We offer a wide range of classes at the Dance Workshop, from the traditional technical styles to classes that focus on wellness through dance and movement. With our youngest dancers in their 3's and our oldest in their 90's, we can safely say that a person's age should not be an impediment to embracing this art form.
We focus on building a strong core, correct alignment, vocabulary that includes outward rotation and parallel work, contraction and release, fall and recovery, and leaps, turns, and jumps. Our emphasis is on expanding the strength, flexibility, and agility of the dancer’s body, while cultivating the personal vision that each
individual brings to movement.
HIP HOP is a blending of traditional African dance, the “stepping” of black fraternities, and break dance. Students are taught the original street-funk moves as well as dances consisting of various street styles. Dancers are not only challenged to form their own style within the movement, but also to adhere to the discipline of choreography and the aerobics of street dance.
Two major variations on tap dance exist: Rhythm (Jazz or Street) Tap and Broadway Tap. Broadway tap focuses more on the dance. It is widely performed as a part of musical theater. Rhythm tap focuses more on musicality, and practitioners consider themselves to be a part of the Jazz tradition. Our tap instructor has trained in both styles, and will integrate them both into the class syllabus depending on the age and level of the students.
is characterized by the use of isolations, syncopated rhythms, polyrhythmic patterns, and the use of movement that “ripples” out from the center of the dancer’s body. Our jazz classes also include a ballet component, allowing dancers to become fluent in technique that utilizes outward rotation as well as parallel work. Choreography in this style may range from Broadway, to street funk or hip hop influenced, to lyrical or old style / “retro” jazz.
PBT: This low-impact class focuses on creating strong muscle memory to assist in executing ballet movements safely and strongly by marrying together elements of floor barre, Pilates, and ballet.
This class is great for students looking to improve their muscle
stability, turn out range, and body awareness. EQUIPMENT NEEDED
DANCE for PARKINSON'S
For a dancer it is a "given" that they will work on building and maintaining muscle strength, flexibility, balance and coordination. It is also a general rule that they (dancers) will work with a wide rang of music that stimulates and energizes. Dance for Parkinson’s invites the Parkinso’s community to a stimulating, enjoyable, non-threatening, social environment in which to experience movement while working on, and with, these same elements.
To register for these classes , please contact Ruth Rosenberg, Director of Arts Education and Artist Engagement, at the Mondavi, 530-752-6113 or
Beginning I concentrates on body alignment and a careful introduction to the basics of ballet. Subsequent classes expand on this foundation. Our emphasis is on building solid technique, on combining the forms of the classical with contemporary themes, music,and influences, and on developing the musicality and expressiveness of each dancer.
POINTE is integrated into the ballet syllabus once a student has reached our Level 4 standards. This includes a minimum of three technique classes per week, plus a pointe class. We not only require students to possess the correct technical level, alignment, and physical strength for this work, but also that the student’s physical development (bone and muscle) is sufficiently advanced. We want you to dance for a lifetime…not just until you’re 40!
We offer classes in Tribal Fusion Belly Dance. Emphasis will be on isolations and drills to improve strength, stamina, flexibility and poise. This class will also introduce students to the concept of fusion belly dance – a relatively new but exciting dance form in which classical Oriental style belly dance is fused with elements of other dance genres such as jazz, hip hop, tango, ballet and more. No previous dance experience necessary.
DANCE FOR CHILDREN AGES 3 to 7+
Creative Movement (Age 3+) and Intro to Dance (Age 4+) are great first classes for children who must be potty trained and able to separate easily from parents. These classes focus on building body and spatial awareness, a basic movement vocabulary, and listening skills ranging from ability to follow directions to hearing beats and rhythms in music, and more, through creative experiences with movement, props, and music.
Pre-Ballet, Pre-Tap &
Pre-contemporary are classes for children ages 4 and older that focus on the acquisition of specific skills, including body awareness, building strength and symmetry. (Perhaps you’ve noticed that your 4 year old has a favorite leg for hopping?) An emphasis on spatial thinking, musicality, impulse control, and language acquisition, make Pre- classes an excellent choice for young bodies and minds.
SECOND WIND classes are designed for 40 – 90+ year olds who have had little to no dance experience or have had a significant vacation
from their previous training. The “survey class” format covers technical work in ballet, modern, jazz, and improvisation. Classes include a warm-up, center floor work, across the floor movement, and learning choreographed sequences. Funded by the PTDT and The Third Stage, Second Wind classes are free to seniors 65 and older.