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Become a member of the L. A. Bellydance Academy and receive total access to our members-only content found here on our website. Learn to dance from the comfort of your home or book a reservation for your line in-studio lesson.
We believe dance will reveal the mysteries that the body conceals.
The L.A. Bellydance Academy is known as a world dance oasis, providing professional-level dance instruction in Arabic folkloric, Egyptian Raks Sharki, Polynesian, Hawaiian Hula, Persian, and other dance styles in the heart of the entertainment capital of the world. Since 2011, the studio has been dedicated to the highest level of service and instruction with a focused intention to inspire health, wellness, and a connection to the infinite power of the mind, body, and soul.
Is it your time to shine? Our training program which is now offered through monthly reservations will be an opportunity for you to focus on your goals while connecting with our talented staff giving you the chance to transform through their mentorship all while also being rewarded for your dedication with some great class pricing discounts.
This weekly dance class will focus on growing, relaxing, and layering our gorgeous shimmies! Shake it with shoulder shimmies, three-quarter shimmies, choo-choo shimmies, and other shimmy greats. Special attention will be devoted to creating a loose, even Egyptian shimmy as a stand-alone show-stopper, or as a layer to other great belly dance moves! Students will learn a short choreography to showcase their dance skills.
Intro to Bellydance
This 90-minute class is designed to expose you to the fundamental movements, music, and rhythms of Bellydance. When participating you will learn basic dance techniques that will train your body to perform signature bellydance moves such as isolations, undulations, figure eights, and shimmies. This class will supply you with the tools you need to form a solid dance foundation from which your dance can grow!
The Los Angeles Bellydance Academy offers dance and music education for all ages and all skill levels. Focused on providing students with an environment that creates wellness, self-expression, and an enthusiasm for life, the LABA utilizes a variety of cultural influences expressed in dance and music as a core foundation to the curriculum provided. Weekly instruction, workshops, and special events are available now at the L.A. Bellydance Academy.
“Stefanya is great at teaching not only advanced dancers but also beginners because she has much knowledge of dancing and body. She teaches everyone nicely and is very encouraging. This academy offers a lot of stage experiences but not mandatory. The studio is big and has colorful lightings. Also, I love her belly yoga. I would recommend everyone to open the door of mid city arts center.“
“Truly the best dance instruction I have ever received! Kind, constructive instruction that encourages you and challenges you! With a classical dance background, Stefanya has helped me to not only improve my dance, but to have more control over my body movements in day to day life, and encouraged better posture, and overall body health. The instructors are always experts in their craft. It is always a refreshing, joyful experience to participate in a class at this studio – something everyone should treat themselves to.“
“I searched for a long time for a place that offered bellydance classes that men could attend. I found it at LABA! The instructors are absolutely amazing. I love that the instructors not only know their craft, they could give you a history lesson on the many forms of dance from all over the world. It is a place that anyone can walk in regardless of experience or skill level, and feel welcomed. If you are thinking of taking a class, trust me, do it! You won’t be sorry!”
“I took weekly lessons from Stefanya for over a year. I loved the classes Great exercise in a fun way. You learn a lot about your body, proper posture, and gain great muscle control. The only reason I stopped going was because of a shoulder injury. I realize after just taking Stefanya’s online intro class just how good I feel an how much I miss both Stefanya and belly dancing.“
“Nice and professional teachers. Comfortable and joyous dancing atmosphere. A lot of workshop and performance chances.“
“So open and welcoming to anyone who wants to dance! Love the teachers, the music, the costumes! Wonderful for body and soul.“
“esta pagina es muy interesante por que esta formada con las mejores bailarinas del bellydance supertars“
“Had my first beginner bellydance level 1 class and thought it was so much fun. They had an actual percussionist performing while we were learning. The instructor incorporated the importance of posture with feet alignment and broke down the moves. It was an amazing experience that I signed up for the intro classes beginning in January. Would love to learn more and can’t wait to start. They also have a cute boutique upstairs.”
New to Bellydance?
We would like to take a moment to acknowledge that a new environment can be a moderately stressful situation for some. We understand and would like to invite you to call the studio anytime if you have a question 310-854-3500. Remember we welcome you into our dance space and look forward to be dancing with you soon.
Frequently asked questions…
What should I wear for the class?
We would like to suggest that you wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move and stretch without restrictions. If you go to the gym or take yoga classes the same attire is appropriate. Form-fitting leggings, shorts, crop tops, leotards, and tights are our official attire suggestions. Don’t worry if you don’t have these items in your wardrobe yet, you can purchase all the necessities for dance class in our boutique. WHY? Because when you come to the LABA you come to learn. Seeing your body’s muscles work is important to both you and your teacher. We look at our bodies so we can master our dance isolations.
What is a Hip Scarf?
The most popular item to embellish your bellydance style is a bellydance hip scarf. This helps you isolate your hips from your waist and torso. It is not a requirement for class but feel free to wear as you please.
Bare feet are acceptable for bellydance class, along with any other style of dance shoe you prefer. If you choose to dance barefoot we recommend that you also have a pair of socks for your feet in case they are needed to execute turns or pivots. Bare feet perspire and tend to stick to the floor which can obstruct your dance experience.
Where will I park?
When you find yourself at the LABA you can enjoy free street parking on La Cienega Blvd during the hours of 9:00 am – 4:00 pm and then again starting at 7:00 pm. There is unrestricted residential parking located east of the studio on Alvira St. Additionally, we have rear building parking lot and gated entrance.
If I feel out of shape, can I still come to class?
Of course! Bellydance provides a moderate workout that is very beneficial to your health no matter what size you currently are. Bellydance is a beautiful art form that embraces all dancers. Come to us as you are and experience your bellydance transformation.
I need to lose weight. Can bellydance help?
All varieties of dance are an excellent way to exercise! Dancing is a good cardiovascular workout and helps to increase flexibility, add muscle tone and produce endorphins. Feeling good and looking good is what bellydance has to offer. It is suitable for all ages and body types and can be modified for the physical expectation of the individual dancer.
Payments are non-transferable and non-refundable. We respectfully request your cooperation in honoring our expiration dates and session attendance policies.
Dance Now Dance Often
Announcing a new way for you to train. Starting in July will we will provide open dance floor hours for our members to book at a discounted rate during specified times. Make use of our beautiful dance space as a place to practice, create and refine your dance.
One on One Private Coaching
Is it your time to shine? We are here for you. Do you have a performance coming up and need choreography or performance consultation?
Introduction to Bellydance
Join us for 90 min workshops that are designed with the new dancer in mind. This is the best way to wet your feet and familiarize yourself with the beautiful art of Bellydance. Join us for live in-studio workshops and online in our virtual studio.
1644 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
L. A. Bellydance Academy