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 dance or it’s been a really long time since you did, this workshop is for you.

The objective of this Fundamentals program is to accelerate your dance journey by providing you with a working understanding of the science and structure of dance training so you can learn faster.

Whether you’re looking to “up” your dance game, or for a really fun workout, or interested in pursuing a lifelong artistic endeavor, this one-of-a-kind workshop will launch you in whichever direction you want to go.

Take these workshop classes in any order you like (Although we do not recommend you begin with Class E: How to Turn).

Our Dance Fundamentals workshop was created to get you started on the right foot, give you insider tips and to give you the tools to maximize your experience at dance 101 as well as at any other dance studio. We demystify the process of learning the art of dance.

If you want this, it’s here for you. Exercise your dream and stretch your imagination! 



Click on the ‘schedule’ tab above and open the Schedule (Saturdays 12pm – 1:15pm) 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 six 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 Barre: Where Dancers are Made 

You know how people say they only get on the dance floor if they’ve had a few dirty martinis? Well at our Barre, we serve things up a little differently.

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 fast track. Leave your tutu, tights and leotards at home – unlessss you want to wear them in which case, that bun better be tight honey!

Class C: The 9 Universal Steps

Step By Step, Day By Day, Mile by mile (ooh, ooh, ooh)

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! IYKYK!

Dance 101 Dance class with girls dancing

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!

Class E: How to Turn!
Insider Tip: Not ideal as your first class. Best to take at least one other workshop class prior to this one.

Get Turnt around but in a good way! This class will teach you how to spot (to avoid dizziness) and how to execute the 3 most popular types of turns: Wrap, Traveling & Spin. You might get a liiiiiiittle dizzy, but you’ll be amazed at what you learn.

Class F: Body Work: Develop Greater Flexibility, Increased Range of Motion and Graceful Movement

You know those contortionists you see performing with Cirque du Soleil… yea, not going to get you THAT bendy because, ew! But you WILL learn the difference between stretching to prepare your body for movement (Dynamic Stretching) and stretching to become more flexible (Static and Isometric). Why are dancers so strong, graceful and flexible? Because they know what you’re about to learn in this class!

Workshop Details:

  • Saturdays 12-1:15pm
  • 6 class workshop: $190
  • Preferable to take all 6 classes in a row, but not required.
  • If you miss a class, catch it again in 6 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!”