Dance & Fitness Classes

Dance & Fitness Class Schedule Online:

See Class Schedule and Sign up for a Class Card Online: 12 Class Card – 8 Class Card – 4 Class Card

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

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 Online: 12 Class Card – 8 Class Card – 4 Class Card or By Phone – all major credit cards accepted
  • In Person – During our regular business hours
  • By Mail – Check payable to the YWCA

Class Rates

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

  • Self Defense class is donation based, with a $5 suggestion.
Sign up for classes by purchasing a YWCA Class Card! You pick the dates and classes you want to attend!

  • 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!]
  • Single class drop in is $12

The YWCA class card is valid for 90 days.

Extension policy: For $10 you can extend your class card for 25 days. Extensions must happen before class card expires. Extensions can only be done once and must be done in person or over the phone.

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.

Class Schedule

See Class Schedule and Sign up for a Class Card Online: 12 Class Card – 8 Class Card – 4 Class Card
You can also pick up a hard-copy schedule brochure at the YWCA or call us to get one mailed to you.

Instructors

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


Monday Dance/Fitness Classes

Ballet

Ballet For Fun and Fitness

See Class Schedule and Sign up for a Class Card Online: 12 Class Card8 Class Card4 Class Card

Winter Spring Dates: Mondays, January 22- May 7 at 5:15 pm          

Gain strength, flexibility and grace. Get a fun workout using ballet techniques. For beginners, all levels welcome. Instructor: Marie Newsom , former member of American Ballet Theatre.

 

Flamenco Dance

Flamenco Dance

See Class Schedule and Sign up for a Class Card Online: 12 Class Card – 8 Class Card – 4 Class Card

Winter Spring Dates: Mondays, January 22- May 7 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 Dance/Fitness Classes

K-Pop Dance

K-Pop Dance 

See Class Schedule and Sign up for a Class Card Online: 12 Class Card – 8 Class Card – 4 Class Card

Winter Spring Dates: Tuesdays, January 23- May 8 at 5:25 pm

Shake it up with the dance craze that’s sweeping the nation! Learn dance moves that integrate hip hop, modern and street dance all while listening to the best k-idols.

Instructor: Andy Vendrell 

 

Salsa

Beginning Salsa 

See Class Schedule and Sign up for a Class Card Online: 12 Class Card – 8 Class Card – 4 Class Card

Winter Spring Dates: Tuesdays, January 16- May 8 at 6:40 pm

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.

Bridge Salsa 

See Class Schedule and Sign up for a Class Card Online: 12 Class Card – 8 Class Card – 4 Class Card

Winter Spring Dates: Tuesdays, January 16- May 8 at 7:40 pm

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

Wednesday Dance/Fitness Classes

Jazz Dance

Jazz Dance 

See Class Schedule and Sign up for a Class Card Online: 12 Class Card – 8 Class Card – 4 Class Card

Winter Workshop: Wednesdays,  February 7 – February 28 [Four week workshop] at 5 pm
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.

Zumba

Zumba 

See Class Schedule and Sign up for a Class Card Online: 12 Class Card – 8 Class Card – 4 Class Card

Winter Spring Dates: Wednesdays, January 17- May 9 at 6:00 pm 

Join an exciting dance party atmosphere full of Latin and international music. You’ll forget you’re working out with the sexy but simple moves to dance music like Cha Cha, reggaeton, rumba and more! Best of all, you don’t need any previous dance experience!

Instructor: Eva Gresham. I turned my love for Zumba into a passion through teaching. When you enter a Zumba class you’ll instantly recognize that every class feels like a party! I hope to inspire others through body positive fitness programs. 

Bellydance

Bellydance Level 1: Technique & Combinations

See Class Schedule and Sign up for a Class Card Online: 12 Class Card – 8 Class Card – 4 Class Card

Winter Spring Dates: Wednesday, January 17- May 9 at 7:10 pm

This class is open to dancers of different dance backgrounds and levels. Learn 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:Intermediate Fusion Belly Dance Choreography 

See Class Schedule and Sign up for a Class Card Online: 12 Class Card – 8 Class Card – 4 Class Card

Winter Spring Dates: Wednesday, January 17- May 9  at 8:15 pm

(With optional performance opportunity)
We will explore movement in Belly Dance Fusion, by combining belly dance technique with other techniques from Central Asia and Modern/Contemporary movement vocabulary and put them into a Choreography. It is recommended that you have more than 1 year of prior belly dance knowledge.  Instructor:  Natalie Nayun.

Thursday Dance/Fitness Classes

Hip Hop

Hip Hop 

See Class Schedule and Sign up for a Class Card Online: 12 Class Card – 8 Class Card – 4 Class Card

Winter Spring Dates: Thursday, January 18- May 10 at 5:10 pm

Learn fundamental moves and various routines of hip hop dance while grooving to the latest music. This class provides a fun and challenging workout for beginning to advanced beginning levels.

Instructor: Katherine Brown’s style of dance is a balance of an in the studio/ out – the- studio structure; focusing on technique and discipline that you get from dance studio instruction, and the heart, passion soul and discipline you would experience out-of-the-studio. 

Argentine Tango

Argentine Tango: Fundamentals 

See Class Schedule and Sign up for a Class Card Online: 12 Class Card – 8 Class Card – 4 Class Card

Winter Spring Dates: Thursday, January 18- May 10 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.