About Our Classes
At DanceGardenLA we offer a variety of classes styles and levels in Bellydance, Tribal Fusion, Samba, Bollywood and more...
BEGINNING LEVEL CLASSES
Back to Basics with Fahtiem ~ THURSDAYS (6:30pm-7:30pm)
A class for new and old. Exploring why we love belly dance-with technique and combos.
OPEN / MIXED LEVEL CLASSES
Props in Oriental Dance with Helena Vlahos ~ MONDAYS (6:30pm-7:30pm)
All levels of dancers are welcome to join this exciting class. Each week legendary dancer, Helena Vlahos, will focus on at least 2 different props that are commonly used in Oriental Dance, including Zills (Finger Cymbals), Veil, Fans, Fan Veils, Cane and more. Students will learn how to dance effortlessly with each prop and will gain confidence playing rhythms and patterns while dancing with Zills. We will cover basic prop techniques and pair them with dance combinations as well as discuss the history and heritage of each prop and performance style. Please bring props if you have them. Additional props will be available to borrow or purchase at the studio.
Ballet for Any Body with Sabah ~ TUESDAYS (5:15pm-6:15pm)
Before Sabah fell in love with belly dance, her training and career was in the ballet world. Although she experienced many teachers both locally, nationally and abroad of particular methods such as Vaganova, Cecchetti, Balanchine and direct lineage from teachers such as Maria Tallchief, Wes Chapman and other principal dancers from American Ballet Theater, modern companies such as Momenta who focus on historical works of modern contemporaries such as Doris Humprey, and Chicago’s Multicultural Center (now home to Hiplet :) it is really the blend of styles to find what works best for any type of body - professional or hobbyist, that really caught Sabah’s attention.
This class focuses on the philosophy of adult ballet concepts but with an all encompassing approach. Whether you are new to ballet, have some experience or are a professional dancer, ballet can benefit your overall posture, balance, and flexibility plus add grace and refining qualities to your movement. With over 20 years of experience working with all levels of ballet from kids through beginner to advanced/professional adults, Sabah knows how to tailor each class to the needs and goals of her students and looks forward to sharing this with anybody interested.
Open Level Egyptian Style with Sabah ~ TUESDAYS (6:30pm-7:30pm)
Dance through Egypt with one of our Master Instructors: Sabah! Sabah will lead you through a gentle lengthening and conditioning warm up before guiding you through basic to complex technique and movements. Then, dancers follow along to a non-stop mix of energetic Pop and soulful Classics, with guidance on Egyptian Stylization and Flair. This class is great for dancers with advanced-beginner experience to professional level dancers.
Fusion Bellydance Drills & Combos with Hannah Lily ~ WEDNESDAYS (6:30pm-7:30pm)
Join Hannah Lily (Les Petites Bonbons, Zoe Jakes' House of Tarot) for 6-weeks of fusion bellydance drills and combos! Class will begin with a warmup and drill session. Drills will build on fundamental isolations and steps, and will include layering and traveling. We will then learn a new fusion bellydance combination each week. Start the new year with polished technique and fresh movement phrases for practice or performance! Some dance experience recommended.
Bollywood Electric with Smita ~ WEDNESDAYS (7:45pm-8:45pm)
Energize your mid week slump with an electric dance party to Bollywood beats to get your heart pumping. Charge up your energy levels and leave feeling ready to take on anything. Bollywood Electric brings the dance party to you! Bollywood Electric aims to foster an environment to just BE YOU. BE present, BE whatever you need to get in touch with the most authentic, genuine version of YOU through dance.
Mixed-Level Combos & Choreography with Nasila ~ THURSDAYS (5:15pm-6:15pm)
Nasila will lead dancers through a series of combinations each week, combining them into choreographies for use in solo or group performance. From Classic Raqs sharqi to modern street shaabi, fine-tune your musicality and add to your dance vocabulary while working on memory, technique, and connection to Arabic music & culture.
Organic Improvisation for Bellydance With Kamala Almanzar ~ THURSDAYS (7:45pm-8:45pm)
Improvisation is the most heartfelt, soulful form of Raks Sharki solo. It allows the dancer to be in the moment, expressing the music organically. But Improvisation can be daunting & intimidating. A dancer may feel vulnerable and not prepared to perform, but it is that vulnerability that can create a compelling performance that is uniquely you. A mistake can open the door to magic!
Drawing from years of experience onstage with live music, Kamala shares tips and techniques to give the dancer a framework to develop this skill.
During these challenging times, Kamala would like to invite students to feel like dancers again. She encourages you to wear a costume for this class. Directly after class she would like for you to record a short improvisational solo to post on social media, or to send to Kamala for positive constructive feedback. Here’s an opportunity to let out those pent up emotions with dance in its purest form!
The first class will concentrate on Baladi Progression. Kamala will send song titles for download prior to the class, as well as handouts.
Technique, Drills, and Strength Training for Dancers with DeVilla ~ SATURDAYS (9:30am-10:30am)
Advanced Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced Levels
In this class we will work on refining our dance technique, adding layers and transitions to our movement. We will work on the fluidity of our lyrical movement and precision of our percussive movement as well as our body lines and posture.
Turkish Bellydance with Laura Leyl ~ SATURDAYS (12:45pm-1:45pm)
Learn this fierce and vivacious style of oriental dance. With technique and musicality distinct from Egyptian-style bellydance, Laura Leyl presents the unique rhythms and Roman folkloric roots of Turkish bellydance. Floorwork, zills, and footwork are par for the course in this lively class. Round out your bellydance resume with some Turkish style.
