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Welcome to The Works Exercise & Dance Studio

We offer quality classes and provide certified professional instructors so that we can give you a great workout every time! We welcome men and women to our studio.

Our schedule and description of classes and rates will give you all the information you need to get started. Click here for a peek into the studio.

Our studio is available for rentals, either on a single or long term basis. For more information on rentals see our rental page.

Hope to see you soon.

15th Anniversary Party and Silent Auction a success

Read a message about the auction from The Works manager Sarah Cohen here.

We had a great time at the party! See some pictures here (2 new photos added 12/29/2014).






Amazon Local participants please click here.

What makes The Works special?

The person sweating next to you in class is probably the "owner" (well, one of them, at least). We have been owned by member students since 1999. That means we operate with no Corporate Ownership. Every cent that we collect is invested back into keeping this wonderful studio alive and thriving. The fascinating authors, academics, artists and otherwise ingenious people who populate The Works are part of something bigger than themselves, and now you are too — every time you walk through the doors. Doesn't that feel good?

Who comes to The Works?

. . . for Works Coop classes: Sophisticated Berkeley/Oakland residents interested in a grown-up version of Pilates Mat, Yoga with a focus on Balance, Iyengar Yoga, Cardio and Strength training with Intervals, and the pure fun of Cardio Dance. Use your Works class card for any class on the schedule with a PINK BOX.

. . . for Dance/Acting Classes: Works Instructors attract students from all over San Francisco Bay cause they are HOT, HOT, HOT! And their classes are addictive (in a good way). Samba, Salsa, Bhangra, Cuban, Hip Hop, Indian Classical, Tango, even Improv Acting!

. . . for more Exercise options: Those who want even more options can check out Shola's Body Sculpt, White Crane Silat's Kung Fu, Carrie's Sharqui, and Shakti's Yoga.


The Works Schedule Updates

Pilates
Mondays @ 9:00–10:00 with Alyssa
Tuesdays @ 8:00–9:00 with Alyssa
Thursdays @ 8:00–9:00 with Erin
Cardio Dance
Tuesdays @ 9:30–10:30 with Chrissy
Thursdays @ 10:00–11:00 with Chrissy
Yoga + Balance
Wednesdays @ 9:00–10:00 with Alan
Total Body Conditioning — Intervals
Sundays @ 9:30–10:45 with Karen
Thursdays @ 9:00–10:00 with Karen
Shakti Yoga
Sat @ 9:30–11am with Shakti (you can use your Works class card to try this class). Shakti also hosts class on Mon @ 5pm and Wed @ 10:15am.

Sound Healing

with Kristen Rubis at The Works

Saturday, Jan 24th, 6:30-8:00 pm
Cost: $20-25 Sliding Scale

Join us for a deeply nourishing evening of guided meditation, breath work and a soothing, sacred sound healing concert. Kristen creates a relaxing bath of the sacred sound healing with metal Tibetan singing bowls, crystal quartz singing bowls, bells, planetary chimes, tingshas, shakers, a rose quartz alchemy bowl, handheld crystal bowls and a healing gong while lying on the spine, seated in a chair, blanket or bolster. The powerful resonance and vibration of the singing bowls and tuning forks offer a holistic affect and help you to re-connect with the body's natural frequencies, encouraging balance and promoting inner harmony in your entire being.

The support and guidance that I offer through Sacred Awakenings is founded in over two decades of study in the healing arts as well as in my personal journey towards wellness and inner peace. Through yoga, therapeutic massage, reiki, childbirth education and sound healing, my practice brings together a unique blend of experience in the healing arts.

The years I spent learning about the wellness benefits of music have been channeled into "Sacred Sound Healing" my first professional recording. I have been working with Sound Acutonics since 2004 and offering Sound Healing Workshops, Concerts, Classes and Events since 2009. I continue to tour and travel throughout the year with my sacred music and yoga.

"Sacred music is becoming a bigger part of my path and a deeper part of my service. I listen with my hands and heart while I trust in the divinity of this sacred music. The mystery, magic, and medicine of the healing sound moves through me with deep grace. I am humbled and honored to share this Sacred Sound Healing with the world." Namaste, Kristen


Desk Associate Sarah Woods . . .

. . . has another creative project 'in the works.' Click here to see more about what she's up to!

Life at The Works . . .

Do you remember when we danced for Deb's healing in December 2013? A healthy, vibrant Deb returned to dance with us on Friday, December 12th!



July 28, 2014: President Obama awards a 2013 National Medal of Arts to writer and Works member Maxine Hong Kingston during a White House ceremony. (Charles Dharapak/AP)



Full house of Cuban dance action July 2014.



On January 22, Works members took a tour of the newly-renovated Cal Stadium. Many thanks to our guides Justin Panarese, Ash Puri, and Jenny Simon.



Cardio Dancing for Deb:

The event took place last December 10 in Chrissy's Cardio Dance class, with dancers Roz, Debra, Barbara, Dorothy, Earll, Maxine, Cheryl, MorningStar, Leslie, Fernanda, Sara N, Johanna, Chris, Esther, Sarah W, Sarah EJC, and Deb herself. Watch the VIDEO!

Deb Cohan's Healing Journey continues from The Works to Good Morning America, to Bing's Heroic Women of 2013

(along with Margaret Thatcher and Malala Yousafzai).

Deb sent the note at right.



Some scenes from last year's Bay Area Dance Week at The Works:




Works — Total Body Challenge



Click here for more videos.