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Fourth of July tophat

Holiday Closures

Independence Day!

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

Melanie Lane

Workshop Series

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.


$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)


Vintage Dancer

Special Event!

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!!

View the flyer or click here to learn more.

The Fez

Movie Night!

The Fez Documentary Screening

Friday August 5, 2016 at 7:30pm, Film begins at 8pm

FREE for Full Registrants of LA Legends Weeklong Experience! $10 for everybody else at the door

Sherry Wheatley


Sherri's back!

Sunday August 6, 2016 at 12:30pm

Sherri’s Mixed Level Tribal Fusion Class returns from its July hiatus. Come get SLINKY!


NEW Class

Ballet to Enhance your Dance with Celadon

Starting August 3rd! Wednesdays 6:50-7:30pm

Designed for students of all levels! We'll start at the ballet barre to improve your technique, stamina and discipline. From tendu's and plie's to upper body porte de bra and balances we will advance your dance (whatever your preferred discipline may be) to the next level with focus on correct body alignment, leg and foot technique, a stronger core, and beautifully controlled arms. When taught correctly, ballet can be healing and restorative to the entire body. If you think ballet can't be fun, think again!

Drop-in with cash or your class card or Passport!
Ballet slippers or bare feet ok! Brand new beginners ok too!


Wonderful Wednesday Workshop

WWW: BellyDanceHall Fusion with Cera Byer

5 Wednesdays in August — 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 2016 from 7:30-9pm

Dancehall is the street/club dance of Jamaica. It is full of vibrant energy. The music inspires new dances all the time, but there is also a reciprocal relationship where dance crews create new dances that inspire new songs. The steps all have names (and many have songs that go with them). In this class series you will learn several different Dancehall dances, we will discuss and practice technical ways to blend them with your existing Bellydance vocabulary, and then you will learn short combos or routines that bring the two together. This class is a WORKOUT. Kneepads, a towel, and water are recommended.

Drop-ins ok, but registration for the full course recommended!

$65 for all 5 Wednesdays in August (7.5 hours total! That’s less than $10 per hour!)



Wonderful Wednesday Workshop

WWW: Folk Infusion with Roxxanne Shelaby

4 Wednesdays in September — 7, 14, 21, 28, 2016 from 7:30-9pm

Explore some of the rich folk dance styles of the Middle East and how to incorporate them into your Belly Dance routine! Learn some Dabke, Khaleeji and Egyptian folk styles such as Saidi, Ghawazee and Hagalla!

Drop-ins ok, but registration for the full course recommended!

$55 for all 4 Wednesdays in September (6 hours total! That’s less than $10 per hour!)

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