LA Legends of Bellydance 2018!

July 30-August 3 2018!

2018 LA Legends Weeklong will be July 30 - August 3, 2018! The schedule and other details will be updated soon. Please check back for updated information or like our FaceBook page or signup for our mailing list to hear about news as it breaks!

Take a look at the 2017 Schedule and List of Instructors to get a sense of this exciting, annual event.

Immerse yourself in the classic style of LA's legendary bellydancers from the dance's American heyday - Fahtiem, Kamala Almanzar, Helena Vlahos, Princess Farhana, Mesmera, Sahra Saeeda, and Zahra Zuhair will be joined by other special guests (including Cory Zamora!!) to share the magic of this cherished era and the development of the art to the modern day with a week of workshops and lectures from the dancers who lived it!

Spaces are very limited! Classes will be capped at 25 students.


Registration

$555 til 6/6! JUNE 16th IS THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER FOR THE EARLY BIRD PRICE FOR THIS AMAZING WEEKLONG DANCE AND CULTURE INTENSIVE WITH THE BEST BELLYDANCE TEACHERS IN THE LOS ANGELES AREA!

FULL PACKAGE! These include ALL workshops for ALL five days!


Instructors and Speakers

Aisha Ali

Aisha Ali

Aisha's Workshops

Tuesday 7/31/2018
1:30-3pm
From Baladi to Raqs Sharqi

Cory Zamora

Cory Zamora

Cory's Workshops

Friday 8/3/2018
1:30-3pm
Versatile Zills!
Friday 8/3/2018
3:15-4:45pm
Classic AmCab Floorwork

Fathiem

Fathiem

Fathiem's Workshops

Tuesday 7/31/2018
3:15-4:45pm
Magic in Every Step!

Helena Vlahos

Helena Vlahos

Helena's Workshops

Monday 7/30/2018
1:30-3pm
Abdominal Dexterity
Monday 7/30/2018
3:15-4:45pm
Greek-Style Bellydance: From Rembetiko to Raqs Sharqi
Wednesday 8/1/2018
10am-12pm
Vintage Taxsim

Kamala Almanzar

Kamala Almanzar

Kamala's Workshops

Friday 8/3/2018
10am-12pm
Organic Improvisation

Mesmera

Mesmera

Mesmera's Workshops

Monday 7/30/2018
10am-12pm
Mesmerizing Veil

Princess Farhana

Princess Farhana

Princess Farhana's Workshops

Friday 8/1/2018
12-1:30pm
Lunch Chat - The 90's Club Scene in LA
Wednesday 8/1/2018
1:30-3pm
Arabic Club Style Drum Solo Choreography & Improv with Princess Farhana & Issam Houshan - Part 1
Wednesday 8/1/2018
3-4:45pm
Arabic Club Style Drum Solo Choreography & Improv with Princess Farhana & Issam Houshan - Part 2

Sahra Sa'eeda

Sahra Saeeda

Sahra's Workshops

Thursday 8/2/2018
1:30-3pm
TBD
Thursday 8/2/2018
3:15-4:45pm
TBD

Zahra Zuhair

Zahra Zuhair

Zahra's Workshops

Tuesday 7/31/2018
10am-12pm
Classic Oriental Choreography
Tuesday 7/31/2018
12-1:30pm
Lunch Lecture - Origins of Oriental Dance
Thursday 8/2/2018
10am-12pm
Creating Your Unique Style

