Dance Classes: Dance, Movement, & Motion

 

 

Tier Green: In Studio Classes are OPEN and no longer limited! We have expanded our Class Offerings!

Please pre-register via our live schedule.

 

All Levels, All Bodies, All Ways are Welcome Always!

 

 

Did you know we have a DEDICATED DANCE STUDIO? Please, tell all of your fellow adult / teen / collage dance friends!! This is where it’s at! We are bringing back dance to the adult dance community! We dance for the light in our souls. ANY ONE CAN DANCE!

We offer Dance Classes, BUTI YOGA, Pilates, ABS & Splits, and more!

We dannce for ourselves. We dance to ignite the light in our souls. We dance to express. We dance to let go. We dance to heal. We dance to celebrate. We dance to relate. We dance to release our fears. We dance for each other. We dance to love ourselves. Dance with us!

We offer All Levels – No Prior Dance Experience Necessary Levels Classes. We just want to dance and spread the joy of dancing to our community and to anyone who has ever wanted to dance. Your time is now!

All Levels, All Bodies, All Ways, are Always Welcome!

Thank you so much for continuing to support our studio! We are expanding our dance classes and offerings with many intensives coming this summer (see below!) and have leveraged local dance favorates to build our instructor base. It’s ON like Donkey Kong!

 

Current Dance Studio Class Schedule:
• Monday 5:30pm – Cardio Funk w/Alison Chesley (choreography add-on class)
• Thursday 5:30pm – Cardio Street Jazz w/Joy Smith (choreography add-on class)                                                                      • Wednesday / Thursday 8am – Abs & Splits w/Vaidehi Amair Starts August 4th!
• Monday / Friday 9am – BUTI Yoga w/Vaidehi Amair (Asana based Primal Movement) Starts August 2nd!                                    • Tues / Wed 9am – Urban Cardio Glow w/Desiree Philips (Dance Fitness / Hip Hop)
• Tues 10:15am – Zumba w/Renee Menard (Dance Fitness / Latin)
• Wed 10:15am – Tropical Fusion w/Allison Haley (Dance Fitness / Afro / Latin)
• Thurs 9am – Danceography w/Myra Ryan & Shannon Ketterman (Dance Fitness / Hip Hop) Starts AUG 12th!               • Thurs 10:15am – Just Dance Cardio w/Deborah Yates (Dance Fitness / All Styles)
• Tues / Thurs 11:30am – Pilates Flow w/Elizabeth Charelton

Current Dance Intensives and Workshops:

  • July 31 – Sat 11am – 12pm – Samba Basics with Sidney Nicol
  • August 20 & 27th – Fri 5:30pm – Intro to Brazilian Samba with Gisella Ferraira (ENROLL BY AUG 10th)
  • September 4th – Sat 10:30am-12:30pm & 2-4pm – Rollerdance Workshop with Richard Humphrey (Two Sessions)

 

 

 

Enroll in Dance Classes HERE!

Enroll in our Dance Workshops & Intensives HERE!

Please pass this along to all of your dance friends so we can continue to expand our dance community and add more classes! Your support is keeping dance alive!

With so much gratitude,
Pleasure Point Dance and Instructors

 

 

Studio Rental & Availability: The Studio is also availabe for Rent!! If you are looking to rent the dance studio for your independent dance school, to host privates, rehersals, dance practice or looking for an ideal place for your dance or movement classes – we’ve got you!  The studio is equipped with ceiling hardware and ready for Hanging / Flying Arts, Aerial, Trapeze, Hammocks, Slings! Please email info@pleasurepointyoga.com.

Dance like no one is watching!

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Dance like EVERYONE is Watching! Fire!

LIVE SCHEDULE FOUND HERE!

 

All Levels, All Bodies, All Ways are Welcome Always!I

Dance Price List & Pricing Packages

Drop-In: $15 / 10 Class Pass: $130 / First Class Free!

Intro Week: $20 (limit 1 per customer) / Intro Month: $49 (limit 1 per customer)

Express yourself and dance your way to health and happiness! Dance passes are good for in studio, livestream, or outdoor dance classes only (excludes Yoga classes). Give yourself the ultimate in self love and adornment with a Dance & Massage Package. available.

