Ballroom Dance Classes for BERKELEY YMCA Members Only

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. 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. 

Register at Y Welcome desk in person or by calling 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.

Feb 2020

Jitterbug swing dancers East Coast Swing Level 1 (Basics)
02/07/2020 - 02/28/2020, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Swing in the New Year! Also known as Jitterbug, East Coast Swing traces its origins...Read More

Salsa dancers Salsa Level 2 (Beyond Basics)
02/07/2020 - 02/28/2020, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Now that you know the basics, it's time to step up your Salsa! In this...Read More

Mar 2020

Jitterbug swing dancers East Coast Swing Level 2 (Beyond Basics)
03/06/2020 - 03/27/2020, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Now that you know the basics of East Coast Swing, it’s time to really start...Read More

Older couple dancing Slow Waltz Level 1 (Basics)
03/06/2020 - 03/27/2020, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Learn to Glide Across the Floor! The oldest of the ballroom dances, Waltz is elegant...Read More

Apr 2020

Young Couple Swing Dancing West Coast Swing Level 1 (Basics)
04/03/2020 - 04/24/2020, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
West Coast Swing (WCS) is the official California state dance, born here in the 1940’s....Read More

Older couple dancing Slow Waltz Level 2 (Beyond Basics)
04/03/2020 - 04/24/2020, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Now that you know the fundamentals of this elegant dance, it's time to expand your...Read More

Upcoming 2020 Classes

May: Country Two Step 1   |   West Coast Swing 2
June: Cha Cha 1   |  Country Two Step 2
July: Level 1–TBD  |  Cha Cha 2

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?