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

Single &/or weekend Workshops / On-going Workshops


Updated: Friday, September 23, 2016

Single &/or weekend Workshops

Arabesque Immersion workshop!Arabesque Immersion

with Yasmina Ramzy

September 24-27, 2016

11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Two or four days of immersing yourself in the unique Arabesque approach to Middle Eastern dance that Yasmina Ramzy has created over 32 years. The course includes technique discovery and drilling, music awareness, cultural history & significance, and emotional expression. Half of the day is focused on Arabesque Style dance technique with thorough feedback; the other half of the day focuses on regional folklore, music genres, Arab nuance, and studying the legends of bellydance with historical and socio-political commentary.

The first two days emphasize the foundation of Arabesque style technique. The second two days feature a more advanced level of technique as well as addressing creativity, improvisation, transitions, dynamics, and choreography construction.

Arabesque Foundation Technique 2 days, Saturday, September 24 AND Sunday, September 25 (10 hours)
Each day includes: technique (2 hours), history, culture and lineage of art form with video shows and commentary (1 hour), folklore styles (1 hour), choreography and improvisation (1⁄2 hour), musicality and emotion (1⁄2 hour.) One hour lunch break each day.
$195.00 (early bird $175.00 by July 22, 2016)

Arabesque Advanced Technique
4 days, Saturday, September 24 through Tuesday, September 27 (20 hours)
Each day includes: technique (2 hours), history, culture and lineage of art form with video show and commentary (1 hour), performance dynamics, stage presence and musicality (1 hour), choreography and improvisation (1⁄2 hour), folklore styles (1⁄2 hour.) One hour lunch break each day.
$345.00 (early bird $325.00 by July 22, 2016)

Register today! Registration is confirmed upon receipt of payment. Online: REGISTER HERE, or send PayPal payment to (use the “Send Money to Friends” option to avoid fees.) Prefer check or cash? Email

Parking: Easy access to the Dance Complex via public transportation (MBTA Red line to Central Square) or driving from Mass Pike. Parking available at the Green Street Garage, located in Central Square at the corner of Pearl Street and Green Street. Metered public parking lots nearby (2 hour limit.) For ride-sharing, email Hanan to be connected with other attendees.

Lodging: Out of town dancers are encouraged to consider The Days Hotel Cambridge, just two miles (10 minute drive) from The Dance Complex, very close to Harvard Square, restaurants, shops, etc. Space is limited, book soon!


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Sambe Dance Workshop!SambaViva Presents:

Samba dance workshop with Danielle Lima

Saturday, October 1, 2016


Dance Complex, Studio 2

$20.00 in advance and $25.00 at the door (REGISTER ONLINE)

Wear comfortable clothes that you can dance and stretch and water. Jeans and high heels are not recommended.

Description: Oi gente! Get ready for the return of one of our favorite samba dancers, Danielle Lima from Brazil via Samba New York and Pure Samba! Danielle will be teaching this year's Brazilian IndepenDance class, Saturday, October 1st as a special workshop for our students and sambistas! This is open to all levels, so do not hesitate and come join the fun. No experience needed just bring a smile and be ready to dance!

Danielle Lima was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She started dancing at the age of 7 at the Dance School Centro de Rio de Janeiro, brazil. There she studied ballet, jazz, tap, modern, national and international folklore dance. At the time Danielle was part of G.R.E.S. Beija-flor the largest samba school of Rio. There she performed for several years. Danielle appeared in numerous television shows in Brazil such as Xuxa, and Domingao do Faustao. In 1998 with The Rio Dance Company, she performed contemporary pieces in the Opera O Guarani. Danielle, commited to maintain her cultural roots, continued performing traditional folkloric dance with Rodry Baiano Dance Group where she was lead dancer. In the year 2000, Danielle joined the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus; where she worked with Choreographer Tony Stevens for over 3 years. Later Danielle relocated in New York City; Danielle Lima taught modern and ethnics dance workshops in the Harlem YMCA. Lima joined Djoniba Dance & Drum Centre as a teacher of Brazilian Samba in early 2004. Danielle's creative choreographic approach for teaching includes a mixture of fitness, traditional and contemporary Samba from Rio and Bahia. In 2005 she founded the Brasileirando Dance Group a company that focuses in to disseminate the Brazilian folkloric and contemporary dances; Brasileirando has performed at the Lincoln Center, Socrates Park 20th Anniversary, The Soho's Art Parade in New York City and in the Dance Conference in Saint Louis.

