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2014

Lots of exciting new things coming up in the new year! Check out our new schedule on our online calendar, and get ready for Wonderful Wednesday Workshop series with bellydance legends Helena Vlahos and Princess Farhana, visits from out-of-town artists like Mahin of Arizona, and great dance events like the Solo Salon and of course taXim! Hear about it all as its announced -- Join our email list or like our Facebook page for the latest notifications!

New building

DanceGardenLA moved to New Location

3191 Casitas Avenue, Suite 112
Los Angeles, CA 90039

Visit the contact page for directions.

September 2014


Princess Farhana

Wonderful Wednesday Workshops

Black and White: Egyptian Golden Age Style Belly Dance (History, Technique, and Choreogrpahy) with Princess Farhana

Every Wednesday in September and October, 2014
6:45-7:45pm

The Golden Age of Egyptian Cinema refers to the period from the late 1930’s through the early 1960’s. Many of the films created during this time were lavishly produced romantic musicals full of wonderful music and featured exquisite dancers like Naima Akef, Samia Gamal and Tahia Carioca, who were the superstars of the era. Each of these stars had their own unique dance style, while they retained a softness, fluidity, and subtle, deceptively simple movements. Historically, from a dancer's point of view, these movies are very important because they provide a filmed record of the transition from the traditional, earthy raqs al baladi to the raqs sharqi we know today.

In the first four weeks of this series, you’ll learn some history of the Golden Age and it's stars, and the signature moves from stars Naima Akef, Samia Gamal, and Tahia Carioca as well as some of the lesser known dancers like Suzy Khairy, Ne'amat Mohktar, Katy, and Hoda Shamseddin. We'll run combinations to music from The Golden Age, such as the work of Farid El Atrache, Mohamed Abdel Wahab, and the great Um Kalthoum.

In the second four weeks of this series, you will learn a full Golden Age style choreography (with finger cymbals and veil) to the classic 1952 song “Leila”.

Just pay as you would for any normal class (no Groupons or Passports, sorry!) or use the button above for a super-savings on a package deal.

All 8 Classes! $80 by 8/20 • $85 until 9/2


Aubre

Super Series Saturdays

Guest Teacher Aubre Hill Presents: Choreography, developing a piece & finding your artistic voice~ A 3 week intensive geared for the intermediate-advanced dancer

3 Saturdays in September - 13, 20, & 27
12:30-2pm

The art of creating dances is more than choosing what moves to do in what order. In this intensive, Aubre will walk dancers through a variety of creative prep exercises and teach tools for developing original and honest artistic work. Technique, music, style, purpose, space, costuming, staging, and more. Understand the elements that influence and shape the art of choreography. Dancers will complete this intensive with a new piece of their own creation.

REGISTRATION ONLY (No Passports, Groupon or Class Cards)

All 3 Classes! Early bird discount: $52 by Midnight Sept 3. • $60 up until the first class (pre-registration until midnight September 12) • $65 at the door


Schedule Change

Schedule Change! Bellyquake Bellydance Workout with Jayna

Starting September 26, 2014 — Fridays at 5:30pm!

Jayna Kouzouyan's creation combines the addicting rush of a cardio workout with the sweet nuances that only Bellydance can provide. Let Bellydance technique slink up on you without you even knowing it! Jayna's Bellyquake class combines cardio and dance combos that will put a smile on your face and tone on your tush!
Please check out her schedule here.

October 2014


Zahra Zuhair

Special Saturday Series

Basics Bootcamp with Zahra

Every Saturday in October and November, 2014 (no class Nov 29th)
9am

ZZ is in demand! Special series bringing back the 9am beginner, Oct 4 - Nov 22 ONLY!

Drill the foundations of bellydance and build up your core movements. For first-timers, beginning dancers and anyone who wants to improve her foundation!

