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October 2019


Tribal Ritual

CLASS

Tribal Ritual *a monthly gathering for group improv dancers*

Saturday, October 12th
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!


Ana Carla Laidley

Workshop

Samba Dance Workshop with Ana Laidley! All Levels

Friday October 25, 2019
7-8:15pm

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!

Regular Class pricing, class cards ok!


Devilla

Workshop

OH MIGHTY ISIS - Wings with DeVilla

Sunday, October 27, 2019
3:30-5:30pm

In this class we will demystify Isis Wings and go far beyond the basic flutter.

We will cover styling, size and colors. Flutters, dramatic use of posing, concealing and revealing. Spins turns and formations for multiple dancers. A short choreograph will be taught that will incorporate all of these basic moves and much more!

Donʼt worry if you donʼt have a pair of wings, there will be wings you can borrow. So donʼt be afraid, come fly with me!

A basic dance vocabulary and strong spins and turning ability will be helpful for this workshop, however, I will gear it for multi level so everyone can learn and enjoy!

A new kind of discount! If you pay by Saturday 10/26 AT DANCEGARDEN (cash, check or charge!) it’s only $40!

Pay online for $45 up until midnight 10/26 • $50 at the door.


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 Saturday EXCEPT 9am Beginner with Jenna - it’s ON!


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.


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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