The Dance Complex. Cambridge, MA. (617) 547-9363
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  1-Day Workshops / Workshop Series

Updated: Thursday, April 23, 2015

1-Day Workshops

Mersiha Mesihovic/Circuitdebris workshop at The Dance Complex.WORKSHOP ~ MASTER CLASS!


Mersiha Mesihovic/CircuitDebris

April 26, 2015


Cost: $17/person

Mersiha Mesihovic/Circuitdebris workshop at The Dance Complex.Descripton:Class is based on Mesihovic's distinctive choreography, which is a very fined tuned mash of urban and Balkan folk movement influences. Mesihovic will lead the class participants to find their way into this young company’s edgy style. We will move through a warm-up class to introduce the movement style and prepare the body for the work. We will continue with across the floor improvisational exercises, (part of the fundamental process of development of new work with Company Dancers), followed by repertory based sessions where participants will learn sections of the current work. For Mesihovic, music and dance are intrinsically linked and this unique approach to the creation of her work will allow the class to explore the dynamic movement vocabulary while simultaneously focusing on relationship between the music and dance.

About the Company: MERSIHA MESIHOVIC/CIRCUITDEBRIS is a cross-disciplinary, contemporary dance company which creates imaginative work through its cast of highly skilled collaborators who evidence an astonishing physicality grounded in deep humanity.

"This company is so fresh and compelling and creative and driven. Beyond." – Jodi Kaplan, Producer

For more information:, or Facebook, check out these videos: Promo Video / About Mersiha Mesihovic/CircuitDebris / a short film based on the 2nd Suite of Dissonance


Burlesque Workshop. May 9th!Viva Takes Boston

with Viva La'Veese

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Viva LaTwerk
12:30pm - 2:30pm
$25.00 RSVP

($30.00 at the door)

Burlesque Heels Class
3:00 - 5:00pm
$25.00 RSVP


Choreographer/Instructor, "Viva La'Veese" makes her way from Philadelphia to Boston for the 2015 VIvaLaTour Heels Class! Ladies, come out and experience a heels class like no other. This workshop is for the "Everyday Woman" whose ready to take off all her daily hats (mother, wife, student, boss etc) and be a WOMAN! Tap into your inner "VivaDiva" by grabbing your heels and learning fun, sexy choreography that will boost your confidence and spice up your relationship! May 9th beginning with VIvaLaTwerk 12:30pm (a fun booty popping dance class, No Heels Needed), then Burlesque 3:00pm (a heels class filed with feminine choreography for All Levels! No Experience needed).



Hula Workshop in June at the Dance Complex with Kumu Hula Kawika Alfiche.HULA WORKSHOP


Kumu Hula Kawika Alfiche

Saturday, June 13, 2015


$60.00 / Early Bird
(by May 15th)

$75.00 at the door
(space allowing)

$50.00 with student ID or seniors over 60


Hula ‘Auana(modern)
Including : Hula, Mele, Olelo, etc

Kumu Hula Kawika Keikiali’ihiwahiwa Alfiche has been teaching hula and other aspects of Hawaiian culture for over 22 years and has been a student of the Hawaiian culture all of his life. Kawika is the Kumu Hula for Halau o Keikiali’i and is the Director for the Kaululehua Hawaiian Cultural Center in So. San Francisco. With a mission to preserve and perpetuate all things Hawaiian, Kawika spends his life learning, teaching and sharing his culture through the hula and other cultural art forms. His first Kumu Hula was Tiare Maka-Olanolan Clifford of Hanalei, Kaua`i. After her passing in 1992, Kumu Kawika became haumana of Kumu Hula Harriet Kahalepoli Keahilihau-Spalding of Keaukaha, Hawai`i who opened halau with Kumu Kawika in 1994. Aunty Harriet’s Kumu was her grandmother, Mary Ahi`eha Kekuewa, who was affectionately known as Mama Fuji’i. In 1996, Aunty Harriet encouraged Kawika to learn from Kumu Hula Rae Kahikilaulani Fonseca of Hilo, Hawai`i - an `uniki of Uncle George Lanakilakekiahiali`i Na`ope, a hula master and treasure of Hawai’i. In March 2007, Kumu Kawika was one of six to be a part of Kumu Rae’s first and only `uniki.

