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WOW!

DGLA '3 for Free' Program!

DanceGardenLA has some of the TOP Bellydance instructors in the country… dare I say the world?? But each teacher is unique, so, how do you know who YOU jive with? Which teacher speaks to YOU? What style are you into? Do you even LIKE bellydancing??

Now you can find out at no risk with our 3-for-free program, for NEW customers ONLY*

You will receive a card on your first visit that allows you to try THREE of our Beginner Bellydance teachers. We'll hang on to it for you and mark it off as you go — then whenever you are ready to purchase a class card (whether you have tried ONE teacher or all THREE, that's up to you!) we will offer you a pretty insane deal on our 5 or 10 class cards (might as well just go for the 10, you don't get offered this deal every day!) that are good for ANY regular DGLA class, so you can come back and pursue your new passion!

Just check our Calendar to see when our Free Trial classes are on and come on in! Free class schedule is subject to change without notice, but the Calendar is kept obsessively up-to-date, so be sure to check there first.

*Sorry, Groupon/Living Social folks, you are already getting an *amazing deal*, so no free classes BUT you will still get a chance to purchase a class card at our highly discounted New Student rate when you finish your Groupon classes!

*And, NOT sorry, faithful existing customers, because you will get your chance during our annual Customer Appreciation sale, lucky ducks! ;)

December 2018


Special Sale

SALE!

Customer Appreciation Sale — For Returning Customers ONLY! :)

Monday, December 17 through Friday, December 28, 2018 ONLY!

We offer lots of incentives to get new folks to try out bellydance. But what about our good ol' regulars? Our bread and butter? Our supreme shimmiers??? ;-D

Time to give you a BIG Xmas gift — The same deal we give to new customers when they are signing up for the first time:
Only $55 for a 5-class card (just $11 per class!!)

We will set your expiration when you first use it, so don't worry if you already have another card. But still: ONLY ONE PER CUSTOMER!


Winter break

Break

Winter Break

Very reduced schedule from Monday Dec 17 through Wednesday January 2nd, 2019 (see details below) — We Reopen with our FULL 2019 Schedule on Thursday January 3rd, 2019!

WINTER BREAK LIMITED CLASS SCHEDULE December 17th & 18th — Open for Yoga classes!
Mon 17th - 6-7:15pm Power Vinyasa Flow with Liz
Tues 18th - 6-7:15pm Hatha Flow with Laura

December 20th — Open for Bellydance classes!
Thursday 12/20 - 6:30pm Beginner, 7:30pm Beyond Beginner with Jenna

Please be sure to check the Calender for up-to-the minute schedule changes!

January 2019


Dancer

CHANGES

Class Schedule Changes for 2019!

Please find all our new year adjustments below! If its not on here… it's the same! :)

And remember, you can always visit the Calendar for a user-friendly view of our entire schedule, updated constantly!

SATURDAYS (beginning 1/5):
Devilla's times stay the same, but class level/content will be as follows:
10am: Intermediate Bellydance Technique: Drills and Combos, and Improv
11am: Bellydance Performance Prep: Choreography and more!

New Class: Beginner Bellydance with Laura at 1:30pm

SUNDAYS (beginning 1/6): A few time changes!
Kamala's class time will now be 11am - 12 noon.
Donavon's Drumming class will be 12 noon - 1pm every week EXCEPT the 3rd Sunday of each month, when it will be at 5pm, and will welcome new students!
Nasila's Shimmy Shaabi Shake will be 12:30 - 1:30pm)

(yes! There is overlap, because the dancers get to dance with the drummers and the drummers get to drum for the dancers!)

MONDAYS (beginning 1/7):
6pm Yoga will be Hatha Flow with Laura
7:30 - 8:30pm will now be Bellydance (Beyond the Basics) with Helena!
(Tribal Fusion moves to Tuesdays, see below! :)

TUESDAYS (beginning 1/8):
6pm Yoga will be Power Vinyasa with Liz E.
7:30pm will be Tribal Fusion with Sherri Wheatley
(Look for Jenna’s advanced bellydance classes in periodic weekend workshops!)


