Danspace has a variety of renters offering an array of classes and workshops. Scroll down to see more information on Indian Classical Dance, Gentle Yoga, NIA Technique, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Duncan Dance, Speech Therapy and Music Together! Contact renters directly to attend a class. 

Interested in renting our space? Email info@danspace.com

About the studios

Danspace is located in the heart of the Rockridge district. It is walking distance from BART and there is plenty of parking in the neighborhood. Amenities include walking distance to restaurants and retail stores, Hardy Dog Park and Frog Park.

Danspace has two studios. Both are uniquely suited for different activities:

  • Both studios are equipped with a CD player & aux cord.
  • Heat is available in both studios.
  • No street shoes are allowed in the studios.
  • Both studios are wheelchair accessible.
  • Studio 1 has a piano.

Studio I

  • 1200 square feet
  • equipped with mirrors and barres
  • sprung floor has a “marley” surface, therefore special care must be taken to not damage the surface which is designed especially for dance shoes, socks or bare feet.

Studio II

  • 800 square feet
  • Ideal for small children’s classes, and in particular, yoga, which may need to use the wall for poses.
  • There are no barres or mirrors.
  • The room has a door for privacy.

Pricing

Our studio rental fee is $26.00 an hour for classes and rehearsal space.  For parties or performances there are additional fees as a Building Manager will have to be on site. We primarily rent studio space to teachers who offer weekly classes on an annual basis. Danspace rents to local dance companies and choreographers on a project basis if space is available.

Bounced Checks: We pass on a $35.00 fee for any checks returned by our bank for insufficient funds.

Renters must provide proof of personal liability insurance to rent the studio.

Renters’ Programs

Children’s Classes

East Bay Music Together

In a Music Together class, up to twelve children and the adults that love them meet for 45 minutes each week for ten weeks to experience songs, chants, movement activities, and instrumental jam sessions. Both adults and children sit in the circle and participate, led by a teacher with early childhood educational and music skills.

You will find high energy movers and quiet observers all intently involved in their own way in the exciting musical happenings around them, whether it’s a rousing Israeli wedding dance, or the glorious sounds of Big Ben’s bells and chimes played on resonator bars. We create a comfortable, encouraging environment that respects individual temperaments and learning styles.

www.eastbaymusictogether.com

Adult Classes

Duncan Classes

West Coast Duncan Dance is a collaboration of like-minded Duncan dancers who meet regularly to dance, teach, learn traditional Duncan dance vocabulary and repertory, and share their love for Isadora Duncan Dance.

Isadora Duncan (1877-1927), the mother of modern dance, was a prolific dance artist and choreographer.  Duncan’s philosophy of dance moved away from rigid ballet technique and towards what she perceived as natural movement.  She developed a dance vocabulary which was a critical path in the stylistic development and artistic freedom of other modern dancers and also influenced the creations and movements we now see regularly in ballet.  Isadora created a style of free and natural dance movements inspired by the classical Greek arts, folk dances, social dances, nature and natural forces, as well as natural athletic movements which included skipping, running, jumping, leaping and tossing.  She strove to connect emotions with movement and focused on the solar plexus as her center of movement.

Classes: Ongoing dance classes for adults are an hour and a half in length and include a Duncan-focused warm-up, a traditional Duncan barre, and center work and across the floor dance movements using traditional Duncan dance vocabulary.  Dance training focuses on movement centered in and propelled  by the solar plexus.  Warm-up and barre movements are designed to help the dance student access and use the solar plexus, with movements initiated from the solar plexus rippling through the entire body and providing the impetus for walks, waltzes, runs, and leaps.  Selected repertory is introduced and taught during class.

Previous dance experience is a plus, but is not required.  Please wear comfortable clothes that allow a full range of motion.  Duncan dance is done with bare feet.

Drop-ins are welcome with prior notification (and confirmation).  Please contact Christy Cornell-Pape via email, text, or phone at least 48 hours prior to class to ensure that the particular session you want to attend is open to new students.  (Some classes may not be open due to instructor absence or rehearsal schedule.).