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On-going Workshop Series
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Learn to Work Those Heels


Vanessa White, creator and choreographer of The Slutcracker.

Tuesdays: March 17 - April 28, 2015 (7-weeks)


Studio #6

$15.00 advance, $20.00 drop-in

Email for preregistration information
(and make sure to allow emails from!)

This is an all-levels, all-genders class. We will begin class with a shoe-less warm up (there will be core work!), followed by a warm up *in* your heels (short, technique-based exercises to get you feeling confident), and then we'll learn some choreography and DANCE.

WHAT TO WEAR: No street shoes allowed in the studios at any time.

  • Bring heels you feel reasonably comfortable walking in, they need to be 1 inch character shoes or sky-high stilettos. Feel free to bring a couple different pairs to try. And I promise I won't scowl at you if you just *have* to kick the shoes off. I want you in class having fun, no judgment!
  • Some classes will include floor work. Knee pads recommended (though I always try to have alternate choreo in case floor work is just not your thing).
  • Wear clothes you want to dance in. Sweats or fishnets, bustiers or t-shirts, it's all fine.

Hope to see you out there!

begins in APRIL

Comtemporary Technique Workshop at the Dance Complex in April - 5 weeks!KAIROS CONTEMPORARY

Intermediate/Advanced Contemporary Technique Class


9:30 AM—11:00 AM


$15.00 drop-in rate or 5 classes for $50.00

Taught by Artistic Director DeAnna Pellecchia, this contemporary technique class introduces dancers to the somatic world of KAIROS Dance Theater. Exercises and warm-ups incorporating Capoeira, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Initiation work, partnering and more invite students to find a fuller use of space, nuance and strength. Students also learn phrase work from KAIROS repertory which blends free-wheeling turns and leaps with sudden inversions, extreme suspended shapes, rhythmic isolations, quirky gestures, and intricate footwork.

The first half of each class focuses on building strength, flexibility and coordination with an emphasis on understanding proper alignment, re-patterning learned movement behavior and cultivating deeper body awareness. Each class starts with a fast-paced warm-up that integrates exercises from Yoga, Pilates, Dance and Martial Arts. The second half focuses on learning new vocabulary and choreographed phrases that focus on spatial awareness, musicality, and performance qualities. Improvisational strategies are an integral component to KAIROS's creative process and will also be interspersed throughout classes. An introduction to movement practices including 1,000 Voices, Action Theater, and Listening Strategies aim to expand the potential of a dancer's performative power and amplify stage presence.

Boston’s KAIROS Dance Theater is an eclectic contemporary dance company committed to creating emotionally powerful, viscerally charged performance art. Founded by Artistic Directors DeAnna Pellechia and Ingrid Schatz, KAIROS engages audiences with innovative performances and workshops throughout the Boston area and beyond. Combining strong dance technique with affecting performances, rich visual imagery, music and digital technology, KAIROS creates an emotionally commanding physical landscape that pushes the boundaries of contemporary dance.


TWITTER & INSTAGRAM | @kairosdances

Balkan Folk Dancing workshop in March!Balkan Folk Dancing


Bashkim Braho

Sundays, April 5 - April 26, 2015



The class brings to the community the traditions of Balkan dancing, focusing in particular on a variety of dances and movements from various regions of Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia. Emphasis is on learning the technique and dance steps. Classes start with a 10-minutes warm-up, followed by movement across the floor and choreographed combinations.
Clothing should be loose and comfortable.

Bashkim Braho has a career of 25 years dancing professionally for the Albanian national dance troupe. He has won many awards in Albania and later in the US. Currently Bashkim is the dance professor of Bashkimi Dance group, the only Albanian Dance group in MA. Bashkimi Dance has represented the Albanian community in many festivals organized in MA, NY, MI etc. Please visit the Bashkimi Dance website for more information on the group and a bio of Bashkim.


Tap Improvisation Workshop for 6 weeks this spring with Jenny Herzog, at the Dance Complex!Tap Improvisation Workshop

Sundays, April 5 to May 10 (6-weeks)

3:00 - 4:30pm

$10.00/class or $50.00/6-weeks

Open to all ages, and all levels of improvisation experience
Come out and make music! Looking forward to meeting you!