Laura Leyl

NEW CLASS!

Learn to Belly Dance with Laura Leyl

Starting Saturday Jan 5th
1:30-2:30pm

Join me for a fun, body positive, and empowering introduction to the beautiful art of belly dance. Learn basic hip and chest isolations, arm positions, and traveling steps, and we will put them all together to be dancing in no time. Low impact and highly enjoyable, you will also be introduced to Middle Eastern music and culture as we practice this unique style of dance.

Laura Leyl is a professional bellydancer based in Los Angeles. She is a protégé of the legendary Alexandra King, and danced with the UCSB Middle East Ensemble for four years. She won first place in the Professional Cabaret Soloist division at Hot Raqs 2018. Laura dances at Babouch Moroccan Restaurant in San Pedro on Saturday nights. She is also a 500-hour YogaWorks-trained yoga teacher. To learn more about Laura and her upcoming performances, please visit www.lauraleylbellydance.com.


Christine Shahin and SahraSaeeda

Lecture

Lecture with Sahra Saeeda and Christine 'Shiraz' Shahin
Egypt Today: Raqs Sharqi and Regional Folkloric Dances

Saturday, January 5, 2019
2:30-5:30pm

In this collaborative lecture, dance ethnologists Sahra C. Kent and Christine Sahin discuss the changing contexts, conditions, and complexities of the contemporary Egyptian dance scene. Lecture will be followed by an open Q&A and discussion

$30 — Presenters' proceeds will be used to give back to dancers/sources of their fieldwork.


Tribal Ritual

CLASS

The Inaugural Tribal Ritual

Saturday Jan 19th
4:30-5:45pm

*a monthly gathering for group improv dancers*

Join us on the Second Saturday (see dates below) of each month for an afternoon of learning and turning! Drills in tribal basics + moves and combos reviewed along with origins & variations + group practice + slow, fast & zills!

Your facilitator, Heather Shoopman, has studied American Tribal Style® + Hot Pot Level 1 + a bit of Gypsy Caravan and even a little Black Sheep SGI. Her troupe, Heavy Metal Tribal, created a vocabulary inspired by these formats + their own experience in cabaret style bellydance + tribal groups Evil Eye, She'enedra, Wild Routes + square dance + various other quirkiness.

Whether you are new to bellydance, new to group improvisation or an experienced tribal dancer looking for practice this will be valuable and most importantly, fun!

Regular Class pricing, class cards ok!

UPCOMING TRIBAL RITUAL DATES:
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 9
SUNDAY MARCH 3

Then every 2nd Saturday after that (April 13, May 11, June 8, etc etc)


Ana Carla Laidley

Workshop

Samba Dance Workshop with Ana Laidley! All Levels

Saturday January 19, 2019
7:30 - 9pm

Ana Carla Laidley is from Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. She is a samba dancer and master instructor, based in Los Angeles, whose classes integrate traditional and contemporary Samba styles. She grew up receiving influences from the great masters of Samba, starting at her home, with her parents. Ana’s father is a talented musician, Carlinhos Pandeiro de Ouro, and her mother, Ana Gomes, was a professional dancer.

Ana has paraded in the Samba Schools in Brasil over thirty times, including parading for Estacio de Sa, Mangueira, Viradouro, and Uniao da Ilha.

She has more than twenty and five years of experience teaching Samba and she is continuously researching and creating projects to better develop a methodology that better "translates" her knowledge about and passion to her Native Culture. She has taught in Australia, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Hawaii, and all over the USA.

Ana provides a space for people to develop their knowledge of the Brazilian culture as well as reconnect with their body, mind, and soul. Her Samba classes for all levels cover the basic, intermediate, and advanced steps of samba, variations, breaks, transitions, and different samba rhythms and styles. She teaches the traditional as well as the contemporary forms of Samba. Some of her specialties include Jongo, Samba de Roda and Malandro style.

