DanceGardenLA

DanceGardenLA DanceGardenLA was established in 2007 by Jenna and Zahra Zuhair with the mission to bring diverse dance forms to dancers of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds with an eye to community building, cultural education and personal development...
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Dance Studio Specializing in Bellydance for all levels and ages. Also featuring, Tribal & Tribal Fusion Bellydance, Yoga, Samba and more. Named "Best Place to Learn the Art of Bellydance" in LA Weekly's 2012 'Best Of LA'!!

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The #MondayBlues are impossible when you're dancing with Helena Vlahos! Join her for two back-to-back classes Monday eve...
03/01/2021

The #MondayBlues are impossible when you're dancing with Helena Vlahos! Join her for two back-to-back classes Monday evenings - Props in Oriental Dance at 6:30pm PST and Intermediate/Advanced Oriental Dance at 7:45pm PST. Register online at dancegardenla.com or through the MindBody app!

02/25/2021

We can't get enough of the creativity and fun that Nasila brings to her classes! Have you danced with her yet? (Virtually counts 😉) She teaches on Thursdays at 5:15pm PST (Mixed-Level Combos & Choreography) and Sundays at 2pm PST (Shimmy Shaabi Shake). Register online at dancegardenla.com or through the MindBody app to join the fun!

Our #WomanCrushWednesday this week is another one of our dance “godmothers” - Nagwa Fouad! Nagwa began dancing in the ea...
02/24/2021

Our #WomanCrushWednesday this week is another one of our dance “godmothers” - Nagwa Fouad! Nagwa began dancing in the early 1960s as a teenager in Cairo after a childhood in Jaffa and Alexandria drought with conflict. While working as a receptionist for the Orabi Agency (an entertainment agency for stars of Egyptian cinema) she was encouraged to rent a costume and dance at Sahara City and eventually met composer-conductor-producer Ahmed Fouad Hassan. He cast her in his stage shows and encouraged her to harness theatricality and showmanship to create her signature style. She was then spotted by directors of Egyptian cinema, acting in over 100 films and dancing in over 250. By the 1970s she was considered the best-known dancer in the Arab world and went on to dance for many heads of state across the globe. We love the primal energy Nagwa brings her dance, especially her drum solos - watching her hips is truly mesmerizing! We also love this quote from a 2010 interview after being asked if there is a difference between dancing for dignitaries and celebrities versus an ordinary nightclub audience: “Not at all. My dancing is the same whether I dance in front of important people or ordinary people.” [sources: http://www.shira.net/about/interview-nagwa-fouad-2010-09.htm and http://thebestofhabibi.com/vol-18-no-3-march-2001/nagwa-fouad/]

If you've been wanting to get your fusion on with Hannah Lily, now's the time! This Wednesday at 6:30pm PST is the last ...
02/24/2021

If you've been wanting to get your fusion on with Hannah Lily, now's the time! This Wednesday at 6:30pm PST is the last class in her series. Join us in the Zoom room for combos and technique that will exercise your body AND brain! Register online at dancegardenla.com or through the MindBody app.

What’s your personal approach to studying dance? Do you like to focus on one specific style, or do you dip your toes int...
02/23/2021

What’s your personal approach to studying dance? Do you like to focus on one specific style, or do you dip your toes into whatever you can? Let us know in the comments!

02/17/2021
Shrouk El-Attar's Dancing Q***r الراقصة المثلية شروق العطار

Our #WomanCrushWednesday is Shrouk El-Attar! Shrouk, originally from Egypt and currently residing in the United Kingdom as a refugee, is an electronics design engineer, activist, and belly dancer in an act called “Dancing Q***r.” Not only do we love how those shimmies travel all up and down Shrouk’s body, we love the way she uses dance to embody her statements about gender, sexuality, beauty standards, and body liberation. She uses her platform to raise funds for legal defense fees for LGBT people in Egypt, and to help with relocation for those persecuted and at risk because of their gender or sexuality. Shrouk has traveled with this act all over the UK and even internationally to Europe and Asia. In 2018 she was chosen by the BBC as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in the World - more than well-deserved.

Bar Wotever! You were FABULOUS!!! ♥♥♥

Amazing vibe, amazing performers, amazing team of organisers!

And we raised a tonne if money in one night for Bedayaa supporting LGBT+ people in Egypt!

£238.42, €45.20, $3.50 Dollars, 2 Derhams, 25 Carribean Cents, and a Games Machine Token! 😂😂 ♥♥♥ LOVE IT!

