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May 2017

Live Music Show

Show with Live Music

Live Music & Bellydance Show Starring Roxxanne, Jenna, Zahra with live band at DGLA!

Saturday May 6, 2017
Doors open at 7:30pm, Performance at 8pm

Special Guests: Phoenyx::BellydanceRising

And just added!! Special Appearance by Donia!

Live Music by: Victoria Carter, Malek Voussough, Gokhan Bulut, Mike Ohlinger, Andy Cheng

Show at DanceGardenLA.
Ample Free Parking

$15 by midnight May 4th • $20 at the door

Party DG style


DGLA's TENTH Anniversary Fiesta! Potluck & Performances!

May 21, 2017
Doors *no sooner* than 2:30pm, Show begins 3pm

Please bring a dish to share! Check our Facebook event to see what to bring.

Performances by DanceGarden teachers, students, and more! Come celebrate another year of delightful dancing! Be ready to clap, hoot, and holler, and have a great time!

Raffles for CLASSES and Open Dancing!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Sign up on our Facebook event page or e-mail Jenna to help

Admission is FREE with a dish or drink to share (large main dish can count for 2 people)! Our 10th Anniversary, wooooowweeee!!!
Bring a dish to share, and come *NO EARLIER THAN 2:30pm*, our student performances being at 3pm!

June 2017

Zahra Zuhair - Bellydance Basics


Bellydance Basics with Zahra Zuhair!

Starting Sunday, June 4, 2017


Bellydance Basics - Also known as oriental dance, or raqs sharqi, Bellydance is a beautiful, feminine art form for all ages, shapes and sizes! Zahra's easy-to-understand breakdown of bellydance movements makes learning fun. Zahra, co-founder of DGLA, is loved for her knowledgeable, patient and generous teaching style. Her organic approach to learning oriental dance movements naturally is highly respected by her colleagues and students worldwide.

Alli Ruth


"Sassy Sayins for Easy Playins" Zill Workshop with Alli Ruth
Includes combinations and choreography!

Sunday June 11, 2017

Inspired by zill masters Artemis and Aida Al Adawi's memory techniques, combined with Joshua Foer's "mental athlete" theories and Alli's own wacky mind, we will go through several arabic rhythms adding word play to patterns. You will NOT forget these compositions, and learn how to create your own memory games to work with in the future. We will work through an acapella zill piece with choreography and options for using various combinations.

$30 until midnight June 10th • $40 at the door
Want to take both Alli Ruth's and Helena's workshops on 6/11/17? $60 only!

Helena Vlahos


Workshop with Helena Vlahos: Greek Bellydance Style

Sunday June 11, 2017

Learn how to dance to Greek belly dance music — what the Greeks call "Chiftetell" Native Greek Bellydance Legend Helena will teach you how to dance to the traditional Chiftetelli AND the modern pop Chiftetelli musical styles just in time for the season of Greek festivals with live music at all the Greek churches. When you attend, you will recognize the different Chiftetelli music and feel confident to dance! Or just ask the musicians to play a Chiftetelli for you!

Zills go hand in hand with Helena's classic Greek style. "Just You and Your Zills" Solo dance with only your zills, using different rhythms to accompany your movements.

$35 until midnight May 26th • $42 until midnight June 10th • $50 at the door
Want to take both Helena's and Alli Ruth's workshops on 6/11/17? $60 only!

July 2017

Princess Farhana


Extreme Taxim with Princess Farhana

Sunday July 16, 2017

One of the juiciest aspects of Arabic music is a taxim – a soulful improvisation by a single instrument riffing up and down the Arabic maqam or scale. This workshop focuses on understanding the unique structure for taxim as well chiftetelli, a Greco-Turkish rhythm commonly associated with taxim pieces. We'll explore the emotional texture of each musical interlude as well as the technique associated with it. You'll learn movements and combinations perfectly suited for traditional Oriental taxim and chiftetelli pieces: several types of undulations, layered shimmies, and unusual variations on camels and figure eights. You'll also grasp the fundamentals for beautiful abdominal technique, like belly rolls and flutters.

Please bring a veil.

$45 by midnight June 30 • $55 until midnight July 15 • $60 door

August 2017

Cory Zamora


Classic "AmCab" Veil Ties with Cory Zamora!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Cory Zamora is back at DGLA to kick off LA Legends week with her legendary veil ties! She taught the first 3 last year, and will teach 4-6 this time around.

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:

  1. #1 Roman
  2. #2 My Tie
  3. #3 Grecian

Bring a 4 yard veil and zills!
Cory will also have some veils with her, and informative handouts.
DVD’s of the ties for sale, too!

Come unveil a week of LEGENDS OF LA!

$58 Until midnight Friday 7/21/2017 • $65 Until midnight 8/5/2017 • $75 at the door

Vintage Dancer

Save the Date

LA Legends of Bellydance Weeklong Experience!

August 7-11, 2017

Over 27 hours of dance instruction and lectures!

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!!

Exact Schedule TBA very soon, but all your favorites are back - Fahtiem, Kamala, Helena, Princess Farhana, Mesmera, Sahra Saeeda, Zahra Zuhair AND SPECIAL GUEST DAHLENA!!!!

Click here to learn more.

$555 by midnight May 5th • $650 afterwards • or 4 payments of $175 each (due by April 15, May 15, June 15, July 15)

September 2017

Zahra Zuhair


RaqStar Bellydance (Intermediate/Advanced) with ZAHRA ZUHAIR

Starting Sunday, September 10, 2017

Finally, Zahra is back with Intermediate/Advanced bellydance class at DanceGardenLA! Zahra, co-founder of DGLA, is loved for her knowledgeable, patient and generous teaching style. Her organic approach to learning oriental dance movements naturally is highly respected by her colleagues and students worldwide.

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