Ballroom Dance Classes for BERKELEY YMCA Members

These ballroom dance group classes are designed for beginners—absolutely no experience is necessary!

The atmosphere in class is fun and friendly, and the pace is slow and steady. In fact, students who were intimidated or had trouble keeping up in group classes elsewhere tell me how comfortable and successful they feel in my classes.

You can come solo or with a partner, it doesn’t matter. We rotate partners during class so you have the opportunity to practice leading and following a variety of people.

Come get the skills and confidence you need to shine on the dance floor!


Note: You MUST be a full-service Berkeley YMCA member to take these dance classes.

Brandee leads students in a Salsa class warmup
Classes usually start with a fun warm up.
Branding leads class in practicing a new dance step
Then it's time to learn some new moves!

How Classes Work

A variety of dances are offered throughout the year. Each dance is usually taught for two consecutive months at the same time slot—a Level 1, then a Level 2 class.

You may join class at the beginning of any month, as there is always a Level 1 class being offered.

No dance partner needed. And absolutely no experience necessary to take a Level 1 class!

Time & Location

Friday Nights, 6:30-7:30pm and 7:30-8:30pm

at the Downtown Berkeley YMCA
Aerobics Room, 2nd floor
2001 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

Price & Registration

Price: $25 for 4-week series ($20 if only a 3-week series)

Please register at least 24 hours in advance of first class meeting.

Call the YMCA, 510-848-9622
Sign Up Online (click on "Ballroom Dancing" in the sidebar)

Dances Taught

I teach over 20 styles of partner dancing plus line dances!

Swing & Blues: East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Balboa and Blues dancing

Salsa & Latin: Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Rumba, Cha Cha, Mambo and Samba

Ballroom: Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango and Viennese Waltz

Nightclub and More: Hustle, Nightclub Two Step, Country Two Step, Zydeco and Argentine Tango

Line Dances: The Electric Slide, Hustle, Cupid Shuffle, Cha Cha Slide, Wobble, Macarena, Boot Scootin' Boogie, YMCA, etc.

Jan 2019

Couples dancingRhythm and Footwork Level 1 (Basics)
01/04/2019 - 01/25/2019, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Can't Find the Beat? Don’t have rhythm, can’t hear the beat or have trouble keeping...Read More

Jitterbug swing dancersEast Coast Swing Level 1 (Basics)
01/04/2019 - 01/25/2019, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Swing in the New Year! Also known as Jitterbug, East Coast Swing traces its origins...Read More

Feb 2019

Ballroom Dancers' FeetFoxtrot 1 (Basics)
02/01/2019 - 02/22/2019, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Foxtrot is a fun and elegant ballroom dance. In the early 20th century, Ragtime music spawned...Read More

Jitterbug swing dancersEast Coast Swing Level 2 (Beyond Basics)
02/01/2019 - 02/22/2019, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Now that you know the basics of East Coast Swing, it’s time to really start...Read More

Mar 2019

Ballroom Dancers' FeetFoxtrot 2 (Beyond Basics)
03/01/2019 - 03/22/2019, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Now that you know the fundamentals the fun and elegant dance, it's time to add...Read More

Salsa dancersSalsa Level 1 (Basics)
03/01/2019 - 03/22/2019, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Salsa is a sexy, exciting Latin dance that’s popular throughout Latin America, the US and...Read More

Apr 2019

Young Couple Swing DancingWest Coast Swing Level 1 (Basics)
04/05/2019 - 04/26/2019, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
West Coast Swing (WCS) is the official California state dance, born here in the 1940’s....Read More

Salsa dancersSalsa Level 2 (Beyond Basics)
04/05/2019 - 04/26/2019, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Now that you know the basics, it's time to step up your Salsa! In this...Read More

Dance with Brandee
Gus, group class student

Brandee creates a welcoming atmosphere where I’ve not only learned how to move to the music and communicate with a dance partner, but have also overcome much of my self-consciousness.


John & Leslie, group class students

Brandee’s classes have positively impacted our lives, helping us maintain a loving connection, return to regular exercise and stay connected socially.

John & Leslie

Lorraine, group class student

With Brandee’s patience and encouragement, I’ve gained self-confidence as a dancer. She’s taught me how to follow a partner, hear the music and choose the appropriate dance for a song. Now I’m really having fun!


John & Elise, group class students

Brandee is a gifted teacher and steady encourager with the patience of a saint. We’ve learned several dances, made wonderful friends, and gone on several Dance Nights Out. Now we’re regularly venturing out dancing on our own!

John & Elise

Glenn, group class student

Being in your classes is something I look forward to each week, and the basic levels continue to be full of discovery.


Peter, group class student

You are surely one of the most talented dance teachers of the many I have known!


Additional Offerings

Brittney & Frankie's fabulous Foxtrot

Wedding Dance Lessons

Don’t want to "look like fools" on your first dance? Want to do more than just “hug & sway”?
Private Dance Lessons: Couple Dancing

Private Lessons

Do you want to learn how to dance without the pressure of a group class?

Dance Nights Out

Curious about going out dancing but too shy or intimidated to go alone?