What should I wear to class?
Most people wear workout clothes that are comfortable to move in and do not obscure the body's movement -- think tanktops, stretch pants, fitted tees. People go barefoot or wear a soft dance shoe like ballet slippers, half-soles, or Hermes-style laceup sandals. Socks can be a little slippery. Students also enjoy tying something around the hips, but its not necessary. You can bring something you have from home, but we also have a few to loan out, and a variety of styles and colors for sale..
What should I NOT wear to class?
Please don't wear perfume or scented lotion as your classmates may have allergies. Please do not wear lingerie as outerwear. Street shoes are not permitted on the dance floor. And socks are not recommended, as they can be very slippery.
Which level class should I take?
If you are asking, Beginner! It won't hurt! Even advanced dancers go back to beginning classes if they are starting with a new teacher, or just to tune up technique. It's not as easy as it looks, and performance bellydance is different from social dancing, even if you are used to it from parties, etc. . :).
When do sessions start? Can I just drop in any time?
Most classes at DanceGarden are ongoing, meaning you can just drop in anytime and there is no penalty for skipping a week. Classes that are Choreography based (as noted on our calendar) focus on a particular dance for several weeks in a row, so it can be difficult to join in the middle of a dance. You can call us at 323.660.4556 or email us to find out if a particular class is in the middle of a choreography, or when a new one will start.
What's the difference between the beginner bellydance classes? Do I have to stick with one teacher?
Our teachers are unique, like snowflakes! We are very proud to say that all our teachers are excellent instructors, but each has her own style --both of dancing AND of teaching. So you may want to try a couple of teachers until you find whose style 'clicks' with your personality. That said, once you find a teacher you like, it can be useful to train with her for a while. Once you start to grasp her style, we encourage you to branch out and try someone new -- studying with different instructors can be an amazing boost to your dance growth.