LA Legends of Bellydance

August 1-5, 2016
August 7-11, 2017

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The next LA Legends Weeklong will be August 7-11, 2017! Check back for updated information or like our FaceBook page or signup for our mailing list to hear about news as it breaks!

Immerse yourself in the classic style of LA's legendary bellydancers from the dance's American heyday - Zahra Zuhair, Fahtiem, 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!

Spaces are very limited! Classes will be capped at 25 students.


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Instructors and Speakers from 2016

Fathiem

Fathiem

Fathiem's Workshops

Tuesday 8/2
3:30-5pm
Magic in Every Step!

Helena Vlahos

Helena Vlahos

Helena's Workshops

Monday 8/1
10:30am-12pm
Abdominal Dexterity
Wednesday 8/3
10:30am-12pm
The Classic 6-Part Bellydance Routine: Part 1
Thursday 8/4
10:30am-12pm
The Classic 6-Part Bellydance Routine: Part 2

Kamala Almanzar

Kamala Almanzar

Kamala's Workshops

Thursday 8/4
3:30-5pm
Organic Improvisation
Friday 8/5
10:30am-12pm
Raqs of Ages Choreography
Friday 8/5
1-3pm
Raqs of Ages Choreography

Mesmera

Mesmera

Mesmera's Workshops

Thursday 8/4
1-3pm
The Indispensable Zils!
Friday 8/5
3:30-5pm
Dancing with the Veil

Princess Farhana

Princess Farhana

Princess Farhana's Workshops

Monday 8/1
1-3pm
Classic Floorwork & Sword Technique
Monday 8/1
3:30-5pm
Retro Stage Makeup - 70's Eyes & Lips

Sahra Sa'eeda

Sahra Saeeda

Sahra's Workshops

Wednesday 8/3
1-3pm
An American in Cairo
Wednesday 8/3
3:30-5pm
An American in Cairo

Zahra Zuhair

Zahra Zuhair

Zahra's Workshops

Monday 8/1
12-1pm
Lunch Lecture: What is Egyptian Style? Part 1
Tuesday 8/2
10:30am-12pm
Spotlight on Nahed Sabri with Choreography
Tuesday 8/2
1-3:30pm
Nahed Sabri Choreography Continued
Wednesday 8/3
12-1pm
Lunch Lecture: What is Egyptian Style? Part 2

2016's Featured Instructors


2016 Schedule

Monday
August 1, 2016
Tuesday
August 2, 2016
Wednesday
August 3, 2016
Thursday
August 4, 2016
Friday
August 5, 2016
10:30am-12pm HELENA VLAHOS: Abdominal Dexterity
Helena Vlahos' jaw-dropping abdominal work has earned her a place in the Guinness Book of World Records, and more than a modicum of respect from anyone who's ever been lucky enough to see this incredible feat in person! This workshop will teach you how to manipulate the abdominals. You will learn the secret of first isolating and then contracting the belly muscles, which will lead to belly rolls and flutters. This class will also include an introduction to rolling quarters and dollar bills.
ZAHRA ZUHAIR: Spotlight on Nahed Sabri with Choreography
Spotlight on Nahed Sabry - One of "The Great Unknowns" of the Classic Egyptian film era of the 50's-60's. Zahra will teach the styling and influences of Nahed Sabry, leading into an upbeat choreography to "Samah Innoba", a popular bellydance song of the 60's that Nahed danced to in the 1963 Egyptian movie, "The Pickpocket". Nahed performed in London, England and in the U.S. in the 60's and 70's and was a big influence on Western bellydancer's of that era. The class will begin with video clips of Nahed's film career as a prelude to the dance workshop.
HELENA VLAHOS: The Classic 6-part Bellydance Routine Part 1
Helena Vlahos: Living Legend Helena Vlahos, originally from Greece, will share with you the format & style for the ubiquitous 6-part routine that was de rigeur in the 60's and 70's for its grand entertainment value and enticing flow that built the reputation of bellydance as an art form in the USA. Helena knows you will enjoy learning how they danced in the 60's and 70's!

PART 1:
- Entrance with Veil Wrap & Zills
- Veil Work with Bolero Rhythm
- Belady (or "Medium Fast")
HELENA VLAHOS: The Classic 6-part Bellydance Routine Part 2
Helena Vlahos: Living Legend Helena Vlahos, originally from Greece, will share with you the format & style for the ubiquitous 6-part routine that was de rigeur in the 60's and 70's for its grand entertainment value and enticing flow that built the reputation of bellydance as an art form in the USA. Helena knows you will enjoy learning how they danced in the 60's and 70's!

