The Dance Complex. Cambridge, MA. (617) 547-9363
536 Mass Ave.
Cambridge, MA

1-Day Workshops / Workshop Series

In honor of Memorial Day, The CD will be CLOSED 5/25/15.


Updated: Friday, May 22, 2015

1-Day Workshops

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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UNlearn UNhappiness Workshop. June 28th at The Dance Complex!Unlearn Unhappiness

Create the Life you Want

Sunday June 28 ~ 11:00-12:00pm

Studio #2

Cost: $20.00
($16.00 with coupon when you email
Cash accepted at door.

Learn the attitudinal model that so many have used to change their life in minutes.

The reason we feel frustrated, sad or uncomfortable is because we hold beliefs we have adopted in the past and we don’t even know we have. Learn how to ask yourself effective question to discover these hidden self-defeating beliefs and change them. Your feelings and experience will change to,o and you will be able to experience the life you want.

During the workshop, you will have a chance to look at situations you’d like to change using the Option Process model.You will take home a handout with the model and questions, so you can share and practice them. You’ll also learn about the Option Process Power Dialogues for immediate change. Most attendees report leaving this workshop with deep insights into their lives and inspired to pursue what they want.

Instructor Bio: Natalaia Cepeda is a certified Option Process Mentor/Counselor, Happiness Coach and Yoga Instuctor. She is also a linguist with 10+ years developing educational programs and teaching seminars on life-improvement philosophies.

Add yourself to the Facebook Event now! Questions? Visit, Email or see Natalia Cepeda on Facebook

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On-going Workshop Series

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 20 (8 classes)
NO CLASS MAY 23, 2015

12:00 – 1:30pm

Studio 6

$17.00 drop-in (CASH or CHECK ONLY)


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!

Drop in rate is $17.00, cash or check only. If you have any questions, contact Jill at (617) 800-3093 or

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

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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