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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.


Andrea

Special Series!

Samba Funk: with ANDREA

4 Saturdays in September: September 9, 16, 23 & 30th only!
1:30pm

Come dance to Afro beat, kuduro, samba, and baile funk from the favelas of Brazil with Andrea. This workshop will focus on new sounds and styles of the favelas.

Drop in with regular class pricing OR pre-register for all four classes for ONLY $45!


Deb Rubin

Special Series

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

3 Mondays in September: September 10, 18 & 25th 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 9/30 • $70 at the door


Heather Shoopman

HEAD, HANDS & FEET

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

Mondays in October
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.


Jenna

Workshop

Arm Yourself! Beautiful Hands & Arms for Bellydance with Jenna

October 15, 2017
1:45-3:15pm

Arms make the difference between *dancing* and just shaking your hips around! They frame your hard work, can showcase your grace and strength, and add another dimension to your performance. The beautifully floral hand work is a signature of bellydance, and even just the hand position itself can convey relaxed confidence and elegant poise. With a start in ballet, Jenna developed much of her upper body stylings from her extensive training with NYC mentor, Serena, herself having studied hand movements from none other than Ruth St. Denis. Jenna has designed hand, arm and posture exercises to build skills towards naturally incorporating beautiful arms into your dance. ALL LEVELS of dancer (even & especially beginners) to start good practices now, or to break quirky habits they have developed! We will practice drills for strength and flexibility in the hands and arms, technique for sinuous and graceful movements, and also use the arms as both frames and actors with dance moves and traveling steps.

$50 for both workshops (Jenna + Zahra!) by midnight on 9/29 • $60 for both workshops after that
$30 for one workshop by midnight on 9/29 • $35 for one workshop after that


Zahra

Workshop

Shimmies, Shimmies, & more Shimmies! with Zahra Zuhair

October 15, 2017
3:30-5pm

This workshop will cover many different shimmies used in bellydance; stationery shimmies, traveling shimmies, modern shimmies, old fashioned shimmies, layered shimmies, and more shimmies! The class is open to all levels, however a good foundation in bellydance basics strongly suggested.

$50 for both workshops (Zahra + Jenna!) by midnight on 9/29 • $60 for both workshops after that
$30 for one workshop by midnight on 9/29 • $35 for one workshop after that

November 2017


Heather Shoopman

RECITAL PREP

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

Mondays in November
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 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.

January 2018


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.

FULL PACKAGE: All the Simon: $120 by midnight on 12/29/17 • $135 for one workshop after that
Any two workshops: $80 by midnight on 12/29/17 • $100 for one workshop after that
Any single workshop: $50 for one workshop


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