Ana is the creator of the group Samba N’ Motion and her choreographic works reflect her understanding and passion for and her respect to the ancestry and legacy of this unique form of dance, so-called Samba. She is the Founder of the International Samba Congress event in Los Angeles, which draws dancers and musicians from across the globe to share her passion.

Editor's note: Besides all that…. GET READY TO GET DOWN!

$20


Alexandra King

Workshops

ALEXANDRA KING IN WORKSHOP: Turkish Cabaret and Karsilama

Saturday, January 26, 2019
Turkish Cabaret from 1:30-3:30pm
Karsilama from 4-6pm

Learn steps and movements of the Turkish style of the 70's and 80's. The workshops will cover Turkish Openings, Taksim (standing work and floor work) and 9/8. This dynamic style is filled with fast-paced energy and challenging technical skills. The student will discover Turkish culture and history that is fundamental to the evolution of the ancient art of belly dance.

1:30-3:30pm
Turkish + Turco-American Cabaret steps and movements for Openings and Taksim. Bring knee pads and zills.

4-6pm

Karsilama - Bring knee pads, zills and full skirt..

Early Bird Special! Register by 12/28 to get this discount:
$38.00 for one workshop • $70 for both

After 12/28- $48 for one • $80 for both
Door - $50 for one • $90 for both.

February 2019


Tribal Ritual

CLASS

Tribal Ritual *a monthly gathering for group improv dancers*

Saturday February 9th
4:30-5:45pm

Join us on the Second Saturday of each month for an afternoon of learning and turning! Drills in tribal basics + moves and combos reviewed along with origins & variations + group practice + slow, fast & zills!

Your facilitator, Heather Shoopman, has studied American Tribal Style® + Hot Pot Level 1 + a bit of Gypsy Caravan and even a little Black Sheep SGI. Her troupe, Heavy Metal Tribal, created a vocabulary inspired by these formats + their own experience in cabaret style bellydance + tribal groups Evil Eye, She'enedra, Wild Routes + square dance + various other quirkiness.

Whether you are new to bellydance, new to group improvisation or an experienced tribal dancer looking for practice this will be valuable and most importantly, fun!

Regular Class pricing, class cards ok!

March 2019


Tribal Ritual

CLASS

Tribal Ritual *a monthly gathering for group improv dancers*

Sunday March 3rd
4:30-5:45pm

Join us on the Second Saturday of each month for an afternoon of learning and turning! Drills in tribal basics + moves and combos reviewed along with origins & variations + group practice + slow, fast & zills!

Your facilitator, Heather Shoopman, has studied American Tribal Style® + Hot Pot Level 1 + a bit of Gypsy Caravan and even a little Black Sheep SGI. Her troupe, Heavy Metal Tribal, created a vocabulary inspired by these formats + their own experience in cabaret style bellydance + tribal groups Evil Eye, She'enedra, Wild Routes + square dance + various other quirkiness.

Whether you are new to bellydance, new to group improvisation or an experienced tribal dancer looking for practice this will be valuable and most importantly, fun!

Regular Class pricing, class cards ok!


Vida Vierra

Special Saturday Series

Dancing the Rainbow Body with Vida Vierra

4 Saturdays — March 9th through March 30th
3:30 - 5pm

Awaken and understand your own innate healing abilities through the power of Sacred Movement. We are called to the Dance by the Power of the Drums.

We connect with the Ancestors through the Healing portal of Afro Brasilian Orixa Movement and the energetic tool of Qi Gong.

Develop your own Healing Dance practice through a 4 week series (Earth, Water, Fire, Air) focusing on our relationship with our Divine Nature...Gain knowledge of the Elements within.the corresponding Chakra system and the Healing Light that you carry.. Blending Orixa Dance, Chant and Sacred Sound,each week we will focus on one Element at a time, developing a Dance practice to manifest more Self Awareness, Peace and Harmony as we encounter our Rainbow Body..live drums

Vida Vierra is a Healing Artist, Co founder of Rainbow Body Matrix and Artistic director of Swing Brazil Dance in residence @ Electric Lodge

Drop ins ok with cash or class card (no Passports, sorry!)

