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MODERN DANCE

classesA unique approach from the "inside out" based on the pioneering technique of choreographer Erick Hawkins. This technique teaches the efficient use of the body's natural structure by developing a strong center and releasing unnecessary tension, allowing us to dance with ease and grace. Classes are ongoing and you can join anytime.

Schedule

Tuesdays -- Starting May 10
7:30-9:00pm
Advanced Beginning
Taught by Avilee Goodwin and Betsy Strome

Fridays-- Ongoing
10:00-11:30a.m.
Intermediate/Advanced
Taught by Ruth Botchan

Fees
$13 per single class
$48 for a four class card (valid for 5 weeks)
$88 for an eight class card (valid for 9 weeks)

 

PRIVATE PILATES SESSIONS
Pilates training develops balance, co-ordination, and flexibility through body awareness and core strength. These private sessions using the Pilates apparatus focus on the individual student's needs, and are highly effective for injury rehabilitation and conditioning. Sessions are taught by Ruth Botchan. Fee: $65/hour. Please call for an appointment.

 
RUTH BOTCHAN

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Ruth Botchan is director of Berkeley Moving Arts and artistic director of The Ruth Botchan Dance Company. A choreographer and teacher of modern dance for more than thirty years, she has taught at the Erick Hawkins School in New York. She trained with Andre Bernard and Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen in body alignment and movement re-education. Ruth brings these principles to her teaching of modern dance. Her classes emphasize a strong center and free flow of movement through the limbs. She is also a certified Pilates instructor.

 


AVILEE GOODWIN

Avilee Goodwin

Avilee Goodwin has studied Erick Hawkins Modern Dance technique for thirty years, currently with Ruth Botchan and is a member of The Ruth Botchan Dance company. She began studying the dances of Isadora Duncan with Lois Ann Flood six years ago. She teaches young choreographers at De Anza High School in Richmond, and has been co-teaching the Advanced Beginning Class at Berkeley Moving Arts since 2014.


BETSY STROME

Betsy Strome

Betsy Strome holds a BFA in Dance from The Ohio State University, where she was a member of the OSU Dance Company and Historical Dance Ensemble. She danced professionally in Boston, MA and assisted the director of the dance program at Harvard University.  Betsy studies with Ruth Botchan, and joined the company in 2007.  She has been co-teaching the Advanced Beginning class at Berkeley Moving arts since 2014.


 

 

BELLY DANCE

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A contemporary body-mind approach to an ancient dance form. Our “inside out” method – which incorporates imagery, body alignment techniques, and energy awareness – encourages the free flow of energy throughout the body, so that it is both released and integrated. Belly dancing is a soft-edged form of movement that is good for people of all ages. 

We welcome new students on the first Thursday of each month. This is a multi-level class. All levels welcome. 

Thursdays 

7:45-9:45pm

 

Fees

$15 introductory class 

$50 monthly series 

Class is led by Karen Chin of the Sabah Ensemble, who studied and performed with Jamie Miller “Sabah” for many years.  

For more information, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit www.SabahEnsemble.com

 

TAI CHI CLASSES
Tai Chi classes take place Monday and Tuesday evenings, Monday afternoon, and Wednesday through Sunday mornings. Please call for exact times and starting dates, and information about fees or visit www.taichiberkeley.com

Tai Chi classes are taught by Lenzie Williams. Lenzie has studied with master Ben Lo since 1975, and has been teaching Tai Chi in Berkeley since 1977. For the last ten years he has been teaching Tai Chi workshops nationally and internationally.