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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.

July


Holiday Closures

Independence Day!

DanceGarden will be CLOSED for classes on Saturday, July 4th

Wishing you all safe and plentiful fireworks!!


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 $52!


Jenna

Saturday Morning Sampler

Bellydance with Jenna

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!

You can find which teacher is scheduled on our Calendar page!


Nicole McLaren

Special Guest Teacher for the Month

Nicole McLaren: Beautiful Turns for Bellydancers

Wednesdays in July 8, 15, 22, 29 (no class July 1)
7:45-9pm

Is there any choreography out there, in any given dance style, without a single turn? Probably not. For sure there is no classical bellydance routine without turns – especially in the dramatic peak of the grand finale, fast consecutive turns are extremely popular. Mastering turns means enhancing the dance skills through coordination and composure and, consequently, ameliorating choreografies or improv repertoire through creative ways to turn. Moreover, being able to spin seamlessly, and seemingly effortless, creates an ambiance of shining elegance.

In this workshop we explore the wide array of possibilities to turn, with special focus on the benefit for middle eastern dancers. From Ballet to Bellydance, from Derwish spins to Tribal turns, turns with surprising level changes, on one leg, amazing back bend turns, smooth or dynamic, super speedy or in slow motion. Additionaly we learn head and chest postures and gracefully fluent hand and arm moves wich work perfectly with spins. "Beautiful Turns for Bellydancers" will reveal spectacular, stunning and excitingly new ways to turn!

Recommended for Intermediate/Advanced dancers

Drop in as any regular class! Class cards, same day discount & Passports ok. (No Groupon/Living Social)


Mahin with Isis wings

Workshop

Mahin: Line & Design: An Artistic Approach to Bellydance Choreography

July 12, 2015
1:45-3:15pm

Every moment of your dance performance lives as an image in your audience's mind - make it an artful one. We'll use design concepts from art and apply them to how we use our arms, how we move within our space and how an ensemble can effectively create beautiful collective shapes. These are valuable concepts for cabaret, tribal or fusion dancers alike!

$25 before June 26 • $30 after • $40 door

Mahin: Full On with 3/4 Shimmies

July 12, 2015
3:30-5pm

A complete breakdown of a variety of 3/4 walking shimmies that will add a whole new level of cool complexity for all styles of bellydance for travelling and for drum solos. Through these examples, you will learn how to analyze and progressively approach, practice and create variations for ANY 3/4 walking shimmy without frustration for impressive results!

$25 before June 26 • $30 after • $40 door

Mahin Mania! Take both workshops and save!!

July 12, 2015
1:45-5pm

both workshops $45 before June 26 • $50 after • $60 door


Zahra Zuhair

Lecture

Lecture with Zahra Zuhair: The Golden Age of Raqs Sharqi - The Evolution of an Art

July 18, 2015
3-5pm

In this specialized multi-media lecture, Zahra will take you on a journey through the evolution of the dance from the Pre-Golden Era, The Golden Age of Cinema, The Classic Age, The Pre-Modern Age, to Contemporary Times. Participants will receive written notes on the workshop. Please note this is not a movement class. All Levels Welcome.

No class cards, passports, Groupon or Living Social cards.

$28 before June 26 • $38 after • $45 door


Nicole with Veil

Workshop

Double Veil Choreography with Nicole McLaren

July 26, 2015
2-5pm

Fulminant Double Veil Duo Choreography! This Double Veil Choreography is perfect to dance as a duo, yet it is also a beautiful piece for a soloist. The song is joyous, fast and full of energy. The veils are used in a creative, unusual and surprising way; at one point the dancers even exchange their veils! Together with the drive of the song this makes the choreography a fulminant and exciting stage performance. This Double Veil Choreography is just so much fun to dance!

Intermediate and up.

Registration only, no passports or class cards.

$48 before July 11 • $55 after • $60 door

August


Zahra Zuhair

Saturday Morning Sampler

Beginning Bellydance Sampler with Zahra

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!

You can find which teacher is scheduled on our Calendar page!


Devilla

Workshop

"Who's That Girl?-2" Character Creation for Stage

August 2 and 9, 2015
2-4pm

In this follow up workshop to "Who's That Girl", you will learn and craft a piece beginning, middle and end. We will cover in depth stage direction, dynamics, lighting, costuming and make up and how it all works together with our chosen music and style to create a cohesive piece.