Tap dance like a jazz percussionist! This is a community-oriented class, focused on the art of improvisation. Come listen to lots of jazz, learn about jazz form, and consider how you, as a tap dancer, can dance like a drummer. Bridge the gap between your voice and your feet: scat musical phrases, then tap dance the phrase you just sang. Create rhythmic phrases as you go, keeping in mind what Miles Davis said: “Do not fear mistakes. There are none.” In class, we will consider what it means to improvise. We’ll dance collectively to jazz, then go around the circle, trading fours, scatting, and dancing. I’ll give plenty of individual feedback, so that each dancer grows over the course of the workshop, becoming a stronger improviser. Become comfortable with jazz form, and integrating tap dance into that form. Consider yourself a musician, not just a tap dancer.Jenny Herzog. Tap Improvisation.

About Jenny Herzog: I am a Masters student at New England Conservatory, in the Contemporary Improvisation department. I am a vocalist and a tap dancer, constantly pursuing ways to integrate tap dance and voice. I want to bring tap dance back into the world of live music, and further integrate tap dance and jazz. I believe that tap dancers should understand musical form, be able to scat and sing their rhythms, and should not be afraid of improvisation. Improvisation is the art of creating spontaneously in the moment; improvising tap dance is a ton of fun, and I want to share that with you!

Don’t hesitate to contact me with questions, or to pre-register:

Check my WEBSITE:

Before moving to Boston, Jenny lived in New York City and studied rhythm tap with Brenda Bufalino, Barbara Duffy, Max Pollak, Lynn Schwab, and Heather Cornell.

Dreamscape Dance Workshop

6-class series

April 7th - May 12th

Tuesdays ~ 2:30pm.

Cost: $90.00 for series / $78.00 for BDA (Boston Dance Alliance)

Dreamscape Dance series is a new approach to dance that includes MELT self-treatment to improve balance, coordination, control, flexibility, strength and mind body awareness. Practice dance technique and energizing, expressive movement with new feeling. This 6 week series is taught by Pam Newton, Contemporary Dance instructor and choreographer, and Leah Becker, MELT Method and Pilates instructor. To register contact Pam Newton at 617-945-5212.

Workshops are open to the public. We encourge people to call for registration and more information. Telephone: 617-945-5212 or email:


Strengthening and stretching workshop! Essentrics TM.ESSENTRICS™


April 11th – June 6th
(No class 5/23)

Saturdays ~ 12:00-1:00pm

Studio 4

Cost: $13/class
Refunds for pre-paid no-shows available with advance email notification. Cash accepted at door.

ESSENTRICS™ is a dynamic and fluid combination of strengthening and stretching. Based on the science of eccentric movement, the muscles are challenged in a lengthened position. Created by former professional ballerina Miranda Esmonde-White, ESSENTRICS™ is an original full-body technique that draws on the flowing movements of Tai Chi, the strengthening theories behind ballet, and the healing principles of physiotherapy. After just a few sessions, attendees experience reduced pain in their bodies, greater joint mobility, a healthy cardiovascular system, increased range of motion, and improved posture. With a diverse music playlist accompanying each routine, this equipment-free workout leaves you feeling energized, youthful, and healthy.

ESSENTRICS™ is used by hundreds of athletes, including the Montreal Canadiens NHL team, Olympic medalists, and professional athletes and dancers. It is low-impact and gentle enough to be used by people of all ages and abilities, and is the foundation of the #1 fitness show on American Public Television, Classical Stretch.

Instructor Bio: Severina Gates first discovered ESSENTRICS™ in 2009 and began training as an instructor is 2013. She has trained under creator Miranda Esmonde-White and is currently the only certified ESSENTRICS™ instructor in Massachusetts. Severina has 14 years of experience in ballet and has worked with athletes (including runners and climbers), seniors, and former dancers.

Questions? Email or see us on Facebook.

