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2015

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.

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!


Calendar Update

UPDATE

Thursday update for January

JANUARY ONLY: Bollywood will be cancelled for the month and Susan’s Tribal Expansion will be at 6:30 for all of January and then return to its normal time (5:30) in February.


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!


Susan Frankovich

New Class!

Tribal Expansion with Susan Frankovich

Thursdays at 5:30 starting January 8, 2015

Do you want to feel strong and confident in your dance? In this class we will focus on cleaning up some of the stuff you already know (there will be some new stuff too!) and how to do it in a different way. We will play with various speeds and sizes, extension and contraction, and initiating movements from the core. Each class will start with a yoga sequence to help you with alignment, strengthening, and opening up your posture so you feel warm, confident in your mind and body, and ready to move. There will be a drilling segment and a combo in each class.


Roxxane

Workshop

Dabke Workshop with Roxxanne

Sunday, January 25th
2-5pm

Dabke is the folkdance style of the people of the Levant (Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Jordan and parts of Iraq).

Jump and stomp with us to simple and fun circle dances done for centuries by people of all ages. Then, we will venture into more intricate foot work and explore performance style Dabke leading to a choreography.

Please wear shoes (dance sneakers or character shoes). Performance opportunities for this choreography will be available!!

Roxxane has danced social Dabke all her life as a member of the Syrian/Lebanese community of Southern California. She has also trained professionally with master of professional Dabke -Vivianne Hamamdjian, L'Emir Hassan Harfouche and Karim Ali.

Only $38 until 1/16 • $42 pre-registration until 1/24 • $50 door


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!

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!


Roxxane

Workshop

Explore The Essence Of Your Dance with Roxxanne Shelaby

Sunday, February 8, 2015
1:30-3:30pm

Delve into the essence of authentic Arabic Belly Dance to discover your own essence in the dance.

Roxxanne is frequently heralded by professionals and lovers of the dance as someone who captures the feeling of Arabic music in an effortlessly beautiful way. The music flows through her and is shown easily in her natural style, no doubt a result of her upbringing, surrounded by dance, music and culture of the Middle East.

Only $35 until 1/30 • $42 after that


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!


Rayna Renee

Workshop

RANYA RENÉE of NYC!!! "Organic Oriental" Workshop

Sunday, February 22, 2015
2-5:30pm

Organically Grown Egyptian Oriental
We'll tap into a vintage vibe, one that never goes out of style, to mine the gold from a traditional approach to Egyptian rhythms and steps in Oriental dance. This will be an approach to Oriental dance that is driven by the melody line of the music and how it evolves. We’ll start with a juicy old-school baladi-shaabi warmup, to get the body’s internal relationships cooking between floor and hips, and work posturally for elegant support all the way up. Then we’ll move into organic Oriental in-place and traveling combinations, working with different types of steps that are traditionally applied to specific rhythms, in the context of melodic phrasing… also how to travel without traveling far, and how to travel farther but still get back home in time. Many dancers stick with just the rhythmic cycles and the usual counts of 8, but focusing on the melody line brings out the romantic essence of the dance and allows for greater personal expression. Strong and graceful use of the hands and arms will aid physical phrasing of the melody and direct the audience’s attention. Breathing along with the musical phrases will bring out the overarching melody line, helping to avoid a choppy look and smoothing transitions between phrases and sections. We’ll address how to count so that it doesn’t look “count-y,” and also how to stop counting to focus on the feeling and directionality of the music. In terms of music selections, we’ll dance to a variety of classy, tasteful pieces…plus a few raunchy numbers to spice things up for ya. :-) Exercises will include technique drills workout, guided combination and evolution of key steps within and between different rhythms, musicality practice, and improvisation work.

Some history on this topic:
Ranya had a mind-blowing 8-hour-long private-lesson marathon with the legendary Mona el Saeed in Egypt several years ago. As they worked on baladi material, Mona noted several steps that were tied to different rhythms in the music, and this was something of a revelation. For traditionally trained Oriental dancers in Egypt (like Mona), certain steps go well with certain rhythms, while others just don’t work as well—and this is a bit different from the typical approach to the dance seen in the US, and even in some cases, in Westernized Egyptian folklore, where movements may be mixed-and-matched. The "organic" approach is typically seen in Egyptian Oriental dancers who don’t come from a folklore background. Since many top teachers today did come from folkloric companies, it is harder to find trained teachers that focus strongly on the more (ironically) "native" approach to interpreting Oriental dance music. This is the approach we'll work with today, building confidence on how to choose authentic tried-and-true movements on the spot, and how to make these movement choices look crisp and comfortable even when they are improvised.

Only $75 until 2/16 • $85 pre-registration until 2/22 • $90 door


Rayna Renee

Private Coaching

Coaching with Ranya - Breathwork for Performance

Private and semi-private lessons and coaching with Ranya in technique or performance skils are possible at DanceGarden before or after the workshop. Please contact Ranya directly at office@ranya.neto for more information and to schedule a session. Per-hour rates are $100 (one person), $150 (two), $180 (three) or $200 (four), plus studio rental. You may contact DanceGardenLA@gmail.com regarding studio rental, a special rate will be offered for Ranya’s private classes in the small room.

