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Are you excited for your first dance class? Maybe even a little nervous?
Honestly you have nothing to worry about, and everything to be excited about. We are an open community and are here to help you feel welcome and inspired. And remember you don't have to be a pro your first class, we are a noncompetitive studio and it's not about judging ourselves or others...it's about having fun and uplifting our mind, body and spirit through the art of dance.
Newbies come to class with an open mind and be ready to sweat, move, and shake your booty! New students you may want to let your instructor know you are a newbie, so that he or she can provide any additional cues for you during the class. Most new students tend to stand in the back, but we recommend standing in a spot that has a good view of the instructor. The second row or around there so you can see the instructor and also don't feel put on the spot in the front.
It typically takes a new student three classes to feel like they "get" basic dance movements and routines. So don't feel like you should be an expert on the first day.
How to prepare for your first class
Put on your favorite dance song and rock out at home or in your car (drive carefully of course) to get you feeling grounded in your body and get pumped up for class. It might sound funny, and it is, but it honestly works.
Don't have a favorite dance song yet? We recommend Can't Stop The Feeling by Justin Timberlake, Samba do Cuale by QVLN www.qviolin.com, Mas que Nada Featuring Black Eyed Peas by Sergio Mendes or Safari by J Balvin to get you in the dancing mood.
For Zumba, it's not about being "good", it's all about having fun and letting go of stress while you jam out to all your favorite songs. Nobody cares if you are a "good dancer", but one of the beautiful things is that as you dance more and more and let go you will find yourself feeling confident and empowered through movement.
For classes that are technique based like Samba, we recommend taking the basics level class 3-4 times or for several months until you get the basics and are ready for the open level classes. However, everyone is always welcome at Open Level Class. For the Advanced Level Class you should consult your instructor first.
Here are some of our tips for your first dance class at GDA
*Arrive 10-15 minutes early to park, sign in and get warmed up.
*Sign Up for class online ahead of class time.
*What to Bring? Bring a water bottle and towel.
*Dance Clothes? Dress comfortably in clothing you can move and sweat in.
Bring a pair of shoes you feel good dancing in, perferably not street shoes.
For Samba classes, dancers sometimes prefer to go barefoot and build up strength and dance callus.
*Where to stand?
If it's your first time, we recommend standing towards the center of the room in 2nd or 3rd row where you can see the teacher but don't feel put on the spot in the front. Also feel free to move around, you don't need to stay in one spot for the entire class.
*Breathe. Be mindful of your breathing as you dance and are in class. If you feel nervous or find something new challenging, just take some deep breathes to relax and ease your way through the movements.
Allow yourself to enjoy the class. This sounds like a no brainer, but sometimes we don't allow ourselves to have fun trying something new. We encourage you to allow yourself to enjoy dancing and being in the moment. Allow yourself to move and let go of stress. Allow yourself to leave your troubles at the door and dance them away.
Smiling is a great way to relax and let go of stress. At GDA one of the main things I teach and practice daily is smiling. People laugh when I say this, but it really is one of the most beautiful things you can wear and helps you to be at ease on the dance floor and also in your every day life.
Smile is not just about greeting others, it is a greeting for yourself as well.
More on what to wear to dance classes at GDA...
Rule of thumb: Wear something you feel cool, comfortable and sexy moving in.
Ladies: Dance and Movement Wear
Men: Workout clothing you feel good moving in.
Ladies Samba Wear: Cotton leggings are highly recommended, sports shorts or capris are also great. A supportive sports bra is a must for all the shimmies, and a cotton tank or t-shirt. Hair in a pony tail or down. Do the Samba booty shake check...try on your leggings and see if you can shake and wiggle your booty...if yes, then that's what you should wear! If no...save it for a yoga class.
Are these pants see through?
One of the most funny moments I have had as a teacher was being in the last five minutes of teaching a Brazilian Funk Booty Pop class and realizing that my pants were totally see through....that was not what I was going for. Just laughed it off. But now I always do the bend over and shake test in front of a mirror and see if I can see what pattern or color underwear I'm wearing, if no, then we are dance ready, if yes, see through...best to save for another outfit I won't be dancing in...which for me is not realistic. Ha!
