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

Updated: Tuesday, March 31, 2015

1-Day Workshops

Heels Styling Class at the Dance Complex!HEELS STYLING CLASS


Smallie Michelle and Lillian Murnane

Wednesday, April 8, 2015


$10.00 CASH at the door

Join us for an evening of Sexy, Sassy, Fun!

Learn how to comfortably and confidentially walk & groove in your stilettoes.

We start out evening with a SEXY warm up. Then continue with some light and SASSY choreography. Ending with a FUN freestyle.

Heels are NOT required. Come and enjoy yourself comfortably, NO street shoes Please, Dance Complex rules. We welcome you to dress however you like, as long as you are comfortable.

HEELS STYLING fee is $10.00 cash paid the day of class.

Any inquiries contact: E-mail:


Follow on Instagram: @smalliemichelle, @lillianmurnane

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ClancyWorks Dance Workshop April 18th at the Dance Complex!Workshop & Audition Opportunity


ClancyWorks Dance Company

Saturday, April 18, 2015


Cost: $18.00 ($16.00 BDA)

Studio 1

To reserve your spot for the workshop e-mail:

About the Workshop: Clancy’s modern technique draws from her extensive performance career with Bella Lewitzky, Nora Reynolds, Liz Lerman and Bill Evans Dance Companies. Her high energy class involves athletic movement, dynamic floorwork, interesting gesture phrases and combinations to push each dancer to travel through the space. With an acute awareness of anatomy and kinesiology, the workshop focuses on building a strong and sound physical body while stretching and strengthening performance aspects of focus, clarity and efficiency in movement execution.

About Adrienne Clancy & ClancyWorks: Founding & Artistic Director of ClancyWorks Dance Company, Adrienne Clancy is a proclaimed “wizard of invention,” by the Washington Post. As a “tour de force of unpredictable partnering,” her work explores architecturally informed partnering developed amongst diverse artists. Assured to be simultaneously dynamic yet extremely human, the choreography exemplifies an environment of mutual respect and creates images that embrace diversity and community awareness. Her choreography has been performed internationally in England, Colombia, Paraguay, Israel, Mexico, Japan, and Poland.

ClancyWorks Dance Company is an ensemble of contemporary dance artists, based in Washington, DC and founded in 2001. The company presents award winning dance performances and offers high quality arts in education programs throughout the MD/PA/NJ/DC area. Adrienne Clancy creates choreography that features dynamic partnering work and reflects her powerful aesthetic and social vision, to form trust within a framework of diversity. The company's outstanding skill lies in its ability to combine physically demanding, powerful movement with the sensitive portrayal of cultural nuances and personal emotions.

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About Auditioning: Those interested in working with ClancyWorks are invited to use the workshop as an audition opportunity with the Company. Dancers interested in auditioning should Audition for ClancyWorks Dance Company. April 18th at The Dance Complex.have a strong background in contemporary/modern dance with an interest in partnering and exploring ideas analytically as well as physically. Dancers are encouraged to look at our videos in order to get a better sense of our work:

In addition to formal concerts (around 10 each season), ClancyWorks Dance Company conducts a series of Arts in Education Residencies and School Assemblies (50+ in 2014) throughout the Greater Washington, DC area. Dancers are paid at a competitive wage for rehearsals and performances, and have the opportunity to earn more funds through teaching in our Arts-In Ed Programs for K-12 students. Development and teacher training also available.

Callbacks involve a longer period of choreographic exploration and repertory with the company.

Audition Registration: Pre-registration highly recommended. Visit to fill out a pre-audition questionnaire. Send headshot and bio to

Questions? Curious for more? Call 301.717.9271 or email

Learn more about the company. Visit our website, Like us on facebook, Follow us on Twitter @Clancyworks

Waves into Aliveness ~ The 5 Rhythms of Movement workshop in April at the Dance Complex.Waves into Aliveness

The 5 Rhythms of Movement

Sunday, April 19, 2015 ~ 12:00-4:00pm


Payment of $50.00 before April 5 secures your place

So we can best serve you, we ask that you pre-register with Paypal at

The 5 Rhythms ® of movement® is a practice of awakening that invites us to be curious to the waves of energies that travel through all things.

As we surrender into our own movement, the inspiring, self healing, meditative, spiritual and relationship focused practice invites us to just show up.

Which Rhythm is your home base?
Which Rhythms do you live your life in?
Which Rhythm do you feel comfortable in?
Which Rhythm are you resisting?

Creating a north shore community with ocean breezes we will move into the 5Rhythms as a map into THE WAVE, a full out journey of the Roth 5 Rhythms:

Flowing: Earth bound, Continuum and Curious.
Staccato: Fire, Heartbeat and Clarity,
Chaos: Water, Rebel and a Cacophony.
Lyrical: Air, Upward and Confetti
Stillness: Oneness, Grace, and Completely

For more info:

No dance experience necessary, no perfect bodies needed; Bring your bumps and bruises and your joys and intentions. Each week we will introduce 5 Rhythms for new bodies and continue
to deepen the practice for those who may be more familiar.

Your spirited activist and facilitator, Margaux Skalecki is a certified 2001 seasoned teacher and a humble keeper of the Roth 5 Rhythms since 1996. BFA in Dance Boston Conservatory and MA in Personal and Global Transformation through Education of Healing and Performing Arts. She holds certifications in Yoga for adults and children, ERYT 500 hour, Healing Reiki, Shamanism, Animal Communication and is a practicing Spirit Medium. Among many fabulous places, Margaux continues to share her work at Kripalu, Omega, Rowe Conference Center, Daughters of the Earth, Dance New England, Dance Complex and travels nationally and internationally. Her CD is Dancing on Holy Ground.

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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!

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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.

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.

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.


Contact: | More info

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

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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.

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