All come with a PPY Sweatshirt.

Massages are conducted by Pleasure Point Yoga’s approved and highly recommended Victoria Icaza, Certified Massage Therapist #10884.

For purchase, please email info@pleasurepointyoga.com or purchase directly via your account within MindBody.

BRAZILIAN SAMBA SATURDAY – JULY SUMMER SERIES

INSTRUCTORS: Sidney Nicol

DATE: Saturdays in July (July 10, 17, 24, 31)

TIME:  11:00am – 12:00pm

COST: $15 Drop In / $50 Full Series

LOCATION: 3603 Portola Drive, in our dedicated DANCE Studio  

LEVELS: Beginner Level – No Prior Dance Experience Necessary 

 

DESCRIPTION:
BRAZILIAN SAMBA – JULY SUMMER SERIES DANCE CLASSES
Enjoy the sexy Rio-style Samba and high energy rootsy Afro-Brazilian Samba! This series is geared for those who are new to Brazilian dance or wish to refine their movement. We will start with a full body warm up focusing on core strength, flexibility and alignment. Sidney takes time to break down fundamentals of the Samba step, share vocabulary of movements and build engaging choreography.

WHAT TO EXPECT:
High energy workout; sensual expression; personal empowerment; deeper embodiment; connection to Brazilian rhythms; a gigantic smile on your face!

YOUR INSTRUCTOR:
Sidney Nicol of Feathers and Fire Samba has been dedicated to Brazilian Dance for almost 20 years. She is a teacher, choreographer, performer and forever lover of Brazilian Dance.

Link to Sign Up to FULL SERIES

Link to Sign Up for a SINGLE CLASS

Tropical Fusion / Dance of Brazil with Special Guest Teacher Marsea Marquis

INSTRUCTORS: Marsea Marquis

DATES: July 21st AND August 4th

TIMES: 10:15am – 11:15am

COST: $15 Drop In / Regular Class Pricing

LOCATION: 3603 Portola Drive, in our dedicated DANCE Studio.  

Marsea Marquis is in the house! We have a very special treat for fans of Brazilian cultural art and dance. The infamous Marsea Marquis is a legend in our dance and performing arts community and a teacher and major dance influencer of several of our dance teachers, including Allison Haley, who Marsea will be subbing for in July and August. I highly recommend your participation if you want to experience the beautiful and vast dances of Brazil from an exceptional teacher and master of this art form.

 

INSTRUCTOR BIO: Marsea Marquis is a passionate artist offering community classes and performance art in Santa Cruz, CA and beyond. Her work in dance has contributed to a foundation for the advancement of cultural art here in the US, through her Dance of Brazil community and network she founded in Santa Cruz, CA in 1995. Teaching Brazilian dance for thirty years, as well as her dedicated study beforehand to dance originating from Trinidad, Tobago, Puerto Rico, Cuba, many African regions and beyond, Marsea has led and entertained groups of adults and children with love and devotion through the decades.

Marsea remains focused on learning, sharing and celebrating music and dance traditions nascent to the diasporic communities that she is influenced by. She stays committed to bringing her teachers for master workshops and performances in order to remain a student herself. Dedicating to this exchange, she helps foster awareness and the opportunity to learn more about the rich history from which these dance and music expressions originate. These encounters enhance community building and help support and preserve traditional art forms and their legacies. Marsea is a believer that dance, music and art, brings us inspiration, fuels self-esteem and fosters hope. This hope in turn invites the opening of an evocative gateway, which enlivens our spirits and leads us to a more embodied connection to ourselves, one another and the larger global community. Something worth celebrating!

ALL LEVELS WELCOME!

BUTI Yoga with Vaidehi Amair (Starts August 2nd)

INSTRUCTORS: Vaidehi Amair

DATES: Monday / Friday

TIMES: 9:00am – 10:00am

COST: $18 Drop In / Regular Class Pricing

LOCATION: 3603 Portola Drive, in our dedicated DANCE Studio.  

