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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 Wonderful Wednesday Workshop series with bellydance legends Helena Vlahos and Princess Farhana, visits from out-of-town artists like Mahin of Arizona, and great dance events like the Solo Salon and of course taXim! Hear about it all as its announced -- Join our email list or like our Facebook page for the latest notifications!

New building

DanceGardenLA moved to New Location

3191 Casitas Avenue, Suite 112
Los Angeles, CA 90039

Visit the contact page for directions.

October 2014

Princess Farhana

Wonderful Wednesday Workshops

Black and White: Egyptian Golden Age Style Belly Dance (history, Technique, and Choreogrpahy) with Princess Farhana

Every Wednesday in September and October, 2014

The Golden Age of Egyptian Cinema refers to the period from the late 1930’s through the early 1960’s. Many of the films created during this time were lavishly produced romantic musicals full of wonderful music and featured exquisite dancers like Naima Akef, Samia Gamal and Tahia Carioca, who were the superstars of the era. Each of these stars had their own unique dance style, while they retained a softness, fluidity, and subtle, deceptively simple movements. Historically, from a dancer's point of view, these movies are very important because they provide a filmed record of the transition from the traditional, earthy raqs al baladi to the raqs sharqi we know today.

In the first four weeks of this series, you’ll learn some history of the Golden Age and it's stars, and the signature moves from stars Naima Akef, Samia Gamal, and Tahia Carioca as well as some of the lesser known dancers like Suzy Khairy, Ne'amat Mohktar, Katy, and Hoda Shamseddin. We'll run combinations to music from The Golden Age, such as the work of Farid El Atrache, Mohamed Abdel Wahab, and the great Um Kalthoum.

In the second four weeks of this series, you will learn a full Golden Age style choreography (with finger cymbals and veil) to the classic 1952 song “Leila”.

Just pay as you would for any normal class (no Groupons or Passports, sorry!) or use the button above for a super-savings on a package deal.

All 8 Classes! $80 by 8/20 • $85 until 9/2


Super Series Saturdays

Special Guest Teacher - Masa!
Baba Karam! Persian Speciality Dance

4 Saturdays in October - 4, 11, 18, 25

$45 Pre-register or pay first day at the door:
October is the perfect month for dressing up, and why not learn the moves while you're at it?

Come join me every Saturday in October at Dance Garden LA to learn a full routine of Baba Karam, a celebrated Persian dance where women mimic the way that the working-class men in Iran, during the 60s and 70s, would dress and sometimes act.

'Baba' in this sense translates from Farsi (the Iranian language) into the expression "man" and Karam is slang for "Chah Keram" meaning "I'm at your service."

Typically in the Baba Karam dance, the upper body motion is emphasized, with hand motions, hip undulations and facial expressions being points of attention.

This dance is popular in Persian parties where guests celebrate it as a fun, expressive dance, often putting on a fedora hat, typical of the Baba Karam costume.

About Masa:
Iranian-born and LA-raised dancer, choreographer, movement director, and instructor, Masa has been dancing Persian since she could walk. As artistic director of her dance company, she creates original dance works in the Bellydance, Persian Dance, Bollywood, and Hip Hop dance genres. She loves teaching all levels of dance, especially choreographies students can perform.

All 4 Classes! $45 by 10/3

Cassandra at the Summer Solo Salon

Solo Salon

Solo Salon

Sunday October 26, 2014
Doors at 7:30pm (no sooner!). Show begins at 8pm

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!

November 2014


Super Saturday Series

Shoopography: Tribal Fusion to perform at the Fiesta!

Four Saturdays in November - 1, 8, 15, and 22

Join Shoop for another sassy choreography session....always a bit out of the ordinary and full of fun! Class will perform at the Winter Fiesta on Dec. 21.


All 4 Classes! $45 by midnight on Friday 10/24 • $50 after that

Susan Frankovich

Wonderful Wednesday Workshops

Special Guest Teacher - Susan Frankovich
Triple S: Strong, Slow, and Supple

4 Wednesdays in November - 5, 12, 19, 26

In this series we will focus on channeling movements inspired by the sea. We will play with slow, liquid movements, extension, contraction and release, and dynamics through movement size, speed, and quality. In addition to the dance, we will work on projecting our inner power out into our physical body. Class will begin with a brief yoga style warm up focusing on warming up and strengthening the entire body.

Born and raised in Reno, Nevada, Susan Frankovich has had quite the nomadic past. She began her bellydance journey with ATS in New Mexico and continued onto NYC, LA, San Francisco, and Croatia learning something more in each place while developing her own style along the way. She’s an international Tribal Fusion dance instructor and performer who is in the constant pursuit of improving her art and teaching style. Susan has a great eye for correction, and can deliver critique with a positivity that makes her students feel successful. She is a former member of Bellyqueen and PURE (NYC), The Barbary Coast Shakedown (San Francisco), and was the People’s Choice winner with Jillina’s Bellydance Evolution in the summer of 2012. Susan has taught and performed in the US, Canada, Mexico, Ecuador, Asia, Russia, and throughout Europe. She is known for bringing tribal style dance to Croatia (in 2002), and in addition to the many years traveling to teach and perform there, she spent 4 years cultivating a lively and loving dance community in Zagreb. In December of 2012, Susan moved back to Los Angeles and has since had the opportunity to choreograph and dance for Bellydance Evolution’s newest show, Alice In Wonderland.