Men Samba Wear: Workout clothes your feel comfortable dancing and sweating in. Light weight tennis shoes.
Samba Shoes? Dancer's choice: You can do the class barefoot, with tennis shoes or Brazilian Samba heels.
Zumba: Athletic wear you feel comfortable moving in. For the ladies a supportive sports bra made for lots of sweat.
Zumba Shoes? Tennis shoes, shoes should be supportive and flexible.
The brand really does not matter so long as it's supportive and flexible.
Hip-Hop Class Wear: We recommend loose pants and t-shirt or tank and comfortable light weight tennis shoes, for ladies a supportive sports bra as well.
Belly Dance Class Wear: Leggings or shorts with a scarf or hip belt around your waist and a tight fitting t-shirt, crop top and or sports bra. Hair down. Barefoot.
Hot Hula Wear: Shorts or capri pants with a Sarong or Pareo around your hips, tank top, or crop top and or sports bra. Hair up or down.
Yoga Wear: Leggings or Yoga pants, sports bra, tank top or t-shirt you feel good sweating in.
Should I wear make up, lotion, perfume deodorant to class?
No need for make up at class. If you like to wear it then feel free.
Lotion is good in moderation but can get slimy as you dance if you put a lot on. Perfume is not needed but is ok if it's light and in moderation. Heavy perfume should be avoided for classes.
For all classes deodorant is a must. Natural deodorants are encouraged. We sweat a lot in many of our classes and though you might be ok with your smell, it can sometimes be distracting and our studio is a group setting so let's be mindful.
What to eat before dance class?
Try to eat your bigger meals 2-3 hours before dance class. I recommend having something light like a banana, granola or healthy protein bar 15-20 minutes before class to give you a little protein and nourishment. Protein shakes an hour before and or right after class to replenish are great. It's important to nourish your body before and after moving. So be mindful of not only making it to class and moving but nourishing your body to energize before and to replenish after. Be sure to drink water to hydrate before and especially after classes.
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Our main motto here at GDA is to have fun and let go. If that is something that is difficult for you, we are here to help. If you love to dance, this is also the right place for you. Come on in and shake it with us. We are here to dance together in love and unity.
Global Dance Arts
Samba Soul Dancers from Global Dance Arts, Marina Del Rey Parade down Abbot Kinney
Bringing the spirit of Brazil's carnival celebration to our local Abbot Kinney Festival and sharing what we love with the community was such an honor. We are Samba Soul from Global Dance Arts, we are about dancing and bringing people together in celebration through world arts. Our mission is to express our joy, share our dance and inspire others to get moving and feeling their best as well. We are about empowerment and self love and believe in sharing our passion of dance and the art of Brazilian Samba with the world. Recently we paraded Samba down Abbot Kinney with our Samba Soul School of Samba and had the pleasure of teaming up with Samba da Mudança band. We were there to help kick off the Abbot Kinney Fest and bring people out into the streets for a fun filled day. And bring people out we sure did...they came running, one man on his cell phone nearby, said "drop what you are doing and get down here now". People were delighted to get to hear live drumming and see Samba dancing, as it's not an every day that you feel instantly transported to Rio.
The powerful call of the Samba drums is something that inspires the spirit. When you hear the drums you can't help but start dancing. You see there is just a very special energy that happens when you share Brazilian Samba, in Brazil we call it Axé, meaning: good spirit and positive energy. Samba is a party! People get so excited and surprised they are literally overjoyed and brought to the bliss of being in the present moment. Which let's face it, is rare these days when we are on our smart phones 24/7. When you hear Samba coming down the street...you forget about the phone and join the parade!
It was an incredible experience to see people get so excited and happy about seeing and experiencing live samba. It's wonderful to see people literally drop what they are doing and come see what it's all about and how they can get involved. Samba is a dance of the present moment and it's a dance of energy transformation and healing. Our heart can't help but feel the elevating vibration of the drums, and our hips and feet just can't stop moving!