 

DESCRIPTION: BUTI yoga is a dynamic asana practice fused with primal movement, tribal dance and deep core engagement. Increase your flexibility, strengthen your muscles, and get your heart rate up to fun dance music. Men and women welcomed. Do note there is a lot of spiral hip movement. Come ready to sweat, work out, and shake your booty! Bring a yoga mat, towel, and water.

ALL LEVELS WELCOME – No prior dance or yoga experience necessary

INSTRUCTOR BIO: Vaidehi Amair is a lover of movement. Whether it is dance, yoga, aerial dance, freestyle movement, or stretching, she truly believes in the power of movement to heal, nurture and recharge the human being on all levels of body, mind and spirit. As a movement instructor and soul purpose coach, she loves to incorporate her different movement backgrounds into her daily life and work through her own practice as well as through teaching others and creating sacred space for others to participate. She is a certified BUTI Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga and Pole Level 1-2 instructor that has a deep connection to music and its dynamic catalytic effect on the body and is ready to help her students develop not only their own practice and physical expansion, but an awakening love for a personal movement quality they can call their own.

What to Bring:
Yoga Mat, towel, and water

Abs & Splits with Vaidehi Amair (Starts August 4th)

INSTRUCTORS: Vaidehi Amair

DATES: Wednesdays & Thursdays

TIMES: 8:00am – 8:45am

COST: $15 Drop In / Regular Class Pricing

LOCATION: 3603 Portola Drive, in our dedicated DANCE Studio.  

 

DESCRIPTION: Tired of wishing your core was stronger, toned and that you could do the splits or at least be close? Fret no more! Join this class to commit to this goal in a group setting and work your way towards your abs and splits in a consistent way. Abs and splits is a 45 min class dedicated to working your core, and opening up your hips and hamstrings with the goal of increasing your flexibility towards the splits. The first 10 minutes of class are dedicated to active and passive muscle engagement and movement to warm up your whole body, followed by a 10-12 minute series of core exercises to tone and strengthen your core muscles. The second half of this class is focused on hamstring, hip, quad, psoas and inner thigh strengthening and opening practices that when practiced regularly, will help you move towards your front and side splits. We close with a five minute practice to further you along your splits while listening to a soulful jam. Best part! Come ready to work and get your consistent, focused dose of abs and splits. 

 

INSTRUCTOR BIO: Vaidehi Amair is a lover of movement. Whether it is dance, yoga, aerial dance, freestyle movement, or stretching, she truly believes in the power of movement to heal, nurture and recharge the human being on all levels of body, mind and spirit. As a movement instructor and soul purpose coach, she loves to incorporate her different movement backgrounds into her daily life and work through her own practice as well as through teaching others and creating sacred space for others to participate. She is a certified BUTI Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga and Pole Level 1-2 instructor that has a deep connection to music and its dynamic catalytic effect on the body and is ready to help her students develop not only their own practice and physical expansion, but an awakening love for a personal movement quality they can call their own.

What to Bring:
Yoga Mat, towel, and water

Danceography: Dance Fitness / Choreography Classes (Starts Aug 12th)

INSTRUCTORS: Shannon Ketterman & Myra Ryan

DATES: Thursdays Starts on AUG 12th

TIMES: 9-10:10am (70 mins) 

COST: $15 Drop In / Regular Class Pricing

LOCATION: 3603 Portola Drive, in our dedicated DANCE Studio.  

 

DESCRIPTION: DANCEOGRAPHY is Hiphop inspired dance fitness with multi cultural influences. Super fun and sweaty choreography! Co-taught by the dynamic duo Shannon Ketterman and Myra Ryan! They are FIRE and a Santa Cruz dance community favorite!

ALL LEVELS WELCOME – No prior dance experience necessary

What to Bring:
Face Mask, Water, and hand towel.
The Dancer in your heart!

Intro to Brazilian Samba Workshop with Gisella Ferreira (Two Week Series)

INSTRUCTORS: Gisella Ferreira

DATE: Fridays (August 20th & August 27th)

TIME:  5:30pm – 6:45pm (75 minutes)

COST:

  • $30 for Two Week Workshop if purchased by August 10th; After August 10th, price is $40
  • $20 for a Single Session
  • REGISTRAION DEADLINE: August 10th – Advanced enrollment required to receive discounted pricing; After August 10th, Full Workshop will cost $40

LOCATION: 3603 Portola Drive, in our dedicated DANCE Studio.  