Thank you for everyone who came, performed, organised, and donated!!! To stay updated on Bedayaa's work in Egypt please go give them a like! www.facebook.com/Bedayaa1

Fabulous video credits to Bar Wotever & ORLANDO MYXX ! ♥♥♥

We all need to slow down and catch our breath sometimes! What is your favorite self-care ritual?
02/16/2021

We all need to slow down and catch our breath sometimes! What is your favorite self-care ritual?

This week’s #WomanCrushWednesday is Gigi Dilsah! She was born in Istanbul and currently resides there, but she has also ...
02/10/2021
Gigi Dilsah performs Turkish Romany in Vancouver, BC. 1 of 2

This week’s #WomanCrushWednesday is Gigi Dilsah! She was born in Istanbul and currently resides there, but she has also lived in Seattle for twelve years. She specializes in Turkish bellydance and Turkish Romany dance. We can’t get over the vivacious energy Gigi brings to the stage in the first part of this full Turkish Romany set and how tight her pelvic tucks are! Romany folk dances are the foundation of a lot of the moves found in Turkish bellydance, and we love how Gigi is working to keep those traditions alive in their original form!

Turkish bellydancer Gigi Dilsah performs in Vancouver at Kozmik Zoo. Gigi was hosted for a weekend of workshops by Raqasa Studios and performed a full Turkis...

Great news! We have Hannah Lily with us for a few more weeks! Hop in to our fusion series for fun technique and brain-ex...
02/10/2021

Great news! We have Hannah Lily with us for a few more weeks! Hop in to our fusion series for fun technique and brain-expanding combos Wednesday nights at 6:30pm PST or any time on-demand. Register online at dancegardenla.com or through the MindBody app!

What's your favorite era and style of dance to watch? Do you live for the over-the-top antics of 20s Jazz dancers? Or ma...
02/09/2021

What's your favorite era and style of dance to watch? Do you live for the over-the-top antics of 20s Jazz dancers? Or maybe you're more into the deep emotions that can be found in modern contemporary? Let us know!

This week our #WomanCrushWednesday is Basinah! Basinah is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and fell in love with bell...
02/03/2021
Basinah "Ya Habibi" NYE 2021

This week our #WomanCrushWednesday is Basinah! Basinah is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and fell in love with belly dance after receiving a lesson as a birthday gift. We love how ooey-gooey her hipwork is and how her love of this art is just oozing from her entire aura. Recently Basinah has been all over the online haflas that have popped up - she’s been featured in Kami Liddle’s Lockdown Dance Party, Navah, Liz Wray and Lisa Warner’s Midnight Frolic, and the Baladi Babes’ Visions of Vintage. This year she will be featured at Kan Zaman in March, and she will also be a guest instructor at Hot Raqs in June. Be sure to catch her performances and workshops to soak up that sunny energy!

Basinah performing "Ya Habibi" for "Midnight Frolic", a New Years Eve Soiree hosted by Liz Wray and Lisa Warner.

This year, we’re trying to expand our horizons and learn more, and not just when it comes to dance! What have you read l...
02/02/2021

This year, we’re trying to expand our horizons and learn more, and not just when it comes to dance! What have you read lately that you’ve enjoyed?

We are so excited to have Aubre Hill guide us through the history of Egyptian dance in this dynamic course! Each class w...
02/02/2021

We are so excited to have Aubre Hill guide us through the history of Egyptian dance in this dynamic course! Each class will have both a contextual lecture AND a movement component so that dancers can literally dance their way through history. Take your dance to the next level with a deep understanding of our art's evolution and influences! Course starts live this Wednesday, February 3 at 7:30pm PST or catch up on-demand on your own schedule. You have access to the course for the whole of 2021! 😲 Register online at dancegardenla.com/courses

01/23/2021
Laura Leyl Bellydance

Join us this afternoon! Starting today - Laura's 6 week Learn to Bellydance Course! only $40 for the 6 weeks - register at www.dancegardenla.com/courses

Mini Tutorial: Downward Eights! Register for my 6-week Beginner Bellydance Course, starting tomorrow (Saturday, Jan 23)! Streaming live online, sign up at https://dancegardenla.mykajabi.com/store Only at DanceGardenLA 💛💛💛 #beginnerbellydance #mayas #learntobellydance #menath #musicandculture #danzaoriental #dancegardenla #lauraleylbellydance #artofbellydance #onlinedanceclasses #bellydancelove #dancetutorial #shakiramoves

