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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.


Deb Rubin

Special Series

Deb Rubin's Dance Therapeutics

2 Days ONLY! Sunday, December 3rd and 10th, 2017
3-5:30pm

Get healthy for the Holidays.....
Treat yourself with these 2 "feel-good" workshops

1. Healthy Hipwork & Lower Body Therapeutics:
Learn how to get bigger, juicier hipwork, sharper isolations, improve your shimmies, layers, and traveling steps AND alleviate back pain and tension that limits your dancing. In this workshop, you'll refine your technique, learn fun new dance combos, AND learn Deb's favorite self-care tools for unlocking tight hips, hamstrings, and lower back, so you can feel the direct effects in your dancing! Half of this workshop is Dance Therapeutics mat work. Half of this workshop is dancing. Pls. bring yoga mat, water bottle, and yoga strap or scarf.

2. Serpentine Shoulders & Upper Body Therapeutics:
Class begins with dance Therapeutics mat practices to unlock tight shoulders, upper back, neck, and spine. Then we will apply this directly to your belly dance, with technique drills and dance combos focusing on ooey-gooey shoulder work, and serpentine slink of tribal fusion belly dance. Learn how to get the ultimate slink factor in your arms and torso movements, while unlocking tight shoulders and improving ease and health of movement.

Both: $85 presale • $100 door
One: $50 presale • $60 door


Schedule Change

Schedule Change

Schedule shift this one week only!

**Sherri's December 9th class will be at 2:30PM**
Bollywood is canceled on December 9th only!


Raquy Danziger

WORKSHOP

Unraveling the Mysteries of the Belly Dance Drum Solo with RAQUY DANZIGER

Saturday, December 9, 2017
12:30-2:30pm

Raquy, the absolutely brilliant musician featured on Heartbeat of Bellydance, one of Jenna’s instructional DVDs, is visiting from Istanbul and will be at DGLA for one exciting workshop only!

Are you, like many belly dancers terrified of the improvised belly dance drum solo? This workshop will show you how to relax, shine, and most importantly find fun and joy in the drum solo through:

  • Rhythm Identification – we will break down the most commonly used rhythms and give you tools to identify them on the spot.
  • How to cultivate playful interaction with the drummer
  • Ideas for creative movements to follow the rhythmic patterns
  • The art of pausing
  • How to build up to and create a climactic moment
  • How to use your zills in the drum solo

At the end of the workshop each participant will get a chance to try dancing to an improvised drum solo. What a fantastic opportunity!

$35 by midnight Wednesday Nov 29 • $45 til midnight Friday Dec 8 • $50 door


Heartbeat of Bellydance

SHOW

Jenna performs with Raquy Live!

Saturday, December 09, 2017
8:30pm

The Salon on 7th (Levantine Cultural Center)
429 W 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Get tickets here: $20.00 US


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.


Party DG style

PARTY

DG Winter FIESTA!
Our Annual Potluck Party!

Sunday, December 17, 2017
Doors open at 3pm, Show starts at 3:30pm!

Save the Date for our Awesome Annual Potluck, Recital and Party!

NEW!!! RAFFLE PRIZES ADDED!!!

- Performance DVD’s from FAHTIEM
- Cleopatra’s Bath Gift Basket from ZAHRA ZUHAIR
- Private Lessons (Valued at $80 and up!!) with Hannah Lily, Jenna, and Helena Vlahos!!!

Not to mention classes, class cards and more!

Classes are preparing to present their routines, so check in with us to see which classes are working on choreographies, and you can get in on the action!


dancer

DANCE WITH US!

We are OPEN after Fiesta!

Classes are ON with Hannah and Shoop Monday Dec 18, and with Jenna Tuesday Dec 19th AND Hannah Lily on Thursday Dec 21!


Winter break

Break

Winter Break

Regular classes will not be held from Saturday, December 23, 2017 through Monday, January 1st, 2018
Classes resume with a slightly different schedule for 2018 on Tuesday January 2nd, 2018. Please check the calendar
Tuesday, Jan 2nd we will reopen with Jenna's Birds of Paradise Performance Class at 7:15pm as usual, but Fahtiem's 8:30pm class will resume the *following* Tuesday.

