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classesA unique approach from the "inside out" based on the pioneering technique of choreographer Erick Hawkins. This technique teaches the efficient use of the body's natural structure by developing a strong center and releasing unnecessary tension. A warm, welcoming atmosphere, and awareness and care of the body allows us to dance with ease and grace. Classes are ongoing and you can join anytime.


Advanced Beginning
Taught by Ruth Botchan, Avilee Goodwin and Betsy Strome

Taught by Ruth Botchan

$17  Single class (First class, $15)
$60  Four class card (valid for 5 weeks)
$110 Eight class card (valid for 9 weeks)


Pilates training develops balance, co-ordination, and flexibility through body awareness and core strength. These private sessions using the Pilates apparatus focus on the individual student's needs, and are highly effective for injury rehabilitation and conditioning. Sessions are taught by Ruth Botchan. Fee: $70/hour. Please call for an appointment.



Ruth Botchan is director of Berkeley Moving Arts and artistic director of The Ruth Botchan Dance Company. A choreographer and teacher of modern dance for more than thirty-five years, she has taught at the Erick Hawkins School in New York and trained with Andre Bernard and Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen in body alignment and movement re-education. Ruth brings these principles to her teaching of modern dance. Her classes emphasize a strong center and free flow of movement through the limbs. She is also a certified Pilates instructor.



Avilee Goodwin

Avilee Goodwin has studied Erick Hawkins Modern Dance technique for thirty years, currently with Ruth Botchan and is a member of The Ruth Botchan Dance company. She began studying the dances of Isadora Duncan with Lois Ann Flood six years ago. She teaches young choreographers at De Anza High School in Richmond, and has been co-teaching the Advanced Beginning Class at Berkeley Moving Arts since 2014.


Betsy Strome

Betsy Strome holds a BFA in Dance from The Ohio State University, where she was a member of the OSU Dance Company and Historical Dance Ensemble. She danced professionally in Boston, MA and assisted the director of the dance program at Harvard University.  Betsy studies with Ruth Botchan, and joined the company in 2007.  She has been co-teaching the Advanced Beginning class at Berkeley Moving arts since 2014.




sabah ensemble

A contemporary body-mind approach to an ancient dance form. Our “inside out” method – which incorporates imagery, body alignment techniques, and energy awareness – encourages the free flow of energy throughout the body, so that it is both released and integrated. Belly dancing is a soft-edged form of movement that is good for people of all ages. 

Thursdays, 7:30-9:30

Class is currently on a break.

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Tai Chi classes take place Monday and Tuesday evenings, Monday afternoon, and Wednesday through Sunday mornings. Please call for exact times and starting dates, and information about fees or visit

Tai Chi classes are taught by Lenzie Williams. Lenzie has studied with master Ben Lo since 1975, and has been teaching Tai Chi in Berkeley since 1977. For the last ten years he has been teaching Tai Chi workshops nationally and internationally.