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Blues Dancing Workshop at the Dance Complex. April and May.Blues Dancing

with Julie Brown, national blues dance champion

Wednesdays, April 15 - June 3 (8 weeks)


Studio #2

$10.00 pre-register / $15.00 at the door

Blues is a music, a dance, a feeling. It can express pain, it can celebrate, it can tease and seduce, it can relieve burdens. Blues dancing is a truly American idiom, a synthesis of African and European movements & sounds into solo and partnered dance. The generally simple one- and two-step patterns of blues dance allow for ultimate creativity and nuance in movement. Classes cover basic blues vocabulary such as slow drag, grind, and fishtailin', as well as essential techniques such as isolations, syncopation, and improvisation.

April 15, 22, 29, and May 6 will focus on solo blues forms. May 13, 22, 27, and June 3 will focus on partnered blues forms.


Want to pre-register? Have questions? Contact:

Find more information at:

What is blues dancing? Here's a sampling of videos:

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Beginning Modern Dance Workshop at The Dance Complex!Beginning Modern Dance Workshop

taught by Jill Haney

Saturdays, April 25 – June 13 (8 classes)

12:00 – 1:30pm

Studio 6

$120.00 workshop / $17.00 drop-in


Here’s your chance to do just that! This 8-class workshop starts at the beginning and progressively teaches you three important building blocks of modern dance technique: finding the muscles at the top of the leg, finding plié, and finding the parts of the foot.

Muscles at the Top of the Leg: Find the 5 key muscles that facilitate proper rotation in the hip joint and the alignment of the leg, and begin to use them simultaneously: the adductors, the hip flexors, the glutes, the upper inner back of the thigh, and the abdomen.

Plié: Find plié so you can build the foundation to tackle modern dance’s use of weight, momentum, off-center movement, and the floor.

Feet: Find the parts of the foot that will help you build the strong and articulate feet necessary for the aesthetics of dancing.

NEWBIES AND ADVANCED BEGINNERS: This workshop is a great way to build a base of physical knowledge and improve your ability to see the detail of movement. Unlike the drop-in class format for intermediate/advanced dancers, the material will progress from class 1 to class 8. You will not feel lost and you will get stronger!

EXPERIENCED AND RETURNING DANCERS: Each class in the workshop is an easy-paced fundamentals refresher – feel free to drop in!

About Jill Haney: Jill is a modern dancer and owner of The Studio|Modern Dance in Middleton, MA. Learn more about her on her studio’s website at

Please bring payment for the workshop ($120.00) with you to the first class. If after the first class, you decide that the workshop is not what you were looking for, $105.00 will be refunded. There will be no refunds after May 1, 2015. Drop in rate is $17.00. Cash or check only.

If you have any questions or would like to pre-register, contact Jill at (617) 800-3093 or

begins in MAY

Line Dancing workshop in May!Purplicious Divas: Sonya “Witchypoo” Joyner & Leigha “Mz Earl” Earl


R & B/Soul Line Dancing

5-Week Beginner Line Dance Workshop

Saturdays, beginning May 2, 2015

10:00am - 12:00pm

$15.00/class, Buy 4 classes by week 2 and get the 5th class free!

Contact: Sonya Joyner/617.513.8374 or Leigha Earl/617.828.8500

Class Description: Just in time for summer!! Learn all of the popular beginner line dances being done at weddings, cookouts and family reunions! Be the one who knows the alternative versions of The Wobble & Cupid Shuffle. Line dancing is becoming increasingly more popular around the country!! It is a great cardio workout, can be done anywhere and doesn’t require a partner! This workshop will begin with basic terminology and steps covered in most line dances, giving students a strong foundation to build on. Each week we will teach new line dances, breaking each down step-by-step. Dances will get increasingly more difficult as we move through the various beginner line dances. At the end of the 5-session workshops, students will be able to follow a “call out” or pick up a dance “on the floor”. Men strongly encouraged!! Ages 18 to 100!

Clothing: Wear comfortable clothing and dance sneakers, or sneakers that you don't wear outdoors. STREET SHOES ARE NOT ALLOWED IN ANY STUDIO AT ANY TIME.

Haitian Folkloric Drumming workshop. May and June at the Dance Complex!Workshop Series!


Haitian Folkloric Drumming


Joel Augustin

Sundays, May 3 - June 28, 2015 (9 weeks)


$12 adults/$9 children (12 yrs. and under per class)

Located at The Dance Complex 536 Mass. Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138 for info call 347-299-0555.


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