It is the final week to save 30% on our class cards! 5 class cards last for 2 months, 10 class cards last for 3. Use cod...
01/23/2021

It is the final week to save 30% on our class cards! 5 class cards last for 2 months, 10 class cards last for 3. Use code "2021" to save 30% at www.DanceGardenla.com

Learn to Bellydance with Laura Leyl starts this weekend! Be sure to register  at www.DanceGardenLA.com/courses Only $40 ...
01/21/2021

Learn to Bellydance with Laura Leyl starts this weekend! Be sure to register at www.DanceGardenLA.com/courses

Only $40 for the 6-week course

#DGLATeacherFeature We love each of our teachers here at DGLA this week we give a special shout out to Devilla Raks and ...
01/21/2021

#DGLATeacherFeature We love each of our teachers here at DGLA this week we give a special shout out to Devilla Raks and her generous spirit

"I can’t give you just one reason WHY I run my business but I can tell you that if I can help one woman feel stronger, walk taller, dance more freely, put on her make up more confidently and feel more confident in her own skin then I am doing my job. This means everything to me!"

So grateful to have another Legend of bellydance on our weekly schedule - Fahtiem teaches on Tuesdays (Int/Adv) and Thur...
01/21/2021

So grateful to have another Legend of bellydance on our weekly schedule - Fahtiem teaches on Tuesdays (Int/Adv) and Thursday (Beginners) Evenings LIVE Via zoom. Her classes are fun, sweaty and inspired!! We hope you can join us as we dance our hearts out! register at www.DanceGardenLA.com

Our #WomanCrushWednesday this week takes us back in time - it’s Samia Gamal! We know Samia Gamal as one of the hallmarks...
01/20/2021

Our #WomanCrushWednesday this week takes us back in time - it’s Samia Gamal! We know Samia Gamal as one of the hallmarks of the Golden Age of raqs sharqi, but the beginning of her career was actually quite humble. After a tumultuous childhood jumping from home to home following her parents’ deaths, Samia met Moustafa Gamal, who introduced her to Badia Masabni, who hired her to dance at her nightclub. However, on the day Samia was to make her solo debut, she found herself overcome with nerves and froze. The audience’s negative reaction lit a fire under Samia, and she vowed to become a great dancer and devoted her time to training.

Her hard work paid off - she soon became one of the highest-paid dancers at the Cairo nightclubs and broke into the world of Egyptian cinema, acting in over 50 films over the course of her life. We love the dainty flirty energy that Samia Gamal brings to her dancing, and our art form wouldn’t be where it is today without her influence! [References: http://shira.net/about/samia-gamal-dahsha.htm]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouCtyxwhPRk

01/18/2021

Its Monday and tonight we Dance with the legendary Helena Vlahos! Join us at 6:30 and 7:45 LIVE via ZOOM register at www.DanceGardenLA.com

01/13/2021
Dance Life

Today’s #WomanCrushWednesday is Arielle Juliette (@ariellejuliette), owner of Dance Life (@madisondancelife) in Madison, WI! We are OBSESSED with Arielle’s juicy shimmies and mind-boggling belly rolls. We also love the message of body liberation she and her studio promote - Dance Life’s bio assures us that “All bodies deserve respect and love exactly as they are right now, and all bodies have the right to pursue health behaviors like dance and aerobics if they so desire!” We couldn’t agree more! In addition to raqs sharqi, Arielle also dances burlesque and is the creator of the quarterly Inappropriate Song Night at Dance Life, an event for all woman-identified folks and nonbinary individuals that has gained the reputation as “Part dance, part comedy, and part (optional) audience participation, you'll laugh so hard you'll need to grab a second pair of underwear.” Consider us sold! Sending lots of LA dance love to the Midwest!

https://www.facebook.com/madisondancelife/videos/397214731324460

Check out what we're learning this week in the Monday and Wednesday 6pm belly dance classes! Come and join us sometime 😃

Sign up for online classes at www.vagaro.com/dancelife/classes

The great thing about bellydance is how much we’re encouraged to learn from other dancers! If you could attend a worksho...
01/12/2021

The great thing about bellydance is how much we’re encouraged to learn from other dancers! If you could attend a workshop with ANY dancer, living or dead, who would it be? Frankly, we would be over the moon if we could get just two minutes with Soheir Zaki!

