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

1-day Workshops / Workshop Series



The Dance Complex will be CLOSED August 17th - 30th for our Annual Break!

We are also CLOSED on Labor Day, September 7th!


Updated: Wednesday, July 1, 2015

1-Day Workshops

Dance As Research workshop with Liz Lerman June 29th.SOLD OUT

Dance As Research


Liz Lerman

Monday, June 29, 2015

9:00am - 3:00pm

$70.00 / $45.00 BDA members (includes lunch)

Please still join us on Sunday, 6/28 for Liz Lerman's lecture on the Choreography of Choreography. *If you are still interested in attending Monday's workshop you can arrive on the day of the event between 9-9:15am in case any slots open up. Spots can not be guaranteed at that time and will be given on a first come first serve basis.*


Afrobeat Dance Workshop at the Dance Complex. July 11th!AFROBEAT DANCE WORKSHOP

With Dreyah Fit

Saturday July 11, 2015 11:00am -1:30pm

$15.00 online, $20.00 at the door

Pre-Register Online at
(online purchasing closes July 10th at 6:00pm)

Advanced Beginners/Intermediate Level

For more information, email:

Connect with dreyah on Social Media @dreyah_fit

Dreyah is bringing the invigorating sounds of West African funk, so get ready for a workshop filled with energy, lots of fun and fluid movements of the arms, legs, torso; especially the shoulder and hip movement. Come and experience why and how the movements in Afrobeats cannot be separated from the rhythm of the music!

Instructor: Dreyah is a dance and fitness Instructor. A native of Nigeria based in Worcester, MA. She attended college in Boston, MA where she began teaching dance. She has been an instructor for over 5 years and her favorite dance styles are Hip-hop, Afrobeats, street jazz and Dance hall!

ADVANCED BEGINNERS: This workshop is a great way to build a base of physical knowledge and improve your ability to see and experience the detail of afrobeat movements.

EXPERIENCED DANCERS: Refresh your movements.

Comfortable clothing is recommended!

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Body Language: The Art of Seduction with Miss Ksyn. July 18th at the Dance Complex.Body Language: The Art of Seduction
with Miss Ksyn

Saturday, July 18, 2015

3:00p - 5:00pm

Studio #1

Cost: $ 25.00 - To purchase your tickets in advance Click Here
(Advance tickets are preferred but can be purchased via cash at the door)

Body Language is a class where as women we can express ourselves Sensually and most importantly Confidently while also getting Fit.

Each class is designed to teach you moves that can be used from the dance floor to the bedroom and are here to teach you to feel empowered by your body, your sexuality and to embrace everything that makes you... You!!

Attire for the class is completely up to you, however it is suggested that you wear fitted clothing such as leggings or shorts, a tank top, sport bra, or t-shirt.

Heels are a mandatory aspect of the class so do wear a shoe you can move in. The most comfortable shoe would be an ankle or thigh high boot in a heel height of your choice. If you can not wear a heel please let us know an we will accommodate it accordingly.

No nudity is allowed in any class. 18 and up only.

About Ksyn (pronounced kay-sin), is a professional dancer, model and actress born and raised in Bronx, NY.

In the spring of 2005, Ksyn obtained her B.S. in Arts Management with a concentration in Dance from Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire, moved back to New York and proceeded to pursue her dreams. Before long Ksyn was landing gigs like Smooth, King & Hype Hair Magazines to name a few. She has also been featured in some of today’s hottest videos with artists like Usher, Mary J Blige, Ciara, Busta Rhymes, and 50 Cent.

After linking up with one of the top dance agencies, Bloc NYC, she has performed with stars like Sean Paul, Ciara, Jeremih, Beyonce and just finished touring with Beyonce and Jay Z on the On The Run tour. You can currently catch Ksyn on various episodes of the new hit show Lip Sync Battle with host LL Cool J.

Ksyn has also been featured in the film FIGHTING, directed by Dito Montiel, landing the role of Shevonne, along side Channing Tatum, Terrence Howard, Brian White and many others as well as 30 Rock, starring Tina Fey and Tracey Morgan, and How to Make it in America, starring Kid Cudi and Victor Rasuk.

