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August 2017


Arleen Hurtado

GUEST TEACHER

Flamenco with Arleen Hurtado

4 Saturdays in August: 5, 12, 19, 26
1:30-2:30pm

Have you ever wanted to study flamenco dance but found a traditional class slightly intimidating? If so, this is the course for you! In this 4 week crash course we will be diving into the elements of flamenco dance best suited for creating your own fusion, or just building a base in flamenco technique. This is an introductory course focusing on the fundamentals of flamenco rhythms, upper body technique, arm and hand movements, and footwork patterns. We will learn about the subtle differences of feminine and masculine dance lines, movements and posture. By the end of the course you will be on your way to making deliberate, educated and informed choices in how to add flamenco dance styling, music and elements into your own choreography. Our music selection for this unique class will be a mix of traditional flamenco, flamenco rock, funk and arabè.

There is no dress code, just be comfy. All levels welcome.

$50 for the series, or drop in with cash/credit/debit or class card. Sorry, no Passports or Groupon.


Heather Shoopman

FREE THE PELVIS

Mindful Bellydance: Free the Pelvis with Shoop!

Mondays in August
8pm

I'm back! 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.

August ~ Free the Pelvis

We will work on pelvic specific movements within bellydance, as well as pelvic floor, low back and leg specific yoga asanas. The root and sacral chakras rule this work. If inspired wear your reds, golds and oranges! DJ Shoop is feeling Africa and Jamaica, dancehall, reggae and tribal drums.


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


Nasila

NEW CLASS!

Nasila Returns! SUNDAY SHAABI SHIMMYFEST!

Sundays starting September 3rd
12:30-1:30pm

Intermediate Bellydance

Nasila says "All I wanna do is dance…" which fits in PERFECTLY at DanceGardenLA — Let's Do It! :)


Rosie the Riveter

Holiday Closures

Labor Day!

DanceGarden will be CLOSED for classes Monday September 4th

Labor Day weekend Schedule:
Modified Schedule Saturday 9/2: 9am with Arturo and 10 & 11am with DeVilla are ON! No classes after that. (No Bollywood, Flamenco or Samba)

Open for full Sunday schedule with Zahra, Kamala and Nasila!

CLOSED labor day 9/4

Please click here for schedule


Heather Shoopman

GUEST TEACHER!

Beginner Tribal with Shoop!

Thursdays at 6:30pm

Shoop teaches Beginner Tribal for all of September — your first class is free!


Jenna

NEW Class!

Beyond Beginner with Jenna is back!

Thursdays starting September 7th
8:30-9:30pm

So you have had a few classes and you are feeling ready to move on and up the challenge! This class explores more complex movements and traveling steps, and most enticingly, introduces the bellydancer’s best friends — the finger cymbals and veil! Yes! Jenna gets you started with time-tested techniques for understanding the rhythms played on the zills so you can begin to feel comfort and ease while playing (with practice of course!). Her meticulous examination of the mechanics necessary for making your veil dance like a magical spirit across the stage will give you the tools to create art with a few yards of fabric! This is the next step — so exciting!


Heather Shoopman

TORSO TRIBUTE

Mindful Bellydance: Torso Tribute with Shoop!

Mondays in September
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.

September ~ Torso Tribute: We will focus on the torso and all that it holds. Movements and asanas for the shoulders, back, ribs, hips and organs. As the solar plexus and heart chakras awaken, you may be inspired to rock more yellows, greens and pinks.


Deb Rubin

Special Series

Back to School Bellydance Bootcamp: A Smorgasbord of Tribal Treats with Deb Rubin!

3 Mondays in September: September 10, 17 & 24th only!
7-8pm

Refine your technique, build your muscle memory, learn sassy new combos, layers, drills, elegance, and grace. Class includes dance conditioning, technique drills, combos, and improv development. Bring your finger cymbals too!

$50 for the series, drop-ins available with cash, cc or class card. No Groupon or Living Social.

October 2017


Jayna

WORKSHOP

"Sword of a Show Off" with Jayna!

Sunday, October 1st
2-4:30pm

Looking to learn the tricks of the trade? Notorious for being quite the trickster herself, Jayna Manoushe will show you how to maneuver your sword with ease and transition between movements gracefully...allowing you to be a humble show off!

This workshop is for beginner/intermediate dancers. Please bring your own sword and maybe a headband or scarf to wear on your head if you have a sensitive little noggin or very healthy, slippery hair ;)

If you've seen this second-generation star dancer perform sword, you will be rushing to take this workshop! Presentation, balancing and more from the innovative mind of Jayna Manoushe!

$48 Until midnight 9/15, 2017 • $58 Until midnight 6/24/2017 • $70 at the door


Heather Shoopman

HEAD, HANDS & FEET

Mindful Bellydance: Head, Hands & Feet ~ Road to the Heart with Shoop

Mondays in September
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.

November 2017


Heather Shoopman

RECITAL PREP

Mindful Bellydance: Prep for the DGLA Annual Holiday Fiesta Recital: Putting it All Together!

Mondays in September
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.

December 2017


Heather Shoopman

RECITAL PREP

Mindful Bellydance: Prep for the DGLA Annual Holiday Fiesta Recital: Putting it All Together!

Mondays in September
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.


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