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Maturity of Movement/Panel discussion & Ground-Core Workshop!MATURITY OF MOVEMENT



Sunday, October 2, 2016


The Dance Complex (536 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge)

FREE / RSVP Recommended - space is limited (CLICK HERE TO RSVP)

For intergenerational dancers


  • Raphael Xavier, hip-hop dance master
  • Adrianne Hawkins, Artistic Director Impulse Dance Company/Bass-Line Motion
  • Tommy Neblett, Co-artistic Director Prometheus Dance/The Elders Ensemble
  • Moderator: Peter DiMuro, Executive Director of Dance Complex/Public Displays of Motion

Ground-Core Technique Workshop: Raphael Xavier uses core strengthening exercises on a horizontal plain that all dancers can access to build strength, coordination, creativity, and safe movement.

Co-sponsors: World Music/CRASHarts & The Dance Complex

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Bridge the Gap: A Day of Dance Workshops!Sepiatonic Presents:

BRIDGE THE GAP: A Day of Dance Workshops

Weekend workshops - Saturday, October 8th & Sunday, October 9th


GOING TO GREAT LENGTHS with Kimberly Larkspur; 11:00am; $22.00/class

AFRO-POP FUSION with Serena Spears; 12:00pm; $22.00/class

THE BELLY-ESQUE EXPERIENCE with Karolina Lux; 1:30pm; $22.00/class

WERK! with Bevin Victoria; 2:30pm; $22.00/class

SEMI-AUTOMATIC SHIMMIES with Michelle Sorensen; 3:30pm; $22.00/class


LEVEL UP with SEPIATONIC 12:00pm; $80.00


Sepiatonic is excited to offer, as part of our Bridge The Gap: Boston event, these six workshops with our five, award-winning, diversely trained Sepiatonic dancers. Not only has each of these acclaimed, touring instructors studied traditional, and fusion styles of belly dance, they have also trained in other diverse performance fields from ballet, to street dance. You will be taken on a journey through their various styles, an exciting sampling of footwork patterns, new variations on arm movements, drill belly dance basics, delve into concepts to bring new meaning to your art and career, and sweat your way through upbeat combos. Each Saturday class is an hour, to allow for you to try new things, with each teacher’s aesthetic. We encourage everyone to take them all, as a day-long journey into your practice. On Sunday, we will dive into a micro-intensive with all the teachers for a three-hour experience integrating concepts to take your art and profession to the next level. From make-up design, to costuming, to theatrical expression, all five teachers will help you take your art and career to the next step. All workshops may be purchased individually, or as a package. We suggest taking all classes as a weekend-intensive, and participants who successfully complete all workshops will receive a certificate. Don’t miss the rare chance to train with all five of these diverse, highly-skilled instructors from across the country!

GOING TO GREAT LENGTHS (Kimberly Larkspur: Sat, 11am)
Are you itching to maximize your reach in a very literal way? Do you find that your dance happens primarily between your shoulders and hips, while those lovely arms and legs waste away in relative obscurity? Through a combination of exercises drawn from contemporary dance, creative movement experimentation, and good, old-fashioned flopping around like a bunch of nutcases, we'll work on finding out what goes on outside of the body column (and drill positions). The workshop comes complete with combinations you can take home in a doggy bag to snack on later.

AFRO-POP FUSION (Serena Spears: Sat,12pm )
An explosive combination of African, hiphop, and bellydance! We'll fly through the air, drop it down low, and play everywhere in between with energetic dance moves to an infectious Afrobeat playlist! Be prepared to sweat, smile, and dance non-stop. All levels welcome! Modifications available. Please bring water.

