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Schedule

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Class Rates

  • Most classes run in a Series of 6 weeks. Each series is $45 for YWCA members or $55 for non-members.
  • A $30 YWCA Class Pack will allow you to drop into any 3 classes. YWCA Class Pass is non-transferable (only for 1 person). Expires December 31, 2016.
  • 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 | Series 1: September 12-October 17 | Series 2: October 24-November 28
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, $30 YWCA Class Pack 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.

Ballroom

Introduction to Ballroom See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Mondays 6:30-7:30 PM | Dates TBD
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, $30 YWCA Class Pack or $12 for single class drop-in

Learn to glide, slide, and move with grace! Learn a variety of ballroom dances in 6 weeks: Foxtrot, Waltz, Cha Cha Cha, American Tango, East Coast Swing, and Rumba! No partner required.

Flamenco Dance

Flamenco Dance See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
(SUMMER) Mondays, 7:45-8:45 PM | July 25-August 29
(FALL) Mondays, 7:45-8:45 PM | Series 1: September 12-October 17 | Series 2: October 24-November 28
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, $30 YWCA Class Pack 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 Funk

Jazz Funk See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Tuesdays, 5:10-6:10 PM | Series: September 13-October 25
Class series run for 7 weeks (1 extra class in this series): $45 members/$55 non-members, $30 YWCA Class Pack 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: September 13-October 18 | Series 2: October 25-November 29
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, $30 YWCA Class Pack 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 Dance in Oakland.

Bridge Salsa See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30 PM | Series 1: September 13-October 18 | Series 2: October 25-November 29
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, $30 YWCA Class Pack 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.

Improv Acting

Intro to Improv Acting See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
(SUMMER) Wednesdays, 7-8 PM | July 27 – August 31
(FALL) Tuesdays, 7-8 PM | Series 1: September 13-October 18 | Series 2: October 25-November 29
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, $30 YWCA Class Pack 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.

 

Wednesday Dance/Fitness Classes

Bollywood

Bollywood See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Wednesdays, 6-7 PM | Series 1: September 14-October 19 | Series 2: TBD
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, $30 YWCA Class Pack 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: September 14-October 19 | Series 2: October 26-December 7 (no class 11/23)
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, $30 YWCA Class Pack 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: September 14-October 19 | Series 2: October 26-December 7 (no class 11/23)
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, $30 YWCA Class Pack 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

Hip-Hop Dance

Hip Hop Dance See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Thursdays, 5:15-6:15 PM | Series 1: September 15-October 20 | Series 2: October 27-December 8
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, $30 YWCA Class Pack 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.

Argentine Tango

Argentine Tango: Fundamentals See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Thursdays 6:30-7:30 PM | Series: September 15-October 20
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, $30 YWCA Class Pack 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: October 27-December 8
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, $30 YWCA Class Pack 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.

Bachata

Bachata See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Thursdays, 7:45-8:45 PM | Series 1: September 15-October 20 | Series 2: October 27-December 8 (no class 11/24)
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, $30 YWCA Class Pack or $12 for single class drop-in

This class is designed to awaken the Bachata magic: Beginner or advanced – learn how to create the perfect connection and flow on the dance floor.  Includes Bachata fundamental techniques, shines, partner work, and lots of catchy Bachata music! All levels welcome, no partner needed. Instructor: Johanna Dehlinger, San Francisco Bay Area Bachata dancer and instructor.