News and Special Events
Lots of exciting new things coming up in the new year! Check out our new schedule on our online calendar, and get ready for more Wonderful Wednesday Workshop series with special guests like Melanie Lane, and great dance events like the Solo Salon and our new LIVE MUSIC event! Hear about it all as it's announced -- Join our email list or like our Facebook page for the latest notifications!
Arm Yourself! Beautiful Hands & Arms for Bellydance with Jenna
June 12, 2016
Arms make the difference between *dancing* and just shaking your hips around! They frame your hard work, can showcase your grace and strength, and add another dimension to your performance. The beautifully floral hand work is a signature of bellydance, and even just the hand position itself can convey relaxed confidence and elegant poise. With a start in ballet, Jenna developed much of her upper body stylings from her extensive training with NYC mentor, Serena, herself having studied hand movements from none other than Ruth St. Denis. Jenna has designed hand, arm and posture exercises to build skills towards naturally incorporating beautiful arms into your dance. ALL LEVELS of dancer (even & especially beginners) to start good practices now, or to break quirky habits they have developed! We will practice drills for strength and flexibility in the hands and arms, technique for sinuous and graceful movements, and also use the arms as both frames and actors with dance moves and traveling steps.
$25 by midnight on 6/6 • $30 at the door
DanceGarden will be CLOSED on Monday, July 4th. But will be open Saturday, July 2nd and Sunday, July 3rd for all regular classes.
Wishing you all safe and plentiful fireworks!!
Wonderful Wednesday Workshop
WWW July: Samba!
4 Wednesdays in July — 6, 13, 20, and 27
Native Brazilian Irani DaSilva is a choreographer/performer/instructor known for her versatility and grace. She is the Director/ Choreographer for the Sambarinas Dance Co. based in LA.
Some credits include - choreographer/ instructor of Maria Sharapova in Nike commercial. She has been featured in various music videos including Shakira's "Waka Waka", Nelly's "Flap Your Wings"; Super Bowl commercial a for Toyota Highlander with Terry Crews, World Cup commercial For T- Mobile with Shakira; Featured with Janelle Monae on American Idol, Choreographed for Janelle Monae at the Hollywood Film Awards; featured dancer on So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With The Stars, Kid's Choice Awards, NAACP Awards and performed live with Will Smith, Carlos Santana, Will i Am, Pit Bull, Lil Job, Sergio Mendes, Wyclef Jean,and Black Eyed Peas.
The class will cover technique, musicality, freestyle, and choreography.
Open to ANY LEVEL! Drop-Ins 'ok but no extra time will be used to teach materials missed due to absence.
All 4 Wednesdays for $50! Or drop in with class cards, cash, Passport
Showgirl Sharqi- When Hollywood Seduced Cairo
4 Sundays in July — July 10, 17, 24, 31, 2016 from 12:30-2pm
An in depth look at Hollywood's influence on the Golden Age of Raqs Sharqi. From the music, to the costumes, and the dance, the Western ideas of glamour and entertainment shaped the visions brought to life in Egyptian cinema. We will cover the changes in professional dancers' costumes, the changes made in the musical compositions (especially for the movies), and the stylistic interpretations of Raqs Sharqi for the big screen.
Please bring high-heel dance shoes if you have them.
Classes will consist of part lecture, example video clips, technique, and a Samia Gamal inspired choreography.
REGISTRATION ONLY * NO PASSPORTS *
$80 for all 6 hours before midnight on June 24! • $90 before midnight July 8 • $100 at door same day (online registration ends July 8)
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LA Legends of Bellydance Weeklong Experience!
August 1-5, 2016
Immerse yourself in the classic style of LA's legendary bellydancers from the dance's American heyday — Zahra Zuhair, Helena Vlahos, Princess Farhana, and Kamala Almanzar will be joined by other special guests to share the magic of this cherished era and the development of the art to the modern day with a week of workshops and lectures from the dancers who lived it!!