The Works Classes

The following classes are offered at a discount with a series card:


Cardio Dance with Chrissy — This class is a long time favorite of Works members for good reason. Easy to follow steps, good music, options to sweat a lot or a little, and plenty of room to move make this a popular way to have fun during your workout. Athletic shoes suggested. (See schedule.)

"Triple thumbs up for Chrissy's cardio dance. It is one of the most joyful ways to get your heart up and have fun at the same time. She is a gifted teacher, knowing how to pace the music and the routines so someone my age (not telling) can exercise my brain as well as get the endorphins flowing." —Roz P.


Pilates Mat with Alyssa, Erin, and Joanna Each of our outstanding Pilates Instructors lead a constantly changing mat-based workout which may use exertubes, therabands, gertie balls, stability balls and magic circles. Each class is appropriate for multi-levels, Tuesday and Thursday have a quicker pace. (See schedule.)

"Erin brings nothing less than a mischievous intelligence to The Mat. She craftily weaves and weds traditional Pilates, Dance, maybe yoga into a flowing lyrical ballet. With style and grace, Erin's superb expertise nudges you to achieve interior and exterior well being. You discover limbs unfolding; core holding you straight and tall. You float from class marveling this is a delicious day to start a new way." —Jan B.

"Alyssa is a genuine professional and her class is never boring or entirely predictable. She is able to translate a wide array of pilates and pilates related practices into simple exercises that flow one from another, accompanied by insights into the linkages between muscles and core. Equally important, Alyssa is smart, funny, and reminds us regularly that our bodies are different and we are capable of making decisions about how much we want to challenge ourselves, or as she calls it "choose your own adventure". We leave the class invigorated!" —Joanne B.


Total Body Conditioning is a class that incorporates two important fitness philosophies. The first is high intensity interval training. Experience cardiovascular exercises designed to pump up your heart rate so you can achieve maximum fat burn and cardiovascular endurance. The second fitness philosophy is muscle confusion. No two TBC classes are the same which prevents you from getting bored and your muscles from reaching a plateau. TBC uses steps, free weights, body weight training, resistance bands and more to give you a total body workout! (See schedule.)


Saturday Shakti Yoga with Shakti — A proven method for increasing flexibility and strength, releasing deep tension and relaxing the mind. Yoga opens your body allowing the spirit to come in, bringing with it healing and a profound connection to your true being. Shakti blends Iyengar and Anusara styles and encourages her students to have fun in their practice and to expand their edge by using their bodies as a playground an experimental and experiential laboratory of postures, breath, spirit, and magical places. Shakti accepts Works Class Cards for her Saturday Yoga class; her current students can continue to use their Yoga class passes. (See schedule.)

"I love Shakti's yoga class. Her clear anatomical instructions and positive attitude have made it possible for me to try poses I would never have thought attainable and to have fun doing it. She is a perfect teacher for both experienced yoginis and for beginners. I always feel better after yoga and can't imagine life without it." —Maxine R.


Yoga + Balance with Alan. Alan's ultra unique blend of yoga, coordination exercises, brain hemisphere balancing, wobble boards and philosophical insight will improve your balance and mobility at a restorative pace. (See schedule.)


Other Classes

The following classes require separate charges payable to the instructor. Series cards do not apply:





Afro-Cuban Folklore / Rumba / Cuban Dance with Royland — $12 drop-in; $40 for 4 class series. Contact Royland at 510-467-9423 or roylandobato@yahoo.com or www.roylandlobato.com. (See schedule.)




Bay Area White Crane Silat is a collective of martial art trainers affiliated with the international Persatuan Gerak Badan (Body Movement Unity) school based on Java. A mix of classic Shaolin Kung Fu with Indonesian Pencak Silat, White Crane Silat is typified by low, wide, flowing movements, acrobatic jumps, rolls, and falls, and free-form sparring. White Crane silat helps people sustain health, strength, and flexibility while learning to defend themselves.

