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October 2017


Jayna

WORKSHOP

"Sword of a Show Off" with Jayna!

Sunday, October 1st
2-4:30pm

Looking to learn the tricks of the trade? Notorious for being quite the trickster herself, Jayna Manoushe will show you how to maneuver your sword with ease and transition between movements gracefully...allowing you to be a humble show off!

This workshop is for beginner/intermediate dancers. Please bring your own sword and maybe a headband or scarf to wear on your head if you have a sensitive little noggin or very healthy, slippery hair ;)

If you've seen this second-generation star dancer perform sword, you will be rushing to take this workshop! Presentation, balancing and more from the innovative mind of Jayna Manoushe!

$48 Until midnight 9/15, 2017 • $58 Until midnight 9/30 • $70 at the door


Arleen Hurtado

WORKSHOP

MANTON: The Flamenco Shawl Dance with Arleen Hurtado

3 Saturdays in October: 7, 14, and 21 (no class Oct 28)
1:30pm

Arleen is back with another barefoot flamenco class - sin zapatos, si! This three-week series will focus on the Mantón work — wrapping, flying, transitions in a 6/8 rhythm.

If you took her last series, you know Arleen gives you loads of info but keeps the movement accessible for everyone — a great teacher! Come check it out! There is no dress code, just be comfy, and bring a shawl if you have one. All levels welcome.

$40 for the series, or drop in with cash/credit/debit or class card. Sorry, no Passports or Groupon.


Heather Shoopman

HEAD, HANDS & FEET

Mindful Bellydance: Head, Hands & Feet ~ Road to the Heart with Shoop

Mondays in October
8pm

Join me at Dance Garden Mondays 8pm as we journey through the body moving mindfully. This is a great class for anyone wishing to belly dance from a deeper place within. In addition to drills and combinations, expect a bit of yoga and discussion about chakras, energy and healing. Focus will be on the connection of physical, emotional and spiritual bodies in relation to the dance. Truthful, intentional dance connects you with yourself and the oneness of all life, which deepens the experience and makes it a special offering. Together we raise the planetary consciousness!

There is no dress code, just be comfy. All levels welcome.


Jenna

Workshop

Arm Yourself! Beautiful Hands & Arms for Bellydance with Jenna

October 15, 2017
1:45-3:15pm

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.

$50 for both workshops (Jenna + Zahra!) by midnight on 9/29 • $60 for both workshops after that
$30 for one workshop by midnight on 9/29 • $35 for one workshop after that


Zahra

Workshop

Shimmies, Shimmies, & more Shimmies! with Zahra Zuhair

October 15, 2017
3:30-5pm

This workshop will cover many different shimmies used in bellydance; stationery shimmies, traveling shimmies, modern shimmies, old fashioned shimmies, layered shimmies, and more shimmies! The class is open to all levels, however a good foundation in bellydance basics strongly suggested.

$50 for both workshops (Zahra + Jenna!) by midnight on 9/29 • $60 for both workshops after that
$30 for one workshop by midnight on 9/29 • $35 for one workshop after that


Heather Shoopman

Shoop's Sunday Savasana with Reiki & Sound

Balance * Heal * Rejuvenate *

October 15, November 12, and December 10, 2017
8-9:30pm

Take time to recharge the physical, emotional and spiritual bodies during this gentle, healing class. We begin with breath and meditation. Using yin and restorative yoga we will softly guide the body into full relaxation in an extended, supported savasana or corpse pose. During rest you are bathed in aromatherapy, reiki and a sweet sound bath with crystal bowls, chimes & tuning forks. Balance the energy field and chakras in the deeply satisfying experience of complete surrender. Clear the way for your light to shine even brighter. Global healing starts here! Please bring yoga mat, 2 to 4 yoga blankets, eye pillow (light eye covers will be provided) and a pillow or 2. There are a few yoga bolsters available.

Cost: $20 drop in OR get TWO (2) Sunday Savasana classes for 3 marks on your class card.


Halloween

Holiday Closure

Happy Halloween!

DanceGarden will be CLOSED for classes on Tuesday, October 31st

Jenna & Fahtiem will be back on schedule next Tuesday.

Please click here for schedule

November 2017


Jayna Manoushe

WORKSHOP

It all Revolves Around You: Double Veil with Jayna Manoushe

Sunday, November 5, 2017
3:15-5:45pm

3/4 circular veils are a creation that Jayna's mother, Marta Schill, came up with in the 70's in attempt to create the look of the Spanish "Mantón" used by Flamenco dancers. These veils are striking because they snake around the your body in a way that rectangular veils and even 1/2 circular veils cannot. And of course if one is nice, why not twice? You will learn how separate two veils in a seamless way while you are dancing that will leave your audience feeling like they were experiencing a magic show!

In Jayna's double 3/4 circular veil workshop you will teach your props who's BOSS because, after all...it all revolves around you.

