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LA Legends of Bellydance 2017!

August 7-11, 2017

2017 LA Legends Weeklong will be August 7-11, 2017! See this year's amazing schedule below. Check back for updated information or like our FaceBook page or signup for our mailing list to hear about news as it breaks!

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 5/5! MAY 5th 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!

A LA CARTE!

Any 1 day (not including lectures): $140

Any 2 days (not including lectures): $250

Any 3 days (not including lectures): $360


Add lectures for $15 per lecture


Instructors and Speakers

Cory Zamora

Cory Zamora

Cory's Workshops

Friday 8/11
10-11:30am
Classic AmCab Veil Ties - Part 1
Friday 8/11
1-3:00pm
Classic AmCab Veil Ties - Part 2

Dahlena

Dahlena

Due to family issues Dahlena will not be able to take part in the LA Legends Weeklong. She was looking forward to what will be great experience for everyone!

Fathiem

Fathiem

Fathiem's Workshops

Tuesday 8/8
3:15-4:45pm
Magic in Every Step!

Helena Vlahos

Helena Vlahos

Helena's Workshops

Monday 8/7
10-11:30am
Abdominal Dexterity
Thursday 8/10
1-3pm
The Classic Bellydance Routine: Parts 1-3
Thursday 8/10
3:15-4:45pm
The Classic Bellydance Routine: Parts 4-6

Kamala Almanzar

Kamala Almanzar

Kamala's Workshops

Thursday 8/10
10-11:30am
Organic Improvisation

Mesmera

Mesmera

Mesmera's Workshops

Tuesday 8/8
1-3pm
Mesmerizing Zils!

Princess Farhana

Princess Farhana

Princess Farhana's Workshops

Wednesday 8/9
10-11:30am
Drum Solo Synergy with Issam Houshan
Friday 8/11
11:45am-12:45pm
Lunchtime Lecture - Classic Costuming
Friday 8/11
10-3pm
Vintage Orientale Stage Makeup

Sahra Sa'eeda

Sahra Saeeda

Sahra's Workshops

Wednesday 8/9
1-3pm
Classic Egyptian Show - Focus on Folklore (Saidi) - Part 1
Wednesday 8/9
3:15-4:45pm
Classic Egyptian Show - Focus on Folklore (Saidi) - Part 2

Zahra Zuhair

Zahra Zuhair

Zahra's Workshops

Monday 8/7
1-3pm
Golden Era Veil Entrance - Part 1
Monday 8/7
3:15-4:45pm
Golden Era Veil Entrance - Part 2
Tuesday 8/8
10-11:30am
Improvise to Omm Kalsoum Classics
Tuesday 8/8
11:45am-12:45pm
Lunchtime Lecture - Golden Era
Wednesday 8/9
11:45am-12:45pm
Lunchtime Lecture - Golden Era

Schedule

Monday
August 7, 2017
Tuesday
August 8, 2017
Wednesday
August 9, 2017
Thursday
August 10, 2017
Friday
August 11, 2017
10-11:30am 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.
ZAHRA: How to Improvise to Omm Kalsoum Classics
Description will be updated soon.
PRINCESS FARHANA & ISSAM HOUSHAN: Drum Solo Synergy
Synergy: Two people or things working together to produce a result greater than the sum of their individual effects
Princess Farhana and master percussionist Issam Houshan reveal the process that creates explosive on-stage chemistry between the dancer and the drummer that gets the audience on the edge of their seats. The class begins with an overview of commonly used drum solo patterns, followed by short combinations and accent movements that complement the different sounds a tabla or doumbek creates. You will learn how to hear phrases, anticipate rhythmic changes, use eye contact, cues and intuition to spontaneously create an extraordinary improvised drum solo.

Open to all levels and styles of belly dancers and/or drummers
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.
CORY ZAMORA: Classic "AmCab" Veil Ties - Part 1

Cory says: "Back in my days of dressing rooms, I would watch dancers wad and stuff their veil, then hope for the best. Eight times out of 10, it did not go well. So I dove into my OCD, and developed 6 ties from the past, analyzed them to death, and now teach with the care of packing a parachute! It will only dance off as well as you put it on. In my workshop, we will learn 3 ties very different from each other. I like to use a variety of music, tempos, including modern selections. We will learn the steps used, what we can borrow from another section of the dance. A 4 yard veil is used. Mine are all from Jo Ann's "silk essence", it is a lining fabric. Pure silk does not do well with some of this. We did not use it back then. It tends to slide on itself, out of the tie during the opening song. Please bring your zills, I never take mine off. If you do not zill in your style, that is ok! I just want to make sure I teach all how to do veil with zills on.

She taught the first 3 last year, and will teach 4-6 this time around.

The following ties will be covered:

  1. #1 Roman
  2. #2 My Tie
  3. #3 Grecian

Bring a 4 yard veil and zills!
Cory will also have some veils with her, and informative handouts.
DVD’s of the ties for sale, too!

Also, please be sure to wear something with good & tight shoulder straps so that the veil will stay on during the tie.

11:30pm-1pm Complimentary Welcome Lunch
Description will be updated soon.
ZAHRA ZUHAIR: Lunchtime Lecture Golden Era - Part 1
11:45am-12:45pm
In this multi-media Lecture, Zahra will guide you on a journey through the evolution of Raqs Sharqi from the Pre-classic era, The Classic "Golden Age" to the Post Classic (pre-modern) Era. We will study many of the great dancers through time that have contributed to making oriental dance the beautiful art form that it is today.
ZAHRA ZUHAIR: Lunchtime Lecture Golden Era - Part 2
11:45am-12:45pm
In this multi-media Lecture, Zahra will guide you on a journey through the evolution of Raqs Sharqi from the Pre-classic era, The Classic "Golden Age" to the Post Classic (pre-modern) Era. We will study many of the great dancers through time that have contributed to making oriental dance the beautiful art form that it is today.
-- Free --
You are only limited by your imagination.
PRINCESS FARHANA: Lunchtime Lecture Classic Costuming
11:45am-12:45pm
Princess Farhana takes you on a "tour" of traditional belly dance costumes from the 1920's through the early 1990's. You’ll discover the differences -and similarities- in ethic vs.cabaret costumes and in vintage handmade costumes as compared to those "professionally" made by designers in Egypt and Turkey. You will also learn several tips for cleaning and restoring vintage costumes, and for re-creating antique and retro fantasty looks on stage.

