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.

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

Shaw-chin and Karen
Mondays @ 9am with Alyssa
Tuesdays @ 8am with Alyssa
Thursdays @ 8am with Erin
Cardio Dance
Tuesdays @ 9:30–10:30 with Chrissy
Tue 8/19 @ 9:30am Morning Star & Sarah will co-lead Cardio Dance during Chrissy's brief bereavement leave
Thursdays @ 10:00–11:00 with Chrissy
Yoga + Balance
Wednesdays @ 9am with Alan
Wed 8/20 @ 9am Erin leads GYROKINESIS + BALANCE*
Total Body Conditioning — Intervals
Sundays @ 9:30am–10:45am with Karen
Shaw-chin subs for Karen on August 24
Thursdays @ 9am 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.

* The Works manager Sarah says, "GYROKINESIS + Balance is back! While our Yoga teacher, Alan, is on his annual retreat, our Wednesday morning 9am class is GYROKINESIS with a focus on improving balance taught by Erin. We enjoyed this work last year, so we are glad to see its return.

"GYRO is so good so many kinds of bodies. I loved it before babies & my body craved it afterwards. Literally "Spiral Medicine" GYROTONIC & its mat form, GYROKINESIS, were created by Julio Horvath as a way to heal himself from injury and it blossomed into its own restorative and balancing movement form. For me, it built intelligence in my body, especially in 'blind spots' where other forms of conditioning glossed over or didn't 'connect the dots.' I always feel tingly in a good way after a GK class! Why don't you come try it out?"

Friday Gyrokinesis® Series with Erin Carper

Four Friday mornings, 9–10am, August 1 through August 22

Come arch, curl, and spiral your way to a more fluid, mobile spine! In this four-week workshop we will explore using breath, spinal movement, and joint mobility to create healthy alignment and improve balance. All levels welcome!

4 Fridays: 8/1, 8/8, 8/15. 8/22
$18 Drop-in, $60 for Series
The Works Member discounts apply

New class coming in August

Shaolin Kung Fu (ages 5+ up) Tuesdays @ 3–5pm starts ongoing August 5, with Danny Jiang.

Life at The Works . . .

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.