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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 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! ;)

October 2018

Shivani Thakkar


Special Saturday Series! Fall Fusion: Classical Bollywood with Shivani Thakkar

4 Saturdays in October: 6, 13, 20, 27

Delve into the rich splendor of Indian classical dance as applied in Bollywood. Known for its intricate hand gestures, engaging facial expressions, story-telling ability, play with rhythm, and whirling turns, classical Indian dance has the power to entice, seduce, and capture the audience. This four-class series will introduce participants tobasic classical technique, and the vast scope classical Indian dance has to Bollywood choreography. Each week will have a specific class focus, with the introduced technique being incorporated into the choreography. Over the course of the four weeks, the choreography will build to encompass rhythm work, expressions (facial and hands gestures), turns/jumps, and whole body stance/technique.

An internationally recognized artist, Shivani's specialties include Bharata Natyam (Indian classical), Bollywood, Tap, Jazz, and Ballet. Shivani has performed in India, Japan, USA, and Canada, including prestigious tours where she has performed as both lead and soloist. Credits include TV/Film work, numerous dance festivals and museums.

$50 pre registration until Friday 10/5 • $60 at the first class • Regular class pricing for drop-ins.


Class Series

Birds of Paradise: Fiesta Performance Choreography Class

7:30 - 8:30 Tuesdays

10/2 through 12/11
No Class Nov 20th (Tues before Thanksgiving)

ONLY FULL REGISTRANTS are guaranteed to perform the dance in the Fiesta. Students may miss 2 classes max to remain eligible, and the 12/11 class is mandatory for all performing.

Drop-ins may be permitted with teacher permission but are not promised a performance opportunity. Email jenna(at) to inquire.

Learn an exciting mejance-style entrance using both veil and zils to Hazar Fazar. Dance will be taught over the 10-week period, including staging, performance skills and technique.

Must have some experience with finger cymbals.

10 classes: $120.00

Laura Leyl


Hatha Flow Yoga Level 1/2 with Laura Leyl

Starting Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Join me for a deeply relaxing yoga class that will stabilize and align your body and mind. Yoga is excellent cross training for dance, and the emphasis of my classes is to support low back health and emotional stability. This mixed-level class is suitable for beginners, but will challenge the intermediate yoga student. We start with a warmup, move through yoga poses (asana) that work to strengthen your muscles, increase flexibility and balance, and stabilize your joints, and end with a guided meditation.

Alexandra King


Veil Master Class with ALEXANDRA KING

Sunday, September 30th - 1:30-4:30pm
Saturday, October 20th - 2:30-5:30pm

PART 1 - Sunday, September 30th - 1:30-4:30pm
Steps, Isolations, Turns, Veil Movements and Combinations for cabaret.
Bring a 3-4 yd. silk veil and strong hip belt.

PART II - Saturday, October 20th - 2:30-5:30pm

Review + New Steps, Isolations, Turns, Veil movements and Combinations for Half Circle, Double Half Circle and Rectangular veils for cabaret. Bring a 3-4 yd. silk veil, 2 half circle veils, a headband and strong hip belt.

Early Bird Special! Register by September 1st to get this discount:
$38.00 for one workshop • $70 for both

After September 1st - $48 for one • $80 for both
Door - $50 for one • $90 for both.

If you are registering for 10/20 workshop only, Early Bird Deadline is October 1st.

Classes may be taken separately, but it is recommended to take both parts together, as a complete workshop.

Jenna and Zahra


All About Bellydance: A Beginners Introduction to Bellydance History and Culture with Jenna and Zahra Zuhair

Sunday Oct 28, 2019

Where does bellydance come from? What is that music I'm hearing? How do you become a professional bellydancer? Who are these famous bellydancers my teachers keep mentioning? If you have wondered any of these things, or if there are other topics you are curious about that aren’t presented in your weekly bellydance movement classes, this is for YOU!

If you haven't wondered about these things, well... perhaps you should! Bellydance is a dance with lots of cultural roots and regional nuance, and this will just open up the doors to a world full of interesting information, history and cultures!

$50 for both (lecture + workshop) by midnight on 10/19 • $60 for both after that
$25 early bird by midnight on 10/19 • $30 after (online or door)



Arm Yourself! Beautiful Hands & Arms for Bellydance with Jenna

Sunday Oct 28, 2018

Arms make the difference between *dancing* and just shaking your hips around! They frame your hard work, can showcase your grace and strength, and add another dimension to your performance. The beautifully floral hand work is a signature of bellydance, and even just the hand position itself can convey relaxed confidence and elegant poise. With a start in ballet, Jenna developed much of her upper body stylings from her extensive training with NYC mentor, Serena, herself having studied hand movements from none other than Ruth St. Denis. Jenna has designed hand, arm and posture exercises to build skills towards naturally incorporating beautiful arms into your dance. ALL LEVELS of dancer (even & especially beginners) to start good practices now, or to break quirky habits they have developed! We will practice drills for strength and flexibility in the hands and arms, technique for sinuous and graceful movements, and also use the arms as both frames and actors with dance moves and traveling steps.

$50 for both (workshop + lecture) by midnight on 10/19 • $60 for both workshops after that
$30 for by midnight on 10/19 • $35 after that • $40 at the door

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