Barre Fitness with Sabah ~ SUNDAYS (9:00am-10:00am)
Transitioning from a touring professional dancer to mother of two, Sabah branched out to study many styles of Barre Fitness. This type of workout is great for dancers as it combines dance movements, pilates concepts, yoga and strength training together for a well rounded workout. Barre Fitness focuses on high reps of small range movements to target and tone, and lengthen muscles for that “dancer’s body” look. Sabah began her training in the early 2000s with such methods as Floor Barre (Homer Bryant style), The Lotte Berk Method, Dailey Method, Barre Method, Cardio Barre and Full Circle Fitness and Social Club. She trained most extensively in the Dailey Method Certification as their anatomy and orthopedic focus was perfect to experience both before, during and after both pregnancies and beyond.
Turns and Traveling for Bellydance with Sabah ~ SUNDAYS (10:15am-11:15am)
Tips, Tricks, Drills and no spills! Learn the secrets of traveling and turning across the stage from the former Artistic Director of the Bellydance Superstars and professional Ballerina, Sabah! In this class, Sabah will begin with a gentle warm-up to prepare your body for dance. She will then lead you through conditioning exercises and drills that will help you connect with your body and execute turns and traveling steps with grace. We will then put our new technique into practice with across the floor and short combos.
Shimmy Shaabi Shake with Nasila ~ SUNDAYS (2:00pm-3:00pm)
Join DGLA Veteran teacher, Nasila, in this fun, energetic hybrid class! Nasila leads dancers on a warm up and practices shimmies and rhythm combos. The second half of the class heats up with non-stop street style bellydance.
Combinations and Choreography with DeVilla ~ SATURDAYS (10:45am-11:45am)
In this class dancers will learn combinations they can use in their own improvisation and choreographies. We will work on theatricality, emotion, staging and dynamic changes in our dance to add visual interest and power in our performances.
Choreography will be taught to implement these techniques and there will be performance opportunities.
INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED LEVEL CLASSES
Intermediate/Advanced Oriental Dance with Helena Vlahos ~ MONDAYS (7:45pm-8:45pm)
Join Legendary dancer, Helena Vlahos in an exploration of advanced combinations incorporating veil, and finger cymbals. While working at a faster pace, students will learn to seamlessly layer movements with shimmies and fundamentals learned in Beginner classes and will dance to more complex Middle Eastern Music. Helena focuses on advanced performance skills, showmanship, improvisation, musicality, and group choreographies which lead to performance opportunities.
Intermediate/Advanced Bellydance with Fahtiem ~ TUESDAYS (7:45pm-8:45pm)
Join Bellydance Legend, Fahtiem, in this fun and challenging, non-stop class. We begin with a stretching and conditioning warm up to open our hips and torso for dance followed by traveling combos across the floor. Then Fahtiem leads dancers in challenging combinations spiced with juicy hip work and expressive arm movements set to inspired music. Dancers will leave this class feeling exhilarated, strong, and in love with Middle Eastern Dance!
Intermediate/Advanced Bellydance Choreography with Kamala Almanzar ~ SUNDAYS (11:30am-12:30pm)
Join this fun and exciting choreography class with one of bellydance’s most innovative choreographers. Kamala's famous choreographies are developed over several weeks in class, where students are also taught advanced level technique and movements within the context of the choreography. This intermediate/advanced class is for students with dance experience. Past choreographies include Oriental, Shaabi, Raqs Assaya, Drum Solo, and Fusion. Students are invited to perform in events throughout the year.
Arabic Percussion with Donavon ~ SUNDAYS (12:45pm-1:45pm)
Come have fun and play the Doumbek (Arabic goblet drum), riqq (Arabic ’tambourine’), tar (frame drum), and segat (finger cymbals/zills)!
In this class, you will learn the foundations of Arabic and North African percussion including:
Rhythms used, plus their names and structures.
Advanced variations on the standard rhythms
Structure of a drum solo
Playing with music, for dancers and for dancing with drum
The various techniques, fingering and playing styles used (Arabic classical, Arabic Pop and Turkish)
Exercises for flexibility, dexterity, and speed
Classes are open to beginners, advanced players, dancers & fans and class structure is designed to lead you through many levels of learning. For absolute beginners, it is suggested to take a private or come to the 1st class each month. Bring your own drum.
PRIVATES / SEMI-PRIVATES
Semi-Private Lessons with Sabah
A great chance to have a private lesson at an affordable rate and share ideas with fellow dancers in a small supportive group. Each session dedicates 20-25 minutes per student to focus on individual goals or projects. Bring a choreography that you are workin on, ideas, questions on technique, struggles, or music that you would like to choreography too. Sabah, former Artistic Director for the Bellydance Superstars, will guide you in your dance practice to help you reach your potential and enjoy the journey along the way.
See PRIVATES for the schedule and to register.
Sekhment’s Garden Choreography & Rehearsal Class with DeVilla ~ SATURDAYS (TBA)
For dedicated student dancers and budding performers, join Devilla for this 30-minute add-on session as she develops choreography based on combos from her prior technique and Drills & Combos classes. Students are required to take at least 6 DGLA classes per month to participate. Whether you are wanting to explore dancing with group formations or ready to hit the stage with your troupe-mates, this class is for you.
This Rehearsal Class is done in a 6-week series and costs $60. VIP Members receive 25% off the cost. Check our schedule page for details.