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September


Roxxane

Wonderful Wednesday Workshop

WWW: Folk Infusion with Roxxanne Shelaby

3 Wednesdays in September — 7, 14, 28 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!

$48 for all 3 Wednesdays in September

October


Schedule Changes

Schedule Changes

Schedule Changes

Tuesdays at 6:30pm
Jenna's 7:30 Beginner class is moving to 6:30pm

Tuesdays at 7:30pm
New class! Jenna's 7:30 class will become "Beyond Beginner - Bellydance plus Basic Veil & Zils"
This is it! The class to bridge the gap! Desperate to learn the quintessential bellydancer accoutrements of flying veils and ringing finger cymbals? My new 7:30 Tuesday class is perfect for you!
Over her almost 20 years of teaching, Jenna has developed techniques for training your body and brain to achieve maximum veil control and expression, and comfort and flexibility with various zil sounds and patterns. Start with a solid foundation like this, and you can go anywhere your heart wishes with these beautiful additions to the dance.


Princess Farhana

Wonderful Wednesday Workshop

WWW: WHO WANTS TO BE A ZILLIONAIRE?
RAQQIN’ COMBINATIONS AND FINGER CYMBALS WITH PRINCESS FARHANA

4 Wednesdays in October — 5, 12, 19, 26 from 7:30-9pm

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 learning dance combinations and technique for playing finger cymbals. You’ll learn how to play your cymbals with different patterns and tones in several time signatures, to everything from folkloric Baladi Progressions and pop songs to more complicated mergences. Several rhythms covered, including Maksoum, Masmoudi, Saidi, Malfouf, Chiftetelli, and more.

The last half of each class we’ll run the combinations while playing zills, ending with a finger cymbal circle, having fun with follow-the-leader improvisational movement.

This class is mixed level- everyone welcome!

Bring your finger cymbals- there will also be a few sets to borrow for use in class.

$55 for all 4, drop-ins with class card. No Groupon, Living Social or Passports.


Cory Zamora

Workshop

Classic "AmCab" Veil Ties with Cory Zamora!

Sunday, October 9, 2016
2-5pm

Cory says: "Back in my days of dressing rooms, I would watch dancers wad and stuff their veil, then hope for the best. Eight times out of 10, it did not go well. So I dove into my OCD, and developed 6 ties from the past, analyzed them to death, and now teach with the care of packing a parachute! It will only dance off as well as you put it on. In my workshop, we will learn 3 ties very different from each other. I like to use a variety of music, tempos, including modern selections. We will learn the steps used, what we can borrow from another section of the dance. A 4 yard veil is used. Mine are all from Jo Ann's "silk essence", it is a lining fabric. Pure silk does not do well with some of this. We did not use it back then. It tends to slide on itself, out of the tie during the opening song. Please bring your zills, I never take mine off. If you do not zill in your style, that is ok! I just want to make sure I teach all how to do veil with zills on.

Also, please be sure to wear something with good & tight shoulder straps so that the veil will stay on during the tie.

The following ties will be covered:
BIB tie, ..top drop, and bottom pull out
SCARF tie...unisex tie...I also teach male dancers
the classic DUCHESS ....hip poof seen so much back then

I have DVD's for all, the one with the DUCHESS has 2 other ties related to it on it, so a good deal! I will have a "bundle" price for all 3, and a free one as well.”

$58 Until midnight Friday Sept 23, 2016 • $65 Until midnight 4/9/2016 • $75 at the door


Devilla doing Tunisian

Workshop

Tunisian Time with DeVilla

Sunday, October 23, 2016
2-4pm

Tunisian dance is sassy. It celebrates life, women's work, friendship, motherhood and camaraderie among women. In this 2-hour workshop you will learn some basic Tunisian dance steps, AND how to balance and dance with a a water jug on your head! Tunisian costuming and how to create a simpler version of it for use on the theatrical stage will be taught, as well as how to make a traditional Tunisian head wrap, hip wrap, and jewelry from yarn.

A choreography to Lirrili by Amina off "Desert Roses 2" will be taught, with the option to perform at the DanceGardenLA Fiesta on Sunday December 18, 2016. (not mandatory).

$35 until midnight Oct 15th • $42 until midnight Oct 22nd • $50 at door


Katerina Shereen

Workshop

Egyptian Folkloric Dance with Katerina Shereen - FIRST US TOUR!

Saturday, October 29, 2016
4-7pm

This in-demand instructor from the Czech Republic has become widely respected for her interpretation of Egyptian styles of bellydance, and is praised for her abilities to clearly share techniques and stylings with her students. Don't miss it, as this is almost the last stop on her tour, and space is very limited!

