BrasArte World Dance Center

Berkeley, CA
Dance & Theater
Preschoolers, Kinder, School-Aged, Preteens

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Sept 2014

RE: Berkeley City Ballet VS. Berkeley Ballet Theatre

Consider a third option. Your daughter, at 4.5, would benefit greatly from Nona Refi's ballet classes at the Y. I've been studying ballet for 50 years (no, that is not a typo); I began at age 5 in my small home town in the NW, continued through college in L.A. and on the East Coast, and continue to study ballet in Berkeley. When I moved here in '84, I visited the theater dept at Cal, to ask the same question. (Where are the great ballet teachers?) The woman I spoke with looked over her reading glasses at me and pronounced ''My dear...Berkeley is not a ballet town.'' Well, she was kinda wrong. I studied at Shawl Anderson for a while, and then ran into Nona. Nona has been teaching at World Dancer Center / Brasarte and I love her classes. They are based on Nona's lifetime of studying ballet in the Philippines and then in New York. She understands how the body works, and how to teach ballet in the safest and most wonderful way possible, how to impart the musicality that is so important to dance, as well. She is now teaching children at the Y in Berkeley. Check it out! Melissa S Q

Re: Hip hop classes for daughter, 6 1/2 (Sept 2005)

World Dance Center, at the top of Solano Ave., has hip hop classes for kids your daughter's age. I don't personally know anyone who's taken that class, but their other classes are great. You can view their schedule at: anon