Ranya began developing her breathwork method in 1996 as a way to maintain upper back posture for Egyptian dance, discovered its potential for connection with audiences, and has been performing with it and teaching it to dancers and other artists around the world ever since. Breathwork for Performance draws on energizing and calming uses of the breath from body-mind practices and theater, and applies them to an in-the-moment way of dancing, moving and being present. This method creates a heightened sense of awareness on the part of both the performer and the audience, creating a bridge of energy between them. If you want to increase your onstage charisma, develop more spontaneity and openness in your dance, or if you have ever struggled with stage fright or nervousness, feeling disconnected with an audience, difficulty relaxing into your dance, or feeling like your energy wasn’t filling the room, this material is for you. You’ll learn tools of how to reach out to an audience while relaxing yourself at the same time, and how to incorporate the physical techniques of breathwork and pelvic floor energy work into your own technique. (Ranya is presenting on her breathwork method at the 2015 Performance Psychology Conference in San Diego on Saturday.)

For more information visit http://ranya.net/breathwork or email Ranya.

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!


Devilla

Workshop

DeVilla: "Who's that Girl" Character Creation for Stage

March 22, 2015
1:45-4:15pm

Creating your own personal stage persona or a theatrical character for stage can seem daunting! Thought must be given to location, costuming, lighting, hair, make up, styling and evolution of the character to create a finished piece.

Whether you're dancing to classic Om Kalsoum number, a modern pop hit, a tribal fusion piece or big theatrical drama we will discuss the steps needed to get you from start to finish with polish, style and ease!

This is a lecture, video and practical workshop. Yes you will dance and create!

Please bring a note book or tablet any ideas you may have for a piece you wish to create and props you may need for that creation! No ideas, No worries, we will make some magic happen!

$40 by midnight on March 13th • $48 after that • $50 at the door

April


Princess Farhana

Wonderful Wednesday Workshops

Sizzling Sword Work with Princess Farhana

Wednesdays in April - 1,8,15,22,29, 2015
6:45-7:45pm

Whether you want to "sharpen" your sword skills or are just beginning to work with a scimitar, this series provides a strong technical foundation for sword balancing skills and floor work. After an intense warm-up and conditioning excercises, we'll go over sword handling and safety, moving on to many different balance points; graceful descents and ascents; sword tosses, floor work, partner work and balancing with shimmies, level changes and turns- all of which will be incorporated into a short routine. Bring your sword and/or a heavy book for balancing, and a yoga mat. Don't own a sword? There'll be a couple of loaners (and yoga mats) available in class.

Due to the nature of sword work, space is limited and you MUST have at least intermediate dance skills.

Drop in or register to save — No Groupon, Living Social or Passports.

All 5 Wednesdays for $50 by midnight Friday March 20, 2015. • $55 after that


Devilla

Workshop

Devilla presents Shamadan: Bring out the Bride

April 12, 2015
1:45-4:15pm

The traditional use of Shamadan in the bridal prosession and the fun modern ways it can be used today. I will give a quick historical lesson on the origin and traditional use of Shamadan, introduce the Zeffa rhythm and appropriate music. We will Discuss fitting, care and storage and use of real candles as opposed to LED lights. Then the fun stuff! How you can use Shamadan as a dramatic accent to your modern day performances!

We will cover history, fitting, care. feeding and storage and how to put the darn thing on your head and dance with it!!!

You will need a note book or tablet. a head scarf, and Shamadan. Don't have a shamadan but want to take the class, no problem, I do have a few I can loan!

$40 by midnight Friday April 3 • $48 after that • $50 at the door


Party DG style

PARTY

DG Spring FIESTA!

April 26, 2015
Doors *no sooner* than 4:30pm, Show begins 5pm

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!

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

July


Princess Farhana

Wonderful Wednesday Workshops

Improvisation Sensation: Fearless Improv with Princess Farhana

Wednesdays in July- 1,8,15,22,29, 2015
6:45-7:45pm

This series gives you the the tools to spontaneously create beautiful Oriental or fusion-style dances. Using mind and body techniques and exercises to increase your musicality, you will learn to trust your intuition and let your creative juices flow! Instead of relying on choreography alone, learn to use instinct and emotion to access your technique vocabulary, fearlessly building your own improvised pieces. Arabic song structure will become demystified through musical analysis as you learn to "illustrate" the music with your body, to both the rhythm and the melody. We'll go over musical phrasing, spatial awareness, directional concepts and use of repetition; poses, body lines and layers, techniques for mapping out marked improv, and how to relax into the music, letting it guide you. Add power and personality to your performance as you build the confidence to experiment and improvise with traditionally-based and contemporary belly dance technique.

All levels welcome.

Drop in or register to save — No Groupon, Living Social or Passports.

All 5 Wednesdays for $50 by midnight Friday June 19, 2015. • $55 after that


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