News and Special Events
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 (Donia, Pls. Hyperlink) to see when our Free Trial classes are on (as of Jan 2018, Mondays 6:30, Thursdays 7:30 and Sat & Sun 9am) 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! ;)
Win a CHANCE TO DANCE at our upcoming GardenParty!
$5 per ticket. Buy as many as you like to increase your odds, but winners will only win ONE turn each with either a delicious LIVE accordion taqsim OR a LIVE drum solo!
Your name will be added automatically to the drawing when you purchase here on line. You can also enter in the studio anytime you are in for a class!
Two new class with Heather Shoopman
Mondays 6:30-7:30pm and 7:30-8:30pm
Starting Monday May 7, 2018
Heather Shoopman will be taking over the first two classes on Monday with a Beginner Tribal Fusion class at 6:30pm immediately followed by a Beginner Intermediate class at 7:30pm.
6:30pm Beginner Tribal Drills & Group Format
Tribal curious? This class will dive into Shoop's quirky fusion blend as well as familiarize you of the very roots of tribal, group improvisation. Class is broken into three segments, all set to a very carefully curated playlist. First warm up with drills and short combos. Next use cue based movements to dance in group improvisation (which is like playing a fun game & we all win). The finisher is a mellow, yoga based cool down.
7:30 Intermediate Tribal Fusion Bellydance
Tribal Fusion Bellydance is on the cutting-edge of the modern movement that is creating new styles rooted in the aesthetic of Tribal Style. This class is designed to expand your vocabulary, strengthen your technique and up your performance game in a nurturing, fun environment. Be prepared to sweat and laugh as we move to an eclectic playlist. Drills are geared toward ultimate muscle control through repetition, layering and dancing at different tempos. The finale shimmy drill will leave you shining for the rest of the day! Combinations are drawn from various bellydance styles (tribal, folkloric, Oriental), and dancers are also encouraged to explore their personal style. Zills and group improvisation may come into play, and time is spent on the psychology of dance through various exercises for internal & external focus. Check out the Dance Garden Facebook page to see what the class is working on each week. This class is open to all levels.
Saturdays at 9am
Starting Saturday May 6, 2018
Arturo's 9am class is now an open level Bellydance class, where beginners are welcome! (Sorry, we are not currently offering this class with Groupon cards, but Groupon users are welcome for Devilla's 10am class - see below.)
Beautiful Beginner Bellydance with Devilla
Saturdays at 10am
Now a part of our Try Free Three program, AND you can use your Groupons or Living Social cards!
Quick & Dirty Bellydance Improv Workshop with Jenna
Saturday, May 5, 2018
So, you entered the raffle (see above) to win a wonderful experience of dancing with an accordion taqsim or drum solo... now what??? I'll tell you! Tips and practice for listening and interpreting when the instrumentalist is improvising just like you are!
We will warm up, then split the time working half on improvising to taqsim, and half on drum solo! This is the real deal-- improvising to a song you know is one thing... but really dancing to an improvised taqsim or drum solo is another! Don't miss it! :)
I know, its right before Elias' workshop, but there's just not another day I can do it before our upcoming GardenParty (FKA Spring Fiesta)!
But here's what I'm gonna do — if you register or are already registered for Elias' workshop on Sun May 6, I'll knock an extra $5 off the pre-registration price for you smart people only! ;-)
With Elias registration: $30 (WOW!) • Pre-registration until midnight Friday May 4: $35 • $40 at the door
Arabic Music Workshop for Dancers with Lebanese Master Musician Elias Lammam
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Open to dancers or anyone with an interest in Arabic music
Part One: Interactive Dance / Live Music Activity
Learn about the traditional Arabic taqsim and practice improvising as a dancer to live instrumental performance of taqsim
Learn about traditional accordion beledi in the Alexandrian style, and practice improvising to a live accordion beledi performance
Part Two: Music and Rhythm
Everything you always wanted to know about Arabic music but were afraid to ask (bring your own pressing questions): Arabic music theory,
maqams, different types of Arabic music (composed vs. improvised; songs vs. instrumental pieces; folkloric vs. compositions for
entertainment); geographic subgenres; famous composers, singers, instrumentalists, etc.. We will learn to sing a verse or two of one
famous but simple Arabic song.
Rhythm and Percussion: Bring a frame drum, sagat, tabla, or other handheld percussion instrument (or you can clap). We will learn proper techniques for holding and making key sounds on the drum and learn to play several rhythms and patterns.
Each of the Two Parts will last roughly 1 hr 45 min (to allow time for break/Q&A mid-way). Exact time of each part may vary and will depend on class participants’ interest in each subject.
What to bring with you:
- Notebook and pen/pencil for writing notes, lyrics, etc.
- Audio recording device (you may record audio and/or video only when instructed by Mr. Lammam to record)
- Percussion instrument or sagat (optional)
- Comfortable class-appropriate dance-wear and dance shoes
- Water bottle
- Snacks (please eat only outside studio)
- Music stand (optional)
$70 til Friday April 20th • $85 until midnight May 5 • $100 at the door
Drumming with Donavon!
