WORKSHOP FAQ

WHERE IS THE BANDALOOP STUDIO?

1601 18th St. (at Peralta)
Oakland, CA 94607
Day of inquiries: +1 (269) 876-1184

WHAT’S THE CLOSEST BART STATION?

West Oakland BART is about a 14-16 minute walk from the studio. Directions from West Oakland BART to the studio can be found here.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS FROM SF:

Driving from SF, stay in the right lane off the bay bridge towards 880, take the first exit off the bridge at West Grand Ave. Continue up West Grand and turn right on Peralta (just before Mandela Parkway). Studio is at the corner of 18th and Peralta.

SHOULD I SIGN UP FOR Open Level OR level 2 or 3 WORKSHOP?

An Open Level workshop welcomes movers of all levels beginner to professional, and gives a detailed introduction to BANDALOOP’s Culture of Safety and basic equipment usage. An Open Level workshop is the prerequisite to our more advanced level workshops. Our Open Level workshops are designed so that every level of dancer from beginner to professional can learn together in a supportive and challenging environment. Experienced movers may apply to waive the prerequisite to attend advanced level workshops by sending a short description of your dance/climbing/aerial experience to valerie@bandaloop.org.

CAN I TAKE BOTH WORKSHOPS IF THE ALL LEVELS AND INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED ARE OFFERED?

We don’t generally recommend this, as BANDALOOPING can be physically demanding, and fatigue can be counter productive and unsafe. If you are an experienced mover who regularly trains at a more intensive pace, you may apply to take both workshops by sending a short description of your dance/climbing/aerial experience to valerie@bandaloop.org.

CAN I TAKE JUST ONE DAY?

Generally these workshops sell-out and registration is for both days. If you can only attend one day and it’s not sold out (which is determined the Thursday before the start of the workshop) you can request to do one day (the first day), but we generally don’t encourage this.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR/BRING?

"Close-to-skin" layer (optional)- We dont like the harness rubbing on skin! The best way to minimize "harness hickeys" is a leotard or biketard that is made of slippery (lycra) material. this can be worn UNDER regular dance clothes if preferred. It is not necessary, regular dance clothes do work alone, but we have found more ease and less harness rubbing friction with a leotard or biketard of some sort.

DANCE CLOTHES- please bring danceable clothes- Do not expect to dance in jeans, skirts or short shorts. Please bring dance pants that allow for as much range of motion as possible and come down lower than the knee, and a top that covers the full torso (no half tops!)

You will want arrive hydrated and not too full or too hungry. It is a good idea to bring some water and a light snack.

WHAT IF I’M INJURED OR UNABLE TO ATTEND?

Please contact the Workshop Manager at the main office by calling 415.421-5667 or emailing workshop@bandaloop.org.

CAN I FILM OR TAKE PHOTOS AT THE WORKSHOP?

We will allow you to film and take photos at all workshops or classes, as long as all footage is labeled as “Workshop with Bandaloop” on all media outlets.

DO YOU HAVE ONGOING CLASSES?

Our ongoing classes are 8 week and 12 week series offered throughout the year.  These classes do not currently accept drop in students.

CAN I BRING FRIENDS OR FAMILY TO WATCH?

Yes.

WHERE CAN I STAY IN THE AREA?

A few options close to the studio: