Dance & Fitness Classes

Dance & Fitness Class Schedule Online:  Please Click Here!

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

Class Registration

Pre-registration and payment of all fees is highly recommended before the first meeting of a series or workshop. Register early – classes fill quickly! You may register:

  • Register Online or By Phone – all major credit cards accepted
  • In Person – During our regular business hours
  • By Mail – Check payable to the YWCA

Class Rates

  • Dance classes run in a Series of 6 weeks. Each series is $45 for YWCA members or $55 for non-members; a single class drop-in is $12.
  • Self Defense class runs in a Series of 6 weeks. Each series is donation based, with a $5 suggestion.

*** Beginning Tuesday September 5th, YWCA Dance & Fitness will be changing the way we structure our classes. Classes will run throughout the year in three series, Fall (September – December), Spring (January – May), Summer (May – August) allowing for more dance class opportunities for everyone!

Sign up for classes by purchasing a YWCA Class Card! You pick the dates you want to attend.

  • 4 class card – $45 | $11.25 per class
    • with membership $40
  • 8 class card $85 | $10.63 per class
    • 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.
  • At the start of the first class, drop-in payments will be accepted if class has not reached full enrollment.
  • Single Drop-in rate ($12) can be deducted from full series enrollment rate only if sign up occurs by the start of the next class.

Refund Policy

We only refund all fees for classes we must cancel. If you are unable to complete a class for medical reasons, submit a physician’s note and we will refund fees for the remainder of the series. Otherwise, there are no refunds, so please make sure you are able to attend the entire series.

For more information contact by phone at 510-848-6370 or email to dancefitness@ywca-berkeley.org.

Class Schedule

Dance and Fitness Schedule Online: click here
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 Dates or Sign Up Online
Summer Series: Mondays 5:15-6:15 PM | August 14 – August 28 | Fall Series: Mondays, September 11- December 11
Summer Class series run for 3 weeks: $23 members/$28 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. Instructors: Jana Hiraga, former member of American Ballet Theatre.

Flamenco Dance

Flamenco Dance See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Summer Series: Mondays 7:45-8:45 PM | Series 2: July 24-August 28 | Fall Series: Mondays, September 11 – December 11

Summer: 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 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

Salsa

Beginning Salsa See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Summer Series: Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 PM | Series 2: July 25-August 29 | Fall Series: Tuesdays, September 5 – December 12th 
Summer: Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, 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.

Bridge Salsa See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30 PM | Series 2: July 25-August 29 | Fall Series: Tuesdays, September 5 – December 12th
Summer: Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, 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

Wednesday Dance/Fitness Classes

Jazz Dance

Jazz Dance See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Fall Series: Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00 PM  September 6 – September 20 [Three week workshop] 
Workshop runs for 3 weeks: $25 members/$30 non-members, 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.

Yoga: Power Vinyasa

Yoga See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Summer Series: Wednesdays, 5:15-6:15 PM | Series 2:July 26-August 30 | Fall Series: Yoga will be rescheduled for Monday’s at 6:30 PM
Summer Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, or $12 for single class drop-in

Want to build strength, flexibility, and balance- in both body and mind? THis class is set to music and focuses on alignment and the linking of breath to movement throughout the physically challenging practice.  Instructor:  Rose Alicia Allen, though dance has played a significant role in her life, only in the past few years did she discover the complementary practice of yoga. 

Bollywood

Bollywood See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Summer Series: Wednesdays, 6-7 PM | Series 2:July 19-August 23 | Fall Series: September 6 – December 13th [No Class 11/22]
Summer Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, 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
Summer Series: Wednesdays, 7:10-8:10 PM |  Series 2: July 19-August 23 | Fall Series: September 6 – December 13th
Summer Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, or $12 for single class drop-in

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 Dates or Sign Up Online
Summer Series: Wednesdays, 8:15-9:15 PM Series 2: July 19-August 23 | Fall Series: September 6 – December 13th 
Summer Class series run for 6 weeks: $45 members/$55 non-members, or $12 for single class drop-in

(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 Dates or Sign Up Online
Fall Series: Thursdays, 5:10-6:10 PM | September 7 – December 14 [No Class 11/23]

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 Dates or Sign Up Online
Summer Series: Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 PM |Series 2: July 20-August 24 | Fall Series: September 7 – December 14 [No Class 11/23]
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.  Instructor: Jonas Aquino studied Argentine Tango in Buenos Aires, and have taught throughout the Bay Area.

Self Defense

Self Defense See Class Schedule Dates or Sign Up Online
Fall Series: Thursdays, 7:45 – 8:45 PM |September 7 – December 14 [No Class 11/23]

Learn Personal safety and karate techniques while enjoying your workout. For beginners, all levels welcome!

Instructor: Tanya Kumar. Tanya studied kenpo karate for 10 years. During these years she has taught karate and self- defense techniques, participated in Action Karate Invitational Tournaments, and earned a second degree black belt.