Master Classes/Workshops

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Franklin Method Dance Conditioning

with Carol Guidry

Sunday, November 24, 2013
$45 Prepaid, $60 at the door
More info or to pre-pay: or 661-618-6181

Franklin Method Dance Conditioning is practiced by dancers from Julliard to the Royal Ballet School to elicit lasting and rapid improvement to their balance, flexibility and strength by developing the body’s natural strategies for stabilization through dynamic alignment, as opposed to tension.

Classes include brief demonstrations of anatomy and bio-mechanics using anatomical models and common objects to create vivid and accurate images of what bones and muscles do in movement. Exercises for embodying one’s bio-function can include ball rolling, elastic band exercises, self-massage, mental simulation of movement (MSM), and movements from ballet and yoga. Embodying the anatomy improves physical awareness, proprioception and consequently function. Though the workshop focuses on many muscle and joint overuse symptoms that dancers commonly experience the workshop content can be applied to any form of exercise and is suitable for any level of fitness. Elastic bands, balls and other props provided.

The workshop will cover the following topics:

  • Strong, Supple and Springy Spine
  • Psoas-Activating Your Inner Core
  • Relax Your Neck, Liberate Your Shoulders
  • The Art & Joy of Diaphragmatic Breathing

Hope to see you there!

U  N  W  I  N  D.docU N W I N D at LALA

Sundays : July 21, July 28, and August 4
6-8 pm

3 classes: $30 or 1 class a la carte: $15

Join Rebecca Bruno and Odeya Nini for a guided improvisation through the elements….earth….water….fire….air….ether….

Practice moving from within, activating imagination, animating images, sensing subtlety, igniting physical power, and enjoying physical presence.

Odeya Nini’s sensuous soundscape will enliven the space as we move, and as we w i n d d o w n, we will meditate in the vibrations of her soothing voice bath.

This class is for everyone! Join us.

Therapeutic Expressive Movement Progression Techniques

An All-Levels Workshop with Taryn Wayne

September 21, 7 – 9 p.m.

T.E.M.P.T. stands for Therapeutic Expressive Movement Progression Techniques. This flowing movement progression system conditions and integrates all parts of the physical body in an organized manner, and invites the energy self to come along for the ride. It is meant for everyone: from the non-mover, to the highly-trained athlete, to the experienced dancer.

Moving Presence

Facilitated by Leah Leddy

2nd Friday of each month from 8-10 pm
$15 (first session free!)

Moving Presence is a facilitated free-style dance celebration in a safe, supportive environment. No experience necessary. It’s energizing, fun and healing. For more information, go to

Workshop: Unwind, Travel and Stream toward the Tropic of Cancer

Friday, June 8, 2012 from 8-10:30 pm

Summer is streaming it’s shine and smile towards you — are you ready to feel it and see it, hear and taste it, inhale to smell…and breathe it?

Join Healing Arts Practitioners Lisa Rouppas and Mary Frances Spencer for a Pre-Solstice Guided Journey! We will create the sacred space for Summer’s arrival with a unique blend of breathwork, essential oils, and tonal soundbath. After tuning into our higher vibrations together, each of you will receive Integrative Myofascial Release Therapy, encouraging stressed out fascia in your body to unwind, so that you may enter the arms of Summer with abundant openess, joy, and flexibility. Then a time for Intuitive Movement, a connected soulful celebration in Dance! A brief meditation will close the evening.

We are souls spiraling towards that imaginary yet influential line that circles this Earth, the Tropic of Cancer, and it is our human desire to discover balance and serenity as the excitement and adventure of transformation sends us diving and dancing into the unknown…

$40 at the door or $35 early RSVP: by June 5th

Bring a Yoga mat and blanket; as well, your intentions for the change of season. Light organic refreshments included!



Writing & Performance: A Workshop Like No Other

June 1, 2012
Live Arts Los Angeles
$30 reg – $25 early enrollment

Thom Vernon, (Seinfeld, The Fugitive, General Hospital, Grace Under Fire, etc.) is back in town, bringing his novel, The Drifts, to the Hollywood Fringe.

He will be leading a one-time workshop that uses Viewpoints, improvisation and creative writing to deepen your creative project (performances, screenplays, fiction, plays, performance art).

