NEW SIZZLING SUMMER OFFERINGS
Live Belly Dance classes, Belly Dance Technique on Zoom
and the return of DeVilla's Pilates Playhouse on Zoom!
Saturday Dance Classes
resume at Evolution Dance Studio
and on Zoom, August 5th.
10 - 11:30 — Strength Training, Drills, Combinations and Choreography Class.
This is a power packed hour and a half, you will not stop dancing.
11:30 -12 — Sekhmet Performance Choreography Rehearsal.
This class is for the dancers of my classes who wish to or are performing.
Tuesday Night Technique Tune Up
August 1st, ongoing.
7:30 - 8:30 via Zoom
Technique is the key to polishing your dance.
In this class I choose a move, we work on that move adding layers and combinations.
It's a great, safe place for dancers to train and explore.
Suitable for all levels.
DeVilla's Pilates Playhouse returns!!!
August 3rd, ongoing
Monday and Thursday
12 - 1 PM on Zoom
This is a mat based pilates class geared for multiple levels.
A pilates ball, stretchy bands and hand weights will be optional but helpful.
I can make a pillow, pantyhose and soup cans work if that's what you have.
Come workout with me in the playhouse!!!
Stay Tune for Exciting MASTER CLASSES
with Issam and DeVilla!
DeVilla is a prolific and multi-award-winning Middle Eastern dancer based in Los Angeles, known for her polished and dramatic stage presentations. She has studied dance extensively since childhood; including the Ahla Wa Sahlan Dance Festival in Cairo to learn from Egyptian greats such as Raqia Hassan, Dr. Mo Geddawi, Rhanda Kamel, Momo Kadous, and Diana. She has also trained with renowned dancers in America such as Zahra Zuhair, Helena Vlahos, Kamala Almanzar, Fahtiem, Jillina, Ansuya, and Sadie. DeVilla’s performances have been said to be dynamic, mixing contemporary raqs sharqi innovation with classical Egyptian inspiration. DeVilla works both locally and nationally as a soloist and troupe leader. She has held the title of Artistic Director for a multitude of troupes, and currently leads Sekhmet Dance Company, established 2010 and named Cairo Shimmyquake Fan Favorite 2021. DeVilla and Sekhmet Dance Company have performed at events such as A Night of World Dance at PCC Center for the Arts, Jillina’s nationally touring show The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and headlined Cairo Caravan on the historic Queen Mary. Even so, DeVilla and the Sekhmets may be best known for producing the Siren Sundays dinner showcase, which sold out seating for 4 years at Moun of Tunis Restaurant---a hub for North African culture for over 40 years.
The union of music and movement is the essence of dance. The union of a musician and a dancer to create a seamless artistic expression of oneness between the two is the ultimate manifestation of such a union. Issam Houshan is one of the rarest of talents as that is exactly what he does, Call him the Wassan Pharaoun, King Of The Drum, or Mr. Magic Fingers and you only tell the half of it. It's his connection to the dancer that is the essence of his magic. It is a merging of egos serving a mutual and identical goal that few musicians ever master fully. Issam is now recognized as the ultimate master of this art. In the BDSS Issam has become a mentor, partner, and inspiration giving selflessly to the good of the troupe as a whole. Issam was born in Syria and emigrated to the U.S. 24 years ago. He had formal music training in the Damascus Academy of Music and went on to drum for a host of Arab music stars and famous belly dancers. He is also the only remaining disciple of the legendary Arab drum master Mahmood Salahadeen. In the U.S. he performed with Sting on the Grammy's and with the BELLYDANCE SUPERSTARS in over 879 shows in 20 countries. Issam's background, training and experience have made him in huge demand for drum tutorials and workshops. He does these both on his own and in conjunction with Bellydance instructors especially Jillina, Sonia, Amar Gamal, Bozenka, Aziza, Rachel Brice, Sharon Kihara, Kami Little, Zoe Jakes,..and more.
Evolution Dance Studio
10816 Burbank Blvd.
No. Hollywood, Ca. 91601
~ DEVILLA RAKS ~
~ dance ~ fitness ~ beauty ~ body & soul ~