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, $30 YWCA Class Pass or $12 for single class drop-in

Come to samba class and learn to dance like a Brazilian! Students will learn basic samba steps and choreographies that come from Rio to Bahia to the Amazon. Beginners are welcome. Wear comfortable clothing and jazz or no shoes. Instructors:  Maria Souza, former Carnival Queen of SF Carnival parade, founder of Aquarela Dance Troup; and Nancy King, member of Aquarela.

Acting

Acting Class See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Wednesdays, 6-7 PM | April 1 – May 6
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, $30 YWCA Class Pass or $12 for single class drop-in

Students will have an opportunity to work on memorization techniques, scene study and feeling comfortable being in the spotlight.  We will also warm up with fun theater games.  For beginners, all levels welcome. Instructor: Josiah Polhemus, holds an MFA from American Conservatory Theatre and has performed professionally in film and theater for over 25 years.

Improv Acting

Intro to Improv Acting See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Wednesdays, 7:15-8:15 PM | April 1 – May 6
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, $30 YWCA Class Pass or $12 for single class drop-in

This beginner-friendly class will help you learn powerful techniques to enhance self-confidence, self-awareness, listening, voice & body work, storytelling, teamwork and leadership skills.  Each class will include theater games that will keep you laughing. Instructor: Josiah Polhemus.

Belly dance

Belly dance Mixed Level: Technique with Veil See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 PM | March 18 – April 29; no class 3/25
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, $30 YWCA Class Pass or $12 for single class drop-in

Beginners are welcome and more advanced layering will be given to intermediate and advanced dancers. Learn how to isolate different muscles and create a deeper sense of body awareness. We will focus on line, extension, and moving across the floor. The second half of class will take the earlier techniques and apply them to dancing with a veil. Silk veils will be provided. Class ends with a short combination. Instructor: Natalie Nayun, an international teacher and performer, currently directs Adara Dance Company and performs with Nava Dance Collective and Zenotope. 

Belly dance: Veil Choreography See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30 PM | March 18 – April 29; no class 3/25
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, YWCA Class Pass or $12 for single class drop-in

Learn a complete Belly Dance Veil Choreography! All levels are welcome. It is recommend that you come to the first class to get technique especially if you are new to Belly Dance because basic technique will not be drilled in the choreography class, but attendance in both classes is not required. Silk veils will be provided. Instructor:  Natalie Nayun.

Thursday Dance/Fitness Classes

KPOP – NEW!

KPOP Dance See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Thursdays, 4-5 PM | March 19 – April 30; no class 3/26
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, $30 YWCA Class Pass or $12 for single class drop-in

Class is open to anyone who has an interest for Kpop dance and culture – beginners welcome! Learn various styles of choreography from some of the most popular Kpop artists.  Instructors: Kathie Tian and Eddie Eun, members of KPG, the Kpop dance group on the UC Berkeley campus.

Hip-Hop Dance

Hop Hop Dance See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Thursdays, 5:15-6:15 PM | March 19 – April 30; no class 3/26
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, $30 YWCA Class Pass or $12 for single class drop-in

Learn fundamental moves and various routines while grooving to the latest music, a fun and challenging workout for beginning to advanced-beginning levels. Instructor: Katherine Brown, member of Mind Over Matter, a Bay Area performing dance group.

Aloha Hula: Intro to Hawaiian Dance – NEW!

Hula Dance See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Thursdays, 6:15-7:15 PM | April 2 – April 23
Workshop runs for 4 weeks: $30 members/$40 non-members, $30 YWCA Class Pass or $12 for single class drop-in

Have fun and get a great work out by learning the fundamentals to Hawaiian hula as well as an introduction to Tahitian dance. This class will focus on developing controlled movements, isolations, and correct dance posture all to beautiful and upbeat choreography. Instructor: Jonica Little, former member of dance groups Iaorana te O’tea, in Santa Barbara, and Na Hoaloha O’Polynesia, in Simi Valley.

Argentine Tango

Argentine Tango: Fundamentals
Thursdays 7:15-8:15 PM | Will resume in Summer
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, $30 YWCA Class Pass 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, have taught throughout the bay area.

Argentine Tango: Beyond the Fundamentals  See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Thursdays 7:15-8:15 PM March 19 – April 30; no class 3/26
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.