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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 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! ;)


Jenna

RAFFLE

Win a CHANCE TO DANCE at our upcoming Garden Party!

$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!

WINNERS WILL BE DRAWN WEDNESDAY MAY 15th!! Get your tickets before then to WIN WIN WIN! :)

May 2019


Snoop Sherri

Workshop

Zar & Zen with Sherri & Shoop

Saturday, May 4, 2019
4-6pm

Take time to release and recharge in this special edition of Tribal Ritual.

We'll begin with breath, meditation, stretching and gentle movement to awaken the mind/body connection. We'll then discuss the history of the Zaar as a ritual or potentially a means of attaining an alternate state through movement, and finally develop a repertoire of skills to execute the Zaar as a performance. To close we'll move into an extended, supported resting pose. You'll be led into the deeply rejuvenating experience of complete surrender, then bathed in aromatherapy, reiki and a balancing, nurturing sound bath.

Please bring yoga mat, 2 to 4 yoga blankets, eye pillow (light eye covers will be provided) and a pillow or 2. You may also like a journal, water and remember to dress comfortably.

$25 drop in or 2 punches on your DGLA Class Card


Tribal Ritual

CLASS

Tribal Ritual *a monthly gathering for group improv dancers*

Saturday May 11th
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!


Jenna

RAFFLE

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!

WINNERS WILL BE DRAWN WEDNESDAY MAY 15th!! Get your tickets before then to WIN WIN WIN! :)


Party DG style

PARTY

Garden Party!!! DGLA's Anniversary Celebration Potluck & Performances!

Saturday, May 18, 2019
Party starts at 4ppm, Show begins 5pm

Potluck — bring a dish to share! And bring your own mess kit if you want to eat! That's right, we are aiming for minimal waste — no plastic or styrofoam or nuthin! Bring a reusable plate, cup, fork, knife & spoon and take 'em back home with you to wash (a plastic bag is not a bad idea for the return trip). I know. It's a little hardcore. But why should our party make 6 huge bags of garbage? We can do this! :) :)

Feast your eyes on delightful bellydance solos and duets by our illustrious students and teachers!

Live Music RETURNS!!! — 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 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! :) :)

Check the Facebook event for signups, coming soon! We will also need some help from volunteers, so please check back often!
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Alexandra King

Workshop

TAKSIM & CHIFTITELLI with Alexandra King

Sunday, May 26, 2019
3:30-5:30pm

Standing work and Floor work. Please bring knee pads and zills.

$40 Early bird by midnight May 1st! • $45 Pre-registration after that • $50 Door (space permitting)


Ana Carla Laidley

Workshop

CANCELED Samba Dance Workshop with Ana Laidley! All Levels

Sunday May, 26, 2019
7-8:30pm

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!

$20

June 2019


Tribal Ritual

CLASS

Tribal Ritual *a monthly gathering for group improv dancers*

Saturday June 8th
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!


Deb Rubin

CLASS

Summer of Slink! 3-week Tribal Fusion Belly Dance Series with Deb Rubin

Tuesdays June 11, 18 and 25
8:30-10pm

Each class includes Deb's signature dance conditioning, belly dance technique drills, and new modern fusion dance combos to explore and highlight: Elegant Lines, Shape, Partner work, group tableaux, & sinewy, serpentine Slink. Come build a dance with us, and ignite your creative muse...

**REGULAR CLASS PRICING**D


Irani

New Class

Samba with Irani Returns!

Thursday evenings
7:30-8:30pm

Beginning Thursday June 20th.

Open Level. Beginner class coming soon, stay tuned!


Alexandra King

Workshop

DRUM SOLO with Alexandra King

Sunday, June 30, 2019
3:30-5:30pm

Bring Drum, Zills or Deff.

$40 Early bird by midnight June 1st! • $45 Pre-registration after that • $50 Door (space permitting)

July 2019


Ali Mohamed

Workshop

Retro Raqs II with Alia Mohamed

Saturday, July 13, 2019
2:30-4:30pm

Belly dancer extraordinaire, Alia Mohamed, is known for her retro style and heartfelt musicality. In this special workshop, she will bring the elegance of the past into a modern context with a new choreography inspired by beloved Egyptian dancers of the 1960s. In addition to choreography, this class will focus on bringing sensuality and authenticity into your dance.

$40 by midnight Sun 6/21 • $45 before midnight 7/12 • $50 at the door (space permitting)


Ana Carla Laidley

Workshop

Samba Dance Workshop with Ana Laidley! All Levels

Sunday July, 21, 2019
7-8:30pm

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!

$20

August 2019


Vintage Dancer

Save the Date

LA Legends of Bellydance Weeklong Experience!

August 5-9, 2019

Over 27 hours of dance instruction and lectures!

Spend a sunny week in Los Angeles attending workshops and lectures with some our legendary bellydancer teachers!!

Click here to learn more.


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