Christy Cornell-Pape email: delerium@comcast.net

phone: (415) 652-1637

Fee for a first time student is $20 for the class with the second class free.

Adult Classes are taught by Christina Bergren Fessenden and Christy Cornell-Pape.

Christina Bergren Fessenden is a graduate of UC Berkeley. She began her Duncan studies with Mignon Garland in 1974 performing under her direction with the San Francisco Duncan Dancers until 1977. At that time, she, along with several of Garland’s former students, started their own company, the Dionysian Duncan Dancers (DDD). A co-founder, she was artistic co-director of that company from 1977-1995, conducting classes and touring extensively throughout California. Included in their Duncan repertory were several group pieces choreographed and taught by Maria-Theresa Duncan.  In the 90’s, members of the DDD made several trips to Russia where they received coaching from former members of the Moscow Duncan Dancers. The DDD gave their final performance at the Kremlin in 1995. Christina worked with Ann Cogley as part of The Isadora Duncan Project, Inc., which was founded in 1999 to continue the tradition of passing down the direct heritage of Isadora Duncan.

Christy Cornell-Pape, a life-long dancer, began studying dance at the age of 2. Proficient in tap, ballet, and jazz, Christy continues to study a variety of dance forms, such as samba and flamenco. Christy began intensively studying Isadora Duncan dance in 1999 with Mary Sano. She attended and performed at the International Isadora Duncan Dance Festival in Budapest, Hungary in November 2002. In 2003, Christy began taking classes with Ann Cogley and Christina Fessenden. She has taken several workshops with Lori Belilove and worked with Lori Belilove as a performer and children’s rehearsal director during some of Lori’s performances in California.

Christy has performed extensively in musical theatre and burlesque, performing throughout California, the U.S., and internationally. Christy is a prolific choreographer and can frequently be seen performing solo work in San Francisco and at many shows around the Bay Area. She is a director of DIVAfest, a non-profit supporting women in the arts; co-artistic director of the “DIVA or Die” burlesque show (a production of DIVAfest) at the Exit Theatre; and the co-creator, choreographer, and costumer for the burlesque plays “Rebel Without a Bra: A Burlesque Cabaret,” At the White Rabbit Burlesque,” “Hotel Burlesque,” “Just Another Zombie Holiday Show”, and “Dollhouse Monsters,” full-length theater/burlesque productions.

Christy has taught both adult and children’s Duncan dance classes. She currently teaches adult classes for Duncan dance, cancan, fan dancing, and burlesque. In her day job, Christy is a bank regulator specializing in the deterrence and identification of white collar crime and money laundering.

Embodied Singer – The Class

This ongoing weekly class blends traditional vocal exercises and improvisatory singing with movement, meditation, and posture practice.  It is an immersive exploration intended to reveal and support your authentic voice.  Class meets Tuesday evenings.

So, it is like yoga class with singing…?
Yes! Kinda!  The postures and movements we will sing in often show up in yoga.  Embodied Singer draws on many disciplines and methods so that the options for each singer are limitless.  Creating different shapes with our bodies allows us to balance our energy and space, liberating our breath and ultimately our vocal expression.  Freeing the body through movement that is supported by safe alignment frees our voice.

For more information or to enroll, email EmbodiedSinger@gmail.com or visit the website.

Gentle Yoga – Focus on Posture

Tuesdays 1:30 – 2:30 pm &

Fridays 12:30 – 1:30 pm

This is a fitness class geared towards baby boomers like you!

Designed for beginners, we start with a warm up, move through standing and floor exercises and stretches and finish with relaxing breathing and meditation.

Each class builds upon the last so join us twice a week to get the most benefit!

  • Stand taller and straighter
  • Increase your strength
  • Improve your range of motion
  • Regain your balance and agility
  • Cope with your daily stress and make new friends!