THE BELLY-ESQUE EXPERIENCE (Karolina Lux: Sat, 1:30pm)
Belly-esque is Karolina Lux’s signature, sassy, and classy fusion of burlesque and belly dance! Through her years of experience in both fields, she will introduce you to belly-dance fused with theatrical expressions, upbeat, jazzy combos, and slow and sensuous seductions! This combo-packed workshop will keep you sweating, as you explore three of Karolina’s favorite archetypal Belly-esque characters. You will drill various movement patterns and qualities, and aspects of character development along the way: the sinuous, seductive movements of The Femme Fatale, the perky and precise locks of the Pin-up, and the bold, brazenness of the Warrior Woman! For an idea of the four archetypes you will dance through, check out Karolina’s Caravan Palace fan music-video:

WERK! (Bevin Victoria: Sat 2:30)
Taking cues from the hottest trends in Pop music today and some of the most iconic music video choreography moments, this workshop incorporates Street Jazz and Pop into some super sassy, fast-paced Fusion Belly Dance combinations. We will incorporate drills to help with integration of these dance styles and practice fusing them together without sacrificing excellent belly dance technique. And yes... we will be werking out AND working out ;)

SEMI-AUTOMATIC SHIMMIES (Michelle Sorensen: Sat,3:30 )
Shimmies are one of the most difficult techniques to master. In this workshop, we will cover a few of my favorite shimmies! We'll add foot patterns, simple layers and timing changes to really drill them into our vocabularies and make them sustainable with minimal effort! Come prepared to sweat, as I like to run this workshop boot camp style.

Join our 5 Sepiatonic members for a 3 hour performance intensive experience! Lecture portion of this workshop includes each of the Sepiatonic members touching on specific aspects of taking the stage with a focus on cultivating the most authentic and uniquely you performances. From stage make-up and costuming to proper pre-gig warm up techniques to contracts, we want to arm you with the tools to elevate your art! After we have filled our brains with inspiration and new perspectives we will spend some time learning a short choreography and dancing it out together. The opportunity to perform it for each other will be optional at the end of class.

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From New York - zoanee workshopZoanee Workshop From New York
With Founder, Yael Becker

Modern belly dance moves mixed with pop music

Sunday October 16, 2016


The Dance Complex, Studio 7 (536 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA)

$20.00 online or *at the door. Secure your spot on

*Space is limited. First come first served.

Zoanee is a follow-along choreography format created by Yael Becker in New York. Prepare to let go and dance in the moment. Grounded belly dance moves are fused with high-energy pop music to bring you unique and refreshing choreography combinations. Explore your core and discover new moves in a loose atmosphere, where the only competition is yourself. No shoes, no judgment – join the Zoanee community!

What to wear? Wear comfortable pants or leggings, sports bra or any workout top you’d like (showing your stomach is not mandatory), bare feet or grippy socks/ballet shoes. Feel free to bring a shirt or scarf to tie around your waist.

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On-going Workshops
begins in September

NFlamenco Classes with Nino de los Reyes!ino de los Reyes
(Direct from Madrid!)

8-week sessions: Flamenco Classes

All classes $25.00, Wednesdays $20.00 - Drop ins always welcome

Session Schedule:

Tuesdays -
6:30-8:00pm; Absolute Beginners/The absolute basics of flamenco rhythm, footwork, arms and turns
8:00-9:30pm; Intermediate/Advvanced Technique and Choreo por Bulerias

Wednesdays -
8:30-9:30pm; All Levels Improvisation/Appropriate for absolute beginner to advanced – connect your body and soul to the flamenco rhythm in a flamenco-judgement-free zone

Thursdays -
7:00-8:30pm; Beginner Technique/The basics of flamenco rhythm, footwork, arms and turns – no experience necessary
8:30-10:00pm; Intermediate/Advvanced Technique and Choreo por Solea por Bulerias

Saturdays -
1:30-3:00pm; All Levels Technique/flamenco rhythm, footwork, arms and turns - no experience necessary
3:00-4:30pm; Intermediate/Advvanced Technique and Choreo por Tangos

The Ramon de los Reyes Spanish Dance Theater is very happy to present an eight week session of flamenco classes with Madrid-based dancer/teacher Nino de los Reyes. Classes range from absolute beginner to advanced. No registration necessary.

