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October 2019


Halloween

Holiday Closure

Happy Halloween!

DanceGarden will be CLOSED for classes on Thursday, October 31st

Please click here for schedule

November 2019


Tribal Ritual

CLASS

Tribal Ritual *a monthly gathering for group improv dancers*

Saturday, November 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!


Patriotic hat

CLASS

Happy Veterans Day

Monday, November 11th

Yes, classes with Helena are on for Veterans day.


Dancing with Aisha Ali

Workshop

Tunisian Dance with Aisha Ali

Saturday, November 16, 2019
2:30-5:30pm

In 1971, Aisha traveled to the Middle East to observe firsthand many traditional styles of dance not seen in the United States. She made subsequent visits to Egypt, Algeria and Tunisia from 1973 to 1997 to document folkloric materials that were fast disappearing. As a result, she has released twelve audio and video recordings. In 1973, after performing as the featured soloist at the Municipal Theater in Sfax, Tunisia, the Maison de la Culture asked Aisha to form a local dance company.

Don’t wait — her last workshop at DanceGarden SOLD OUT!

$65 Early bird by midnight Sunday Oct 27! • $70 Pre-registration after that • $80 Door (space permitting)


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Holiday Closures

HOLIDAY CLOSURES: Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Weekend Schedule:
no classes Thurs night,
no classes Saturday EXCEPT 12:15 beginner with Laura - it’s ON!
no classes SUNDAY


Alexandra King

PROGRAM

INSTRUCTOR TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

November 29, 30 & December 1, 2019
10:00- 4:00
Lunch, 12-1 except Saturday - 12:00-1:30

This is a comprehensive teacher training program which certifies advanced and professional dancers using the Alexandra King Method of teaching.

DanceGardenLA
3191 Casitas Ave.
Suite #112
Los Angeles, CA 90039
323.660.4556

Alexandra King Method™
The Alexandra King Method™ is an organized, standardized and comprehensive system of teaching dance in general, and belly dance specifically. All the essential elements of dance art and science are culled and blended with technique and the elements of culture and history in order to give the dancer a thorough understanding and ability to teach dance, and, in particular to teach belly dance. Each level and style of the dance has a clearly defined syllabus, class plans and end results/goals, providing gradient levels and skills the teacher can use immediately. Teachers will be able to teach students at any level so that they will progress from one level to the next with confidence and competence. Some of the subjects the program covers are:

  • Three Methods of Teaching
  • How to teach every style of the belly dance at every level
  • How to give examples and help students.
  • How to critique effectively
  • How to critique effectively
  • The fundamental principals of improvisation and choreography, such as design and music theory.
  • How to create a syllabus, format a class and create class plans.
  • How to create combinations
  • Legal, Business and Marketing Information
  • ....and much more

Prerequisites:

  • Must be an advanced dancer with at least three years of performing experience.
  • Must be familiar with both tribal and classic cabaret belly dance.
  • Must be able to play zills.​

Tuition:
$400.00
20 % Deposit at time of registration. Balance due November 1st.
Early bird special: 10% off through September 30th

Registration:
Download the Application and submit it with your deposit. Send the application either through email or USPS to:
Alexandra King, P.O. Box 868 Santa Barbara, CA 93102.
Pay deposit online at PayPal.com/alexandra@alexandraking.com, or send through USPS to the address above.

December 2019


Alexandra King

PROGRAM

INSTRUCTOR TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

November 29, 30 & December 1, 2019
10:00- 4:00
Lunch, 12-1 except Saturday - 12:00-1:30

This is a comprehensive teacher training program which certifies advanced and professional dancers using the Alexandra King Method of teaching.

DanceGardenLA
3191 Casitas Ave.
Suite #112
Los Angeles, CA 90039
323.660.4556

Alexandra King Method™
The Alexandra King Method™ is an organized, standardized and comprehensive system of teaching dance in general, and belly dance specifically. All the essential elements of dance art and science are culled and blended with technique and the elements of culture and history in order to give the dancer a thorough understanding and ability to teach dance, and, in particular to teach belly dance. Each level and style of the dance has a clearly defined syllabus, class plans and end results/goals, providing gradient levels and skills the teacher can use immediately. Teachers will be able to teach students at any level so that they will progress from one level to the next with confidence and competence. Some of the subjects the program covers are:

  • Three Methods of Teaching
  • How to teach every style of the belly dance at every level
  • How to give examples and help students.
  • How to critique effectively
  • How to critique effectively
  • The fundamental principals of improvisation and choreography, such as design and music theory.
  • How to create a syllabus, format a class and create class plans.
  • How to create combinations
  • Legal, Business and Marketing Information
  • ....and much more

Prerequisites:

  • Must be an advanced dancer with at least three years of performing experience.
  • Must be familiar with both tribal and classic cabaret belly dance.
  • Must be able to play zills.​

Tuition:
$400.00
20 % Deposit at time of registration. Balance due November 1st.
Early bird special: 10% off through September 30th

Registration:
Download the Application and submit it with your deposit. Send the application either through email or USPS to:
Alexandra King, P.O. Box 868 Santa Barbara, CA 93102.
Pay deposit online at PayPal.com/alexandra@alexandraking.com, or send through USPS to the address above.


Mohanned Hawaz spinning

Workshop

Iraqi Dance Workshops with Mohanned Hawaz

Saturday and Sunday, December 7-8, 2019
Saturday 2:30-6:30pm
Sunday 3:30-6pm

SATURDAY 2:30-6:30pm - Iraqi Folkloric Foundation

This workshop will set the foundation for understanding Iraqi dance as we lead up to the modern fusion style (or "kawliya") that is popular in dance today.

This workshop will cover the importance of the Hecha dance as well as other key folkloric styles, Khashaba being one. Technique applied to the rhythms will be taught in relation to region and historical significance.

SUNDAY 3:30-6pm - Modern Iraqi Fusion or "Kawilya"

This workshop will take the foundations of the folkloric workshop and apply it to the popular Kawilya style of dance and focus on correct technique to achieve the an authentic and rhythmic style that is recognized in todays Middle East.

Modern Iraqi popular dance is a fusion that has developed from popular regional styles and music.

Iraqi dance is very energetic. Kawilya style is very aerobic and can be physically challenging. Please bring knee pads and although the dance is traditionally performed bare foot you might want to bring dance sneakers (think hip hop).

Mohanned has developed a body conditioning warm-up for this dance that will make sure everyone is correctly warmed up —however, please take responsibility for your body’s capabilities and existing injuries. This is a high energy dance that is very exciting and a lot of fun!

About Mohanned

Mohanned Hawaz was born in Mosul, in Northern Iraq, by the age 12 this dance devotee was put in touch with Gazzi Fiezel director of the Iraqi artist union, who later enrolled him into the Dance Education Program. This program sent Mohanned all over Iraq to study the many folkloric styles, making sure he covered his academic dance history before embarking on any dance training. Through the Union, and after he had fulfilled his academic requirements, Mohanned qualified to train and perform with the Iraqi National Folkloric Troupe. Troupe founder Hannah Abdullah took Mohanned under her wing and trained him personally. Mohanned then toured with the troupe all over Iraq the Middle East, internationally representing his country’s culture through dance. During his time with the National Troupe, and with some guidance from Hannah Abdullah, Mohanned started his own troupe in his home town of Mosul. With backing of the Union of Artists, Mohanned successfully taught dance and performed with his troupe from 2000 to 2005.

By 2007 Mohanned found himself in Gothenburg Sweden as result of the devastation that had now swept Iraq after the 2003 invasion. Like many Iraqis, Mohanned dusted himself off and restarted his career. By 2008 he was already teaching locally, and by 2009 he founded his own dance troupe named Enkidu. The troupe has been trained by Mohanned and his mentor Hannah Abdullah, and has been given exclusive rights to perform choreographies from of the Iraqi National Troupe. As a soloist, troupe leader, and dance instructor, Mohanned has travelled all over the world representing and teaching authentic Iraqi styles of dance. His methods are known to be of the highest standard, pulling from his vast formal dance training and adapting it to Iraqi dance techniques. Mohanned is thorough, knowledgeable and dedicated to his art. Graduating from the Troupe, he is the only instructor and performer outside of Iraq to have professionally performed and studied Iraqi dance in Iraq.

Saturday:
$95 Early bird by midnight Friday 11/22 • $105 Pre-registration after that • $120 Door (space permitting)

Sunday:
$65 Early bird by midnight Friday 11/22 • $70 Pre-registration after that • $80 Door (space permitting)

BOTH:
$140 Early bird by midnight Friday 11/22 • $150 Pre-registration after that • $180 Door (space permitting)


Tribal Ritual

CLASS

Tribal Ritual *a monthly gathering for group improv dancers*

Saturday, December 14th
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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