DanceGardenLA was established in 2007 by Jenna and Zahra Zuhair with the mission to bring diverse dance forms to dancers of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds with an eye to community building, cultural education and personal development...
As of January 2020, the studio is under the new direction of co-owners Lauren Boldt and Heather Aued who plan to continue and expand DanceGardenLA’s mission of providing quality, positive dance instruction and experiences of the highest caliber for dancers in Southern California and beyond.
With a lifetime of love and learning in music and dance, Lauren began her bellydance journey in 2001 in her hometown of Dallas, Texas. She studied percussion at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA where she also continued her dance studies with Amar Gamal and Kaeshi Chai of Bellyqueen & The Bellydance Superstars. In Boston, Lauren performed with Karim Nagi’s Turbo Tabla & Bellydance Overdrive.
Since moving to Los Angeles in 2006, Lauren has immersed herself in the local and international bellydance community. From 2008-2012 she toured with the Bellydance Superstars and has appeared in many of their videos including: “Babelesque: BDSS Live in Tokyo” and “Bombay Bellywood: BDSS live from Los Angeles”.
In 2012, Lauren Joined the cast of Jillina’s Bellydance Evolution and performed the title role in BDE’s Alice in Wonderland in Los Angeles at the Ford Theatres and on tour across the globe including managing and starring on a 10 week tour of China in 2016. At home in LA, Lauren continued to perform as a soloist and with Jillina’s Sahlala Dancers.
In addition to owning and directing DanceGardenLA, Lauren is the Managing Director for Jillina’s Bellydance Evolution. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music from Berklee College of Music and a Masters of Arts in Arts Administration from the University of Kentucky.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Heather began dancing and acting at the age of five, studying modern jazz & ballroom, ballet, hip-hop & contemporary. Heather grew up in the theatre and on sets, due to her mother being an actress and director. This early exposure to the arts helped give her a hands-on education and a keen eye for all aspects of production.
By the age of 13, Heather was already an Award-Winning choreographer & a lead dancer in 3 different dance companies. That same year she performed at the Rose Bowl along with Cirque Du Soleil & Smokey Robinson for over 40,000 people.
Heather graduated from High School at 16 to pursue her career full time. Also, a professional singer, Heather has recorded with Grammy and Oscar-winning songwriters. At 18 Heather was cast by Kenny Ortega (Dirty Dancing Choreographer and Michael Jackson’s final tour Director) to dance on the Fox TV show "Grounded for Life" which earned an Emmy nomination for Best Choreography. That same month she was invited to join the International Dance Company, Jillina's Sahlala Dancers. Having fallen in love with Middle Eastern dance, she put all her focus on learning the art form and quickly became a lead soloist for the Award-Winning Dance Company.
Heather is a founding member of Bellydance Evolution where she was not only a lead dancers, but Associate Artistic Director and contributing choreographer for BDE’s first four productions (Immortal Desires, Dark Side of the Crown, Alice in Wonderland and Fanstam - 1001 Nights). She has performed with the company throughout the USA, Europe, Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Australia.
Now a proud mother of three, Heather is focusing her efforts behind-the-scenes. In addition to owning and directing DanceGardenLA, Heather is Managing Director for Evolution Studios, LA’s premier dance rehearsal and production rental facility located in North Hollywood.