About Nino: Born in Boston and based in Madrid, Nino de los Reyes is a rising star in the world of contemporary flamenco. His first memories are of his parents, master dancer/teachers Ramón de los Reyes and Clara Ramona, rehearsing in a studio at Boston’s now defunct Piano Factory. He was performing professionally by age 3, and trained in flamenco and ballet at Madrid's legendary Amor de Dios, where he now frequently gives classes. Nino de los Reyes' show "Origen" won the 2010 Certamen de coreografia de Danza Española y Flamenco for best solo choreography, best original music, and most promising young flamenco choreographer. He has toured with Eduardo Serrano’s El Guito company, Carmen Cortés, Javier Barón and Tito Losada among others, and has performed as a guest artist for musicians Pepe Habichuela, Josemi Carmona, Guadiana, Paquete, Jerónimo, Miguel el Rubio, Jesús del Rosario, Camaron de Pitita and Ramon el Portugués.

The extraordinary musicality of Nino's footwork, along with his unique sense of rhythm, which is informed by many different genres, have led to invitations to work with, among others, Latin Grammy Award winners Juan Jose Suarez "Paquete", Alain Perez, bass player for guitarist Paco de Lucia, and world-renowned flutist Jorge Pardo. He collaborates regularly on recordings with world-renowned producers such as multi Grammy Award-winning Javier Limon.

Nino's most recent show, Inside, had its US premiere in March 2016 at Joe's Pub in New York City, and played to packed houses in Phoenix, Chicago and Los Angeles. Nino's very unique footwork is featured on Paul Simon's highly acclaimed new album Stranger to Stranger, released in June 2016. Nino will perform in Chick Corea's Flamenco Heart at The Blue Note in New York in November 2016 as part of Mr. Corea's 75th birthday residency there.

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8-week Contemporary Class with Meghan McCaffrey.
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Flamenco and Sevillanas Workshop.Flamenco & Sevillanas Workshop
For Fun. For Everyone.


Sundays: September 11, 18, 25th, October 2, 2016

Intro to Flamenco: 10:00-11:00am. Buy online $65.00

Rumbas & Sevillanas: 11:00-12:00pm. Buy online $65.00

This 4 weeks workshop is created for anyone to enjoy dancing Flamenco. Learn basic technique and choreography in the Flamenco class, and practice your steps dancing and having fun with your friends in the Rumbas & Sevillanas class!

Intro to Flamenco: 10:00-11:00am.
Continue, or start learning the basics of flamenco in a friendly and supportive environment. This class will be focus on core-strengthening warm-ups, upper body development through arm and hands exercises and basic footwork. You will learn how to move in the space using different Flamenco rhythms, hand-clapping techniques, as well as some basic choreography. Perfect for beginners!

Rumbas & Sevillanas: 11:00-12:00pm
Learn the Flamenco basics you need to have fun dancing in a traditional Spanish Party. The focus of this class is to DANCE. You will learn one Copla of Sevillanas and put in practice some Flamenco steps along with different music to find your own style. The only requirement for this class is to be ready to dance and have fun! All levels are welcome and some flamenco or Sevillanas experience would help. No special shoes required.

Location: Dance Complex (536 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA (studio 7)

Buy Flamenco & Sevillanas COMBO online and save $30.00!

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Move 'n Groove with SKooJ CorE-O.

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begins in October

Moroccan dance technique and choregraphy 5-week workshop!Moroccan dance technique and choreography

5-week workshop

Sundays: October 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30,2016

Series 1: 3:00-4:00pm

Series 2: 4:00-5:00pm

Price of the workshop/registration BEFORE September 25, 2016
Preregistration series Moroccan : $110.00 for the series
Preregistration series Raks sharki : $110.00 for the series
Possibility to have both for $200.00
Possibility of drop-in: $25.00/hour

Series 1: Moroccan
This open level workshop will be covering some techniques. Two sessions will covering hips movement, hair movement, hand gestures and floor work. Possibility of performance in the North African conference in November in New York (contact me for more info):

Series 2: Raks Sharqi; Understanding and interpreting the Music.
This workshop will help intermediate and advance dancer to master the keys to understand a classical arabic song. The workshop will also cover some arabic technique and steps going with the music. The preregistration is required to be able to work with some materials before and after the class in a Facebook private page. The people who preregiter will be able to pick up a song that they want to work on it. Beginner are welcome but be ready to take notes and learn about the cultural aspect of the dance.

For more information and pre-registration please contact me by email

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