OPTIONS for either IN STUDIO or Livestream: Please note, this class is designed to be taken live. If you do choose to take this live via Livestream, please be in attendance for the livestream class. 

TO ENROLL IN TWO WEEK WORKSHOP CLICK HERE 

TO ENROLL IN SINGLE SESSION CLICK HERE

DESCRIPTION:
Learn to dance Brazilian Samba with the First USA Samba Queen: Gisella Ferreira.

Gisella will break down the top key moves to Samba in a fun and playful learning environment. This is for anyone who has ever wanted to try Brazilian dance.
www.gisellasambista.com
IG @Gisellasamba

This workshop explores Samba No Pé (Rio style Samba) as well as Samba de Roda (Samba roots community circle). This class is about raising your vibration, building community, getting in touch with your inner Samba spirit and letting go through dance. Come shake it!

All levels welcome. Class is done barefoot or with comfortable shoes and dance clothes you can move in. Ladies bring a long skirt for the Samba de Roda section of the workshop. Learn to love your own curves and how they shimmy.

Instructor Bio:
Gisella Ferreira, a Brazilian-American performance artist and instructor specializes in: Samba, Afro-Brazilian, Capoeira, Hip- Hop, Burlesque and Brazilian Baile Funk. Her titles include: The first Samba Queen USA/ Rainha do Samba, Musa do Brazilian Day , Hollywood Carnival Queen, and currently a passista do Salgueiro (one of the most prestigious dance positions and Samba Schools in Rio).
Gisella studied at UCLA’s Dept. of World Arts and Cultures, focusing on dance choreography and performance, as well as on art activism. She began teaching dance at age twelve in Santa Cruz CA and has taught in Rio de Janeiro (Brasil), Salvador (Brasil) and started her own dance company and studio in Los Angeles CA.

She tours and performs worldwide and trains extensively in the U.S. as well as Brasil in many dance forms including Capoeira, Samba and Hip-Hop. She was named one of “LA’s Hottest Trainers” and has been active in Health day LA as well as Let’s Move LA for many years, dedicating time to help the LA community become more active and inspired through dance.She can also be found performing at The Floor Show and improv nights around LA. Gisella now lives in Santa Cruz, where she performs and teaches Samba.

Gisella Ferreira loves sharing her passion for life through artistic movement expression, and dances as a form of energy work & healing for herself and others. She is inspired to live each day in joy and gratitude and help to give back to the world through dance.

Cardio Street Jazz Dance IN STUDIO with Joy Smith

INSTRUCTORS: Joy Smith

DATE: Thursdays

TIME:  5:30pm – 6:30pm

COST: $15 drop in / $130 10 Class Pass / First Class Free!

LOCATION: 3603 Portola Drive, in our dedicated DANCE and Movement Studio.  

 

Cardio Street Jazz with Joy Smith!
The notorious and glorious Joy Smith will be teaching Cardio Street Jazz! Joy is widely known for her heart pounding, soul awakening routine’s taking dancers from “Show Girl” to “Hip Hop Street” dancer. You will learn step-by-step, non-intimidating breakdown of Street Jazz and its essential moves and styles (Street Jazz, Cardio Funk, Hip Hop, Shuffle), plus a simple choreo/routine. This class will deepen your dance knowledge and technique. Come one, come all! And access the dancer inside of you!

ALL LEVELS WELCOME – No Prior Dance experience necessary. Joy knows how to get both folks with “two left feet” AND Skilled Dancers engaged, stoked, and dancing happily at their desired level, all in one class.
Come one, come all! And access the dancer inside of you!

Advance Booking is required as Space is Limited.

Instructor Bio: Joy Smith
Owner and director of Santa Cruz Dance Company and Growing Wild (online nutrition courses and retreats). Internationally awarded instructor and choreographer for music videos, film, television and musical artists in France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Brazil, Japan and the US.

