BORP launches indoor/outdoor rowing clinics and ballroom dancing workshop

Berkeley-based Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program (BORP) is offering a couple of new activities, one much different than the other. How about ballroom dancing? Not physically intensive enough? How about indoor or outdoor rowing? Let’s get you the details.


Adapted Ballroom Dance for People with Spinal Cord Injury and partner. This will be a free 2-hour workshop as an introduction to ballroom dancing. With its countless styles and repertoire of popular music, ballroom dance is an activity enjoyed by couples around the world, both socially and competitively. In this introductory class, you will learn a version of the Rumba, a slow and sensuous dance with origins in Cuba, adapted for a wheelchair user and a standing partner. The class will be taught by American DanceWheels Foundation certified instructor, Derrick Williamson. A lifelong wheelchair user, Derrick has seven years of experience teaching ballroom dance. He performed in the closing ceremonies of the 2015 PanAmerican games and is a regular guest lecturer in the Department of Dance at CSUEB and in the Department of Kinesiology at SJSU. Space is limited, so sign up now by emailing
When: Sept 29, Noon-2 p.m. at the Ed Roberts Campus, Berkeley


INDOOR/OUTDOOR ROWING: Rowing is a great full body strengthening, core, and cardio workout. The on-land studio classes in August will teach you proper technique that will help improve your experience for the on-water rowing in September. The studio classes are not required for joining the water rowing but will improve the experience and help you get more out of being on the water. Paralympic rowing divisions are PR1 (arms and shoulders), PR2 (arms and torso), and PR3 (arms, torso, and legs). The classes will help you figure out which division you’re in. Kerry Kingdon, a BORP participant, is the instructor and rows in the PR2 division and currently holds first place in the USA. She’s been rowing on and off the water for nearly two years, mostly in a single boat, but has also raced double.

Studio : Tue Aug 20th 4-5 PM, Tue Aug 27th 4-5 PM, Thur Aug 29th 6-7 PM
Water : Thur Sept 12th Noon-2 PM, Sat. Sept 14th 1-3 PM

WHERE: Studio classes at BORP’s Fitness Center, Ed Roberts Campus 3075 Adeline Street in Berkeley.
Water rowing at BAIR Island Aquatic Center, Redwood City.. Free transportation to Redwood City on the BORP bus is available.

Two seating options available for studio classes: “roll-in” or lateral transfer to a standard or static (adapted) seat. Please indicate your seating needs during registration. Pre-registration is required. Contact or call 510/ 225-7039. Class size is very limited. Register for one or all three!

*COST: $11 per class, seniors 55 and older & veterans, $8 per class. If you are a person with a spinal cord injury, inquire about the Neilsen Pass, a subsidized pass specifically for people with SCI. Contact or call 510- 225-7039.