In-Person + Online Workshops

Intro to Modern 

with Robin Nasatir

FEBRUARY 2022 SERIES: Feb 3, 10, 17, 24 
Thursdays, 6:30-8pm PDT
$50-80 sliding scale
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This 4-week series is perfect for first-time dancers who want to learn in a small, safe, and supported atmosphere. The series provides a fun and encouraging environment where students learn dance fundamentals through short, easy to learn dance sequences.
The class will cover the basic structure of a dance class, modern dance vocabulary, key concepts, and how to pick up sequences and memorize choreography. With time to ask questions and explore movement ideas, this series is great for brand new dancers, beginning level dancers who want to revisit the fundamentals, and dancers with experience in other styles looking to start training in modern.​

Born and raised in Berkeley, Robin Nasatir started dancing at Shawl-Anderson at 11. In her early performing career, she was a founding member of Mobius Dance Company and then worked with various choreographers in the Bay Area and New York City. More recently, she has been performing with Dana Lawton Dances since 2010, and has performed with the Ruth Botchan Company, Amy Rosen, Nina Haft & Company, Kate Mitchell, Risa Jaroslow, and AXIS Dance Company, among others. Robin’s classes are focused on beginners and older adults, where she loves to see people find joy and confidence as they build strength, balance, and grace through dance. Learn more at

In-person and online options (i.e. hybrid); in-person limit is 10 students.

NOTE: Workshops are nonrefundable

Intro to Ballet

with Kaori Ogasawara

JANUARY 2022 SERIES: Jan 9, 16, 23, 30
Sundays, 10-11:30am PDT
$50-80 sliding scale
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Aspiring to start the new year off learning and trying something new? Have you always wanted to learn the fundamentals of ballet, or wanted to come back to ballet as an adult learner? Join us for four Sunday mornings in January with teaching artist Kaori Ogasawara.


Kaori is a beloved Bay Area ballet teacher, known for her clarity, specificity, and enthusiasm for the form. Kaori was born in Japan where she studied ballet with her grandmother, Kazue Ogasawara and with  Takao Hisamitsu. In 1993, she came to the US to train at the Boston Ballet school and later danced at Boston Ballet before joining Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre in 1999 with her husband, Christopher Rendall-Jackson. She was promoted to soloist in 2004. She has performed in several galas and appeared as a guest artist in roles of Swanilda in Copperia, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Sylph in La Sylphide, and balcony pas de duex from John Cranko's Romeo and Juliet. She has performed many featured roles including the Sugar Plum Fairy and Marie in Terrence S. Orr's The Nutcracker, Myrtha in Giselle, and Mercedes in Don Quixote, Russian girl in Balanchine's Serenade. She and her husband retired from the stage in 2009, and they are the proud parents of two children, Emiya and Hana.

10 students in-person ONLY

NOTE: Workshops are nonrefundable