What to bring: yoga mat, belt

Price: $15 drop-in  (cash or check)

Leah Greenberg Flaks, RYT500, CIYT (certified Iyengar yoga teacher), has taught classes since 1997, and has studied ballet, modern dance and Pilates.

Gospel Grooves

Gospel Grooves classes are held every Thursday from 7-8pm at Danspace.

What is Gospel Grooves?
Gospel Grooves is a group exercise dance class.  Our classes are centered around spiritual, physical, and social wellness.  We cater to all fitness levels.  Our classes are fun, energizing, and easy to follow.

Contact Lovella: 510.828.2370.

Indian Classical Dance

Veteran teachers, Aggie Brenneman and Deepa Natarajan, will resume teaching Bharata Natyam for new and experienced students from Kindergarten and up(special arrangements can be made for interested pre-schoolers).

Students will learn intricate foot rhythms, hand gestures and facial expressions to convey stories of Indian culture and mythology from this ancient dance form. Our style of Bharatanatyam represents the Tanjore Balasaraswati style of dance

For more information please call (617) 823-6697
or email natarajan.dp@gmail.com
Click here for the class schedule.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) with Reba Connell

Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is considered the gold standard of stress reduction by doctors and the tens of thousands of people who have benefited from this program worldwide. The 8-week series includes meditation, gentle yoga, education about stress reduction, and mindful communication exercises. This highly respected approach has been research-proven to reduce anxiety and pain.

The class is appropriate for a diverse range of people—parents, pregnant people, healthcare providers, business people, people using wheelchairs—as each person learns to trust the wisdom of their own body and mind and to modify movements as appropriate.

Reba Connell is known for her warmth, humor, and intelligence. She has completed several levels of study in teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, including a professional training program under the direction of Dr. Saki Santorelli and Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn.

Tuesdays 9:00 am–11:30 am, April 9–June 11, 2013 (No class May 7)
Free orientation for class members and the public on April 9, 9:00 am
No drop-ins after the orientation, please.

If you plan to take the series and miss the orientation, you can contact the instructor at 510.594.8224 to enroll. Please use unscented products and do not smoke before class for the health of others. Sunday retreat 9:00 am- 4:00 pm, June 2, 2013 at The Port Workspace Register Online

NIA

NIA classes are offered at Danspace on Monday and Friday from 9-10am with Alexis Mulhauser.  Alexis Mulhauser has been practicing Nia for over 20 years.  In addition to teaching Nia, she is a certified Breema practitioner and instructor, and teaches Breema classes in the Bay Area, as well as abroad.  Alexis also is a yoga teacher and somatic educator, and also does Essential Oil personal consultations.  Please contact Alexis directly for any questions: yoginialexis@gmail.com.

Shelly Ross is a teacher’s teacher.  She has twice been awarded the honor of Best of the Bay from Diablo Magazine.  Shelly is a black belt Nia teacher with 25 years of teaching Nia throughout the Bay Area.  Shelly teaches Nia every Wednesday @ 8:50am and every 2nd Saturday of the month @ 9am.  Please visit Shelly’s website for more information @ www.shellyross.com or feel free to email her at shelly@shellyross.com.

What is Nia?
Combining dance, martial arts, and mindfulness, Nia tones your body while transforming your mind.  More than just a workout, Nia is a holistic fitness practice addressing each aspect of your life – mind, body, and soul.  The practice of Nia is for every person to discover, explore, unleash, and enhance their individual potential to live a healthy and meaningful life by engaging their senses and listening to their bodies.  Nia is based on the intelligent design of the boyd . Each workout brings mindfulness to your dance movement experience leaving you energized, mentally clear, and emotionally balanced.  Nia cardio-dance routines combine 52 simple moves with dance arts, martial arts, and healing arts to get you fit in 60 minutes – body, mind, emotion, and spirit.  Nia is practiced barefoot, and adaptable to individual needs and abilities.

Self-Breema
What is Self-Breema: http://www.breema.blog/category/videos/

Alexis teaches Self-Breema and Breema classes in the Bay Area: www.greetinghealth.com.