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2014

Lots of exciting new things coming up in the new year! Check out our new schedule on our online calendar, and get ready for Wonderful Wednesday Workshop series with bellydance legends Helena Vlahos and Princess Farhana, visits from out-of-town artists like Mahin of Arizona, and great dance events like the Solo Salon and of course taXim! Hear about it all as its announced -- Join our email list or like our Facebook page for the latest notifications!

New building

DanceGardenLA moved to New Location

3191 Casitas Avenue, Suite 112
Los Angeles, CA 90039

Visit the contact page for directions.

December 2014


Schedule Change

CLASS SCHEDULE UPDATE: MONDAYS in DECEMBER

Bellyquake on hold til January 5 and will start at 5:45 in 2015!

Princess Farhana filling in for Tamra-henna 6:30 - 7:30, featuring ooey-gooey moves to Omm Khalthoum music!


Shoop

Wonderful Wednesday Workshops

Shoopography: Tribal Fusion to perform at the Fiesta!

Three Wednesdays in December - 3, 10, and 17
6:45pm

Wanna perform at the recital? Didn't get a chance to learn a choreography? You're in luck!! Shoop has a fun, quirky lil routine for you to learn and perform at the feista with her. Follow the link below to see the piece. You will be learning the song "Typewriter" which starts at 2:00. Join the fun!


PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY (You may pay using the button above or the first day at the door)

No drop ins or Groupons, but class cards and passports are OK attending all 3.

$35 for 3 classes — No Drop-ins, Passports, Groupon or Class Cards.


Princess Farhana

Saturday Morning Sampler

SMS with Princess Farhana!

Every Saturday at 9am!

Saturday Morning Sampler! Beginner Bellydance at 9am with a different teacher each month!

What a great way to learn bellydance - from a sampling of the best teachers all under one roof! The class is ongoing so you don’t have to worry about registering or sessions beginning or ending. Just come in and learn to move like a bellydancer!

December 2014 & January 2015 will feature the fabulous Princess Farhana.

You can find which teacher is scheduled on our Calendar page!


Devilla

Super Saturday Series

Oh Mighty Isis - Wings! with DeVilla

Three Saturdays in December - 6, 13, and 20
12:30-1:30pm

A 3 part workshop and performance opportunity! Class will perform at the Winter Fiesta on Dec. 21.

NO DROP INS, NO GROUPONS, CLASS CARDS OR PASSPORTS

All 3 Classes! $35 by midnight on Friday 11/21 • $40 after that


Jenna

Workshop

Classic Elegance: Bellydance Choreography with Jenna

Sunday, December 7
1-4pm

Learn a full routine to Kairo Casbah by Setrak Sarkissian from the Desert Passage compilation (available for purchase at the studio) including traditional movements with Jenna’s signature style.

Perfect for stage!

$40 early bird BY Tuesday Nov 25 • $48 pre-registration after that • $60 at the door


Party DG style

PARTY

DG Winter FIESTA!
Our Annual Potluck Party!

December 21, 2014
Doors *no sooner* than 4pm, Show begins 4:30pm

Come celebrate another year of delightful dancing!

The potluck in ON! 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!

Raffles for CLASSES!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! E-mail Jenna at to help!

Check our Facebook event for updates and to tell us you are coming!

Admission - $10 or FREE with a dish or drink to share (large main dish can count for 2 people! :)


Snowflake

BREAK

DG Winter Break

December 22, 2014-January 2, 2015

No regularly scheduled classes from Monday December 22, 2014 through Friday January 2, 2015.
2015 classes begin Saturday January 3!

2015

January


Nasila's Back!

Saturday Shimmy Shakedown

Starting January 3, Nasila’s shimmyriffic class shakes its way back to DGLA!

In February, we’ll add back her popular choreography class directly following Shimmy Shakedown, so get ready for her famously FUN dance routines!


Princess Farhana

Saturday Morning Sampler

SMS with Princess Farhana!

Every Saturday at 9am!

Saturday Morning Sampler! Beginner Bellydance at 9am with a different teacher each month!

What a great way to learn bellydance - from a sampling of the best teachers all under one roof! The class is ongoing so you don’t have to worry about registering or sessions beginning or ending. Just come in and learn to move like a bellydancer!

December 2014 & January 2015 will feature the fabulous Princess Farhana.

You can find which teacher is scheduled on our Calendar page!


Sherri Wheatly

New Class!

