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, 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.
"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."
"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.)
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. (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.)
The following classes require separate charges payable to the instructor. Series cards do not apply:
Ballet I — Absolute Beginner. This ballet class is for adults of all ages with no ballet experience. You will learn the fundamentals of ballet movement through this progressive 4-week series. This will include basic arm and leg positions, barre and center exercises, all supplemented by gentle stretching and strengthening exercises on the floor. A ballerina's balance, coordination, gracefulness and good posture: none of these are prerequisites! You need not possess them prior to joining. By practicing ballet in Jasmin's strength-building classes, you will develop these qualities over time in an enjoyable, non-judgmental environment.
Cost: $50 for 4-week series. No drop-ins please.
What to wear: Something you can move in, preferably form-fitting so it is easy to view and correct bodily alignment—yoga pants, spandex shorts, leggings, tights and leotards. No dangling jewelry. Hair is pulled back and secured away from face. Ballet shoes are recommended, but socks are OK as an alternative.
Questions? Call 510-455-3095. And visit Jasmin on Facebook.
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.
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.
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)
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)
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.
Improv Acting Workshops — Alex 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
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!
your scenework, stagecraft, scene starts, characters, teamwork,
spontaneity, acting, storytelling, singing, etc. Prerequisite:
Improv for Fun.
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 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.
See what folks are saying about Nives and her Samba & Dança Afro class on Yelp.
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.)