The building blocks of our system are taught in short movements incorporating a variety of strikes, blocks, kicks, and sweeps. Short movements are combined into choreographed long movements that train balance, timing, and grace. Each long movement has a different character or energy associated with an animal (Crane, Dragon, Tiger, Monkey, Snake), plant (Bamboo, Peach Blossom), natural phenomenon (Wind, Seven Colors), or deity (Drunken Immortal, Kwan Yin). Partner work includes sensitivity and spatial awareness exercises, self-defense applications, and sparring.

Beginners are welcome to join any time. Wear a t-shirt and elastic or draw-string waist pants that allow you to move and breathe freely. After three months, you will be asked to wear a white t-shirt and kung fu pants.

Membership dues: $40/month, covers classes at The Works on Sundays from 3-5 p.m. as well as other locations in the Bay Area during the week. First two classes are free.

Contact: Jaida Kim Samudra (jaida@lava.net) or Cheryl Fralick (cheryl.f@gmail.com).

For more information about White Crane Silat and to see videos and photographs of the style: Persatuan Gerak Badan, White Crane Silat NYC, or PGB White Crane Silat, Marin County.



Body Blast with Shola — A full body workout which infuses body weight, hand weight, balance, athletic and plyometric training exercises. This class is designed to increase core stability, muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance. Come to this fun, energetic and lively class and let your body have a blast!

Body Blast class price $13 cash (class price differs for payment methods other than cash). (See schedule.)

Shola — Fitness Dominatrix Training By Shola — NASM C.P.T., P90X Certified Trainer, Insanity Certified Instructor



Dholrhythms Bhangra with Vicki Virk — Bhangra is one of the happiest and most exuberant form of movements that originated in the Punjab region of North India. Traditionally performed at harvest season in the villages of Punjab, Bhangra is now known as a folk dance that is done all over India during family celebrations and festive occasions. If you have ever gone to an Indian wedding and witnessed people bouncing joyfully in circles, shrugging their shoulders, and laughing endlessly, you have experienced Bhangra. In Bollywood movies, it's often shared during scenes reflecting such colorful family celebrations. The best part about Bhangra is the overwhelming joy you experience when you are dancing. It's free spirited, down to earth, infectious and probably one of the best work outs for your body.

Classes are taught by Vicki Virk who is the co-founder of Dholrhythms Dance Company and Non Stop Bhangra, a legendary monthly, voted as one of the best dance events in San Francisco.

For more info on Vicki, Dholrhythms, or classes, please visit: www.dholrhythms.com. For any additional questions regarding classes, please email vicki_virk@dhorhythms.com.


BHANGRA CLASS SCHEDULE

Thursdays: 7:00pm–8:00pm
Bhangra Workout
(open to all levels)

Description: This class is done on a weekly basis and teaches general Bhangra steps you could to any song. It's catered to those looking to learn basic Bhangra movements, while getting a good workout. It's open to all levels. The format is done in a way where you can attend the class any week and doesn't have to be sequential. Drop-ins are welcome.

Rates: Drop-in Single Session: $13
Five (5) Class Sessions: $55 (expires 4 months from purchase date)
Eight (8) Class Sessions: $80 (expires 4 months from purchase date)

Type of steps taught in this class: http://youtu.be/NpQPtCJB7_E.


Thursdays: 8:00pm–9:00pm (5 week sessions)
Rhythms of Punjab Choreography Workshop

Description: If you have ever wanted to join the colorful, vibrant, and energetic dance numbers at wedding scenes in Bollywood flicks, or perform at family, friendly gatherings, or just learn an Indian inspired dance routine for fun, then come join Dholrhythms inspired "Rhythms of Punjab" choreography workshop.