Early enrollment Suggested. Limited enrollment. 323.739.0804 or

See The Drifts Live at The Hollywood Fringe! $8 w/ workshop enrollment #hff12 #driftslive




by Sassy Girl Productions PRESENTS:

A Kizomba/Semba Weekend

with IVO VIEIRA from Portugal


Saturday, April 28: 9:30 am-3:30 pm

Sunday, April 29: 10:30 am-4 pm

More info at or 323.835.2455

An Evening of Yoga and
Sound Healing

With yogi Jeff Bass & sound healer Daniella White

Friday, March 16, 7:30 – 9 pm
$20 at the door

Please join us for a Sound Healing Yoga workshop in Eagle Rock. Jeff will lead a mixed
levels Hatha yoga class guided by the healing frequencies of Daniella’s Crystal Bowl playing
and vocal toning. We will end with an extended Sound Bath savasana, helping you achieve
deep states of relaxation. The combination of these two powerful practices will help bring
movement to your chi and guide your body to self healing.

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Aromatherapy Workshop

Essential Oils to Heal, Prevent, Relax & Restore

with Robert Berryman

Sunday, November 20, 2-4 pm
$25 at-the-door

Most of us know that essential oils offer an array of wonderful natural aromas; but did you know they are also powerful plant medicines that can be used for treating almost all physiological body systems? Scientific studies at hospitals and universities around the world have shown that essential oils contain therapeutic properties, including analgesic, antibacterial, antiseptic anti-­infectious, anti-­inflammative, antiviral, decongestant, nerve sedative, digestive stimulant, and so on.

The focus of this class is the “First Aid Kit,” which contains five of the most common and most versatile essential oils -­‐ Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint and Tea Tree. The First Aid Kit is designed for home and travel and is useful for treating the symptoms of minor common ailments such as colds, indigestion, stress, anxiety, insect bites, and much more. This class will show you how to use essential oils effectively and safely for health and beauty.

The workshop is led by Robert Berryman, a certified aromatherapist and owner of Zyanya Aromatherapy of Echo Park. For the past 15 years, Robert has created formulations for Burke Williams Spa, Murad Spa, Pritikin Spa, as well as individuals and a host of aromatic businesses.

The Radiant Self Workshop

September 17, 2011
7:00 – 9:30 pm
Live Arts Los Angeles
$25 at the door

You’re invited to shine in the Radiant Self Workshop!

Join healing arts practitioners Maisol Rascon, Lisa Rouppas, and Mary Frances Spencer in a guided journey, blending breath, myofascial release therapy, energy work, aromatherapy, movement and meditation to improvisational live and relaxing tonal music. A sacred space at summer’s end, where that which no longer serves you is invited to fall away, leaving only the radiant self.

Bring a yoga mat and your intentions for the change of season. We will be doing active breathwork, then each participant will receive some hands-on myofascial release bodywork and have a chance to unwind past tensions and tightness. Then a time for intuitive movement — celebration in dance!

We finish with a cool-down relaxation and meditation. Light, organic refreshments provided!


New Workshop! Afro-Contemporary

August 28 from 2-5pm

AFRO CONTEMPORARY: a new dance series exploring BRAZILIAN/ HAITIAN TRADITIONAL and CONTEMPORARY dance techniques, led by Samantha Goodman and Laila Abdullah with live musical accompaniment by Kahlil Cummings, Evan Greer & guests !!!!!
Please join us for the next class in this series, next SUNDAY JULY 24 from 2pm-5pm @ Live Arts Los Angeles


drop in $30

(as these are 3 hour workshops please bring plenty of water and snacks)

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Master Drum and Dance Workshop

with Francis Awe and Omowale

Saturday Oct. 15th
3:30 – 6:30 pm

Live Arts Los Angeles (LALA)
4210 Panamint Street (corner of Eagle Rock Blvd.)
Los Angeles, CA 90065
phone: 323-739-0804

Enjoy an afternoon in rhythmic harmony, learning African rhythms, an African song, and African dance with the Master drummer Francis Awe and Omowale Awe.

  • Learn the song Ise Oluwa
  • Learn a brief history of the Talking Drum and history of Yoruba
  • Learn drum patterns associated with Sabada music
  • Learn the Sabada dance and how the dance relates to what the drum is saying


There will also be vendors selling ethnic artifacts.
Please bring your own drum if you can. Some drums available at the workshop.

All are welcome!



Capoeira Workshop

with Mestre Boneco

[UPDATE 6/5: Check out video from the workshop! What a day!]

Saturday June 4, 2011
5:30 – 8 pm

Capoeira is an amazing Brazilian martial art developed by African slaves. This unique form of cultural expression combines fluid dance-like movements, acrobatics, kicks, and traditional music. Join world renown Capoeira master Mestre Boneco for his first workshop in Northeast L.A.! All levels are welcome!

For more information, contact