Dance & Fitness Classes

Dance & Fitness Classes

Summer Session Starts Monday, May 20th, 2019! Beginners welcome!

No Classes: Memorial Day, Monday May 27, 2019 | 4th of July Week, Monday July 1st, Tuesday July 2nd, Wednesday July 3rd
Schedule of Classes at a Glance

[Scroll down for more details on each class!]

Mondays

Ballet for fun and fitness 5:15 pm

Argentine Tango 6:30 pm

Flamenco 7:45 pm

Tuesdays

Beginning Club Salsa 6:30 pm

Wednesdays

Bellydance 5:15 pm

Hip Hop 6:30 pm

Yoga 7:15 pm

Contemporary 7:45 pm

YWCA Dance & Fitness classes run throughout the year in three sessions, Fall (August – November), Winter/Spring (January – May), Summer (May – August) allowing for more dance class opportunities for everyone!

Class Rates

Drop in anytime to try a class for $12! Or save money by purchasing a YWCA Class Card! You pick the dates and classes you want to attend!

YWCA Class Card Rate

  • 4 class card – $45 |
    • with membership $40
  • 8 class card $85 |
    • with membership $75 [$21 savings!]
  • 12 class card $115 | $9.58 per class
    • with membership $105 [$39 savings!]

The YWCA class card is valid for 90 days.

Extension policy: For $10 you can extend your class card for 45 days. Extensions must happen before class card expires. Extensions can only be done once and must be done in person or over the phone.

Annual YWCA Membership only $20 and receive up to $10 discount on all dance and fitness Class Cards!

How to purchase a YWCA Class Card

Purchase a Class Card and apply sessions to any dance & fitness classes offered! Use all sessions in the same class or apply them to multiple classes. Classes fill quickly! You may sign up for classes:

  • Sign up for a Class Card In Person or By Phone – all major credit cards accepted
  • In Person – During our regular business hours – we accept cash, check and credit card
  • By Mail – Check payable to the YWCA
Enrollment Policy

  • Once a class has reached its full enrollment, the class will be closed.

Refund Policy

No refunds. A credit for the class may be issued only through the Program Director and is to their discretion. Any unused sessions from the Class Card are non-refundable. YWCA Class Cards are valid for 90’s after the first session is attended. If a class is cancelled the client may apply the session to another class offered. Refunds are only issued when the person has a doctor’s medical note.

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

Instructors

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


Monday Classes

Ballet

Ballet For Fun and Fitness

Summer Dates: Mondays, May 20th – August 5th at 5:15 pm         

Gain balance, strength and fluid movement while achieving excellent technique, poise and posture. Learn the basics while stretching, strengthening, and improving balance, flexibility and fitness.

Instructor: Kristen Romano 

Argentine Tango

Argentine Tango: Fundamentals 

Summer Dates: Mondays, May 20th – August 5th at 6:30 pm

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.

Instructor: Jonas Aquino studied Argentine Tango in Buenos Aires, and have taught throughout the Bay Area.

Flamenco Dance

Flamenco Dance

Summer Dates: Mondays, May 20th – August 5th at 7:45 pm

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 Classes

Street Jazz

Street Jazz

Returns in Fall 2019

Join Rena Marie for an opportunity to dance fully and expressively in this Street Jazz class. Drawing on Rena’s training in Jazz and hip hop, you will experience a rich warm up aimed at strengthening your core and legs, to support strong expansive movement. You will have the opportunity to dance big, with grace, power, and attitude.

Instructor: Rena Marie Guidry, actor and dance for over 30 years, in both Los Angeles and the Bay Area

Salsa

Club Style Beginning Salsa

Summer Dates: Tuesdays, May 21st – August 6th at 6:30 pm

Learn your Salsa basics quickly to get ready to go out and dance at the clubs and Summer festivals. Each one hour session students learn basic moves and put them into a mini-pattern. Intended for those curious about Salsa and who want to learn FAST. Beginners through Advanced Beginners welcome. NO partner necessary, we rotate! Please wear non rubber soled shoes, comfortable clothing and bring your positive attitude – you will be dancing Salsa soon!

Instructor: Ruth Caspary, Owner of Latin Connection Dance

Wednesday Classes

Bellydance

 

Bellydance: Technique & Combinations

Summer Dates: Wednesdays, May 22nd – August 7th at 5:15 pm 

This class is open to dancers of all different dance backgrounds and levels. Learn body isolations, shimmies, and basic layering techniques in a fun and supportive environment. Each day we will learn a short combination that will utilize the techniques learned in class.

Instructor:  Natalie Nayun Natalie is an international teacher and performer. She has been dancing for over 16 years and teaching for over 10 years. Elizabeth StrongElizabeth Strong is a San Francisco Bay Area dancer, choreographer, and teacher whose work focuses on the integrity and spirit of traditional dance forms inside of a contemporary framework.

 

Hip Hop

Hip Hop: Dance Technique and Choreography

Summer Dates: Wednesdays, May 22nd – August 7th at 6:30 pm

Affirming, empowering moves and music for your mid week power boost. All Levels. All bodies. All genders. All love. Let’s dance! visit Sarahbushdance.com for more information.

Instructor:  Sarah Bush

Vinyasa Yoga

Summer Dates: Wednesdays, May 22nd – August 7th  at 7:15 pm [Location: Main Lounge]

Come flow, sweat, and stretch mid-week! All levels welcome!

Instructor:  Marie Newsom

Contemporary

Contemporary: Dance Technique and Choreography

Summer Dates: Wednesdays, May 22nd – August 7th at 7:45 pm 

Join award-winning choreographer Sarah Bush for an hour of diving into this expressive style of dance. We’ll spend each month learning a section of choreography and how to strengthen the techniques involved in the movement.  This class is designed to be inspiring for all bodies and all levels of dancers. visit Sarahbushdance.com for more information.

Instructor:  Sarah Bush