TGIF Everyone!Please check out schedule for NEW Class TIMES on Saturday! We start the day at 9:30 with Devilla - Techniq...
01/08/2021

TGIF Everyone!

Please check out schedule for NEW Class TIMES on Saturday! We start the day at 9:30 with Devilla - Technique, Drills & Strength Training AND Combinations and Chore at 10:45. Join Laura at 12:45 for Turkish! sign up at www.DanceGardenla.com

01/06/2021
أحلى وصلة رقص لفيفي عبده - مسرحية حزمني يا

Today’s #WomanCrushWednesday is the one, the only Fifi Abdou (@fifiabdouofficial) of Cairo, Egypt! We love the way Fifi commands an audience and the grounded way she moves across a stage. Fifi Abdou has been dancing since the age of 12, had begun to make a name for herself while working at The Arizona in the 1970s, and took the world of raqs sharqi by storm in the 1980s and 1990s. Her style is characterized as “the typical Bint al-Balad” (“daughter of the country”) and her passionately powerful energy can be felt the minute she steps on stage. Many dancers cite Fifi as a main artistic inspiration, and for good reason!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=La6Q-aHrhp4

أحلى وصلة رقص لفيفي عبده - مسرحية حزمني ياجزء من مسرحية #حزمني_يالمشاهدة المسرحية كاملة : http://bit.ly/HazemnyYaمسرحية كوميدية تدور أحداثها حول رجل فقير يدع...

We can hardly believe 2021 is finally here! What are your dance goals for the new year? Do you want to smooth out your l...
01/05/2021

We can hardly believe 2021 is finally here! What are your dance goals for the new year? Do you want to smooth out your layering skills? Get your improv up to par? Learn a new style? Let us know in the comments!

Happy New Year Everyone! Join us for classes resuming Monday, January 4th with Helena Vlahos!! Check out the schedule an...
01/02/2021

Happy New Year Everyone! Join us for classes resuming Monday, January 4th with Helena Vlahos!! Check out the schedule and sign up at www.DanceGardenLA.com use promo code "2021" to save 30% on all class passes!

We are down to our final 3 days of 12 Days of Bellydance. Join us at 10am today for Natalie Nazario's Drum Solo workshop...
12/31/2020
12 Days of Belly Dance

We are down to our final 3 days of 12 Days of Bellydance. Join us at 10am today for Natalie Nazario's Drum Solo workshop, then 10am NYD for Khadijah K.S. Smith's Persian Bandari and Finally, Saturday Jan 2 at 10am for Yasmina Ramzy Arts's Workshop. Register at www.Dancegardenla.com/12days

Join us over the holidays for an exclusive series of Belly Dance Workshops!

12/31/2020
Happy New Year

2020 is wrapping to a close. After such a challenging year, we are grateful to have been able to escape to the zoom room and dance with all of you. Thank you for making that possible. Good Bye 2020 and Hello 2021!!!

Regular classes resume on January 4 and we'll be announcing some new classes to the schedule very soon!! Happy New Year, Everyone!

We are thrilled to be hosting Devilla Raks's Sekhmet Dance Company's 10 year retrospective show on New Years Day at 4pm....
12/30/2020
Sekhmet Dance Company: A Decade of Dance

We are thrilled to be hosting Devilla Raks's Sekhmet Dance Company's 10 year retrospective show on New Years Day at 4pm. Join us and tune in to be entertained and inspired!

DeVilla and Sekhmet Dance Company would like to invite you to celebrate their 10 year anniversary with this gorgeous retrospective show.

12/23/2020

Plans for the Holidays? Join us for 12 Days of Bellydance December 21-January 2 or on demand until January 17! details and registaration: www.DanceGardenLA.com/12days Sabah Saeed @Ebony Qualls Ahava Dance Kaeshi Chai Kamala Almanzar Dahlena Genova Aisha Ali Khadijah K.S. Smith @Yasmina Ramzy Helena Vlahos Roxxanne Shelby Shelaby

Wednesday Night! Dance with Ahava as she guides you through her graceful arms and hands workshops.register at www.DanceG...
12/23/2020

Wednesday Night! Dance with Ahava as she guides you through her graceful arms and hands workshops.

register at www.DanceGardenLA.com/12days

This is a great workshop for students who aren’t sure about what to do with their upper body. The arms and hands are an important extension of the body and this workshop teaches students how to express themselves by creatively using their arms and hands. We’ll discuss posture, anatomy, framework, and how to create innovative pathways with beautiful arms and hands.