2018 Schedule

Monday
July 30, 2018
Tuesday
July 31, 2018
Wednesday
August 1, 2018
Thursday
August 2, 2018
Friday
August 3, 2018
10am-12pm MESMERA: Mesmerizing Veil
Mesmera: Mesmerizing VEIL for sheer delight! Technique, Timing and clear details for Classic Veil Combinations. Explore dynamic contrast between Framing and Flying for mesmerizing 4-count, 8-count, 16-count phrases including Undulations, shimmies and accents to capture the spirit of the music and captivate your audience. (Veils available to borrow or buy in class)
ZAHRA ZUHAIR: Classic Oriental Choreography
Zahra Zuhair: Oriental Expression, Essence and Elegance - Zahra is known for her expressive, elegant style of Rags Sharqi. She will be teaching a beautiful choreography filled with luscious movements that express the richness of Arabic music
HELENA VLAHOS: Vintage Taxsim
Explore the old-school slinkfest that is taqsim, with beautiful arms, sensual moves and layers.
ZAHRA ZUHAIR: Creating Your Unique Style
Everyone has a unique dancer within themselves. Discover how to unleash the signature of your dancer soul in this comprehensive workshop created by Zahra.
KAMALA ALMANZAR: Organic Improvisation
All Belly Dancers should feel comfortable improvising solos. Often students are taught to rely on a teacher's choreography, taking away the ability to live and dance in the moment. Kamala helps students feel comfortable with improvisation in a supportive environment, offering tips to help the dancer relax and rely on the music to take her/him to that place of true individuality and self expression.
12-1:30pm -- Free --
You are only limited by your imagination.
ZAHRA ZUHAIR: Lunch Lecture ORIGINS OF RAQS SHARQI - FACTS & FICTION
There's so much speculation on how our beloved dance originated. Is it a ritual of childbirth? Is it a dance of slave girls in harems? Is it an ancient priestess ritual to the Mother/Earth Goddess? Let’s geek out with Zahra in this lunch-time lecture and find out some fun and fascinating facts.
PRINCESS FARHANA: Lunch Chat The 90’s Club Scene in LA
Hear about it from Hollywood Royalty!
-- Free --
You are only limited by your imagination.
-- Free --
You are only limited by your imagination.
1:30-3pm HELENA VLAHOS: Abdominal Dexterity
Helena Vlahos' jaw-dropping abdominal work has earned her a place in the Guinness Book of World Records, and more than a modicum of respect from anyone who's ever been lucky enough to see this incredible feat in person! This workshop will teach you how to manipulate the abdominals. You will learn the secret of first isolating and then contracting the belly muscles, which will lead to belly rolls and flutters. This class will also include an introduction to rolling quarters and dollar bills.
AISHA ALI: From Baladi to Raqs Sharqi
The legendary (of course!) Aisha Ali will be teaching the form that just preceded Raqs Sharqi, closest to Awalem-style Baladi. During the breakdown of the movements she will explain which region of the Middle East and North Africa they were derived from and demonstrate how the movement would be done in that particular region. Wow!
ARABIC CLUB STYLE DRUM SOLO CHOREOGRAPHY & IMPROV WITH PRINCESS FARHANA & ISSAM HOUSHAN
Nothing is as exciting and exhilarating as one of Issam's live drums solos... unless, of course, Princess Farhana is choreographing it!

In this workshop, you'll learn the "Princess" tabla solo... the way it would've been done in LA's Arabic nightclubs of the 1990's. You'll how to listen for rhythmic phrases with and without embellishments, anticipate and prepare for tempo changes, and play zills in the call and response patterns. The class starts with a breakdown of the rhythms, concepts and finger cymbal patterns* used so you can become comfortable with them.

In the second half you'll learn the full choreography. Expect amusing accents, hot technique and organic movement that can be layered and embellished upon. There's also plenty of "wiggle room" for improvisation that will make the drum solo uniquely your own. Prepare to sweat!
SAHRA SA'EEDA: TBD
Description coming soon.
CORY ZAMORA: Zils

Cory explores the most common zil patterns for comfort and versatility. She will explain how zils are used in her style of classic AmCab, how to play with a full song, a drum solo, and how they fit into a full dance set!

3-3:15pm Break
3:15-4:45pm HELENA VLAHOS: Greek-Style Bellydance: From Rembetiko to Raqs Sharqi
Our own goddess teaches how to dance to various styles of Greek Belly Dance Music from Rembetika (The rembetika, songs that were sung in the poor quarters of Smyrna, Istanbul and the ports of Greece in the late nineteenth century, and became the popular bouzouki music of the 1930s to 1950s, have many parallels with American blues), to the modern belly dance music.
FAHTIEM: Magic in Every Step!
Fahtiem is famous for her dynamic combinations that use the only formula you will ever need — that of finding your own personal magic!! Fahtiem demonstrates how to connect your steps to your inner fire, giving your dance dynamics like never before.

Part of what made the classic US bellydance era so memorable and influential is the individual style that each dancer developed from her own unique set of influences. Even today, every dancer has her own signature movements whether she realizes it or not! This class will give you information & inspiration for how to make these movements the most impactful they can be.
ARABIC CLUB STYLE DRUM SOLO CHOREOGRAPHY & IMPROV WITH PRINCESS FARHANA & ISSAM HOUSHAN
Nothing is as exciting and exhilarating as one of Issam's live drums solos... unless, of course, Princess Farhana is choreographing it!

In this workshop, you'll learn the "Princess" tabla solo... the way it would've been done in LA's Arabic nightclubs of the 1990's. You'll how to listen for rhythmic phrases with and without embellishments, anticipate and prepare for tempo changes, and play zills in the call and response patterns. The class starts with a breakdown of the rhythms, concepts and finger cymbal patterns* used so you can become comfortable with them.