International dance and fitness presenter, master trainer and Zumba Education Specialist (ZES) for Zumba Fitness LLC–for France, Belgium, California, Washington and Minnesota. Previously awarded ”Best of Santa Cruz Aerobic Instructor of the year” for Zumba instruction. ACE and AFAA faculty and CEC provider.

 

Cardio Funk Dance IN STUDIO with Alison Chesley

INSTRUCTORS: Alison Chesley

DATE: Mondays

TIME:  5:30pm – 6:30pm

COST: $15 drop in / $130 10 Class Pass / First Class Free!

LOCATION: 3603 Portola Drive, in our dedicated DANCE and Movement Studio.  

CARDIO FUNK is a high energy all level choreography dance class to upbeat music where we build a fun and accessible dance routine over the hour for some serious satisfaction by the end. Starting with a warm-up then breaking down moves with a continuous cardio flow that includes some gut and ab toning, Alison’s clear and experienced style makes dancing our way to wellness AWESOME and available to all levels with no dance experience necessary!

Just Dance Cardio IN STUDIO

INSTRUCTORS: Deborah Yates

DATE: Thursday

TIME:  10:15 – 11:15am

COST: $15 drop in / $130 10 Class Pass / First Class Free!

LOCATION: 3603 Portola Drive, in our dedicated DANCE and Movement Studio.  

Just Dance Cardio – Just Dance is a recipe for a delicious dance cardio sweat sesh. Move to your favorite popular songs combining dance styles from hip-hop, funk, jazz and contemporary while spicing it up with a bit of musical theater. No pro skills needed. Just a passion for dance, love of music and the desire to move!

Urban Dance Cardio Glow IN STUDIO

INSTRUCTORS: Desiree Phillips

DATE: Tuesday & Wednesday

TIME:  9:00 – 10:00am

COST: $15 drop in / $130 10 Class Pass / First Class Free!

LOCATION: 3603 Portola Drive, in our dedicated DANCE and Movement Studio.  

Désirée Phillips is a local dancer with a 20+ year background of promoting self-esteem and body-love through movement, dance, workshops, and motivational seminars worldwide. People of all backgrounds, ages, and fitness levels benefit from her passion to spread the experiences of self-love through urban hip-hop moves and dance.

This urban hip-hop dance class blends a warm-up, light choreography breakdown, steady-state cardio and a short cool-down.

Zumba IN STUDIO

INSTRUCTORS: Renee Menard

DATE: Tuesday

TIME:  10:15 – 11:15am

COST: $15 drop in / $130 10 Class Pass / First Class Free!

LOCATION: 3603 Portola Drive, in our dedicated DANCE and Movement Studio.  

This dance class is an hour of high energy, booty shaking, sweaty fun, filled with the tropical and latin vibes of Samba, Salsa, Reggaeton, Soca, Dancehall, and more. Join us as we travel through a global music and dance journey!

Tropical Fusion IN STUDIO

INSTRUCTORS: Allison Haley

DATE: Wednesdays

TIME:  10:15 – 11:15am

COST: $15 drop in / $130 10 Class Pass / First Class Free!

LOCATION: 3603 Portola Drive, in our dedicated DANCE and Movement Studio.  

Tropical Fusion is a high-energy dance fitness class with music from Brazil, the Caribbean, Latin America, and beyond. We’ll journey through dance styles like Samba, Salsa, Dancehall, Afrobeats, Soca, Rhumba, Cumbia, Calypso, and more resulting in one hour of juicy and joyful movement! Class includes a warmup, cardio dance, easy-to-learn choreography, and cool down. Open to all levels and abilities! Come free your hips, shake your booty, open your heart, express yourself, and feel the Tropical rhythms feed your soul!

Instructor Bio:

Allison Haley shares her love for dance through an approachable teaching style that combines infectious music, fun choreography, and lots of juicy movement! She feels passionate about sharing the empowerment, expression, community, and mind-body connection that dance provides.

