Instructor at Dance 101 dance class


Intro to Dance Fundamentals – Ongoing enrollment

Join the thousands of Dreamers who have gone through this fantastic workshop by doing what they did.  Take it!

If you’ve always wanted to be able to dance classically, commercially or artistically,  you studied as a child and now ready to resume doing something you once loved,  or maybe you really just want to up your dance game at your next wedding/dance party…  These are all great reasons to start with this workshop.

Let us welcome you to the beautiful and passionate world of dance.  It’s our specialty 🙂

Our Intro to Dance Fundamentals workshop is designed to beat the clock, giving you a working understanding of the science and structure of dance training  that would otherwise take you years to learn.  The skills and wisdom you gain here will not only increase your enjoyment in class, but also set the stage for you to achieve more faster.

There is no faster track in Adult Dance Education than the workshop route – because each class is a blast of specific information.  Workshop classes begin with a short lecture and are then followed by practice.  First you understand intellectually, then you learn physically.  We understand how the Adult mind learns movement and we’ve applied those principles to our workshop series.  We are ready for you and we’re going to make it fun as well.

I don’t need to have prior dance experience to know that dance 101 is a special place.  I can feel it.  The people are kind, friendly, encouraging, and non-judgmental.  For newcomers terrified to test out their childhood dreams in an adult world, it is a safe place.”  -Carrie W. (Workshop graduate)



Click on the ‘schedule’ tab above and open the Schedule (Saturdays 12pm – 1:30pm) to see which class is being offered each week. Pick which workshop class you’d like to begin with and sign up for that class.  Be sure to sign up for all four classes as soon as you can.  Add yourself to the waitlist if a class is full (you’ll likely still get in).

Class Attire: Footwear: Jazz and ballet shoes are ideal. But if you don’t have these, you can wear sneakers (not running shoes) with socks. Clothing: leggings or joggers, t-shirt or tank top. No shorts please!

Class A: Orientation: The Most Important Class in this Workshop

This doesn’t have to be your first workshop class, but it is the one that pulls everything together and typically may run for 90 minutes. Take it at the beginning, end or middle.. it doesn’t matter when you take it – only that you do. Here you’ll acquire the knowledge to get the absolute most out of each dance class you take. And as you can imagine, the more you understand what’s going on, the more you pick up, the faster you grow and the more you enjoy the process.  We answer questions like: Where to stand in a class and why, what’s the difference between Intro and Beginner, how to use the mirror, understanding the different class levels, what to expect! etc etc etc.  Get the most out of every dance class every time. We’ll teach you how.

Class B: The Ballet Barre & Bodywork: How Dancers are Made 

Ballet Barre training makes strong dancers – across all dance genres – and has been doing so for over 700 years. That’s a lot of time to perfect something. A basic understanding of Barre work provides a solid foundation upon which every style of dance training rests. Ballet Barre is the dancers’ “gym”.  Learn why!

And while you’re at it, ever wonder why dancers are so strong, graceful and flexible? Because they know what you’re about to learn in this class! We’ll teach you the difference between stretching to prepare your body for movement (Dynamic Stretching) and stretching to become more flexible (Static and Isometric).

Ballet Barre + BodyWork = Magic!

Dance 101 Dance class with girls dancing

Class C: The 9 Universal Steps & Turns

Did you know there are 9 universal steps that appear in ALL styles of dance choreography from Hip Hop to Ballet and everything in between?! In this class you will learn them! You will also learn the 3 most popular types of turns: wrap, traveling and spins.

Class D: Choreography: Strategies for Learning and Remembering What to Do  

While picking up choreography takes practice, if you understand the principles used to create it, the process is easier. This class prepares you for any class in which you will be learning choreography – which means, like, every class!

Workshop Details:

  • Saturdays 12-1:30pm
  • 4 class workshop: $190
  • Preferable to take all 4 classes in a row, but not required.
  • If you miss a class, catch it again in 4 weeks.  This workshop has no beginning or end. Just keeps going!

Here’s what our Workshop graduates are saying..

“Until I found dance 101 I thought dancing was something I had simply missed out on learning. At 35, I had never taken a dance class in my life. I decided to sign up for the Dance Fundamentals Workshop and am so HAPPY I did. The workshop is the perfect combination of explanation and instruction, and the classes were really fun! Ofelia’s love of dance and her understanding of what it’s like to be an adult beginner really shows. She immediately put me at ease and was able to break down concepts in a way I could understand. For the past three months I’ve taken 4-6 classes a week and in every one I use elements from one or more of the workshops – which makes it easier. I also feel a real camaraderie with the people I met in Dance Fundamentals. It creates a sense of community and a feeling like we are in this together. Ofelia and dance 101 have truly made a dream come true for me and I couldn’t be more grateful.”

“For years I dreamed of taking dance lessons, but didn’t think there was a studio that catered to adult beginners, until I found dance 101.  I requested the Dance Fundamentals Workshop as an anniversary gift and it was one of the best gifts I’ve ever received. Each of the 5 classes introduced me to a basic element of dance as well as explaining the history and terminology, giving me a better understanding of dance as a whole. I feel like I was better prepared to take the other classes and understanding the basics gave me more confidence to try classes outside my comfort zone. Nowadays I’m at the studio almost daily and I joke my husband became a “dance widow” – until recently when he started taking classes with me. Now dance is something we enjoy together. I highly recommend that anyone who is interested in learning to dance start with this amazing workshop. It will prepare you for whatever dance genre you decide to pursue!”

“For years I passed by Dance 101 and would say, “One day I’m going to take classes there”. After dropping into stretch and hip hop classes, I realized I was missing some fundamental knowledge about dance training, so I enrolled in Ofelia’s Dance Fundamentals Workshop. The workshop gave me the opportunity to learn the foundations of dance. Not to mention more time to ask my 50,000 questions. Through the workshop, I learned new techniques and gained a newfound level of confidence. I built strong friendships among like-minded students who were in the workshop with me.  After the workshop, I branched out from my hip hop classes and have taken on new styles of dancing. At age 37, the Dance Fundamentals Workshop has gifted me the chance to relive my childhood dream. This spring, I’ll be performing in a jazz piece for Dance 101’s 16th season of, “I’d Rather Be Dancing!”. I can’t wait!”