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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!

New building

DanceGardenLA moved to a new location

3191 Casitas Avenue, Suite 112
Los Angeles, CA 90039

Visit the contact page for directions.


Schedule Changes

Schedule Changes

Schedule Changes

Zahra’s 8pm class RaqStar Technique will move to 7pm.

Shoop's Thursday R & R classes are being replaced with Moon Yoga on the *last* Thursday of the month.


Wonderful Wednesday Workshop

WWW: Deepen your Dance for Solo Performance with Heather Shoopman.

4 Wednesdays in April — 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

Level: advanced with desire to get more comfortable dancing solo

This class is designed to help you kick it up a notch in your personal practice. Whether you are already dancing solo or have been considering it, Shoop will help you get more comfortable and even enjoy it!

Warm up is a blend of breath, yoga and free flowing movements. In technique we’ll work on stringing movements together, adding layers and traveling steps. We will then do exercises to get your creativity flowing and develop your improvisation skills. Assignments will be given on adding various dramatic elements to your dance.

Class is half technique and half interactive performance practice.

All 4 Wednesdays for $55! Or drop in with class cards, cash, Passport



"Counts of eight to set you straight" with Jayna


Learn new mini routines every week with the Combo Queen, Jayna Manoushe (can I get two hip drops and a SHAKE?!)! In this class, you'll practice technique, drill moves and learn how to think on your toes. The choreography you learn will be yours to incorporate into your own routines, toss in while you're "free styling" on the dance floor or you can string them all together to make a complete routine! It's up to you what you create with counts of eight to set you straight ;)

Helena Vlahos


Vintage Bellydance Workshop with Helena Vlahos: Technique & Styling from the 1960's & 1970's Part 2

Sunday, April 10, 2016
2-5pm Workshop, 5-6 Practicum

Living Legend Helena Vlahos, originally from Greece, will share with you the format & style for the ubiquitous 6-part routine that was de rigeur in the 60’s and 70’s for its grand entertainment value and enticing flow that built the reputation of bellydance as an art form in the USA. She has covered the Entrance, Bolero and Chifteteli in her first SOLD OUT workshop, and so this class will dig in to the remaining parts of the classic Routine:

  • Belady (or "Medium Fast")
  • Drum Solo
  • Finale

I know you will enjoy learning how we danced it in the 60's & 70’s!

Following the workshop, from 5-6pm students will have a chance to try out the different parts of the routine for themselves, with feedback from Helena! To choose this option, please register for both Workshop AND Practicum.

WORKSHOP & PRACTICUM (2-6PM) $75 Until midnight April 1, 2016 • $85 Until midnight 4/9/2016 • $100 at the door

WORKSHOP ONLY (2-5PM) $58 Until midnight April 1, 2016 • $65 Until midnight 4/9/2016 • $75 at the door

Heather Shoopman


Moon Yoga with Shoop

April 28

Join us on the last Thursday of each month as we slow things down and focus inward. Much of daily life and yoga practice is focused on solar energy which is active, outward and warm. This soothing evening practice connects to the cool, receptive lunar energy to melt tension away and bring balance to the body and mind. This class is quiet and meditative with a perfect balance of movement and conscious rest. You will receive aromatherapy, Reiki and sound healing during resting poses. We spend an extra long time in Savasanah (Corpse pose) to allow you the full experience of yourself. You will feel the grounding effects days and weeks to come!


Party DG style



May 15, 2016
Doors *no sooner* than 4:30pm, Show begins 5pm

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 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!


Vintage Dancer

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!!

View the flyer or click here to learn more.

Past Events