Allison is a lifelong student of dance with an endless curiosity for cultural dance forms. For over 15 years she has studied African Diasporic dance with teachers from Brazil, Cuba, the Caribbean, and Latin America—learning Samba, Afro-Brazilian, Dancehall, Soca, Afrobeats, Salsa, Rhumba, Bomba, Calypso, and more. Her first exposure to these dance styles was as a teenager when she would travel to the Caribbean to visit her father, who lived there part of the year. As an adult, she is grateful to have learned from master teachers such as Marsea Marquis, Dhanda DaHora, Rosangela Silvestre, Vera Passos, Alvaro Reys, Marcelo Chocolate, Libby Miga, Latoya Bufford, Betty Rox, Erica Dixon, and many more. Allison has a long performance history in both dance and musical theater, both as a performer and event producer. She is also a certified Zumba instructor, bringing that knowledge to her classes to create an inviting, inclusive environment for self expression! Learn more about Allison at allisonhaley.com/dance

Pilates Flow IN STUDIO & Livestream

INSTRUCTORS: Elizabeth Charlton

DATE / TIME:

  • Tuesday 11:30am – 12:45pm IN STUDIO
  • Thursday 11:30am – 12:45pm Livestream

COST: $15 Drop In / $130 10 Class Pass

LOCATION: Currently Livestream Only + Adding an In Studio Class this Summer!

 

Livestream Process 

COST: $15 Drop-In / $130 10 Class Pass / First Class Free!

For those who prefer to dance in the comfort of their own home or hotel while traveling, please join us via Livestream!

American Tribal Style Belly Dance
THIS IS A DANCE SCHOOL INDEPENDENT FROM PLEASURE POINT YOGA

CONTACT INFO: Inna Dagman: (415) 672 – 4259 / healingdancer25@gmail.com

LOCATION: 3603 Portola Drive, in our dedicated DANCE and Movement Studio.  

American Tribal Style Belly Dance® (Also knows as ATS® and FCBD® style) is a modern dance dialect with ancient roots. In this style we learn a common dance vocabulary, which allows us to dance together improvisationally. This keeps it incredibly alive, spontaneous, and allows us dancers to experience a moment-to-moment connection to our own creativity and to each other, which helps create much joy and fulfillment. These healing, joyful, sisterhood-creating aspects have led to this dance style spreading across the world!

The movements of ATS® belly dance are inspired by traditional Middle Eastern belly dance, classical Indian, north African, and Flamenco dance styles. These classes will help you develop strength and flexibility, a healthy uplifted posture, confidence, self-love, and a healthy connection to your femininity. All ages, backgrounds, and shapes welcome!

Level 1: Wednesdays 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Fundamentals of American Tribal Style Belly Dance® (FCBD® style) – beginner level, no experience necessary.

Level 2: Wednesdays 7:15pm – 8:30pm
Intermediate, student performance troupe. Knowledge of ATS® foundations and instructor approval needed.

About the instructor: Inna Dagman

Inna has had a passion for dance her whole life, however, finding belly dance represents a transformative moment in her evolution as a woman, artist, and healer. This ancient feminine form of movement first entranced Inna in 2010, in San Francisco CA at the legendary Fat Chance Belly Dance® studio, the birth place of the now world-renowned American Tribal Style® Belly Dance. She witnessed women of a variety of shapes, ages and backgrounds, proud beautiful bellies exposed, dancing together as empowered sisters. The room was filled with joy, pride, and the magnetic power of the feminine. Inna was hooked. Since that moment years ago Inna has become an acclaimed tribal belly dancer, teaching and performing regularly in the Santa Cruz area and beyond. She leads a student troupe of women dancers, Shekinah Tribal Belly Dance, where the focus is on embodiment of the Divine Feminine, and healthy connection among women.
Inna has also completed an extensive internship focused on the healing effects of dance, at the Center for Arts in Medicine at the University of Florida. She has had the honor to learn from leaders in the filed of healing through creativity and went on to facilitate workshops and groups on healing creativity and dance at hospitals, universities, in private settings, and currently, at an addiction recovery center, Embodied Recovery. In 2015 Inna has also entered private practice as a healing bodyworker, specializing in Craniosacral therapy.
Currently, in both her performance and teaching dance offerings, Inna focuses on dance as a transformational force for healing and embodiment of the Sacred.

Websites:
https://www.facebook.com/santacruzATS/
Healing bodywork: http://www.wildcreekhealingarts.com