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. Expires May 5, 2015.
  • A single class drop-in is $12. YWCA Class Pass is non-transferable.
  • 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
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
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

Intro to Lindy Hop See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Mondays 6:30-7:30 PM
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, $30 YWCA Class Pass or $12 for single class drop-in

Join professional instructors Jean and Bromley as they introduce you to the wonderful world of Lindy Hop.  Learn basics and several variations so that you will be swinging the night away, whether you are preparing for a wedding, a party or just a night out on the town.  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
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 the fundamentals of this beautiful Spanish dance. Develop upper body posture while improving your dance form.  Experienced flamenco dancers are welcome to attend to improve their dance.  Live guitar accompaniment.  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, 5-6 PM
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 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
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  See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30 PM
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
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
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.

Bellydance

Bellydance: Egyptian Cabaret & Folkloric Bellydance See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 PM
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, $30 YWCA Class Pass or $12 for single class drop-in

Take a deeper look at movement and connection with a focus on the hands and feet. Learn to control slower movements, play with timing, resistance, and other dance.Instructor: Natalie Nayun, an international teacher and performer, currently directs Adara Dance Company and performs with Nava Dance Collective and Zenotope. 

Bellydance: Choreography See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30 PM
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, YWCA Class Pass or $12 for single class drop-in

All levels welcome! A simple and fun choreography will be taught with an optional performance at the YWCA spring showcase. Instructor:  Natalie Nayun.

Thursday Dance/Fitness Classes

Hip-Hop Dance

Hop Hop Dance See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Thursdays, 5:15-6:15 PM
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.

Zumba

Zumba See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Thursdays, 6:15-7:15 PM
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, $30 YWCA Class Pass or $12 for single class drop-in

Get ready to bust out your dance moves and join us for an hour of Latin music and dancing. A fitness program inspired by Latin dances, Zumba fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms with easy-to-follow dance moves for an exhilarating and fun aerobic workout. Instructor: Tori Sweeney, certified Zumba instructor.

Pilates

Pilates See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Thursdays, 6:10-7:10 PM, (Day & time subject to change)
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, $30 YWCA Class Pass or $12 for single class drop-in

Discover how to create strength and ease of movement.  Learn the fundamentals of the Pilates method, the components of every Pilates exercise.  For beginners, all levels welcome.

Argentine Tango

Argentine Tango: Fundamentals  See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Thursdays 7:15-8:15 PM
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
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.