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

Updated: Thursday, February 26, 2015
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8-Week Session

Saturdays: January 10th – February 28th


Studio 4

Cost: $13/class*

ESSENTRICS™ Workshop on Saturdays at The Dance Complex!

*Please use PayPal to save time: Memo: Essentrics. 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


Line Dancing 4-week workshop in February at the Dance Complex!
R & B Soul Line Dancing

4-Week Workshop

Saturdays, February 7, 14, 21, & 28,2015

10:00am - 12:00pm

$15.00/class ~ Buy 3, get the 4th free!

Contact: Sonya Joyner/617.513.8374 or Leigha Earl/617.828.8500

Description: Learn all of the popular line dances being done at weddings, cookouts and clubs! Be the one who knows the elevated 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 from beginner line dances, through intermediate, to advanced. At the end of the 4-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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Boylesque Bootcamp

with Dale Stones of Sirlesque fame

Wednesdays in March


Studio #2

$30.00/person for all 4 classes

Have you always wanted to learn the art of male striptease, but never knew where to go?
Do you crave the limelight, but need a little push in the right direction?
Do you want the chance to compete for a CASH PRIZE?

Come join Dale Stones of Sirlesque fame for a boylesque bootcamp that will teach you how to dance sans pants! Classes are Wednesdays in March at 8:30pm in studio #2 at the Dance Complex in Cambridge, followed by the big showcase on Saturday the 28th at Club Cafe in downtown Boston! The "Dale Stones All-Male Yardsale" will be an audience-based vote-in contest with a $50 prize being given to the winner!
Judges notes and witty banter to be provided courtesy of Dinah DeVille of "The Bloodstains," Vice V'ersatile of "Jaques' Cabaret," and Rogue Burlesque's own Dewey Decimator!

To sign up, please email Dale at Classes will be mandatory to participate in the showcase, though you don't have to compete to take the classes. The cost to participate in all four classes is $30 per person.

Tribal Fusion Workshops and Evening Showcase with Ela Rogers. March 14, 2015.ROUNDED and GROUNDED

Saturday, March 14, 2015


In this workshop, we will dabble into fusion combinations with gentle flavors of the traditional and classical Egyptian kind, paired with the tantalizing integrity of Ela's take on Tribal Fusion Belly Dance. We'll get down to brass tacks regarding body preparation and conditioning, beginning with a nourishing Yoga practice, followed by dance combinations and concepts that will focus on developing voluptuous, strong, earthy shapes, and lovely line creation throughout the body, while gaining a deeper awareness of one's center and presence during movement.


Saturday, March 14, 2015


For all you Jazz lovers out there… This workshop will house saucy, sassy, spectacular ...Jazz-Fusion Belly Dance! Ela will guide you through an original choreography that incorporates the low center of gravity - high level of energy moves that are classically Jazz, fusing heavily rooted feminine and powerful aspects of Belly Dance, creating sleek and killer lines, humorous pauses, and a dynamic display of spins, locks, and flirty walks…all while keeping that cool-as-a-cucumber attitude! This class will feature a complete warm up to ready the body for dance, with a focus on muscle and joint stabilization, and improving flexibility. Please bring water, your Yoga mat, a notebook and pen, and comfortable layered form-fitting dance attire. Jazz-hot-baby!

Early bird pricing: $50.00 per workshop or $85.00 for both.

Evening showcase featuring Ela Rogers and belly dancers from around New England.

::more info coming soon::

Registration and more information:


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!

Zumba - Dance - Party at the Dance Complex. March 28th!
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