Discount ends Friday 10/27
$48 Until midnight 10/27, 2017 • $58 Until midnight 11/4 • $70 at the door


Heather Shoopman

RECITAL PREP

Mindful Bellydance: Prep for the DGLA Annual Holiday Fiesta Recital: Putting it All Together!

Mondays in November
8pm

Join me at Dance Garden Mondays 8pm as we journey through the body moving mindfully. This is a great class for anyone wishing to belly dance from a deeper place within. In addition to drills and combinations, expect a bit of yoga and discussion about chakras, energy and healing. Focus will be on the connection of physical, emotional and spiritual bodies in relation to the dance. Truthful, intentional dance connects you with yourself and the oneness of all life, which deepens the experience and makes it a special offering. Together we raise the planetary consciousness!

There is no dress code, just be comfy. All levels welcome.


Heather Shoopman

Shoop's Sunday Savasana with Reiki & Sound

Balance * Heal * Rejuvenate *

October 15, November 12, and December 10, 2017
8-9:30pm

Take time to recharge the physical, emotional and spiritual bodies during this gentle, healing class. We begin with breath and meditation. Using yin and restorative yoga we will softly guide the body into full relaxation in an extended, supported savasana or corpse pose. During rest you are bathed in aromatherapy, reiki and a sweet sound bath with crystal bowls, chimes & tuning forks. Balance the energy field and chakras in the deeply satisfying experience of complete surrender. Clear the way for your light to shine even brighter. Global healing starts here! Please bring yoga mat, 2 to 4 yoga blankets, eye pillow (light eye covers will be provided) and a pillow or 2. There are a few yoga bolsters available.

Cost: $20 drop in OR get TWO (2) Sunday Savasana classes for 3 marks on your class card.


Katerina Shereen

WORKSHOP

Traditional Baladi with Katerina Shereen

November 18, 2017
2:30-5pm

This workshop offers a deeper understanding of this essence of Egyptian dance. We will learn about the different parts of the accordion beledi and how to dance to them. We will also go deeper into differentiating between the traditional egyprian beledi and the modern interpretation.

$60 until midnight Sunday October 29, 2017 • $70 until midnight 11/17/2017 • $80 at the door

December 2017


Heather Shoopman

RECITAL PREP

Mindful Bellydance: Prep for the DGLA Annual Holiday Fiesta Recital: Putting it All Together!

Mondays in December
8pm

Join me at Dance Garden Mondays 8pm as we journey through the body moving mindfully. This is a great class for anyone wishing to belly dance from a deeper place within. In addition to drills and combinations, expect a bit of yoga and discussion about chakras, energy and healing. Focus will be on the connection of physical, emotional and spiritual bodies in relation to the dance. Truthful, intentional dance connects you with yourself and the oneness of all life, which deepens the experience and makes it a special offering. Together we raise the planetary consciousness!

There is no dress code, just be comfy. All levels welcome.


Heather Shoopman

Shoop's Sunday Savasana with Reiki & Sound

Balance * Heal * Rejuvenate *

October 15, November 12, and December 10, 2017
8-9:30pm

Take time to recharge the physical, emotional and spiritual bodies during this gentle, healing class. We begin with breath and meditation. Using yin and restorative yoga we will softly guide the body into full relaxation in an extended, supported savasana or corpse pose. During rest you are bathed in aromatherapy, reiki and a sweet sound bath with crystal bowls, chimes & tuning forks. Balance the energy field and chakras in the deeply satisfying experience of complete surrender. Clear the way for your light to shine even brighter. Global healing starts here! Please bring yoga mat, 2 to 4 yoga blankets, eye pillow (light eye covers will be provided) and a pillow or 2. There are a few yoga bolsters available.

Cost: $20 drop in OR get TWO (2) Sunday Savasana classes for 3 marks on your class card.

January 2018


Simon

Workshop

Lebanese Simon in LA! WOW!

Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 12:30-2:30pm
Sunday, January 21, 2018 from 1:30-3:30pm
Sunday, January 21, 2018 from 4-6pm

Lebanese Dabke, Technique and Combinations
Sat 1/20/2018
12:30-2:30pm
Designed for Oriental Dancers, this open level class includes video footage and covers classical to modern styles of this exciting folk dance.

Diversity of Debke
Sunday 1/21/2018
1:30-3:30pm
What on earth is the difference… the ESSENCE of the styles of Dabke from different neighboring countries? Find out in this open level class, offering combinations for a short choreography.

Oriental Spice: Stylized Arabesques and More
Sunday 1/21/2018
4-6pm
Technique and Combinations for Intermediate/Advanced level bellydancers who wish to add some variety and flare to their oriental dance style.

For the Full Package: All the Simon: $120 by midnight on 12/29/17 • after that $135 by midnight 1/19, $140 Door Space permitting
For any two workshops: $80 by midnight on 12/29/17 • after that $100 by midnight 1/19
For any single workshop: $50 until 1/19, $60 Door (space permitting)


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