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You can also pick up a hard-copy schedule brochure at the YWCA.

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 Pass will allow you to drop into any 3 classes. YWCA Class Pass is non-transferable (only for 1 person). Expires December 15, 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 | September 14 – October 19 | October 26 – November 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. Instructors: Jana Hiraga, former member of American Ballet Theatre, and Lauren Weiss.

Swing Dance

Swing: Intro to Lindy Hop See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Mondays 6:30-7:30 PM | July 20 – August 24 | September 21 – October 26 
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 Ma & 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| September 21 – October 26 | November 2 – December 7
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 Funk

Jazz Funk See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Tuesdays, 5-6 PM | September 1 – October 6 | October 27 – December 1
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 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, 6:10-7:10 PM | September 15 – October 20
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.

Bridge Salsa See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Tuesdays, 6:10-7:10 PM | October 27 – December 1
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, $30 YWCA Class Pass 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.

Yoga

Yoga See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Tuesdays, 7-8 PM | September 8 – October 13 | October 27 – December 1
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, $30 YWCA Class Pass or $12 for single class drop-in

Increase strength, flexibility, and relaxation through Sivananda Yoga: a meditative style in which awareness of breathing and body sensations are combined with exercises focused on stability, balance, and flexibility.  Instructor: Rashin Parsa, certified by Sivananda Yoga Ashram India.

Wednesday Dance/Fitness Classes

Acting

Intro to Acting Class See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Wednesdays, 6-7 PM | September 9 – October 14 | October 21 – December 9, no class 11/11, 11/25 
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, $30 YWCA Class Pass or $12 for single class drop-in

Work on memorization techniques, scene study and feeling comfortable being in the spotlight. 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 | September 9 – October 14 | October 21 – December 9; no class 11/11, 11/25
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.

Aloha Hula Dance

Aloha Hula Dance See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Wednesdays, 6:10-7:10 PM | July 29 – August 19 | September 9 – October 14 | October 21 – December 9; no class 11/11, 11/25
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, $30 YWCA Class Pass or $12 for single class drop-in

Learn 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.

Bellydance

Belly dance See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Wednesdays, 7:15-8:15 PM | July 29 – August 19 (Amalie Ahlam) | September 9 – October 14 | October 21 – December 9; no class 11/11, 11/25                          Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, $30 YWCA Class Pass 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, an international teacher and performer, currently directs Adara Dance Company and performs with Nava Dance Collective and Zenotope.

Thursday Dance/Fitness Classes

Hip-Hop Dance

Hop Hop Dance See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Thursdays, 5:10-6:10 PM | September 10 – October 15 | October 22 – December 3, no class 11/26
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.

Acting

Intermediate Acting Class See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Thursdays, 6-7 PM | September 10 – October 15 | October 22 – December 10, no class 11/12, 11/26 
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, $30 YWCA Class Pass or $12 for single class drop-in

For those who have taken beginning acting and would like to build on their skills. Class will consist of working on memorization of scenes and monologues along with possible audition techniques.  Instructor: Josiah Polhemus, holds an MFA from American Conservatory Theatre and has performed professionally in film and theater for over 25 years.

Improv Acting

Intermediate Improv Acting See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Thursdays, 7:15-8:15 PM | September 10 – October 15 | October 22 – December 10, no class 11/12, 11/26 
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, $30 YWCA Class Pass or $12 for single class drop-in

Building on the improvisation techniques used in Beginning Improv, students will work on scene work, games and applying improvisation to their daily lives. Possible performance based on interest of students.  Instructor: Josiah Polhemus.

Bollywood Dance

Bollywood Dance See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Thursdays, 6:15-7:15 PM | September 10 – October 15
Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, $30 YWCA Class Pass or $12 for single class drop-in

Bollywood Dance is the dance we see in Indian movies. Having always been an integral part of the Indian movies, it has been extremely popular all over India and in recent years – at the international level. The dance includes a combination of several different styles of Indian and western dances including traditional, classical, folk, and fusion and more. In addition to fitness, this dance is about having fun with the music and the different moves! Instructor: Asavari Devadiga, performer and choreographer.

Argentine Tango

Argentine Tango: Fundamentals See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Thursdays 7:20-8:20 PM | September 10 – October 15 
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, and have taught throughout the Bay Area.

Argentine Tango: Beyond the Fundamentals  See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Thursdays 7:20-8:20 PM July 23 – August 27 | October 22 – December 3, no class 11/26
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.