$60 for all 4 classes by February 22nd • $70 dollars for all 4 classes after 2/22

April 2019


Tribal Ritual

CLASS

Tribal Ritual *a monthly gathering for group improv dancers*

Saturday April 13th
4:30-5:45pm

Join us on the Second Saturday of each month for an afternoon of learning and turning! Drills in tribal basics + moves and combos reviewed along with origins & variations + group practice + slow, fast & zills!

Your facilitator, Heather Shoopman, has studied American Tribal Style® + Hot Pot Level 1 + a bit of Gypsy Caravan and even a little Black Sheep SGI. Her troupe, Heavy Metal Tribal, created a vocabulary inspired by these formats + their own experience in cabaret style bellydance + tribal groups Evil Eye, She'enedra, Wild Routes + square dance + various other quirkiness.

Whether you are new to bellydance, new to group improvisation or an experienced tribal dancer looking for practice this will be valuable and most importantly, fun!

Regular Class pricing, class cards ok!

May 2019


Tribal Ritual

CLASS

Tribal Ritual *a monthly gathering for group improv dancers*

Saturday May 11th
4:30-5:45pm

Join us on the Second Saturday of each month for an afternoon of learning and turning! Drills in tribal basics + moves and combos reviewed along with origins & variations + group practice + slow, fast & zills!

Your facilitator, Heather Shoopman, has studied American Tribal Style® + Hot Pot Level 1 + a bit of Gypsy Caravan and even a little Black Sheep SGI. Her troupe, Heavy Metal Tribal, created a vocabulary inspired by these formats + their own experience in cabaret style bellydance + tribal groups Evil Eye, She'enedra, Wild Routes + square dance + various other quirkiness.

Whether you are new to bellydance, new to group improvisation or an experienced tribal dancer looking for practice this will be valuable and most importantly, fun!

Regular Class pricing, class cards ok!


Party DG style

PARTY

Garden Party!!! DGLA's Potluck & Performances!

Saturday, May 18
Party starts at 4ppm, Show begins 6pm

Potluck — bring a dish to share! Check the Facebook event for signups, coming soon! We will also need some help from volunteers, so please check back often!
Facebook event

New Twist! We are going WASTE-LESS for this party! Well… maybe not 100% wasteless, but definitely LESS WASTE! It's crazy, but it's cool — why should we make lots of garbage just because its a party???

Our goal is no disposable plates, cups or utensils!! BYOMK - That's right, bring your own mess kit! Bring a cup, plate, fork and knife from home, and maybe a plastic bag to bring your dirties back home in. Let’s see how great we can do!

Dance performances by our amazing students. NEW! Live Music — enter our raffle (above) to win a Chance to Dance, and there will also be a 50/50 Drawing — you can enter at the studio anytime during classes leading up to the GP - and you need not be present to win, but why wouldn't ya wanna be there!!! This going to be GREAT! :) :)

June 2019


Tribal Ritual

CLASS

Tribal Ritual *a monthly gathering for group improv dancers*

Saturday June 8th
4:30-5:45pm

Join us on the Second Saturday of each month for an afternoon of learning and turning! Drills in tribal basics + moves and combos reviewed along with origins & variations + group practice + slow, fast & zills!

Your facilitator, Heather Shoopman, has studied American Tribal Style® + Hot Pot Level 1 + a bit of Gypsy Caravan and even a little Black Sheep SGI. Her troupe, Heavy Metal Tribal, created a vocabulary inspired by these formats + their own experience in cabaret style bellydance + tribal groups Evil Eye, She'enedra, Wild Routes + square dance + various other quirkiness.

Whether you are new to bellydance, new to group improvisation or an experienced tribal dancer looking for practice this will be valuable and most importantly, fun!

Regular Class pricing, class cards ok!


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