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 Abby — 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.
"I would highly recommend Abby for anyone who wants support working through an injury, understanding how to develop and use their core strength, or who just wants someone smart and supportive to learn Pilates from."
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.
Belly Dance with Nathalie Tedrick. I'm so excited to teach an 8 week beginning AND intermediate/advanced Belly Dance series with an optional performance at the end January 6! A choreography will be taught for both the beginning and intermediate class.
November 13, 20, 27, December 4, 11, 18, 25, and January 1.
Performance will be held at Open Belly Revival III in Cotati at The Redwood Cafe.
Beginning class 7:30–8:30pm: All levels welcome, no prior experience needed, $15 drop ins. Series package: $100.
Intermediate/Advanced 8:35–9:35pm: At least one year training in Belly Dance, $18 drop ins. Series package: $124.
Both series package: $170.
You can take both classes as drop ins for $25.
Yes, you can pay at the door! Cash or check.
Classes will consist of an invigorating Yoga inspired warm up, Belly Dance technique drills, layering, combinations, traveling patterns and choreography! Come for fun or with the goal of performing at the end of series. You must attend all classes if you plan on performing.
To pre-register, follow this link and click "buy now" at bottom of page. Enter the package amount you are wanting (beg series=$100, int/adv series=$124, both series=$170) along with your full name in the memo.
PS - If you have purchased an existing class card the balance can be applied to the series cost!
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.
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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Sweat Contemporary Dance Academy —
a pre-professional dance program designed to develop all aspects of a young dancer. Our program is intensely focused on building a strong dance foundation using body conditioning, ballet, modern, and jazz techniques; also hip hop and other styles are incorporated.
We produce dancers that are ready for the professional dance world with confidence; physically, mentally and emotionally! Through the joy of dance we introduce discipline, commitment, and artistry!