PART 2:
- Slow & Sensual Chiftetelli
- Drum Solo
- Finale
KAMALA ALMANZAR: Raqs of Ages Choreography
A fun choreography to a montage of hits from the '70s to the present. You will be learning about the music from each era, the dance styles and influences of the times, all from someone who lived it! Included are 1970s Turkish/American Cabaret, 1980s classical Egyptian, 1990s Lebanese style drum solo, 2000s Modern Cairo, & finishing with a balletic (think modern Russian influenced) fusion of all these styles combined. Bring zills if you play them & veils (or some available for loan at DanceGarden).
12pm-1pm ZAHRA ZUHAIR: Lunch Lecture What is Egyptian Style? Part 1
What does it mean when someone describes a bellydancer's style as "Egyptian"? What makes it Egyptian? What makes someone's style American, Turkish, or Lebanese? In this multi-media lecture, Zahra will shed light on the many misconceptions about bellydance styles. Please note, this is not a movement workshop.
-- Free --
You are only limited by your imagination.
ZAHRA ZUHAIR: Lunch Lecture What is Egyptian Style? Part 2
What does it mean when someone describes a bellydancer's style as "Egyptian"? What makes it Egyptian? What makes someone's style American, Turkish, or Lebanese? In this multi-media lecture, Zahra will shed light on the many misconceptions about bellydance styles. Please note, this is not a movement workshop.
-- Free --
You are only limited by your imagination.
-- Free --
You are only limited by your imagination.
1pm-3pm PRINCESS FARHANA: Classic Floorwork & Sword Technique
In this class, you'll learn some strong technique for classic / retro floor work…and then combine it with sword balancing. We'll go over descents, ascents, layouts, Berber Walks & knee spins. Then we'll go over sword handling safety, many different balance points, shimmying with your sword on, level changes, partner work, and turns. Bring your sword and/or a heavy book for balancing. Due to the nature of sword work, you MUST have intermediate belly dance skills.

***Please bring your own sword and yoga mat if you can, so visiting students can borrow from DanceGarden.
ZAHRA ZUHAIR: Nahed Sabri Choreography Continue
Spotlight on Nahed Sabry - One of "The Great Unknowns" of the Classic Egyptian film era of the 50's-60's. Zahra will teach the styling and influences of Nahed Sabry, leading into an upbeat choreography to "Samah Innoba", a popular bellydance song of the 60's that Nahed danced to in the 1963 Egyptian movie, "The Pickpocket". Nahed performed in London, England and in the U.S. in the 60's and 70's and was a big influence on Western bellydancer's of that era. The class will begin with video clips of Nahed's film career as a prelude to the dance workshop.
SAHRA SA'EEDA: An American in Cairo
In Cairo during the 70's and 80's, there were many parts to that came together to make a successful show. In this class, we'll be exploring the different portions of the Cairo dance routine through it's concepts, steps, and combos. The steps and combos will reflect the dance styles of 70's and 80's Cairo and add a dash of flare to your dance!
MESMERA: Opportunity Rings! Melodic Finger Cymbals
Mesmera's signature method for Melodic FINGER CYMBALS with Pattern changes and tonal variations highlights technique by adding texture and emphasis. Like a bright marker highlights written language, zills can accentuate body language, convey feelings, attitude, and achieve a conversational quality. Dance and Play with this E-Z approach to advance skills for all styles.

Course Outline:
Introductory Basics: Counting, 3 Tones, Combinations & Moves
Intermediate Combinations: 3 Tone Variations with Moves
Advanced Artistry: “Cymbal Serenade” for Subtleties and Dynamic Impact
KAMALA ALMANZAR: Raqs of Ages Choreography
A fun choreography to a montage of hits from the '70s to the present. You will be learning about the music from each era, the dance styles and influences of the times, all from someone who lived it! Included are 1970s Turkish/American Cabaret, 1980s classical Egyptian, 1990s Lebanese style drum solo, 2000s Modern Cairo, & finishing with a balletic (think modern Russian influenced) fusion of all these styles combined. Bring zills if you play them & veils (or some available for loan at DanceGarden).
3:30pm-5pm PRINCESS FARHANA: Retro Stage Makeup - 70's Eyes & Lips
Can you say "Valley Of The Dolls"? We'll go over glamorous late '60's and early '70's stage make up for big retro Doe Eyes. Follow-along technique includes stacking false lashes, contouring, highlighting and pouty, shiny retro lips. Arrive with a clean face, leave as a swingin' glam goddess!

Please bring two sets of false eyelashes and your own make-up and applicators.

