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DANCE AND FITNESS CLASSES

DANCE AND FITNESS CLASSES

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SIGN UP FOR ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP (ONLY $20) AND RECEIVE $10 DISCOUNTS ON ALL CLASS SERIES FOR A YEAR!

Dance and Fitness Schedule Online: click here
You can also pick up a hard-copy schedule brochure at the YWCA.

Class Rates

*With the exception of Acting Class & Improv Acting,

  • Each series now 6 weeks (at former 5 week price): $45 for members or $55 for non-members
  • Single class drop in rate: $12 
*Once a class has reached full enrollment, there will be no drop-ins
*Choose carefully – class fees are not refundable
 
Note: Unless otherwise stated, for all classes, Series I and Series II are the same level.

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 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.

Acting Class

Beginning Acting Class  See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Mondays, 5:45-7:15 PM (each class is 1.5 hours)
Class series run for 5 weeks: $55 members/$65 non-members or $15 for single class drop-in

In this introductory class, students will have an opportunity to work on memorization techniques, scene study and feeling comfortable being in the spotlight.  We will also learn and 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 20 years.

Swing Dance

Swing – Intro to Lindy Hop See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Mondays 6:30-7:30 PM (Resumes in FALL 2014)
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members or $12 for single class drop-in

Join and be introduced 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 Ma & Bromley Palamountain, award-winning swing dance instructors.

Improv Acting

Intro to Improv Acting  See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Mondays 7:30-9 PM (each class is 1.5 hours)
Class series run for 5 weeks: $55 members/$65 non-members or $15 for single class drop-in

Get ready to laugh alot!  Learn the ability to think on your feet.  Each class will include theater games and scene work that will keep you rolling in the aisles.  Instructor: Josiah Polhemus, MFA in acting from American Conservatory Theatre.  In improv, he has trained and performed at Los Angeles Theatresports with Brad Sherwood (“Whose Line is it Anyway?”) and with the Co-Executive Producers/Writers of “Friends.”  He has worked with numerous talents, including Tracy Ullman, William Hurt and Uma Thurman, among others.  Currently he teaches Improv to docents at the Oakland Museum, and for several years directed and taught Improv and acting classes at Stagebridge in Oakland.

Improv Acting for Performance  See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Mondays 7:30-9 PM (each class is 1.5 hours)
Class series run for 5 weeks: $55 members/$65 non-members or $15 for single class drop-in

Using fun theatre games, learn Improv techniques for the stage.  Instructor: Josiah Polhemus.

Flamenco Dance

Flamenco Dance See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Mondays, 7:15-8:15 PM
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, a dance known for its intricate rhythms and percussive footwork, with an emphasis on a strong, grounded and expressive upper body. For beginners, all levels welcome! Guitar accompaniment. Instructor: Sara Ayala, Co-founder of Flamenco Vivo, studied in Spain with Flamenco masters.

Tuesday Dance/Fitness Classes

Zumba

Zumba 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

Have a blast with these calorie-burning, energizing movements that fuse latin and international rhythms! No experience necessary. Zumba is for everybody! Instructor: Nadia Qabazard, licensed Zumba instructor.

Jazz Dance

Jazz Dance See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Tuesdays, 5-6 PM (Resumes in FALL 2014)
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.

Bollywood

Bollywood See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Tuesdays, 6:05-7:05 PM
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members or $12 for single class drop-in

Have fun learning dance forms inspired by the Bollywood Indian film industry.  The class includes traditional Indian folk dance steps mixed with other dance styles.   Instructor: Asavari Devadiga, teacher, performer and choreographer.

Wednesday Dance/Fitness Classes

Brazilian Movement

Afro-Brazilian Dance 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 or $12 for single class drop-in

Indulge yourself in the rhythms and spirit of Brazilian culture. This class combines the energy and sensuousness of samba, samba-reggae and other Brazilian dance forms.Instructor: Maria Souza, former Carnival Queen of SF Carnival parade, founder of Aquarela Dance Troup; and Nancy King, member of Aquarela.

Bellydance

Bellydance: Level 1 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 or $12 for single class drop-in

This feminine and ancient art builds strength, stamina and self-esteem. Learn body isolations and percussive hip movements.  Instructor: Natalie Nayun, Director of Adara Dance Company, has taught and performed nationally and internationally. Performs with Deshret Dance Company and the musical group Beats Antique.

Bellydance: Level 2 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 or $12 for single class drop-in

Develop more complex choreography, combinations and variations beyond level 1. Veil work and finger cymbals will also be introduced. Instructor: Natalie Nayun.

Thursday Dance/Fitness Classes

Hip-Hop Dance

Hop Hop Dance See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Thursdays, 5-6 PM
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members 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.

Yoga

Thursday Evening Yoga See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 PM
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members or $12 for single class drop-in

This class reflects the instructor’s solid foundation in yoga’s alignment principles. Experience a joyful means of finding physical awareness and balance in your life. Instructor: Anna DeRosa, Certified Yoga Instructor.

Pilates

Pilates See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Thursdays, 6:05-7:05 PM
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members 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. Instructor: Elizabeth DuVal, Certified Pilates Instructor.

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 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 Jeannie Lin, 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 Jeannie Lin.