January 2018


Schedule Change

Schedule Change

Schedule changes for 2018!

NEW THURSDAY SCHEDULE for 2018:
6:30pm - Beyond Beginner: Jenna (the same class that was at 8:30pm in 2017, an 'advanced beginner' that includes more complex movements, and introduces veil and finger cymbals)
7:30pm - Beginner: Jenna (now part of our "3 for Free" program!)
8:30pm - Samba: Irani (Yes! Our favorite Brazilian is BACK!)

NEW MONDAY SCHEDULE for 2018: (Don't worry, Hannah Lily will be back in the spring!) 6:30pm - Beginner Tribal Bellydance: Heather Shoopman
7:30pm - Beg/Int Tribal Fusion: Heather Shoopman
8:30pm - Int/Adv Tribal Fusion: Sherri Wheatley

Class Returns:

Irani is Back!! Samba Dance every Thursday Evening 8:30pm starting January 4, 2018

Nasila is Back!
12:15pm every Sunday is Shimmy/Shaabi Shakedown — Nasila's upbeat, fast-paced class with latest moves and music from the streets of Cairo. Technique, shimmies, combos, and improvisation with a bit of culture. Mixed Level class.


Jenna

WORKSHOP

TURN IT UP! Turn Techniques for Bellydancers - A Workshop with Jenna

Saturday, January 13, 2018
1:30-3pm

All Level Workshops (Beginners Welcome!)

This all-level workshop (yes beginners are welcome!) will cover tons of technique for different turns. You will learn the secrets to spotting, footwork, and arm placement to help your turns be controlled and balanced.... and magnificent!

We will definitely cover:

  • Crossover turn
  • 3-step turn
  • Character turn
  • 2-step turn
  • Barrel Turn

and might get into headspin turns, 'S' turns, and turning into big hip circles if time permits.

Turns add magic, texture and excitement to your dance — you can turn with grace and confidence!
That is… IF you TURN UP for this workshop!! ;)

$50 for both workshops (Jenna + Zahra!) by midnight on 1/5/2018 • $60 for both workshops after that
$30 for one workshop by midnight on 1/5/2018 • $35 for one workshop after that


Zahra

WORKSHOP

Intro Saidi with Cane Workshop with Zahra

Saturday, January 13, 2018
3-4:30pm

Assaya is a stick or cane used in Egyptian folk dances of Upper Egypt (southern Egypt), known as the Said (Saeed). Raqs is the Arabic word for Dance. Traditionally, the Saidi men carried large staffs (called Tahtiyb) with them which they used as weapons, and eventually a folk dance developed where the men would mock fight with the long sticks. Women then began dancing with canes as a way of playfully imitating the men's dance, and eventually Raqs al Assaya, or "cane dance" developed into a distinct women's dance.

In this workshop Zahra will explain the rhythm, steps and styling of Saidi music, adding the use of a cane. Saidi Cane Dancing is a great addition to every bellydancers repertoire!

Bring a cane! Don't have one? No worries, we have several to share!
All levels welcome! A solid foundation in Bellydance Basics recommended.

$50 for both workshops (Zahra + Jenna!) by midnight on 1/5/2018 • $60 for both workshops after that
$30 for one workshop by midnight on 1/5/2018 • $35 for one workshop after that


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)


Heather Shoopman

Shoop's Sunday Savasana with Reiki & Sound

Balance * Heal * Rejuvenate *

January 28, February 25, March 25, and April 29 2018
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.

February 2018


Heather Shoopman

Shoop's Sunday Savasana with Reiki & Sound

Balance * Heal * Rejuvenate *

January 28, February 25, March 25, and April 29 2018
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.

March 2018


Heather Shoopman

Shoop's Sunday Savasana with Reiki & Sound

Balance * Heal * Rejuvenate *

January 28, February 25, March 25, and April 29 2018
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.

April 2018


Heather Shoopman

Shoop's Sunday Savasana with Reiki & Sound

Balance * Heal * Rejuvenate *

January 28, February 25, March 25, and April 29 2018
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.


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