You will be asked to bring and an idea for a piece complete with music, costuming and props if applicable. Don't panic if you do not have all the elements for your piece. I will be helping each of you individually and we WILL make MAGIC happen!

**Bring music choices you may wish to use, and a personal listening device with earbuds, such as iPhone, iPod or MP3 player.

both days for $65 by July 24 • $75 after • $80 at the door


Zahra Zuhair

Workshop

Mejancé Part 2 (in 2 Parts!)

August 2 and 9, 2015
4-6pm

The Megeance workshop in May was such a success, that by request we will learn Part 2 of the “Layali” choreography! This will be a 2 part workshop. The main focus of the Aug 2nd workshop will be on learning the second half of the dance. August 9th will focus on review of the entire dance. The workshop is open to participants who did not attend the original Megeance workshop in May. Bring a veil!

*Megeance - The grand entrance of the oriental dancer (also spelled magancy, majenci, mejense, or mergence).

Advanced-Beginner thru Advanced.

No class cards, passports, Groupon or Living Social cards.

Both workshops: $65 before July 24 • $75 after • $80 door

1 workshop only: $45 in advance


Zahra Zuhair

Wonderful Wednesday Workshops

WWW - Dynamic Drum Solo with Zahra

4 Wednesdays in August- 5,12,19,26, 2015
6:45-7:45pm

Drum solos are fun to perform and even more exciting to watch! This workshop aims at breaking down, developing and polishing shimmy variations, as well as footwork, and dynamic changes. Participants will learn a full drum solo choreography.

Advanced-Beginners thru Advanced Students welcome!

NO DROP INS — REGISTRATION ONLY.

All 4 Wednesdays for $42!


Jenna

Bellydance 101

Bellydance 101 with Jenna — 9 week introduction series to classic bellydance

All 9 Wednesdays in August and September (August 5 - September 30 2015)
5:45-6:45pm

Internationally best-selling Instructional Bellydance program star, Jenna, takes you on a 9-week journey through all the building blocks of bellydance! Never danced a step in your life? Perfect! Took a couple bellydance classes before? That’s great too! Starting with beautiful bellydance posture, and working up to all the movements from hip, shoulder & rib cage isolations to full body undulations, circles and 4 varieties of figure 8's, Jenna breaks down each lesson so everyone can understand, giving you a solid start for wherever you want to take your bellydancing! Each week will build on the previous material, culminating in a short, simple routine you can take away with you!

Registration only - no drop ins or class cards. No Groupon, Living Social, Class Cards or Passports. Student may use same-day discount if taking another class later that day (2nd class $11).

All 9 Wednesdays for $95!


At Night They Dance

Movie Night!

Film Screening: “At Night They Dance”

August 9, 2015
7:15pm doors, Special Introduction by Zahra Zuhair at 7:30pm

We will be showing “At Night They Dance” with an introduction by Zahra Zuhair. Seldom has Egypt's capital been so evocatively captured as in this 2011 fly-on-the-wall documentary exploring the mysterious and hard-knock reality of a typical Egyptian belly dancer clan in working-class Cairo. Unparalleled access to this hidden world leaves the viewer fascinated and surprised...

$10 suggested donation


Heather Shoopman

New Moon Yoga

New Moon Yoga and Meditation with Heather Shoopman

August 16, 2015
Doors 7pm, Meditation 7:30-8:30pm

This rejuvenating class is designed to balance body and mind. You will be led through gentle, restorative yoga poses in preparation for relaxation. You will receive Reiki, aromatherapy and sound healing during your rest. We will meditate and do a special intention setting ceremony in honor of the Moon.

Regular class pricing! Class cards, drop-in, same-day-discount (so if you came to class in the morning, you can get the discount!) & passports are welcome.
*No groupons please.


Princess Farhana

Workshop

Fan-tastic: Sally Rand Fan Dancing Technique and Choreography with Princess Farhana

Sunday August 23, 2015
2-5pm

Learn technique for dancing with large, lovely ostrich-plume Sally Rand fans including: fan twirls, over-head turns, drags and poses, and classic showgirl conceal-and reveal moves, plus a short retro-style choreography to a vintage song.