Tuesday Night! Join us for a Fun Fusion Workshop with the one and only Ebony!Register at www.DanceGardenLA.com/12daysExp...
12/22/2020

Tuesday Night! Join us for a Fun Fusion Workshop with the one and only Ebony!

Register at www.DanceGardenLA.com/12days

Explore a fun and unique spin on contemporary belly dance. Learn combinations which fuse modern urban styles found in hip hop, retro funk styles such as locking, and the timeless art of raqs sharqi. Build coordination, work on isolating movements, and expand your dance style with popping and liquid. This workshop will be high energy, prepare to sweat and have fun. Dance shoes recommended, but not required.

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3191 Casitas Ave, Ste 112
Los Angeles, CA
90039

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 23:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 23:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 23:00
Thursday 09:00 - 23:00
Friday 09:00 - 23:00
Saturday 09:00 - 23:00
Sunday 09:00 - 23:00

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+13236604556

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I told my Sunday Drum class that I would post this video. I hope everybody can enjoy and resonate on some level. Here is an example of some women drumming students in Egypt. The teacher is a drummer named Said el Artist.
Take a look at this Golden Era Turkish Oriental bellydance performance, from the lovely and legendary Nejla Ates! Wanna learn more about Turkish-style bellydance? Join me Saturday’s at 12:45-1:45p PST! 💖💖💖
8pm tonight!!! Very nurturing community class. An excellent self care date for a Friday night
Ruth St. Denis was a pioneer of American modern dance, drawing inspiration, ironically enough, from Middle Eastern dance. She taught the silent movie star Theda Bara to perform the 'Dance of the Seven Veils' in 'Salome' (1918). For Bara's most famous movie, 'Cleopatra' (1917) St. Denis taught her to perform St. Denis' famous 'Peacock Dance,' and she may have also taught Bara to perform a belly dance for the seduction of Julius Caesar scene.
Join me this Friday evening for a special Dark Moon Deep Dive ❤ Show up with all your cozy things + crystals + journal. We'll allow the day, the week...even the year to melt away as we become present with ourselves and the quiet, soothing energy of the dark moon...the time just before a new moon. A perfect time to go inward, to float in the bliss of divine consciousness, to allow the soothing sounds and silence to nurture your spirit. We'll breathe & stretch the body gently into a space of letting go. We'll practice the art of relaxation. In fact, you can go mimis right after! ❤ https://fb.me/e/38asyoiJG
Starting tomorrow, following my Sunday 11:10am Choreography class we will start formal rehearsals for my Fiesta production. Preparing for Dec 20 show we will use pre-recorded video, or a an extremely physically distanced outdoor filming. All info will be coming soon on www.dancegardenla.com or PM me for info!
We start learning this fun choreography tonight on Zoom! After 4 weeks virtual, we'll meet in person November 18th to film in the courtyard ~ with masks of course
Join me tonight for something a little more chill. We'll stretch a little then lie back and relax to gentle sounds & meditations on silence. Class cards are welcomed
In today's Dance Ritual session, we'll meditate into a movement therapy based forgiveness & moving forward. There is potential here for deep healing. I'll see you in the ZooM cloud ❤ https://www.facebook.com/events/188252242290223/?active_tab=discussion #danceritual #dancetherapy #danceheals #danceforyourself HEATHER SHOOPMAN ONLINE CLASSES SECOND SATURDAYS 4:30PM PDT 7:30PM EDT DANCE RITUAL WWW.DANCEGARDENLA.COM
Need a little relaxin' after that exciting hafla? Join us at 8pm on your mat for a relaxing & restorative guided relaxation with sounds. Sliding scale or class card
I f anyone taking my workshop would like a certificate of completion, please let me know. I had a request for Certificates. Could not find any I liked, So I made one. You can print it off yourself or I can send it to you on nice paper with the gold seal. If you copy it off I can mail you the gold seal. I just need your name as you would like it to appear on the Certificate I can email it to you, PM me if interested
SENDING MUSIC LIST FOR SEPT 8th DAHLENA Thank you to Lauren Boldt and Kamala Almanzar for sponsoring this amazing Workshop with so many Talented Dancers and all the work and effort to make this happen in our new world of Dance. I appreciate the time and advice for helping me through this new experience. Also a big Thank you to all that attended my workshop and your patience I must apologize for the sound I believe that was my fault - did not see the tiny switch for volume levels on my mic until later. Not sure why in the middle the sync was more noticeable. But thank you for hanging in. Sending the Music list