News and Special Events
Love Your Partner: Tribal Fusion Duet Workshop with Shoop and Azza of Heavy Metal Tribal
Sunday February 12, 2017
Spend some time with this duet known for their intense connection with each other and the music. You'll be led through drills that will enhance your group improvisation skills as well as help you master musicality. Combinations and concepts will be taught that are adaptable to all styles of bellydance. Be prepared to work hard and have a great time! Open to all levels, however knowledge of basic bellydance a plus.
$25 or 2 punches on your DGLA class card
No classes on Tuesday, Feb. 14th
Classes will be canceled on Tuesday, February 14 for Valentine's Day. Enjoy!
Introducing: BIRDS OF PARADISE Company Class
Starting February 21, 2017
This class is for intermediate and advanced Dancers who are interested in performance. The class will train in bellydance choreographies of various kinds, and include technique in veil, finger cymbals, shimmies, cane, wings, balancing, folkloric steps, and improvisation work at different times (can't fit ALL that in every class! ;)
Students who are dedicated and KNOW the choreographies solidly will have performance opportunities as a member of the Birds of Paradise!
This is an open class, no auditions necessary, but is not meant for beginner dancers. Regular class fee. Let's DANCE!
Oriental Drum Solo Choreography with Princess Farhana & Issam Houshan
Sunday March 5, 2017
Nothing is as exciting and exhilarating as one of Issam's live drums solos…unless Princess Farhana is choreographing it!
In this three-hour workshop, Issam breaks down all the rhythms used in the complex "Princess" drum solo, demonstrating each time signature in it’s root form as well as with embellishments when it is played for the stage.
Then you'll learn the choreography: organic movement, unexpected accents and lots of layers that can be embellished upon, leaving some "wiggle room" for a little improvisation that will make the drum solo uniquely your own. Prepare to sweat!
*Please bring finger cymbals if you play them
$50 by midnight Friday February 17 • $60 after that or at the door (space permitting!)
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Two Workshops! 1-2:45 pm AND 3:30-5:15pm
Dahlena, one of the dancers featured on the cover of "American Bellydance Legends", is a career dancer, starting in Boston in the early 60's. She has performed in nightclubs across the U.S. as well as in France, Syria and Iraq. She was one of the preeminent pioneers of national workshops in the US.
Dahlena's experience of working with some of the finest musicians and dancers from the Middle East influenced her style of dance. Today, her choreography and dance style is Modern Middle Eastern, based on a solid foundation of the past.
Egypt's Raqia Hassan said, "She is fantastic. If beginners could see Dahlena dancing, then they would understand Arabic dance."
1pm: Technique and Combinations - Dahlena Style!
Includes traveling steps and isolations for opening numbers and earthy songs to a variety of music. Impactful arms to complement your movements will also be covered as only Dahlena can!
3:30pm: Hip Accents and Shimmies
Dahlena will use traditional and modern music and then put her steps into a short choreography to see how it all fits together in her smooth and dynamic technique.
BOTH WORKSHOPS: $60 Until midnight 3/10, 2017 • $70 Until midnight 3/23/2017 • $80 at the door
ONE WORKSHOP: $35 Until midnight 3/10, 2017 • $40 Until midnight 11/12/2017 • $50 at the door
Save the Date
LA Legends of Bellydance Weeklong Experience!
August 7-11, 2017
Immerse yourself in the classic style of LA's legendary bellydancers from the dance's American heyday — Zahra Zuhair, Helena Vlahos, Princess Farhana, and Kamala Almanzar will be joined by other special guests to share the magic of this cherished era and the development of the art to the modern day with a week of workshops and lectures from the dancers who lived it!!