With its sensuous twists and undulating curves, belly dancing can express a wide variety of emotions, from Look at my belly! to See what I just did with my belly? Learn to shimmy what you're thinking with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $29 for five beginning bellydance classes (a $75 value)
- $49 for eight beginning bellydance classes (a $120 value)
Choose from any of the 60-minute beginning, basics, and fundamentals classes listed in green on the schedule, such as samba, Bollywood dance, and Cirque-style flexibility training. The bellydance classes introduce beginners to ancient maneuvers that originated in the Middle East and North Africa, and the Shoop's Sweat Shop features up-tempo drills, foot patterns, and shimmies that improve muscle memory better than arm wrestling an elephant's trunk.
DanceGardenLA was created by Zahra Zuhair and Jenna, who have been bellydancing since childhood and have travelled the world accumulating impressive professional credits. Zuhair has trained in traditional folk and Eastern styles—including Lebanese, Turkish, Moroccan, and Tunisian—but her specialty is Egyptian bellydance, which she has studied with some of the top teachers in Cairo. She has also been featured on the cover of Zaghareet! magazine and has written, directed, and choreographed productions as the artistic director of the Ghazella Dance Company and Po Na Na Dance Theatre. Jenna acted as a goddess bellydance instructor on an episode of Sex and the City, and made appearances on The Tyra Banks Show and the Food Network program Aarti Party. She has also starred in several bestselling belly dance-instruction DVDs.
Thanks to their more than 50 years of combined teaching experience and a talented team of award-winning instructors, the studio was named the Best Place to Learn the Art of Bellydancing in 2012 by LA Weekly. The site recommended instructor Princess Farhana's "witty repartee (and Hollywood rock-scene anecdotes)," and described the predominantly female atmosphere as "always encouraging, never intimidating." The crew teaches classes including classic and tribal-style bellydance, Bollywood, and cutting-edge dance fitness such as Bellyquake and E5.