* Bring a pen and paper or your tablet for taking notes, and vintage costume (if you have one) for show and tell!
1-3pm ZAHRA ZUHAIR: Golden Era Veil Entrance
Explore the classic technique and stylization of Raqs Sharqi from the 1940's and 50's Golden Age of Egyptian Cinema! Zahra will teach a dreamy choreography inspired by the legendary Egyptian dancer Naima Akef, with a little flavor of fellow dance legends, Samia Gamal and Tahia Karioka.

Please bring a veil.
MESMERA: Mesmerizing Zills
Classic Bellydance Combinations with complimentary patterns and tonal changes to highlight technique and convey Feeling for 4-count, 8-count, and 16-count phrases with undulations, locks & layers. Please check your elastics and bring your cymbals. A few extra sets will be available to borrow and/or buy.
SAHRA SA'EEDA: Classic Egyptian Show - Focus on Folklore (Saidi) - Part 1
In Cairo during the 70's and 80’s, there were many parts to that came together to make a successful show. In this class, we'll focus on the de rigeur folkloric section, exploring the Saidi style as it would be used as part of the full Oriental show.

Please bring Dance Shoes, Cane, Veil. Some veils/canes available at DGLA, priority given to our out-of-town guests.
HELENA VLAHOS: The Classic Bellydance Routine Parts 1-3
Helena Vlahos: Living Legend Helena Vlahos, originally from Greece, will share with you the format & style for the ubiquitous 6-part routine that was de rigeur in the 60's and 70's for its grand entertainment value and enticing flow that built the reputation of bellydance as an art form in the USA. Helena knows you will enjoy learning how they danced in the 60's and 70's!

PART 1:
- Entrance with Veil Wrap & Zills
- Veil Work with Bolero Rhythm
- Slow & Sensual Chiftetelli
CORY ZAMORA: Classic "AmCab" Veil Ties - Part 2

Cory says: "Back in my days of dressing rooms, I would watch dancers wad and stuff their veil, then hope for the best. Eight times out of 10, it did not go well. So I dove into my OCD, and developed 6 ties from the past, analyzed them to death, and now teach with the care of packing a parachute! It will only dance off as well as you put it on. In my workshop, we will learn 3 ties very different from each other. I like to use a variety of music, tempos, including modern selections. We will learn the steps used, what we can borrow from another section of the dance. A 4 yard veil is used. Mine are all from Jo Ann's "silk essence", it is a lining fabric. Pure silk does not do well with some of this. We did not use it back then. It tends to slide on itself, out of the tie during the opening song. Please bring your zills, I never take mine off. If you do not zill in your style, that is ok! I just want to make sure I teach all how to do veil with zills on.

She taught the first 3 last year, and will teach 4-6 this time around.

The following ties will be covered:

  1. #1 Roman
  2. #2 My Tie
  3. #3 Grecian

Bring a 4 yard veil and zills!
Cory will also have some veils with her, and informative handouts.
DVD’s of the ties for sale, too!

Also, please be sure to wear something with good & tight shoulder straps so that the veil will stay on during the tie.

3-3:15pm Break
3:15-4:45pm ZAHRA ZUHAIR: Golden Era Veil Entrance
Explore the classic technique and stylization of Raqs Sharqi from the 1940's and 50's Golden Age of Egyptian Cinema! Zahra will teach a dreamy choreography inspired by the legendary Egyptian dancer Naima Akef, with a little flavor of fellow dance legends, Samia Gamal and Tahia Karioka.

Please bring a veil.
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.
SAHRA SA'EEDA: Classic Egyptian Show - Focus on Folklore (Saidi) - Part 2
In Cairo during the 70's and 80’s, there were many parts to that came together to make a successful show. In this class, we'll focus on the de rigeur folkloric section, exploring the Saidi style as it would be used as part of the full Oriental show.

Please bring Dance Shoes, Cane, Veil. Some veils/canes available at DGLA, priority given to our out-of-town guests.
HELENA VLAHOS: The Classic Bellydance Routine Parts 4-6
Helena Vlahos: Living Legend Helena Vlahos, originally from Greece, will share with you the format & style for the ubiquitous 6-part routine that was de rigeur in the 60's and 70's for its grand entertainment value and enticing flow that built the reputation of bellydance as an art form in the USA. Helena knows you will enjoy learning how they danced in the 60's and 70's!
PART 2:

- Belady (or "Medium Fast")
- Drum Solo
- Finale
PRINCESS FARHANA: Vintage Orientale Stage Makeup
This class will give you a "legendary"retro-exotic look for the stage. Well-done stage make-up will enhance your features and hides your flaws, leaving you looking fresh and pretty under the lights if you're piling on the warpaint! We will go over a step-by-step make-up "map", getting your face ready for performance. Learn how to apply false eyelashes like a seasoned pro! Also: tips for photographic make-up (both color and black and white) and tricks for Vintage Oriental fantasy fun.

Please bring a set of false eyelashes, eyelash glue and your own make-up and applicators.
Tissues will be on hand at the class. Arrive with a clean face, leave as a goddess!
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


Flyer

LA Legends flyer