Tribal Fusion with Sherri Wheatly

Sundays 12:30 - 1:30pm
Starting Sunday January 4, 2015

Mixed Level Tribal Fusion Bellydance: Technique, Drills and Combinations

Technique is developed by the establishment and reinforcement of muscle memory. When we have earned it through drilling and conditioning, we focus on application and "the flow." Movement that considers the path, not just hurrying from point A to point B. or rushing through counts. Herein lies the grace and artistry of dance. Class will be structured into warm up, drilling and finally technique application. Featuring less choreography and more short "building block" focused combinations, this class will feature a more set curriculum featuring shimmy drills, slow and sinuous muscle control drills, a cool down yoga practice, zill work and more. Open to mixed levels (basic knowedge of ATS (American Tribal Style) and/or bellydance vocabulary is helpful, but not necessary—all levels are welcome). I would like to incorporate zills (finger cymbals) into some of our drills, so if you have some, please bring them!

Also, just as important as the instrument that we are working with is the connection between our minds and bodies. For this reason, we are going to focus on the psychological side of dance and performance from opening yourself fully to learning something new and making peace with the fact that this is a process, to gaining confidence in yourself and bringing that to your experience both in and out of class. Remember: Life is improv. Get comfortable with it in the dance studio, get better at rolling with the punches outside of the dance studio. True stories!


Princess Farhana

Wonderful Wednesday Workshops

WWW: Zills, Drills, Skills, and Frills: Technique, Combinations, and Finger Cymbals with Princess Farhana

All 4 Wednesdays in January - 7, 14, 21, and 28
6:45-7:45pm

Shimmy into the New Year tuning up your technique and dancing out that holiday season lethargy! This quick-paced series focuses on stationary and travelling shimmy drills with embellishments, plus Oriental and fusion combinations… with finger cymbals!

DROP IN or Pre-register to save: $42 for all 4 classes!

February


Princess Farhana

Wonderful Wednesday Workshops

WWW: Abs-olutely Fabulous: All Abdominal Technique with Princess Farhana

All 4 Wednesdays in February - 4, 11, 18, and 25
6:45-7:45pm

It’s time to BELLY dance… This special workshop will focus exclusively abdominal technique and core strength and laying the foundation for truly incredible abdominal work. Learn how to flutter and achieve amazing belly rolls- we’ll drill rolls upwards, downwards and from side to side! You will also learn to LAYER your abdominal movements, like the amazing “flundulation”, a flutter layered over a belly roll; or combining abdominal work with figure eights and upper torso isolations. Also: stomach pops, many types of body waves and undulations, muscular and breathe control. Pretty soon you'll be yellin' "That Just How I Roll!”

DROP IN or Pre-register to save: $42 for all 4 classes!


Sunday Performance Salon

Performance Salon Sunday - special guest star: ROXANNE!

Solo Salon

Sunday, January 25, 2015
Doors at 7pm (no sooner!). Show begins at 7:30pm

Join us for a casual, friendly evening of dancing fun with DG students and sometimes special guests!

Please note: Street shoes are not permitted on the dance floor. You will be asked to remove your shoes before finding a seat. :)

Come see what we have in store… $5 Admission at the Door
Snacks & Drinks available for sale

Got a piece you want to perform? Want to try a new choreography? Need to practice improvising for a friendly audience? Email Jenna to sign up to dance at our next Sunday Salon!

March


Sabrina

Workshop

SPECIAL GUEST TEACHER - Seismic Shimmies with Sabrina

March 1st
2-4pm

Learn the Shimmy Secrets of International Bellydance Star Sabrina! Generate your shimmies in more ways than you ever thought possible!!! Control the size and speed of your shimmies to match your music. Learn two legged, one legged, traveling and even seated shimmies suitable for layering movements or simply showing off. Even learn to bend over and pick something up while shimmying! Suitable for all dance levels, beginners, too!

Please bring water, ballet shoes, (or dance heels if you will be shimmying in heels on stage), a yoga mat (some available at the studio for loan) or towel for the floor warmup segment and your smile.

Suitable for all levels - yes, BEGINNERS are totally welcome!

Bonus!: Costume Sale following the workshop (4-5pm) — so after you WORK you can SHOP! :)

Only $30 until 2/15 • $35 pre-registration until 2/28 • $40 door


Melanie Lane

Wonderful Wednesday Workshops

WWW: Special Guest - Melanie Lane presenting
Line and Space- Define your Body Line and Develop your Spatial Intelligence

All 4 Wednesdays in March - 4, 11, 18, and 25
6:45-7:45pm

Dance is all about your body line. We'll explore what lines we create when we move, how to shape and direct those lines, and how to play with the negative space between. You'll get solid tools and techniques to find your line, learn to extend it, and find the flow between movements. We'll do this by learning more about our personal space and how to expand it to reach our audience. These exercises will be used with group work as well and will make your group look more "together" and connected with less rehearsal time.

Drop-ins accepted at regular class price, although registration is recommended for continuity and maximum benefit. Regular 5 or 10 class cards accepted, no discount cards, and *NO PASSPORTS*

DROP IN or Pre-register to save: $42 for all 4 classes!


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