Introduction to Bellydance class: First performance!

Introduction to Bellydance class: First performance!

I would like to say how PROUD I am of my Introduction to Bellydance class! These dancers came to take their first Bellydance class 8 weeks ago! Only 8 weeks ago!!! And yesterday they were amazing! They were fabulous and brave! This little video shows so much… The dedication that they brought during the 8 weeks period, the determination they had, the commitment to themselves and to each other as a group!

Dancers, you were very beautiful! Your smile, energy and dancing moved me so much… You inspired me! And you showed me again why I love bellydance so much and why this dance has so much power!

P.S. To those of you who have taken this class and haven’t performed: I’m proud of you, too! I know how much energy and love you brought to this class. And your support at the showcase meant the world to the rest of the group. Thank you!!!

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Picture credit to Clint Marien

Intro to Bellydance class

March 1st SHOWCASE!

March 1st SHOWCASE!

Here it is: the first Open House and Showcase 2014 of the Los Angeles Bellydance Academy is around the corner! On Saturday, March 1st you should be there dancing and sharing your love for dance with us.

This time the ONE and ONLY beautiful Jayna will teach a special 2,5 hours SWORD workshop. Yes, you heard read it right – SWORD! This prop is so interesting, because even though everybody has a picture in their minds of a mysterious Bellydancer dancing with a sword, but so few of us actually use this prop in our shows. To tell you the truth, I’m personally a little scared of the sword, but that’s exactly why I was the first one to sign up for this workshop!
Have you seen how graceful and beautiful Jayna is bellydancing with the sword? Here is the link to one of her recent performance. My point is – who else can teach you better than Jayna?! She has been dancing with the sword for a long time and I’m super excited to study from her.
The spaces in this workshops are limited, so make sure you sign up for the workshop as soon as possible! LABA also offers few swords for this WS, so be the first one in line.

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Have you seen LA Bellydance Academy on TV?

Have you seen LA Bellydance Academy on TV?

What a great weekend we just had!
LA Bellydance Academy was invited to perform at the Annual LA Travel and Adventure Show. We were honored to perform and share the stage with many other beautiful artists and troupes.

Don’t be surprised if you’ve seen us on TV on Friday! Because we were LIVE all morning long 🙂

Not only during the morning and not just live! 🙂 Here is the video from local FOX 11 News at noon. Watch here (or click the picture below)!

LA Travel Show

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Introduction to Bellydance

Introduction to Bellydance

I love love love blank notepads! They make me excited and inspired. I start a new notepad every couple of months, because it’s a sort of meditation for me – to re-fresh, to re-start. Need I say how much I love the first days of a New Year with its resolutions and motivation?! 🙂 This year the New Year’s Day was combined with a New Moon, so you can only imagine how far I can take it!

Have you ever noticed how many people go to the gym on Mondays? It’s all about this promise you give to yourself – to start a new life on Mondays, New Year, etc… Only few of these promises survive 🙂 That’s why my favorite class, Introduction to Bellydance, falls on Monday! You can start your new life every Monday!

Introduction to Bellydance is my favorite class because of so many reasons. Besides the fact that it keeps me focused on my technique and lets me drill moves over and over (there is a Russian saying “Repetition is the mother of learning” 🙂 ), this class allows me to meet new beautiful dancers! New people always make me fall in love in Bellydance again! I see new eyes lighting up, excitement and a little timidity… First Bellydance class is like a first good date, when you just get to know someone but already so excited for the next time. And there is no better feeling than seeing someone dancing in the circle, after 5-8 classes, especially when you, as a teacher, remember how shy your student was on the first date in the first class.

Add one more resolution to your 2014 list – keep promises to yourself! Start doing something you always wanted to, but delayed it and came up with new excuses for why not… If you ever wanted to start Bellydancing, the doors of LABA are always open and I personally will be there to guide you through this process. Come dance with me on Monday nights at 7:15pm. If it’s you first class ever or if you want to go back to basics, you are always welcomed here. If you need more details about this class, please click here.

…As for the new notebook 🙂 I got this wonderful Date book that reminds me: Everything you can imagine is real! And the mantra of January will be: Spread your wings and let the fairy in you fly!

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4 Elements of Nature: Bellydance

4 Elements of Nature: Bellydance

I was 17 years old when I first found out how Bellydance is connected to Nature and its Elements and since then I saw bellydance in a completely different way! I find it very interesting how dance can be affected by Elements of Nature and how much we can learn about ourselves and about dance through Nature.

Earth, Air, Fire, and Water, these are the elements of nature. Each one has an energy and a spirit of its own. Each has its likes and dislikes, strengths and weaknesses… And each one of them we can DANCE. Nature helps us to bring more awareness to both – our body and soul.

We were born with a lot of knowledge that we just forgot. Nature is always there to remind you how simple things actually are. And I can’t wait to start teaching a new 8 week dance session “4 Elements of Nature: Bellydance” at the Los Angeles Bellydance Academy. The session will start January 8th, 2014. We’ll dance every Wednesday at 7:15pm. The level will be intermediate. However, you can combine this session with “Introduction to Bellydance” and you won’t feel lost!
Explore your Bellydance world and discover something new in your dance that has been there all along.
***To sign up for the session, please click here.

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In the beginning of 2009, just before I moved to Los Angeles, I created and produced a show in Israel, “The Fifth Element“. I had my beautiful students dancing the elements of nature in the costumes my mother and I developed and made. It was truly an amazing experience and such a beautiful collaboration of so many strong and talented women.

By the end of our session, LABA will be hosting a showcase (March 1st, 2014) and I’m sure we’ll create an unique dance that we can perform with!

Here are some pictures from the show of 2009! I hope you enjoy them and feel inspired! 🙂

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About Fusion

About Fusion

To tell you the truth – I’m not a big fan of Fusion. I mean, don’t take me wrong, I can dance fusion sometimes myself, but it’s not my favorite. I think, Fusion is very popular in the US where people like “show bellydance” and are always hungry for new dance “effects”. I do like the fusion of Flamenco and Bellydance (Andalusian), Tahitian with Bellydance, Samba and Bellydance… Maybe anything that’s about hips, circles or big skirts? 😉 I don’t know. But I do think you should be very careful when you start mixing dances.

I personally don’t like when bellydance is fused with something completely opposite. It’s like eating chocolate and pickles together 🙂 Here is my example: when I was young (long time ago!), 18 years old, I think, I had danced bellydance to Scooter’s song “Fire“! I mean, that is wrong! 🙂 Don’t ever do that!
Please, experiment and always try something new, just to see what works for you, but just don’t bellydance to Scooter!

Ok, I’m getting closer to the point with my long introduction! 🙂 My friend and business partner, Stefanya, was teaching a very cute Samba-Bellydance fusion for the past 3 Saturdays (we have Bellydance Choreography class on Saturdays). And it was very fun to dance! Considering how I usually feel about Fusion, this one was very organic. I think it’s the most important ingredient in creating a Fusion piece – organic mixing!
So catch Stefanya in your city or come to LABA to experiment!
And use organic products when creating your next Fusion! Just remember, no bellydancig to Scooter! 😉