**20 STUDENT MAX***

We will start the workshop with an introduction to the traditional Egyptian beledi, learning the technique and interpretation of beledi progression in a typically Egyptian way. This knowledge is useful for all dancers, as beledi is one of the fundamental parts of oriental dance. We will continue with a modern take on urban folk and go through the history and specifics of street shaabi dance style, and dance to a modern version of an Ahmed Adaweyya song. In the second half of the workshop, we will focus on stage folklore and make distinctions between authentic and theatrical folk dances. We will learn some typical Reda style combinations and in the remaining time dance a short saidi routine.

$75 until midnight 10/1/2016 • $85 until midnight 10/28/2016 • $100 at the door
Save by signing up for BOTH! $130 until midnight 10/1/2016 • $150 until midnight 10/28/2016 • $180 at the door


Katerina Shereen

Workshop

Classical Oriental Dance with Katerina Shereen - FIRST US TOUR!

Sunday, October 30, 2016
2-6pm

This in-demand instructor from the Czech Republic has become widely respected for her interpretation of Egyptian styles of bellydance, and is praised for her abilities to clearly share techniques and stylings with her students. Don't miss it, as this is almost the last stop on her tour, and space is very limited!

**20 STUDENT MAX***

This workshop will start with a short introduction to cultural development in Egypt in the 20th century, which is closely linked to the development of Egyptian dance. Students will have a chance to get an insight into the specifics of Golden Era style, and learn a choreography that represents the elegance and grace of the great dancers of the black and white movies, like Samia Gamal and Taheya Karioka.

We will compare this style to the modern interpretation of Egyptian music that is typical for Dina and Randa Kamel, and then learn a modern oriental routine that represents their style. In the remaining time we will focus on the art of improvisation. Clear instructions and tips will be provided as well as an introduction into the theory of classical egyptian music, which can be very helpful for dancers who are aimimg to master this ultimate skill in oriental dance.

$75 until midnight 10/1/2016 • $85 until midnight 10/29/2016 • $100 at the door
Save by signing up for BOTH! $130 until midnight 10/1/2016 • $150 until midnight 10/28/2016 • $180 at the door

November


Dahlena

Workshop

Workshop with Dahlena! "Modern Middle Eastern Dance with a Solid Foundation in the Past"
Technique and Combinations

Sunday, November 13, 2016
2-3:45pm

Technique and combinations -- lots of hips and shimmies, plus arm movements and undulations to a variety of music, both modern pop and traditional.

Dahlena, one of the dancers featured on the cover of "American Bellydance Legends", is a career dancer, starting in Boston in the early 60's. She has performed in nightclubs across the U.S. as well as in France, Syria and Iraq. She was one of the preeminent pioneers of national workshops in the US.

Dahlena's experience of working with some of the finest musicians and dancers from the Middle East influenced her style of dance. Today, her choreography and dance style is Modern Middle Eastern, based on a solid foundation of the past.

Egypt's Raqia Hassan said, "She is fantastic. If beginners could see Dahlena dancing, then they would understand Arabic dance."

BOTH WORKSHOPS: $60 Until midnight 10/28, 2016 • $70 Until midnight 11/12/2016 • $80 at the door
ONE WORKSHOP: $35 Until midnight 10/28, 2016 • $40 Until midnight 11/12/2016 • $50 at the doc


Dahlena

Workshop

Workshop with Dahlena! "Modern Middle Eastern Dance with a Solid Foundation in the Past"
Choreography

Sunday, November 13, 2016
4:15-6pm

Choreography - Dahlena will teach a short dance using the combinations and technique from the first class.

Dahlena, one of the dancers featured on the cover of "American Bellydance Legends", is a career dancer, starting in Boston in the early 60's. She has performed in nightclubs across the U.S. as well as in France, Syria and Iraq. She was one of the preeminent pioneers of national workshops in the US.

Dahlena's experience of working with some of the finest musicians and dancers from the Middle East influenced her style of dance. Today, her choreography and dance style is Modern Middle Eastern, based on a solid foundation of the past.

Egypt's Raqia Hassan said, "She is fantastic. If beginners could see Dahlena dancing, then they would understand Arabic dance."

BOTH WORKSHOPS: $60 Until midnight 10/28, 2016 • $70 Until midnight 11/12/2016 • $80 at the door
ONE WORKSHOP: $35 Until midnight 10/28, 2016 • $40 Until midnight 11/12/2016 • $50 at the doc

August 2017


Vintage Dancer

Save the Date

LA Legends of Bellydance Weeklong Experience!

August 7-11, 2017

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!!

Click here to learn more.


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