Format: Workshop will share a beautifully choreographed routine over the course of 5 weeks. Choreography will be a mixture of Bhangra and Giddha, the folk dances of Punjab. This is recommended for those that want to learn more of a performance style choreography similar to those in Bollywood movies. Each week you get to learn a combinations of steps that build into the full routine. In the final session of the workshop, a video is recorded of the entire class doing the routine just (dressed up a little in colorful Indian scarves/bracelets etc) for fun. No one is required to participate in the video. The video will be emailed to everyone that chooses to participate.

Note: Though it's easier to pick up the choreography if you begin the first or second week, drop-ins are still welcome in each class as long as you are okay with learning choreography from the middle.

Rates: Advanced Signup for all five sessions: $50 ($10/session)
Drop-in Single Session: $13/session)

Type of choreography taught in this workshop: http://youtu.be/oYtbDOlbSoo.

Workshop Schedule: New session generally begins on the second week of each month but please check Dholrhythms website for the exact dates for upcoming session.


Everybody Laughs with Michael
Clown Training for Actors
Thursdays 12pm–3pm
www.everybodylaughs.com for class descriptions

$60 Session, $50 Pre-register online, $40 first timer
$450 Ten Session Punch Pass, $250 Five Session Punch Pass
Punch Passes are transferable and can be shared amongst guests

Everybody Laughs' mission is to provide professional and affordable Clown and Physical Theatre training for actors around the Bay Area.

Rooted in silence, stillness, and presence, Everybody Laughs removes the circus acts from clown and empowers the actor. Reaction, response, and play are the pillars of clown for actors. Not everybody can juggle, not everybody can hand-balance, but everybody laughs!

Everybody Laughs presents a 12 week "Clown for Actors" training series this spring. Through the weeks we will cover such topics as: Movement and Mask, Physical Theatre and Dynamic Acting, Archetypes and Stereotypes, Slapstick and Dramatic Acrobatics, Clown Types, Status, and Logic, Character Clown, Clown in Shakespeare, Clown in Absurd Theatre, Commedia dell'Arte Stock Characters, Commedia dell'Arte Scenarios and Lazzi, Vaudeville, Music Hall, and Circus, Grand Guignol, Meyerhold's Biomechanics.

Training sessions are specifically designed for actors and performers. No juggling or hand-balancing skills required! Sessions will be 3 hours every Thursday in Berkeley at The Works Cooperative Studio. Sessions begin February 6th and run through the end of April.

Drop-Ins welcome and encouraged.

Whether you're an emerging actor or seasoned professional join us and explore the world of Clown and Physical Theatre while improving your improv skills, sense of play and presence, character creation, mime and gestures, comedic timing, mask performance, physical strength and stamina, and be funny!


Femme Fitcamp — is a community of women who workout together with one goal in mind—becoming the most fit version of themselves. This is more than just a workout; it's a bond, a sisterhood. We work together as a group to help women achieve their best possible bodies and the healthiest version of themselves, no matter their goal.

We offer two different classes—Fitcamp, a high-intensity, bootcamp-style workout and Vinyasa Yoga, a dynamic form of yoga that focuses on the synchronization of breath with movement. Fitcamp is taught on Mondays and Wednesdays, and Yoga is taught on Fridays. Each session is taught by a certified instructor to ensure that you receive a great workout!

Please bring a towel and water to each workout session.

Individual classes are $15 per session if you pre-register. Commit to your fitness goals and take advantage of our monthly discounted rates!

Find out more and sign up for classes at www.FemmeFitcamp.com (See schedule.)


Improv Acting WorkshopsAlex Lerman offers an improv acting class series. For the latest schedule, please visit berkeleyimprov.com before attending.

Improv for Real Life— Learn powerful techniques to enhance self-confidence, self-awareness, listening, rapport, body language, voice, storytelling, presence, communication, teamwork, leadership. No experience necessary.

Improv for Fun— Play fun improv games that unleash your imagination, spontaneity, and confidence. Amaze yourself as you create stories and scenes on the spot. No experience required. Laugh-out-loud fun!