Plus: Tips on feather fan care and repair, fan construction, storage, and gig transport.Open to all levels and styles of dance.

Please bring a pair of Sally Rand fans or feather fans. Don’t own a set of fans? There will be plenty of fans available for use in class!

Purchase affordable, quality feather fans locally: Perial Company, 908 Maple Ave. Downtown LA 90015 (213) 622-6192

Only $42 until 8/13 • $48 pre-registration until 8/23 • $55 door


My Mother Is a Belly Dancer

Movie Night

Film Screening: “My Mother is a Belly Dancer”

Sunday August 30, 2015
7:15 doors, Special Introduction by Zahra Zuhair at 7:30pm

We will be showing “My Mother is a Belly Dancer” from Hong Kong with an introduction by Zahra Zuhair. This excellent film and entertaining story follows several housewives as they are introduced to the exciting and perhaps liberating dance form from the Middle East, now popular all over the world.

$10 suggested donation

September


Heather Shoopman

New Moon Yoga

New Moon Yoga and Meditation with Heather Shoopman

September 13, 2015
Doors 7pm, Meditation 7:30-8:30pm

This rejuvenating class is designed to balance body and mind. You will be led through gentle, restorative yoga poses in preparation for relaxation. You will receive Reiki, aromatherapy and sound healing during your rest. We will meditate and do a special intention setting ceremony in honor of the Moon.

Regular class pricing! Class cards, drop-in, same-day-discount (so if you came to class in the morning, you can get the discount!) & passports are welcome.
*No groupons please.


Belly

Movie Night

Film Screening: “Belly: Sensual...Scarred...Sacred”

Sunday September 27, 2015
7:15 doors, begins at 7:30pm

“BELLY...” is an intimate peek into the personal lives of several belly-dancers who have been profoundly affected by this unique dance form. This documentary lets the dancers interviewed tell the story of being a belly dancer in their own words, which covers the topics of family, body image, sisterhood, female empowerment, and spirituality.

What people are saying about “BELLY”

Boise's Cecilia Rinn's “BELLY” documentary about belly dancing is really about so much more... It's about reclaiming your body after injury and illness, and overcoming things in their lives, tied to the ancient art of bellydancing...
- Bruce Fletcher-Festival programmer, Idaho International Film Festival & Dead Channels Film Festival

So many women have been inspired by “BELLY.” It is a positive force the world needs NOW.
- Pat Sandmeyer, Audience member

$10 suggested donation

October


Heather Shoopman

Workshop

Tribal 101 - 8 week introduction series to Tribal Style Bellydance

All 8 Wednesdays in October and November (October 7 - November 25, 2015)
5:45-6:45pm

A contemporary style of bellydance that started in San Francisco, Tribal Style belly dance is a modern fusion style, created from a combination of traditional Egyptian raqs sharki (also known as bellydance), folkloric dances of the Middle East and North Africa, and Flamenco influences. "Tribal" refers to the layered costuming and the idea of a group presenting something as one entity, as the format is based on group improvisation: the dancers follow cues given by the leader, who is always changing so that it becomes a truly communal experience. Dancers from all over the world who know this style can dance together with no rehearsal and appear choreographed!

Over 8 weeks, in Tribal 101 we will break down the basics of tribal bellydance. You'll learn fundamental movements, finger cymbal patterns and formations. We will define and discuss the different movement styles of tribal improvisation. This is a great starting point to explore the foundations of Tribal style and see what you'd like to develop in your dance. It's also the perfect class to take to prepare for Heather's Monday night Tribal fusion class!

Registration only - no drop ins or class cards. No Groupon, Living Social, Class Cards or Passports. Student may use same-day discount if taking another class later that day (2nd class $11).

All 8 classes for only $85


Devilla

Workshop

Wings n Things

Oct 4, 11, 18
TBA

November


Devilla

Workshop

Shamaan with Devilla

Nov 1, 8, 15
TBA

December


Party DG style

PARTY

DG Winter FIESTA!
Our Annual Potluck Party!

Sunday December 20 2015
4pm doors, 4:30 show

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! 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! :)


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