ONLY $75 FOR ALL 8 CLASSES IF YOU REGISTER BY FRIDAY SEPT 19, 2014! • $85.00 after that


Princess Farhana

Wonderful Wednesday Workshops

Black and White: Egyptian Golden Age Style Belly Dance (history, Technique, and Choreogrpahy) with Princess Farhana

Every Wednesday in September and October, 2014
6:45-7:45pm

The Golden Age of Egyptian Cinema refers to the period from the late 1930’s through the early 1960’s. Many of the films created during this time were lavishly produced romantic musicals full of wonderful music and featured exquisite dancers like Naima Akef, Samia Gamal and Tahia Carioca, who were the superstars of the era. Each of these stars had their own unique dance style, while they retained a softness, fluidity, and subtle, deceptively simple movements. Historically, from a dancer's point of view, these movies are very important because they provide a filmed record of the transition from the traditional, earthy raqs al baladi to the raqs sharqi we know today.

In the first four weeks of this series, you’ll learn some history of the Golden Age and it's stars, and the signature moves from stars Naima Akef, Samia Gamal, and Tahia Carioca as well as some of the lesser known dancers like Suzy Khairy, Ne'amat Mohktar, Katy, and Hoda Shamseddin. We'll run combinations to music from The Golden Age, such as the work of Farid El Atrache, Mohamed Abdel Wahab, and the great Um Kalthoum.

In the second four weeks of this series, you will learn a full Golden Age style choreography (with finger cymbals and veil) to the classic 1952 song “Leila”.

Just pay as you would for any normal class (no Groupons or Passports, sorry!) or use the button above for a super-savings on a package deal.

All 8 Classes! $80 by 8/20 • $85 until 9/2


Masa

Super Series Saturdays

Special Guest Teacher - Masa!
Baba Karam! Persian Speciality Dance

4 Saturdays in October - 4, 11, 18, 25
12:30-1:30pm

$45 Pre-register or pay first day at the door:
NO DROP INS, NO GROUPONS, CLASS CARDS OR PASSPORTS
October is the perfect month for dressing up, and why not learn the moves while you're at it?

Come join me every Saturday in October at Dance Garden LA to learn a full routine of Baba Karam, a celebrated Persian dance where women mimic the way that the working-class men in Iran, during the 60s and 70s, would dress and sometimes act.

'Baba' in this sense translates from Farsi (the Iranian language) into the expression "man" and Karam is slang for "Chah Keram" meaning "I'm at your service."

Typically in the Baba Karam dance, the upper body motion is emphasized, with hand motions, hip undulations and facial expressions being points of attention.

This dance is popular in Persian parties where guests celebrate it as a fun, expressive dance, often putting on a fedora hat, typical of the Baba Karam costume.

About Masa:
Iranian-born and LA-raised dancer, choreographer, movement director, and instructor, Masa has been dancing Persian since she could walk. As artistic director of her dance company, she creates original dance works in the Bellydance, Persian Dance, Bollywood, and Hip Hop dance genres. She loves teaching all levels of dance, especially choreographies students can perform.

All 4 Classes! $45 by 10/3

November 2014


Zahra Zuhair

Special Saturday Series

Basics Bootcamp with Zahra

Every Saturday in October and November, 2014 (no class Nov 29th)
9am

ZZ is in demand! Special series bringing back the 9am beginner, Oct 4 - Nov 22 ONLY!

Drill the foundations of bellydance and build up your core movements. For first-timers, beginning dancers and anyone who wants to improve her foundation!

ONLY $75 FOR ALL 8 CLASSES IF YOU REGISTER BY FRIDAY SEPT 19, 2014! • $85.00 after that


Shoop

Super Saturday Series

Shoopography: Tribal Fusion to perform at the Fiesta!

Four Saturdays in November - 1, 8, 15, and 22
12:30-1:30pm

Join Shoop for another sassy choreography session....always a bit out of the ordinary and full of fun! Class will perform at the Winter Fiesta on Dec. 21.

