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!
Wonderful Wednesday Workshop
WWW February: Who wants to be a Zillionaire?!
Finger Cymbals with Princess Farhana
4 Wednesdays in February — 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th
Whether you call them zills, sagat or finger cymbals, they’re a traditional- and essential- part of belly dance. Each class in this series begins with movement and technique for playing finger cymbals You’ll learn how to play your cymbals with several different tones and in many different time signatures, including Baladi, Maksoum, Saidi, Chiftetelli, Karsilama and more, as well as when and where to play your cymbals in the context of a performance. The last half of each class will combine playing zills with stationary and travelling combinations, and end with a raucous finger cymbal circle, having fun with improvisational movement.
Bring your finger cymbals - there will also be sets to borrow for use in class.
All 4 Wednesdays for $55! Or drop in with class cards, cash, Passport
NEW CLASS! R & R with Shoop!
Thursday Nights from 9-10pm
Unwind and find your own natural rhythm. Release the day and relax into the moment. Rejuvenate with this gentle, nurturing class designed to balance body and mind. We will breathe, move, stretch and relax. You will receive aromatherapy, energy and sound healing during this guided nap time. Bring pillow(s) and blank.
Regular class pricing. Drop-ins welcome.
NEW CLASS! Beginner Bellydance with ARTURO!
Saturdays at 9am - Starting in February
**** THIS CLASS IS FREE ON Saturday January 30!!****
Arturo, who started bellydancing at age 15, will start off with a good slow warm up, from head to toe! After warmup, you will work on shoulder, torso and hip movements, then combine them, really getting a feel for the body and how you can bring the moves to life. Sometimes a simple traveling move will be introduced. Class ends with a calming and meditative cool down, giving the students a chance to relax the body.
Hailing from the Central Valley, Arturo has performed all across country. Belly dancing opened up doors to so many wonderful experiences for him, that he hopes to give just that, for anyone that Is willing to take a step back into time and learn the ancient dance form of Belly dancing.
NEW CLASS! Samba with Irani
Saturdays from 2:30-3:30pm - Starting Feb 6, 2016
Samba is the exuberant dance of Brasil - from folkloric African roots to energetic Carnaval style, Bahian native Irani DaSilva shares her knowledge and passion in this ongoing class. Learn the basic footwork, winding moves of the hips and accents of shoulders, traveling steps, and even how to dance to the drummers’ call from the batucada.
Warm-up, workout and mostly smile for this hour of the most fun exercise you’ll ever get!
Choreography Workshop with Jenna - Wa Marret El Ayam by Dr. Samy Farag
February 28, 2016
Delicious brand-new choreography to the classic Omm Kalthoum song (often called Daret Il Ayam) in this exciting modern arrangement — a touch of the new style with Jenna's classic bellydance heart, threaded together seamlessly for a lovely little 3-minute routine that is *perfect* on its own for short performances or paired with a drum solo or taqsim/baladi for longer time slots. No veil, no zils, just dance! :)
$58 Until midnight Wed Feb 17th, 2016 • $65 Until midnight 2/27/2016 • $75 at the door
Wonderful Wednesday Workshop
WWW March: Samba!
5 Wednesdays in March — 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
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 5 Wednesdays for $62! Or drop in with class cards, cash, Passport
"Cairo Storm" Choreography workshop with DeVilla
Sunday, March 13th
In this workshop you will learn a high energy veil choreo with a little saidi just for fun! We will cover veil wraps, tips n tricks and how to use your veil in place of a cane when you have a musical change to a saidi rhythm.
This choreography was created by DeVilla for her Sekhmet Dance Company and never fails to delight!
There's a performance opportunity as well so come dance up a storm, a "Cairo Storm" with DeVilla!
Music by Charly Abboud off "Bangin Belly Beats"
$48 until midnight March 4th • $55 until midnight March 11 • $60 at door
Save the date!
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!!