Drop-ins ok with Class Cards and Passport, no Groupon or Beginner Flex

All 4 Classes! $40 by 10/15 • $45 after that

Roxxanne Shelaby


Khaleeji — Hair Tossing and SO much more!! with Special Guest Instructor Roxxanne Shelaby

Sunday, November 9

Roxxanne has been dancing Khaleeji along side the people of the Arabian Gulf her whole life. Come and learn this intricate and intriguing dance that includes hair tossing and SO MUCH MORE!!

$32 by Monday 10/26 • $40 after that




Saturday, November 15

This trio of musicians, on tabla, cajon, violin, riqq and accordion, really made a splash when appearing for the first time with bellydancers at Bob’s in North Holllywood. Come see what the buzz is about when Jenna, Angelika Nemeth, and another surprise guest dance in the moment to the Arabic classics interpreted by this talented group.

SAVICTO, formed in 2013, sprang out of a shared passion for music of the world. Members met while performing with the UCLA Near Eastern Ensemble. Their respect for the value and richness of cultural diversity serves as the force that drives them to cross musical borders.

Sachi Yoshimoto is a LA based violinist and performer of Middle Eastern, jazz, rock and world music. She studied classical violin at the Colburn School of Performing Arts, Los Angeles. She performs regularly with the National Arab Orchestra, SK Near East Ensemble, Turath Ensemble and New York Arabic Orchestra.

Victoria Carter studied with master musicians Souhail Kaspar for Middle East percussion and Elias Lammam for Arabic tuned accordion. She performs regularly with SK Near East Ensemble, Turath Ensemble. and with Salaamuna (Our Peace) as part of the LA Music Center On Tour program for the Unified School Districts of Los Angeles.

Tony Hampton trained at Berklee College of Music and holds a degree in ethnomusicology from UCLA. He has performed with SK Near East Ensemble and Turath (Heritage) Ensemble. His versatility and knowledge of multiple musical styles has made him one of Los Angeles’s go-to drummers for recording on albums, films and television shows.

$15 includes light refreshments

Issam Houshan and Princess Farhana


Drum Solo Choreography, Rhythmic Breakdown & Finger Cymbals with Princess Farhana and Issam Houshan

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Nothing is as exciting and exhilarating as one of Issam’s live drums solos…unless, of course, Princess Farhana is choreographing it! In this workshop, you’ll learn how to listen for drum solo phrases with and without embellishments, anticipate and prepare for rhythmic changes, and play finger cymbals in the call and response patterns in the “Princess” drum solo from Issam’s new BaLAdi Tour CD.

The class starts with a full breakdown of the rhythms, concepts and finger cymbal patterns* used in this unique drum solo so you can become comfortable with them. In the second half of the class, you’ll learn the full choreography. Expect amusing accents, hot technique, and organic movement that can be layered and embellished upon, leaving a some “wiggle room” for a little improvisation that will make the drum solo uniquely your own. Prepare to sweat!

Finger cymbals are encouraged, but not necessary! Please bring your cymbals if you use them!

No passports, groupon or class cards.

$48 by 11/7 • $55 after that


Holiday Closures

HOLIDAY CLOSURES: Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday November 27 - Saturday November 29

All regularly-scheduled classes are cancelled Thursday November 27, Friday November 28 AND Saturday November 29th.
Kamala’s Sunday classes are ON on Sunday the 30th so you can work off the turk! ;)

December 2014


Super Saturday Series

Oh Mighty Isis - Wings! with DeVilla

Three Saturdays in December - 6, 13, and 20

A 3 part workshop and performance opportunity! Class will perform at the Winter Fiesta on Dec. 21.


All 3 Classes! $35 by midnight on Friday 11/21 • $40 after that



Classic Elegance: Bellydance Choreography with Jenna

Sunday, December 7

Learn a full routine to Kairo Casbah by Setrak Sarkissian from the Desert Passage compilation (available for purchase at the studio) including traditional movements with Jenna’s signature style.

Perfect for stage!

$40 early bird BY Tuesday Nov 25 • $48 pre-registration after that • $60 at the door

Party DG style


Our Annual Potluck Party!

December 21, 2014
Times TBA

Come celebrate another year of delightful dancing!

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!

Raffles for CLASSES!



DG Winter Break

December 22, 2014-January 2, 2015

No regularly scheduled classes from Monday December 22, 2014 through Friday January 2, 2015.
2015 classes begin Saturday January 3!



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

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!


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

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!

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