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DGLA '3 for Free' Program! *Ending October 5, 2019*

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! ;)

September 2019


Helena Vlahos

New Class

Beginner Bellydace with Helena

Mondays at 6:30pm
Starts Monday, September 9!

In Beginner classes, Helena will introduce you to the fundamental movements of Belly Dancing. Learn to dance with the good habit of proper posture, technique, and execution. Classes will focus on hip movements, arm positions, foot work, shimmies, veil work, finger cymbals, and more! Not only will you learn to Belly Dance, but you will also improve muscle awareness, physical strength, and mind-body connection. Whether you have little to no experience or just want to polish and revisit foundation moves this is the perfect class for you! Don’t be shy, come join the fun!


Tribal Ritual

CLASS

Tribal Ritual *a monthly gathering for group improv dancers*

Saturday, September 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!

October 2019


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!

November 2019


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)


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.


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