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WOW!

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! ;)

April 2018


Kamala

HOLIDAY

Modified Easter Sunday Schedule

9am Beginner Bellydance — Kamala subbing
10am Int/Adv Bellydance Choreography with Kamala

All other classes canceled that day. :)


Zahra Zuhair

Workshop

Tarab 5: Oriental Passion with Zahra Zuhair

April 7, 2018
2:45-4:45pm

If you enjoyed any of Zahra's previous Tarab workshops, you're going to love this one! Zahra will be teaching a choreography to the Warda classic, "Batwanis Beek" (You're Always With Me). Lyrics to the song will be handed out in class.

It is not necessary to have taken Zahra's previous Tarab workshops to enroll in Tarab 5.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced.

Traditional Arab music has an intimate ambience and aims at evoking tarab, or ecstasy in the performers and listeners.

$50 Until midnight Wed 3/28/2018 • $60 Until midnight 4/6/2018 • $70 at the door


Jayna

Workshop

"Twice As Nice" - Double Veil with Jayna

Sunday April 8, 2018
2-4:30pm

Spring is upon us, time for you to bloom at Dance Garden! Jayna Manoushe is coming to town, bringing back her double 3/4 circular veil workshop! Because her mother, Marta Schill, brought these props to the forefront of American Cabaret in the 1970’s, they are dear to Jayna's heart and she is thrilled and honored to be able to continue and expand their usage! Why two veils, you may ask? Because if one is fun, then why not make Twice as Nice?!

Jayna will provide veils to borrow but if you would like to purchase a pair of your own, please pre-order (in gold or silver) by contacting Jayna at jaynamanoushe@gmail.com.

Discount ends Friday 3/30/2018

$48 Until midnight 3/30, 2018 • $58 Until midnight 4/7/2018 • $70 at the door


Heather Shoopman

Shoop's Sunday Savasana with Reiki & Sound

Balance * Heal * Rejuvenate *

April 29, 2018
8-9:30pm

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.

Regular class pricing! $18 single class, same-day discount, or use your class card! No Passport or Groupon/Living Social.

May 2018


Elias Lammam

Workshop

Arabic Music Workshop for Dancers with Lebanese Master Musician Elias Lammam

Sunday, May 6, 2018
1:30-5:30pm

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


Donavon

NEW CLASS

Drumming with Donavon!

Sunday, May 6, 2018
7-8pm
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.


Heather Shoopman

Sound Bath and Savasana

Balance * Heal * Rejuvenate *
Sound Bath and Savasana with Shoop: Celebrating the Mother

May 13, 2018
7:30-9pm

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

August 2018


Vintage Dancer

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.

Click here to learn more.

$70 til Friday April 20th • $85 until midnight May 5 • $100 at the door

September 2018


Katerina Shereen

Workshop

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
2:30-6pm

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
1:30-3:30pm

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 Show

PERFORMANCE

Live Music & Bellydance Show

Saturday September 22, 2018

Save the Date! More details coming soon...


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