*There will be sets of false eyelashes available for purchase.
FAHTIEM: Magic in Every Step!
Description coming soon...
SAHRA SA'EEDA: An American in Cairo
In Cairo during the 70's and 80's, there were many parts to that came together to make a successful show. In this class, we'll be exploring the different portions of the Cairo dance routine through it's concepts, steps, and combos. The steps and combos will reflect the dance styles of 70's and 80's Cairo and add a dash of flare to your dance!
KAMALA ALMANZAR: Organic Improvisation - The Heart & Soul of Raqs Sharqi
All Belly Dancers should feel comfortable improvising solos. Often students are taught to rely on a teacher's choreography, taking away the ability to live and dance in the moment. Kamala helps students feel comfortable with improvisation in a supportive environment, offering tips to help the dancer relax and rely on the music to take her/him to that place of true individuality and self expression.
MESMERA: Mermerizing Veil for Sheer Delight!
Technique, Timing and clear details for Classic Veil Combinations. Explore dynamic contrast between Framing and Flying for mesmerizing 4-count, 8-count, 16-count phrases including Undulations, shimmies and accents to capture the spirit of the music and captivate your audience.
(Veils available to borrow or buy in class)
Click on a workshop to see a description

Schedule for 2017 is still in the works, but here's the schedule fro 2016 as a sample


Airports

Participants can choose to fly into either LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) OR Burbank International Airport (see info below). Burbank is a bit closer to DanceGarden, but LAX has a convenient & comfortable shuttle called the "Flyaway" that runs to Union Station which is the closest to the studio. The Flyaway runs every 1/2 hour for $9 one-way, no reservations necessary.

Please contact dancegardenla@gmail.com if you have any questions about transfer from the airport to your hotel.

LAX - Los Angeles International Airport
Airport hub known for the colorful glass pylons & 32-foot-high "LAX" letters outside its entrance.
1 World Way, Los Angeles, CA 90045
lawa.org
(855) 463-5252

Bob Hope Airport
Small airport serving Southern California & offering direct rail service to Los Angeles.
2627 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505
burbankairport.com
(818) 840-8840


Transportation

To/From Airport

Flyaway
Flat Rate LAX
Super Shuttle
Prime Time Shuttle

Google Transit Calculator
Metro Trip Planner

Zipcar (gas, insurance, and milage included)
Nearby Locations:
400 N Brand Blvd - 2 vehicles
Occidental College - Baer Rd Parking - 2 vehicles
Occidental College - Baer Rd Parking - 2 vehicles

Bus System

Glendale Beeline (this page has a metro trip planner and google transit planner)

Car Rental

You may get a discount renting through a company like priceline.com or expedia.com.

Near DGLA: Enterprise
1820 S Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91204
(818) 244-6200
Near LAX: Dollar
Enterprise

Lyft
Uber


Lodging

It seems you will get better rates by booking through a service rather than contacting hotels directly:
hotelscombined.com
kayak.com
expedia.com
orbitz.com

After visiting local hotels, our top recommendation, where cleanliness, safety & convenience meet affordable price when sharing a room, would be Embassy Suites by Hilton. Suites in this hotel can sleep 3-4 people - - 2 in queen beds and 1-2 in a pullout sofa bed. Please contact dancegardenla@gmail.com if you would like help finding roommates! Full breakfast is included, as is a cocktail hour with drinks/hors d'oeuvres. Wifi is free in the lobby but 9.95 per day in the room.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Los Angeles, Glendale - $157-$260; approx. 3.5 miles from DGLA
800 N Central Ave, Glendale, CA 91203
embassysuites3.hilton.com
(818) 550-0828

If you want something a little more budget, but not quite as nice (still seemed clean and decent, but did smell a little smoky despite claiming to be a non-smoking building), you might choose the Days Inn Glendale.

Days Inn Glendale Los Angeles - $97-$120 - approx. 3.5 miles from DGLA
450 Pioneer Dr, Glendale, CA 91203
daysinn.com
(818) 956-0202

For those of you who have never been to LA, or would like to stay somewhere trendy and unique, there are two options close by:

Los Feliz Lodge
A complex of 6 brightly painted bungalows/villas with outdoor patios, including free WiFi.
1509 N Hoover St, Los Angeles, CA 90027
losfelizlodge.com
(323) 660-4150

Hotel Covell
Stylish boutique hotel featuring 5 themed suites, plus a bar with wine, tap beer &small plates.
4626 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
hotelcovell.com
(323) 660-4300

Lastly, if you want a low price above all else, this very inexpensive motel is about a mile from DGLA, and very close to local restaurants & shops, but we can’t speak to the quality of the rooms or experience.

Los Feliz Hotel - moderately priced - approx. 1.5 miles
3101 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 667-2567

Other Vacation Rental sites:
Airbnb
Tripping
VRBO: (Vacation Rentals By Owner)
HomeAway


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