Improv for Performance— Advance your scenework, stagecraft, scene starts, characters, teamwork, spontaneity, acting, storytelling, singing, etc. Prerequisite: Improv for Fun.

(See schedule.)


Indian Classical Dance
Children's classes in Bharata Natyam: Classical Dance of South India

Veteran teacher Aggie Brenneman and her advanced student, Deepa Natarajan, will be teaching Bharata Natyam on Wednesdays for new and experienced students from second grade and up.

Students will learn intricate foot rhythms, hand gestures, and facial expressions to convey stories of Indian culture and mythology from this ancient dance form.

Wednesday afternoons—
   2:30–3:15     Beginners (ages 7–12 or 1 year experience)
   3:20–4:05     Intermediate I (2–3 years experience)
   4:10–5:10     Intermediate II (4–5 years experience)
   5:15–6:30     Advanced Intermediate (6 or more years experience and high school or adult beginners)

The fee is $154 for the fall term, Sept. 11 – Dec. 18 ($11/class) or $14 for drop-in. If you are interested, please respond by email, and we will send you the registration form. We look forward to working with you!
natarajan.dp@gmail.com

We are thrilled to be moving into The Works Collective after housing our dance classes at Park Day School for over 25 years. This will provide opportunities for students in the greater community access to this special and ancient dance form.

Inquire about sliding scale options for dance. Dance is conducted barefoot. Wear comfortable and modest clothing and bring along a long scarf if you have one.



Main Stacks Hip Hop — Founded in 2008 by May Matsuo and Vivian Peng, Main Stacks is UC Berkeley's first competitive hip-hop team. In addition to being a competition team, Main Stacks is deeply committed to spreading dance in the community. Main Stacks therefore offers Beginning and Intermediate hip-hop classes weekly at the Works. Beginning Stacks classes are the first 3 Fridays of every month while Intermediate-Advanced Stacks classes occur on the last Friday of every month. Our prices are $8 with Student ID, $10 without. Please visit our website, mainstacksdance.­wordpress.com, for more information about our classes as well as upcoming performances.

Fri Main Stacks open to the public class is 6-7:30pm on these dates: 9 Fridays @ 6:00 – 7:30 PM: 9/20 9/27 10/04 10/11 10/18 10/25 11/01 11/15 11/22

Main Stacks closed rehearsal 8 Sundays @ 12:30 – 3:00 PM: 9/15 9/22 9/29 10/13 10/27 11/03 11/17 12/01


Pilates Mat Class — Building on the Fundamentals
From core, to balance, to active integration.

The class is designed for those new to Pilates as well as those looking to go more deeply into their practice finding strength and postural alignment through flow and movement awareness. The class will focus on developing deep internal core strength, balanced muscle engagement and spinal mobility and fluidity. Pre-registration with instructor is required for the first class

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For more information and to register, please contact Judi Ettlinger; jettlinger211@gmail.com; (510) 967-3039 (See schedule.)




Salsa 'on 1' with Rebecca — Salsa 'on 1' is a slot based partner dance popularized in the West Coast during the 70's. With roots in the hustle and WC Swing, Salsa 'on 1' is commonly danced in the latin nightclub scene today. Variations to the dance are widespread, creative, and interpretive. Rebecca focuses on teaching basic techniques of lead and follow, footwork, transitions, turns, spins, timing, alignment, while keeping this fast-paced dance fun, exciting, and easy to learn.

Pricing: $50/Series, each Level is a 4-week progressive series. A new series starts each month. What to bring: Pair of dance shoes (preferably suede bottom). Socks are a good temporary alternative. Most importantly, bring your smile! Come out and dance! salsawithrebecca.com Monday nights Beg (7:30-8:30 p.m.) Intermediate (8:30-9:30 p.m.), and Advanced (9:30-10:30 p.m.)


