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.

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, 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

Mondays @ 9am with Alyssa
Tuesdays @ 8am with Alyssa
Thursdays@ 8am with Erin
Cardio Dance
Tue @ 9:30–10:30 with Chrissy
Yoga + Balance
Wednesdays @ 9am with Alan
Total Body Conditioning — Intervals
Sundays @ 9:30am–10:45am with Karen
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.

Four Pilates classes in April with Joanna!

Saturdays, 8:30–9:25am
April 5, 12, 19, & 26

Join us on Saturday mornings in April for a feel-good mat class. You will leave feeling stronger, longer and more balanced. All levels welcome.

$18 Drop-in or Works Class Card
Newcomer Card: 4 classes for $25

Saturday, May 10 — Save the Date!

Celebrate the 15th Birthday Party of The Works as a Cooperative. Each of YOU has had a special role in our fantastic longevity—clasp your hands in triumph! Dancing, light refreshments, silent auction (with items from your favorite Instructors) and all your Works friends. We'll have fun together. Invitations to follow, but mark the date now.

SATURDAY, May 10 @ 4–6pm (in between your lunch and dinner dates ;)

Membership Renewal Time

THANK YOU for your loyal support! We hope you will continue to keep the studio fiscally sound by renewing your annual membership this month.

Only $250 (no increase over the last three years!) gives you entree into one of the most enjoyable, longest-lasting exercise co-ops in the Bay Area AND discounts on your class cards.


Sarah Cohen, our multi-talented and dedicated manager, has kept The Works running in the black through this lingering recession — truly an accomplishment. We have added new equipment and some fun and highly professional new instructors. And have you noticed how cheery and welcoming the studio looks?

We would not have survived for 15 years without the income from memberships and the efforts of many Works enthusiasts who contribute their time and talents. Please renew your membership as soon as possible and — if you can afford it — consider adding a donation to your check. Payment is due by February 15. Avoid paying the higher rates of nonmembers by getting your check in on time.

Help make The Works better than ever in 2014.

With our sincere appreciation,

The Works Board
Joanne Brown
Sandy Friedland
Sue Miller
Barbara Morgan
Maxine Risley
Leo Simon
Ruth Suzuki
Don Wilson

Cardio Dancing for Deb

The event took place Tuesday, 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.

Life at The Works . . .

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.

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

Works — Total Body Challenge

Click here for more videos.

Congrats to Lindy Hop instructors Stacey and Vaughn . . .

. . . and welcome to Earth, Glen Rice Bearden.

3:29 pm on October 9 and weighed in at 9 lbs 11 oz.