NO DROP INS, NO GROUPONS, CLASS CARDS OR PASSPORTS

All 4 Classes! $45 by midnight on Friday 10/24 • $50 after that


Susan Frankovich

Wonderful Wednesday Workshops

Special Guest Teacher - Susan Frankovich
Triple S: Strong, Slow, and Supple

4 Wednesdays in November - 5, 12, 19, 26
6:45-7:45pm

In this series we will focus on channeling movements inspired by the sea. We will play with slow, liquid movements, extension, contraction and release, and dynamics through movement size, speed, and quality. In addition to the dance, we will work on projecting our inner power out into our physical body. Class will begin with a brief yoga style warm up focusing on warming up and strengthening the entire body.

Bio
Born and raised in Reno, Nevada, Susan Frankovich has had quite the nomadic past. She began her bellydance journey with ATS in New Mexico and continued onto NYC, LA, San Francisco, and Croatia learning something more in each place while developing her own style along the way. She’s an international Tribal Fusion dance instructor and performer who is in the constant pursuit of improving her art and teaching style. Susan has a great eye for correction, and can deliver critique with a positivity that makes her students feel successful. She is a former member of Bellyqueen and PURE (NYC), The Barbary Coast Shakedown (San Francisco), and was the People’s Choice winner with Jillina’s Bellydance Evolution in the summer of 2012. Susan has taught and performed in the US, Canada, Mexico, Ecuador, Asia, Russia, and throughout Europe. She is known for bringing tribal style dance to Croatia (in 2002), and in addition to the many years traveling to teach and perform there, she spent 4 years cultivating a lively and loving dance community in Zagreb. In December of 2012, Susan moved back to Los Angeles and has since had the opportunity to choreograph and dance for Bellydance Evolution’s newest show, Alice In Wonderland.

Drop-ins ok with Class Cards and Passport, no Groupon or Beginner Flex

All 4 Classes! $40 by 10/15 • $45 after that


Issam Houshan and Princess Farhana

Workshop

Drum Solo Choreography, Rhythmic Breakdown & Finger Cymbals with Princess Farhana and Issam Houshan

Sunday, November 23, 2014
12:30-3:30pm

Nothing is as exciting and exhilarating as one of Issam’s live drums solos…unless, of course, Princess Farhana is choreographing it! In this workshop, you’ll learn how to listen for drum solo phrases with and without embellishments, anticipate and prepare for rhythmic changes, and play finger cymbals in the call and response patterns in the “Princess” drum solo from Issam’s new BaLAdi Tour CD.

The class starts with a full breakdown of the rhythms, concepts and finger cymbal patterns* used in this unique drum solo so you can become comfortable with them. In the second half of the class, you’ll learn the full choreography. Expect amusing accents, hot technique, and organic movement that can be layered and embellished upon, leaving a some “wiggle room” for a little improvisation that will make the drum solo uniquely your own. Prepare to sweat!

Finger cymbals are encouraged, but not necessary! Please bring your cymbals if you use them!

No passports, groupon or class cards.

$48 by 11/7 • $55 after that

December 2014


Devilla

Super Saturday Series

Oh Mighty Isis - Wings! with DeVilla

Three Saturdays in December - 6, 13, and 20
12:30-1:30pm

A 3 part workshop and performance opportunity! Class will perform at the Winter Fiesta on Dec. 21.

NO DROP INS, NO GROUPONS, CLASS CARDS OR PASSPORTS

All 3 Classes! $35 by midnight on Friday 11/21 • $40 after that


Party DG style

PARTY

DG Winter FIESTA!
Our Annual Potluck Party!

December 21, 2014
Times TBA

Come celebrate another year of delightful dancing!

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!

Raffles for CLASSES!


Snowflake

BREAK

DG Winter Break

December 22, 2014-January 2, 2015

No regularly scheduled classes from Monday December 22, 2014 through Friday January 2, 2015.
2015 classes begin Saturday January 3!


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