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Weekly class is 5-6pm and starts Sunday, May 13
No Class Sunday May 20th, but drum students, ask Donavon about performing at our Garden Party that day!
Come have fun and learn / practice how to play the doumbek (arabic goblet drum), riqq (arabic ’tambourine’), tar (frame drum),
segat (finger cymbals/zills )!
You can learn the foundations of Arabic and North African percussion including:
- Rhythms used, plus their names and structures.
- Advanced variations on the standard rhythms
- Structure of a drum solo
- Playing with music, for dancers and for dancing with drum
- The various techniques, fingering and playing styles used (Arabic classical, Arabic Pop and Turkish)
- Exercises for flexibility, dexterity and speed
- And more
Classes are open to beginners, advanced players, dancers & fans and class structure is designed to lead you through many levels of learning. For absolute beginners it is suggested to take a private or come to the 1st class each month. Bring your own drum, or some drums are avilable to borrow with advance notice.
Regular class pricing — use your class card (no Groupon/Living Social) or same-day special!
Donavon is one of very few Americans in Southern California working in the Arabic style. He has worked and studied with Souhail Kaspar, Faisal Zedan, Tobias Roberson, Issam Houshan, Gamal Gomaa, Kan Zaman, UCLA Middle East Ensemble, M.E.S.T.O., San Luis Obispo Middle East Ensemble as well as many others, and also plays regularly for local bellydance classes and showcases.
Private Classes, Coaching, Practice Sessions for Percussion and Dancing to Arabic Rhythms also available.
Sound Bath and Savasana
Balance * Heal * Rejuvenate *
Sound Bath and Savasana with Shoop: Celebrating the Mother
May 13, 2018
Take time to recharge the physical, emotional and spiritual bodies during this gentle, healing class. We begin with breath and meditation. Using yin and restorative yoga we will softly guide the body into full relaxation in an extended, supported savasana or corpse pose. During rest you are bathed in aromatherapy, reiki and a sweet sound bath with crystal bowls, chimes & tuning forks. Balance the energy field and chakras in the deeply satisfying experience of complete surrender. Clear the way for your light to shine even brighter. Global healing starts here! Please bring yoga mat, 2 to 4 yoga blankets, eye pillow (light eye covers will be provided) and a pillow or 2. There are a few yoga bolsters available.
Join us Mothers’ Day for a special healing treat for yourself and your mother or adult child.
Regular class pricing OR if you are bringing your mother or son/daughter, $20 for 2 of you! <3
Garden Party!!! DGLA's Potluck & Performances!
May 20, 2018
Doors open at 2:30pm, Show begins 3pm
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
Dance performances by our Bollywood and Samba class, plus, Tribal fusion and Classic bellydance solos and duets. NEW! Live Music — enter our raffle (above) to win a Chance to Dance with a taqsim (accordion solo) or a darbuka (drum) solo! Victoria Carter and Donavon will be supplying this exciting new element and we CAN'T WAIT!
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! :) :)
DG Closed for Memorial Day (May 28th)
No Classes on Memorial Day!
New class with Helena Vlahos!
Starting Monday June 4, 2018
Announcing theepic return of Helena Vlahos to the 8:30 PM p.m. spot on Mondays! She'll be doing intermediate/advanced belly dance, mixed level, with some veil and finger cymbals. :)
Save the Date
LA Legends of Bellydance Weeklong Experience!
July 30 - August 3, 2018
Over 27 hours of dance instruction and lectures!
LA Legends of Bellydance 2018 Dates Announced: July 30-August 3 2018!
Spend a sunny week in Los Angeles attending workshops and lectures with some our legendary bellydancer teachers!!
Exact Schedule TBA very soon.
$70 til Friday April 20th • $85 until midnight May 5 • $100 at the door
Katerina Shereen Workshop Weekend!
Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 2:30-6pm
Sunday September 23, 2018 from 1:30-3:30pm
Omm Kalsoum Workshop
Saturday, September 22, 2018
The elegant and knowledgeable Katerina Shereen will grace our studio again with her expertise, this time delving into the subject
of The Lady herself, arguably the most significant force in the world of Arabic music, Umm Kulthum.
Learn about her life and her music, and of course dancing to her songs!
$70 til Wednesday 8/29 • $85 until midnight 9/21 • $100 at the door
Baladi Pop Choreography
Sunday September 23, 2018
Learn a fun dance in the baladi style to an Arabic pop song — original choreography by Katerina Shereen!
$42 til Wednesday 8/29 • $50 until midnight 9/21 • $60 at the door
Shereen FULL PACKAGE!
$98 til Wednesday 8/29 • $115 until midnight 9/21 • $130 at the door
Live Music & Bellydance Show
Saturday September 22, 2018
Save the Date! More details coming soon...