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WOW!

DGLA '3 for Free' Program! Now for Yoga too!*

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! ;)

February 2019


Alexandra King

SALE!

SPECIAL BUNDLE - All About AmCab! A Series of Bellydance Workshops with Alexandra King

3/24- 3:30-5:30 - OPENINGS
4/27 - 3:45-5:45 - VEIL - Bolero and Chiftitelli. Bring 3 yard veil.
5/26 - 3:30-5:30 - TAKSIM & CHIFTITELLI - Standing work and Floor work. Bring knee pads and zills.
6/30- 3:30-5:30 - DRUM SOLO - Bring Drum, Zills or Deff

Special bundle pricing before March 1st! $140.00 for all four!


Ali Mohamed

Workshop

Retro Raqs with Alia Mohamed

Saturday February 23, 2019
3-5pm

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 choreography inspired by beloved Egyptian dancers of the 1960s, complete with a beautiful piece of music danced to by both Nagwa Fouad and Nadia Gamal. In addition to choreography, this class will focus on bringing sensuality and authenticity into your dance.

$40 by midnight Wed 2/13 • $45 before midnight 2/22 • $50 at the door (space permitting)

March 2019


Shivani

New Class

Bollywood is Back!

Saturdays in March and April
2:30-3:30pm

Gear up for an upbeat and high energy bollywood class! Shivani will return to DGLA for an 8-week session, this time focusing on fast-paced popular bollywood choreography! A combination of folk, hip hop, and indian classical, Bollywood is a intricate, fun, cardio-intensive fusion dance style! Class will consist of a quick warm-up, across the floor technique, and choreography that will build over the 8 weeks into a short dance routine.

Regular class pricing! Drop-ins welcome, but choreography will progress.


Tribal Ritual

CLASS

Tribal Ritual *a monthly gathering for group improv dancers*

Sunday March 3rd
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!


Vida Vierra

Special Saturday Series

Dancing the Rainbow Body with Vida Vierra

4 Saturdays — March 9th through March 30th
3:30 - 5pm

Awaken and understand your own innate healing abilities through the power of Sacred Movement. We are called to the Dance by the Power of the Drums.

We connect with the Ancestors through the Healing portal of Afro Brasilian Orixa Movement and the energetic tool of Qi Gong.

Develop your own Healing Dance practice through a 4 week series (Earth, Water, Fire, Air) focusing on our relationship with our Divine Nature...Gain knowledge of the Elements within.the corresponding Chakra system and the Healing Light that you carry.. Blending Orixa Dance, Chant and Sacred Sound,each week we will focus on one Element at a time, developing a Dance practice to manifest more Self Awareness, Peace and Harmony as we encounter our Rainbow Body..live drums

Vida Vierra is a Healing Artist, Co founder of Rainbow Body Matrix and Artistic director of Swing Brazil Dance in residence @ Electric Lodge

Drop ins ok with cash or class card (no Passports, sorry!)

$60 for all 4 classes by February 22nd • $70 dollars for all 4 classes after 2/22


Alexandra King

Workshops

Bellydance Workshop in American Cabaret with Alexandra King -- Openings

Sunday, March 24, 2019
3:30-5:30pm

Learn the steps, movements and musical interpretations of the classic American Cabaret bellydance, tips on how to improvise, and dancing with zills.

$40 Early bird by midnight Friday March 1st! • $45 Pre-registration after that (through Mar 23) • $50 Door (space permitting)


Princess Farhana

Workshop

EXTREME TAXIM WORKSHOP WITH PRINCESS FARHANA

Sunday March 31, 2019
3:30-5:30pm

One of the juiciest aspects of Arabic music is taxim – a soulful dance improvisation as a single instrument riffs up and down the Arabic maqam or scale. This workshop focuses on understanding and dancing to the unique structure for taxim as well as chiftetelli, a Greco-Turkish rhythm commonly associated with taxim pieces.

We'll explore the emotional texture of each musical interlude as well as the movements associated with it. You'll learn to relax into the music and let it flow through you. We'll work on technique and combinations perfectly suited for traditional Oriental taxim and chiftetelli pieces : several types of undulations, layered shimmies, and unusual variations on camels and figure eights. You'll also grasp the fundamentals for beautiful abdominal technique, like belly rolls and flutters.

Please bring a veil.

$38 by midnight Wed 3/8 • $45 before midnight 3/30 • $50 at the door (space permitting)

April 2019


Jenna

Special Series

Special Workshop Series with Jenna: 1001 Nights 1001 Ways: Creating Your Own Choreography to a Classic

3 Sundays - April 7, 14 and 21 (in place of Zahra’s Egyptian Pearls Class)
10-11am

Work through the ever-popular song Alf Layla wi Layla as a way to learn how to break down and map out music so you can create a dynamic choreography (or improve your improv structure!) Look at different ways of using the space of your stage, practice strategizing your travel patterns, and learn to highlight special moments in your dance.

There will be an opportunity to perform some/all of the choreography in our Anniversary Garden Party on May 18th!

REGULAR CLASS PRICING!! Drop-ins permitted, but please don’t jump in in the middle — the series is meant to be taken all-together, and progresses sequentially


Tribal Ritual

CLASS

Tribal Ritual *a monthly gathering for group improv dancers*

Saturday April 13th
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!


Alexandra King

Workshop

Veil with Alexandra King -- Bolero and Chiftitelli

Saturday, April 27, 2019
3:45-5:45pm

Please bring a 3 yard veil.

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


Princess Farhana

Workshop

KNOCK 'EM DEAD: PERFORMANCE PREP AND STAGE DYNAMICS WITH PRINCESS FARHANA

Sunday, April 28, 2019
3:30-5:30pm

The difference between a good dancer and a great dancer lies in the performer's abilities to transport the audience. In this workshop, we'll explore show-stopping entrances, exits, pauses and ending poses. We will also concentrate on body language, narrative, stage presence and performance pacing. You'll learn how to create exciting, dramatic, multi-layered dance sets OR how to enhance and existing piece. You'll find out how to channel pre-show jitters and on-stage adrenalin surges into a textured, compelling performance that will have the crowd eating from the palm of your hand and clamoring for more!

Open to any style of dance... advanced beginner through professional levels

$38 by midnight Wed 4/5 • $45 before midnight 4/26 • $50 at the door (space permitting)

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!


Party DG style

PARTY

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

Saturday, May 18
Party starts at 4ppm, Show begins 6pm

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

New Twist! We are going WASTE-LESS for this party! Well… maybe not 100% wasteless, but definitely LESS WASTE! It's crazy, but it's cool — why should we make lots of garbage just because its a party???

Our goal is no disposable plates, cups or utensils!! BYOMK - That's right, bring your own mess kit! Bring a cup, plate, fork and knife from home, and maybe a plastic bag to bring your dirties back home in. Let’s see how great we can do!

Dance performances by our amazing students. NEW! Live Music — enter our raffle (above) to win a Chance to Dance, and 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! :) :)


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)

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!


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)


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