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Yoga for Dancers workshop July 26th!Yoga for Dancers

$18.00 Cash or check made payable to Lilly Cryan

Sunday, July 26, 2015

10:00am – 12:00pm

The Dance Complex
536 Mass Ave
Cambridge, MA

In this two hour workshop, students will flow through a power vinyasa yoga class. Emphasis will be placed on postures that stretch and release tension in muscles dancers tend to be tight in, for example the muscles around the IT band and the rotator muscles used for turnout. This workshop provides mindful cross training for the dedicated dancer. Students will receive feedback and guidance to help them take away the maximum benefit of the workshop. Through the integration of body, mind, and breath, students will also learn how breath affects their movement, stretch, and mentality.

Lilly Cryan is an alumnus of Towson University and Sid Yoga Center Teacher Training. She holds a B.F.A. in Dance as well as a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate. She has been dancing for over eighteen years. Growing up she studied ballet, tap, jazz, and contemporary. In college she studied ballet, modern, Horton technique, and aerial. In college she added yoga to her cross training regimen and discovered a new passion. She has practiced yoga for three year and been teaching power vinyasa yoga for a year. She enjoys finding connections between dance and yoga. Yoga brought her an increases body awareness and understanding of breath which she shares with her students. Lilly currently dances with Boston Community Dance Project and teaches yoga at Ajna Yoga Center.

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On-going Workshop Series
begins in JUNE

8-Week House Dance Workshop SeriesSean Bjerke Presents:


8-Week House Dance Workshop Series

Sundays, June 7 - July 26, 2015

June 6 - June28 / Weeks 1 - 4 / 3:30-4:30pm / Foundation

July 5 - July 26 / Weeks 5 - 8 / 3:30-4:30pm / Foundation


July 5 - July 26 / Weeks 5 - 8 / 4:30-5:30pm / Advanced Combinations & Technique

PRICING OPTIONS (Packages must be paid for and/or arranged in advance):

1 - Pay Per Class: $12.00 per class
2 - Bronze Package: 4 classes for $45.00
3 - Silver Package: 8 classes for $80.00
4 - Gold Package: All 8 Foundation and all 4 Advanced classes for $100!

Payment by Cash, Check or Venmo accepted. SORRY, NO REFUNDS!Sean Bjerke

For more information, or to PRE-REGISTER, e-mail Sean Bjerke at

Sean Bjerke has studied martial arts since 1991 and began dancing in 2001. Since then, he has studied various street styles of dance, most notably Hip Hop, Locking and House. He has choreographed for and performed with several Boston-based dance companies including the Beantown Lockers, Unyted Stylz (former co-artistic director), and currently, CONcept ARTists (current co-artistic director). He is also a faculty member of the Jeannette Neill Dance Studio.

Sean has developed a love for House dance and culture over the past 8 years, and hopes to extend his passion to more students in Boston. Students will be introduced to a variety of steps, variations and combinations over the 8-week course. Though the course assumes previous dance experience, beginners are certainly invited to challenge themselves in this course.

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Heather Stewart

3 Weeks:
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Wednesday, July 1, 2015

6:30pm – 7:30pm

$16.00/class at the door;
$15.00/class Pre-Register;
$42.00/3-week series by Pre-Register
or at June 17th workshop

Studio #2

To pre-register please visit: or email Heather at

Highland dance is a solo style of dance that originated in the Scottish Highlands. It involves the use of the legs and feet through jumping and percussive steps in combination with the arms and head. The primary focus of these three workshops will be on learning the basic steps for the Highland Fling and Sword Dance.

No experience necessary! All ages welcome!

Please wear comfortable clothing that you can move in and soft dance slippers (ballet or jazz shoes are fine)

Heather Stewart is a Canadian dance artist currently based in Boston. From 1999- 2007 Heather competed in highland dance championships and competitions across North America and Scotland. She recently completed her MA in Advanced Dance Studies at The London Contemporary Dance School (UK).

begins in JULY

Washin-Ryu Karate Workshop at The Dance Complex - July and August Workshops.Washin-Ryu Karate Workshop

July 2 - August 15, 2015

All Ranks:

Mondays: 5:30pm - 6:30pm ~ Studio #2
Thursdays: 5:30pm - 6:30pm ~ Studio #6
Saturdays: 10:00am - 11:00am ~ Studio #1


Saturdays: 9:00am - 10:00am ~ Studio #1

$15.00/class or $90.00 for all classes

For Information: email:, phone: (781) 248-9712.

Class Information: In our classes, students practice:

  • kata (form)
  • pre-arranged situational self-defense techniques
  • sport-sparring (non-contact)
  • flexibility/strength drills

Students immerse themselves in the full range of traditional martial arts training in order to improve themselves both mentally and physically, while learning the principles of respect and confidence.

