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2015

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!

New building

DanceGardenLA moved to a new location

3191 Casitas Avenue, Suite 112
Los Angeles, CA 90039

Visit the contact page for directions.

March


Melanie Lane

Wonderful Wednesday Workshops

WWW: Special Guest - Melanie Lane presenting
Line and Space- Define your Body Line and Develop your Spatial Intelligence

All 4 Wednesdays in March - 4, 11, 18, and 25
6:45-7:45pm

Dance is all about your body line. We'll explore what lines we create when we move, how to shape and direct those lines, and how to play with the negative space between. You'll get solid tools and techniques to find your line, learn to extend it, and find the flow between movements. We'll do this by learning more about our personal space and how to expand it to reach our audience. These exercises will be used with group work as well and will make your group look more "together" and connected with less rehearsal time.

Drop-ins accepted at regular class price, although registration is recommended for continuity and maximum benefit. Regular 5 or 10 class cards accepted, no discount cards, and *NO PASSPORTS*

DROP IN or Pre-register to save: $42 for all 4 classes!

April


IrinaXara

New Class

New Yoga Classes Starting in April: Hatha Yoga with IrinaXara

Mondays from 8:15am - 9:15am and Wednesdays from 12:15pm - 1:15pm

IrinaXara has been practicing yoga since 2005. She began studying yoga with sights on teacher training in 2011, after personal difficulties with migraine headaches and panic attacks led her to a more consistent practice. She was lucky enough to make the acquaintance of Elizabeth Romero, an Iyengar-based instructor, who inspired her journey forward into the realm of teaching. She finally earned her yoga teacher training with AFAA in September 2013 in Hatha Yoga style, already holding AFAA Group Exercise Instructor certification since 2012. Having been involved in performing and teaching bellydance for several years, her yoga teaching emphasis is on restorative techniques. She has experience with many populations, from active athletes, to dancers, to those rehabilitating injuries or physical limitations. She reminds her students that proper form, thought and practice, not linear progress, are of utmost importance in yoga, and enjoys concluding her practice with a general self-help meditation.


Princess Farhana

Wonderful Wednesday Workshops

Sizzling Sword Work with Princess Farhana

Wednesdays in April - 1,8,15,22,29, 2015
6:45-7:45pm

Whether you want to "sharpen" your sword skills or are just beginning to work with a scimitar, this series provides a strong technical foundation for sword balancing skills and floor work. After an intense warm-up and conditioning excercises, we'll go over sword handling and safety, moving on to many different balance points; graceful descents and ascents; sword tosses, floor work, partner work and balancing with shimmies, level changes and turns- all of which will be incorporated into a short routine. Bring your sword and/or a heavy book for balancing, and a yoga mat. Don't own a sword? There'll be a couple of loaners (and yoga mats) available in class.

Due to the nature of sword work, space is limited and you MUST have at least intermediate dance skills.

Drop in or register to save — No Groupon, Living Social or Passports.

All 5 Wednesdays for $52


Princess Farhana

Saturday Morning Sampler

SMS with Princess Farhana!

Every Saturday at 9am!

Saturday Morning Sampler! Beginner Bellydance at 9am with a different teacher each month!

What a great way to learn bellydance - from a sampling of the best teachers all under one roof! The class is ongoing so you don’t have to worry about registering or sessions beginning or ending. Just come in and learn to move like a bellydancer!

You can find which teacher is scheduled on our Calendar page!


Zahra Zuhair

Workshop

Zahra Zuhair Presents: Raqs Sharqi - Facts and Fantasy: Lecture/Discussion

Saturday, April 11, 2015
2:30-4pm

It’s difficult to find the truth about the origins of our beloved dance, many myths have been intertwined with facts over the centuries. Is it a birth ritual? Is it a dance of seduction? Is it a pagan goddess ritual? Is it a dance of joy and celebration? In this lecture-workshop, we will explore the roots of Oriental dance from pre-Islamic times to our modern day dance form. Please note: This is not a movement workshop.

$25 by midnight Friday March 27 • $35 pre-registration • $40 at the door


Devilla

Workshop

Devilla presents Shamadan: Bring out the Bride

April 12, 2015
1:45-4:15pm

The traditional use of Shamadan in the bridal prosession and the fun modern ways it can be used today. I will give a quick historical lesson on the origin and traditional use of Shamadan, introduce the Zeffa rhythm and appropriate music. We will Discuss fitting, care and storage and use of real candles as opposed to LED lights. Then the fun stuff! How you can use Shamadan as a dramatic accent to your modern day performances!

We will cover history, fitting, care. feeding and storage and how to put the darn thing on your head and dance with it!!!

You will need a note book or tablet. a head scarf, and Shamadan. Don't have a shamadan but want to take the class, no problem, I do have a few I can loan!