Samba & Dança AfroNives will instruct you in the technique and art of samba do pé, samba de roda, samba reggae, Afoxé and puxada de rede. She emphasizes the importance of body alignment, core strength, balance, theatricality and musicality to the execution and enjoyment of learning dance. Some combination of Dunham technique, Capoeira, core conditioning and stretching begin and end every class.

Nives's Samba & Dança Afro classes are multi-level so all are welcomed regardless of whether or not you have taken dance before. You will simultaneously increase your cardiorespiratory endurance, build lean muscle, and learn Afro Brazilian dance techniques and choreographies. As you become stronger, develop skill with basic footwork and familiarity with the music you will notice an increase in fluidity and swing when you dance. As dance combinations gradually increase in complexity and duration you will experience the beauty and pleasure of moving assertively and rhythmically through space. Samba & Dança Afro is always challenging and rewarding. Wear comfortable clothes and flexible-soled or no shoes.

See what folks are saying about Nives and her Samba & Dança Afro class on Yelp.

WHEN:
Wednesdays 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Saturdays 11:15am – 1:00pm

COST:
1 class – $17.00 / 2-3 classes – $15.00 per class / 4-8 classes – $13.00 per class

Payment must be made before the start of class. Classes purchased for a given month cannot be carried over to the next month. Private instruction is available.

CONTACT:
Please email Nives Wetzel de Cediel at nwetzeldecediel@gmail.com. More information at www.omitutu.com.

Nives will be on hiatus from Saturday, July 19 to Tuesday, September 2. Classes resume on Wednesday, September 3.



Shakti Yoga with Shakti — A proven method for increasing flexibility and strength, releasing deep tension and relaxing the mind. It opens your body allowing the spirit to come in, bringing with it healing and a profound connection to your true being.

Shakti Yoga is inspired by a grand vision to create a warm, open and inviting space for exploring yoga, meditation, spirit and community. Shakti encourages her students to have fun in their practice and to expand their edge by using their bodies as a playground an experimental and experiential laboratory of postures, breath, spirit, and magical places. She intricately weaves the details of how to practice with life affirming tantric philosophy and guides students to experience the balance between freedom and strength. Series of 4 classes for $60, or drop in for $20. (See schedule.)


Shaolin Kung Fu with Danny Jiang — Kung Fu or Wushu are Chinese terms for martial arts. Martial arts in China is considered a sport and is categorized under the department of athletics at colleges. Practicing Kung Fu can benefit the body and the mind -- cardiovascular improvement, strength, muscular development, flexibility, coordination and endurance. More importantly, it helps build up a child's self-discipline level, positive self-image, attitude. Unlike karate, taekwondo or any other types of martial arts; Shaolin Kung Fu is non-offensive. Students can practice without physical contact with anyone. Everyone can practice alone (except for self-defense or sparring).

Danny has been practicing authentic traditional Shaolin Kung Fu since age 7 at Tagou Martial Arts School at Shaolin Temple. He has more than ten years of teaching and coaching experience both in China and the US. For more information, please visit dannyshaolinkungfu.com. Meanwhile, email us and reserve a free trial to experience Shaolin Kung Fu yourself. Children love it!

Email: danny@dannyshaolinkungfu.com
First class - free trial, $20 per lesson.

Tuesdays: 3:10pm to 4:00pm and 4:10pm to 5:00pm. Age level: 5+


Tango Argentino — A Beginner's Class. Argentine Tango is sweeping across Europe, Asia, and the US. An intricate art form with a rich history, Tango is popular among young and old alike. Monza and Sean have designed this class for those who are new to Tango. We will teach you how to tango with love and passion, and prepare you to enjoy social Tango dancing in the Bay area - the best in the country.

Pricing: Drop-in $12 general/$10 students with ID; 4-class package $40 general/$35 students. Newcomer free! What to bring: Dance shoes with leather or suede bottom, or socks as a temporary replacement. Come have learn something new and dance with us!

Thursday nights 6–7pm. tangophenomena.com / monza@tangophenomena.com / (415) 494-9189.