We welcome students of all ages (8 and up) and all abilities to begin training and discovering the personal rewards that traditional martial arts can bring to their lives.

About the Instructor: Larry Friedman is a seventh degree black belt and the Chief Instructor at Hidy Ochiai Karate of Boston. Mr. Friedman holds the teaching rank of Joh-i Shido-in (High-Rank Instructor), which is the highest teaching rank available to Washin-ryu instructors.

Mr. Friedman has been a student of Master Hidy Ochiai since 1981 and continues to train regularly with Master Ochiai. Over the 29 years that Mr. Friedman has been sharing the lessons he has learned from Master Ochiai he has helped hundreds of men, women and children develop themselves to reach their full potential.

Larry Friedman is compassionate teacher excited to share Master Ochiai’s teaching and Washin-ryu Karate-do.

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American Tribal Belly Dance Workshop. 6 weeks starting July 6thAmerican Tribal Belly Dance Workshop

6-week workshop beginning July 6, 2015

Mondays: 7:30-9:00pm

$12.00/class with pre-registration

$15.00/class at the door

email to register

This workshop would is appropriate for students of all levels. It focuses on American Tribal Fusion belly dance. By turns upbeat and mysterious, Tribal Fusion is a style of belly dance that can be enjoyed by all ages and ability levels. The style is improvisational and based on a series of visual and vocal ques. During the course students will learn all the basic steps and ques necessary to dance outside of the classroom. Students leaving the course should feel confident in their Tribal Fusion skills.

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"Lorraine's Feet" by Steve WollkindIntermediate/Advanced Ballet Workshop


Both Classical And Contemporary Dancers
(Ballet slippers, pointe shoes and socks are ALL welcome!)

Live accompaniment!
Joe Della Penna on 7/16, 7/30, 8/13, & 8/27
Nate Tucker on 7/23, 8/6, 8/20, & 9/3

Thursdays: July 16-August 13 at The Dance Complex
August 20-September 3 location TBA

$16 full class, $8 barre, Special deal: First Class 7/16, $10 full class & $5 barre with your BDA discount!

Workshop Description: The intention of my ballet class is to give clear, focused information while grounding dancers in their technique. With equal professional training in both traditional ballet and modern modalities, I hope to bring joy and passion for dance, in all of its forms, to every class. There is a choreographic sensibility to the work and I put the emphasis on dancing, expression and the investigation of physicality. I work hard to create an atmosphere that allows dancers to concentrate without tension and to develop ownership of the material, strength and stamina. Detailing is peppered throughout the class as well as individual, hands-on attention given to each student, to help you integrate concepts and ideas. The pacing of the barre engages you both physically and mentally, resulting in a thorough warm-up. Dancing with luminous energy and confidence in the center is encouraged as well as taking risks. Giving positive feedback is important to me, as I believe it helps you embrace a high level of challenge - Lorraine Chapman


LCTC website:

Bio/Resume: Lorraine Chapman, one of Dance Magazine's "25 To Watch", has danced with Eliot Feld Ballets/NY and Ballet British Columbia as well as for several Boston-based choreographers including Amy Spencer, Richard Colton, Diane Arvanites, Jose Mateo, and Marcus Schulkind. She received her training at The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and L'Ecole Superieure De Danse Du Quebec as well as from Boston veterans Francis Kotelly and Samuel Kurkjian. As an independent choreographer Lorraine has created works for the Northwest New Works Festival in Seattle at On The Boards-Behnke Center and The Bessie Schonberg Residency at The Yard. Ms. Chapman received a commission from Alberta Ballet for their Festival of New Works: Arias where she shared the bill with internationally acclaimed solo artist Margie Gillis. Amy Spencer and Richard Colton have awarded Lorraine with a Choreographer's Project Fellowship and a Summer Stages Dance/Baryshnikov Arts Center Residency. Lorraine is an instructor of dance education at The Boston Conservatory and the Assistant Artistic Director of the pre-professional division at the Ballet Arts Centre of Winchester and has been teaching for 20 years. Lorraine is one of six of the most recent round of recipients of a $15,000 Brother Thomas Fellowship – Special Arts Initiative of The Boston Foundation and one of two recipients of the Boston Dance Alliance’s Rehearsal & Retreat Fellowship 2014. Her dance company LCTC ( is represented by Pentacle (

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