$40 by midnight Friday April 3 • $48 after that • $50 at the door


Heather Shoopman

Workshop

Heather Shoopman - Let's Play

Saturday, April 18, 2015
2:30-4pm

Come dancing and make some new friends. We’re kickin’ it old school, back to the playground. Turn on the boombox and cut a rug! This workshop is about creative play, collaboration and how to expand your boundaries within art. We’ll do acting and dance improv exercises to find new inspirations. Class will conclude by piecing together a short choreography that will reveal itself during the course of the class. Good times! All levels are welcome.

$28 by midnight on April 3rd • $35 after that


Roxxane

Workshop

Explore The Essence Of Your Dance with Roxxanne Shelaby

Sunday, April 19, 2015
1:30-3:30pm

Delve into the essence of authentic Arabic Belly Dance to discover your own essence in the dance.

Roxxanne is frequently heralded by professionals and lovers of the dance as someone who captures the feeling of Arabic music in an effortlessly beautiful way. The music flows through her and is shown easily in her natural style, no doubt a result of her upbringing, surrounded by dance, music and culture of the Middle East.

Only $35 until 4/10 • $42 after that


Savicto Flyer

Live Performance

Jenna and Devilla with Savicto!

Sunday, April 19, 2015
doors open at 7:30, show starts at 8pm

Live music and bellydance performance at DanceGardenLA. The music of Savicto and the performance magic of Jenna and Devilla! Click on the image to the right to view the flyer.

$15 admission


Party DG style

PARTY

DG Spring FIESTA!

April 26, 2015
Doors *no sooner* than 4:30pm, Show begins 5pm

The potluck in ON! Please bring a dish to share! Check our Facebook event to see what to bring.

Performances by DanceGarden teachers, students, and more! Come celebrate another year of delightful dancing!

Raffles for CLASSES!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! E-mail Jenna at to help!

Admission - $10 or FREE with a dish or drink to share (large main dish can count for 2 people! :)

May


Helena Vlahos

Saturday Morning Sampler

SMS with Helena Vlahos!

Every Saturday at 9am!

Saturday Morning Sampler! Beginner Bellydance at 9am with a different teacher each month!

What a great way to learn bellydance - from a sampling of the best teachers all under one roof! The class is ongoing so you don’t have to worry about registering or sessions beginning or ending. Just come in and learn to move like a bellydancer!

You can find which teacher is scheduled on our Calendar page!


Jayna

Workshop Series

Drum Solo Choreography Series for Performance with Jayna!

4 Sundays in May — May 3, 10, 24 and 31 (NO CLASS MAY 17 - That’s Zahra’s Workshop!)
1:45-2:45pm

Cairo Shimmyquake (LA's BIGGEST Bellydance festival) is rapidly approaching....whoooooo wants to perform on stage with Jayna Manoushe?!?!

In Jayna's 4 class workshop you will learn a super fun drum solo that you can not only use for your own performances, but will also be showcased in prime time at Cairo Shimmyquake on Saturday June 6!

The workshop fee includes the performance charge, which automatically grants you entrance to the festival for BOTH DAYS! Seriously giving you something to shimmy about ;)

$46 for all four until April 17 • $55 after


Heather Shoopman

Wonderful Wednesday Workshops

Shoop’s Sweat Shop~Tribal Fusion Drills and Zills

Wednesdays in May- 6,13,20,27, 2015
6:45-7:45pm

This class will challenge you mentally and physically with drills that go the distance. We’ll experiment with momentum, layers, levels, traveling, locks, finger cymbal patterns, the ooey gooey, and a shimmy drill that will leave you shining for the rest of the day. Be ready to sweat, laugh, and holler!

All levels are welcome.

DROP IN or Pre-register to save: $42 for all 4 classes!

All 4 Wednesdays for $42


Zahra Zuhair

Workshop

Megeance* - Oriental Choreography with Zahra

Sunday, May 17, 2015
1:45-4:45pm

Enter the stage like a shining star! We will learn a choreography to complex Egyptian music composed for the grand and exciting entrance of the oriental dancer! Bring a veil!

*Megeance (also spelled magancy, majenci or mergence).

Advanced-Beginner thru Advanced.

$48 by midnight May 8th • $55 pre-registration • $60 at the door

July


Princess Farhana

Wonderful Wednesday Workshops

Improvisation Sensation: Fearless Improv with Princess Farhana

Wednesdays in July- 1,8,15,22,29, 2015
6:45-7:45pm

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This series gives you the the tools to spontaneously create beautiful Oriental or fusion-style dances. Using mind and body techniques and exercises to increase your musicality, you will learn to trust your intuition and let your creative juices flow! Instead of relying on choreography alone, learn to use instinct and emotion to access your technique vocabulary, fearlessly building your own improvised pieces. Arabic song structure will become demystified through musical analysis as you learn to "illustrate" the music with your body, to both the rhythm and the melody. We'll go over musical phrasing, spatial awareness, directional concepts and use of repetition; poses, body lines and layers, techniques for mapping out marked improv, and how to relax into the music, letting it guide you. Add power and personality to your performance as you build the confidence to experiment and improvise with traditionally-based and contemporary belly dance technique.

All levels welcome.

Drop in or register to save — No Groupon, Living Social or Passports.

All 5 Wednesdays for $52!


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