6 exotic (and free) classes to take during Bay Area Dance Week


Kick out your dancing shoes and do a move like Beyoncé’s: The 19th Annual Bay Area Dance Week (until April 30) features over 700 classes and workshops. Don’t worry if you start late. Here are six Exotic Classes you can still catch this week.

American tribal style belly dance


Hips don’t lie. Join Sandi Ball and the hipnotic ladies of American Tribal Style (ATS) Belly Dancing to learn how body awareness and posture can help release your pelvic stress. To do Shakira proud.

When: Wednesday April 26 (7-8 p.m.)

Or: Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave. (Alameda), bayareadance.org

What else: This is a shoe-free zone: being barefoot helps you be more present with your body.

Beginner – Intermediate Ballet

Unleash your inner ballerina. The Berkeley Ballet Theater has a few classes for adult novices. Establish good foot points and an upright posture on the board, and familiarize yourself with technical terms that will help you better communicate your new artistic inclination.

When: Friday April 28 (11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

Or: Berkeley Ballet Theater, 2640 College Ave. (Berkeley), bayareadance.org

What else: These courses tend to fill up quickly, so reserve your spot quickly. Ballet slippers not included.

Argentine Tango

Ignite the dance floor. The Allegro Ballroom is the largest ballroom in the Bay Area, and this Saturday its floor will open for fiery Argentine tango and salsa movements. You don’t have a partner? Just bring your curious self.

When: Saturday April 29 (4 p.m. to 5 p.m.)

Or: Allegro Ballroom, 5855 Christie Ave. (Emeryville), bayareadance.org

What else: Bring your apartments, your feet will thank you.

Bollywood Cardio

An explosive fusion of high intensity cardio paired with traditional Bollywood dance moves. Burn calories while moving to the beat of the latest Bollywood and Bhangra tracks. Work it out.

When: Saturday April 29 (2 p.m.-3 p.m.)

Or: Danzhaus, 1275 Connecticut St. (Dogpatch), bayareadance.org

What else: Wear shorts and bring water – lots of water.

Hawaiian hula

Learn the national dance of the Hawaiian people in this introduction to the hula. Let yourself be carried away by the live percussions.

When: Sunday April 30 (2 p.m.-3 p.m.)

Or: Mahea Uchiyama Center for International Dance, 729 Heinz Ave. (Berkeley), bayareadance.org

What else: BYO grass skirt.

Korean traditional drum dance

Take part in this enchanting demonstration of ancient dance in a 1-hour workshop that covers the fundamental movements of Samgomu (three-drum dance) and Janggu (hourglass drum dance).

When: Sunday April 30 (4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.)

Or: Korean American Community Center, 745 Buchanan Street (Hayes Valley), bayareadance.org

What else: It’s first come, first served. Wear flip flops or sandals.

End the dance week by putting your feet up in the audience at “Resist: Conversation With Artists About Activism,” hosted by the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company. // 301 8th St., Studio 200, (SoMa), bayareadance.org


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