In the second half you'll learn the full choreography. Expect amusing accents, hot technique and organic movement that can be layered and embellished upon. There's also plenty of "wiggle room" for improvisation that will make the drum solo uniquely your own. Prepare to sweat!
SAHRA SA'EEDA: TBD
Description coming soon.
CORY ZAMORA: Classic "AmCab" Floorwork

History and practice of the fading art of floor work — keep it alive with Cory's expertise in this special portion of the classic routine. Cory will share the real history, what the moves mean, and the optimal order in which to execute them. She will also instruct in easing into the postures of floorwork for control and effect; and how to maneuver the skirt during floor work as well! Cory can help with different body types, showing how different bodies can do a version of all movements to suit their needs.If you are not used to this type of work, knee pads are just fine, some have brought yoga mats too. There are a few yoga mats available at DGLA to borrow, as well.

Click on a workshop to see a description

Airports

Participants can choose to fly into either LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) OR Burbank International Airport (see info below). Burbank is a bit closer to DanceGarden, but LAX has a convenient & comfortable shuttle called the "Flyaway" that runs to Union Station which is the closest to the studio. The Flyaway runs every 1/2 hour for $9 one-way, no reservations necessary.

Please contact dancegardenla@gmail.com if you have any questions about transfer from the airport to your hotel.

LAX - Los Angeles International Airport
Airport hub known for the colorful glass pylons & 32-foot-high "LAX" letters outside its entrance.
1 World Way, Los Angeles, CA 90045
lawa.org
(855) 463-5252

Bob Hope Airport
Small airport serving Southern California & offering direct rail service to Los Angeles.
2627 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505
burbankairport.com
(818) 840-8840


Transportation

To/From Airport

Flyaway
Flat Rate LAX
Super Shuttle
Prime Time Shuttle

Google Transit Calculator
Metro Trip Planner

Zipcar (gas, insurance, and milage included)
Nearby Locations:
400 N Brand Blvd - 2 vehicles
Occidental College - Baer Rd Parking - 2 vehicles
Occidental College - Baer Rd Parking - 2 vehicles

Bus System

Glendale Beeline (this page has a metro trip planner and google transit planner)

Car Rental

You may get a discount renting through a company like priceline.com or expedia.com.

Near DGLA: Enterprise
1820 S Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91204
(818) 244-6200
Near LAX: Dollar
Enterprise

Lyft
Uber


Lodging

It seems you will get better rates by booking through a service rather than contacting hotels directly:
hotelscombined.com
kayak.com
expedia.com
orbitz.com

After visiting local hotels, our top recommendation, where cleanliness, safety & convenience meet affordable price when sharing a room, would be Embassy Suites by Hilton. Suites in this hotel can sleep 3-4 people - - 2 in queen beds and 1-2 in a pullout sofa bed. Please contact dancegardenla@gmail.com if you would like help finding roommates! Full breakfast is included, as is a cocktail hour with drinks/hors d'oeuvres. Wifi is free in the lobby but 9.95 per day in the room.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Los Angeles, Glendale - $157-$260; approx. 3.5 miles from DGLA
800 N Central Ave, Glendale, CA 91203
embassysuites3.hilton.com
(818) 550-0828

If you want something a little more budget, but not quite as nice (still seemed clean and decent, but did smell a little smoky despite claiming to be a non-smoking building), you might choose the Days Inn Glendale.

Days Inn Glendale Los Angeles - $97-$120 - approx. 3.5 miles from DGLA
450 Pioneer Dr, Glendale, CA 91203
daysinn.com
(818) 956-0202

For those of you who have never been to LA, or would like to stay somewhere trendy and unique, there are two options close by:

Los Feliz Lodge
A complex of 6 brightly painted bungalows/villas with outdoor patios, including free WiFi.
1509 N Hoover St, Los Angeles, CA 90027
losfelizlodge.com
(323) 660-4150

Hotel Covell
Stylish boutique hotel featuring 5 themed suites, plus a bar with wine, tap beer &small plates.
4626 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
hotelcovell.com
(323) 660-4300

Lastly, if you want a low price above all else, this very inexpensive motel is about a mile from DGLA, and very close to local restaurants & shops, but we can’t speak to the quality of the rooms or experience.

Los Feliz Hotel - moderately priced - approx. 1.5 miles
3101 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 667-2567

Other Vacation Rental sites:
Airbnb
Tripping
VRBO: (Vacation Rentals By Owner)
HomeAway


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