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.
"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 — 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.
"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!"
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.)
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.)
The following classes require separate charges payable to the instructor. Series cards do not apply:
Argentine Tango is an improvisational dance. For that very reason, we teach the Foundation of the Dance, which is the walking. To that Technique of Walking, we add an important concept, that will allow you to improvise and create your own steps.
We have developed The Magdalena Technique®, a complete Curriculum . It includes the Pre-Tango Program, the Beginners Program, the Intermediates, the Advanced and the Teachers Programs (the Teachers Program comes with a Certification to teach The Magdalena Technique®.
Classes at The Works are drop-in classes on Sundays:
Beginners: 1 to 2 pm
Intermediates & Advanced: 2 to 3 pm
Package of 6 Drop-Ins : $100
If this is your first time to try a Partner dancing experience, check out our Partner Connection Workshops. We have taught several sessions in the Bay Area and we are adding more sessions as spaces open up.
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.
DanceCraft® is Zoe Jakes's belly dance format. After well over a decade of training, performing and teaching, she has refined the essence of her own take on Tribal Fusion Belly Dance. These classes are an opportunity to study the fundamental movements and shapes of the format, and to gain perspective of where the DanceCraft® training ultimately leads.
We will be exploring the roots of Zoe's stylization and influences, while using these weekly course to gain an understanding of the fundamentals of Tribal Fusion, DanceCraft style. Bring finger cymbals if you have them. These weekly classes are beginner friendly and are an excellent foundation of solid technique for belly dance!
Find Your Voice: Feldenkrais for Singers
Group singing, vocal exercises, and Awareness Through Movement® make for a fun way to learn.
Karen is a highly skilled teacher who designs each class around a particular theme, to include, breathing, posture, freeing neck and jaw tension, and finding comfort in performance. Awareness Through Movement® Lessons are group lessons in which the teacher verbally guides clients in a series of structured movements. Each lesson presents a challenge and opportunity to focus our attention on how we move. In this class, Karen R. Clark structures each lesson to emphasize how to more fully embody and enjoy our voices. Dress comfortably. Mats are provided. Beginners and professionals, actors, choral artists and soloists will benefit from this class.
Kpop — This class is for beginners/intermediates. No dance experience necessary. You will learn pieces from two K-pop songs for each 2-hour session. One will be more elementary and focus on training your techniques foundation while the other more challenging with more complex choreography. We will be learning choreography of Playing with Fire by BLACKPINK and Ah Yeah by EXID for the first 4 sessions. Songs for future sessions will be selected by popular vote from students. As a promotion bonus for the new class in Berkeley, outstanding students will be selected to attend a dance cover class and film a music video at the end of the first 4-session class for FREE. Leave all your stress at the door and come in for some fun K-pop moves, friendly environment and healthy workout with your fellow K-pop fans!
Classes will be held on Fridays from 5:30–7:30pm.
1st 4-week series class dates: 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17
3/18~3/23 Dance Cover class and filming, no regular class
3/24~4/2 Spring Break, no class
2nd 4-week series class dates: 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28
4/29~5/5 Dance Cover class and filming, no regular class
5/6 ~ UC Berkeley Finals Week no class
As a new class promotion, students will receive 20% off if registered and paid before Monday 2/20. Please find the registration form and payment methods here.
Walk-in $30 per class (2hrs)
4-class package (8hrs) - $100 ($80 before 2/20)
8-class package (16hrs) - $160 ($128 before 2/20)
This class is part of the Enjoy Dance community. Enjoy Dance cultivates and promotes a healthy and positive lifestyle for K-pop fans through K-pop dance and K-pop activities. For more information about Enjoy Dance and K-pop classes at other locations around the bay area, please visit us on Facebook.
Samba & Dança Afro — Nives 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.
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Tribal Fusion Belly Dance with Kami Liddle
Tribal Fusion is a young and evolving hybrid dance form that originated in San Francisco. This contemporary style of dance is rooted in Tribal Belly Dance styles blended with other forms of dance including Egyptian Belly Dance, Popping, Hip Hop and Traditional Folkloric dance. Class is taught by Kami Liddle, a leading lady and respected authority in the Tribal Fusion Belly Dance genre. Widely known for her attentive teaching style and ground-breaking choreographies, Kami has traveled to teach and perform in over 2 dozen countries.
Basics and Conditioning:
Learn foundation Belly Dance technique with Kami Liddle and members of The Gold Star Dance Company. Starting from the ground up, we will refine the movements with drills and light combinations. Focus will be on proper posture and alignment, muscle useage, and simple foot patterns. This class is designed for students new to Belly Dance or seeking to learn and refine their technique. No dance experience necessary.
Intermediate Class with Combinations:
(1+ year experience required)
This class will focus on Kami's signature style and technique in Tribal Fusion combining elements of Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop and Classical Ballet. Class structure is based on a Western format to allow students to continue to improve on their posture and technique through drills, hands-on adjustments and incorporating movements through combinations and choreography.
A bare midriff is not required, but wearing form fitting clothing is recommend so the instructor can see the outline of the body to give adjustments when needed. A hip scarf helps to accentuate the movements; if you do not have one, there will be some available to borrow. Class is typically danced barefoot.
Basics and Conditioning: Mondays 7:30–8:30pm
Drop-in Single Session: $15
Six Class Card: $75 (expires 4 months from purchase date)
Intermediate Class: Mondays 8:35–10:00pm
Drop-in Single Session: $18
Six Class Card: $90 (expires 4 months from purchase date)
$25 to take both classes consectutively (with instructor approval)
Youth Jazz Classes with Beth Kreitzer
Youth Jazz combines Broadway, ballet, hip-hop, Latin and rhythm movement to create a unique style that's fun and challenging for children ages 3-13. Classes consist of age-appropriate warm-up and flexibility exercises, jazz technique, movement across the floor, and learning a performance piece. Beth is an experienced, encouraging teacher who loves what she does.
2:00–2:45pm - Ages 3–5, 45 mins
3:00–3:55pm - Ages 6–8, 55 mins
4:00–5:00pm - Ages 9+, 60 mins
Spring Session - Youth Jazz Classes Dates: Thursdays - February 16-June 8 Cost: $240 Per Student for the full session Drop In Rate: $20 per class *Drop in amount will be applied to session cost upon registration Performance: Saturday June 10, In-studio performance
(Family & Friend tickets available)