There is no way to be around samba and feel sad. As we paraded down Abbot Kinney we had many people join us. One little girl that started dancing and having fun with us just came out of the crowd and got into the groove. We saw she was a natural and talked to her family after, they let us know she had been going through a lot, a parent in the hospital, and they were so happy to see her face light up and to see her dancing made them hopeful. For that hour she was dancing and carefree…and that’s what it’s all about. Seeing her dance samba with us was so special. For us Samba is a way of bringing joy to ourselves and others. Everyone goes through ups and downs and needs a way to bring happiness into their life. Dancing S is one of the fasted ways to happiness. The benefits of dancing have been scientifically proven, to name a few: your heart rate, endorphins and energy increases. We do what we do because we love it. It's a creative expression and euphoric energy that transcends all obstacles and can only be described in one word: Samba! It's so good for the soul!
Come Samba and move with us here at Global Dance Arts in Marina Del Rey. We want to share this bliss and special studio of the arts with you. We offer dance classes, movement, fitness, arts and wellness for all ages.
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A post to begin our GDA Blog:
The Journey of a dream
By Gisella Ferreira
Owner and Director of Global Dance Arts
Global Dance Arts is a dream. It's a vision that I didn't dare to see until about a year ago when I awakened to a time for growth. My thoughts were limited to the life of a struggling dancer, I never thought I would need or desire to have my own, I never believed it would be possible.
You see when you are a dancer, you feel with your body, and it was not until my body and soul was broke down that I began to listen to what my soul was manifesting.
All my life my father had told me one day I would have my own studio...as if that would be a dream I would want, but I never wanted to own a studio. I wanted to dance and that was it. It was not until I no longer had a space to dance and practice in, that I realized the importance of creating a space for dancers, artists, and movers. You see it was not until my team Samba Soul and I were trying to find a space to practice and grow that I realized the importance of creating a supportive space for the arts.
I went through a time of deep inward reflection, a time of painful depression and then eventually I moved into self realization and inspiration. That was one of the most challenging times I have known. I remember sitting on the beach in the summer one day and realizing I could no longer continue in the cycle I was in of giving every day in a way that was not supporting my growth as an artist and young woman. I had a vision of myself taking flight as a butterfly after a long time in the cocoon, ready to transform and spread my wings for the world to see. But how?
I felt I had to make a change in the way I saw myself and in what I wanted for myself, I realized that I needed to serve the community in a more holistic way and give my service in a larger capacity.
I was not sure what it would look like at first, I just knew I needed to search and make a change.
I started meditating more often and getting clear on my vision and then took the steps to really make it happen. I had to change my thoughts to grow and change my energy. I went from thinking "impossible" to " Go for it." And then boom I found a place that fit the vision and inspired me to really create a space for the arts, wellness and community.
We opened our doors in Marina Del Rey April 1st, 2016, just 6 months ago. We opened with a huge party with live drumming, and cultural dance from all over the world. It was the night the dream started to really become a beautiful reality. All kinds of people from all over LA came together to celebrate with us and dance the night away. I say "We", as I share this story, as it is thanks to all the incredibly supportive members of the GDA community that we are open. Global Dance Arts belongs to all the dancers, musicians, yogis, artists and lovers of GDA that support us and keep us moving, and boy do we move!
In the past 6 months we have held daily classes for the community in Samba, Salsa, Zumba, Yoga, Music, Belly Dance, Dancehall, Fitness, Hip-Hop, Beyoncé, Woman Empowerment, Wellness and Meditation as well as thrown an art show and two fantastic Opening parties where we gave our space and energy to our community. Plus our latest Samba Soul parties where we now get to share our Samba school of dance! It has been an amazing journey so far with a few bumps along the way, but thankfully we are learning and growing. It is not easy being a new business, and I can honestly say that nobody knows or understands how difficult it is until they do it. It's also one of the most rewarding experiences I have had so far...meeting new people and welcoming them into our space and spreading the joy that is our essence here.
Every day at Global Dance Arts brings new light and inspiration. I'm grateful to all who walk in the door and support us. I love seeing the looks on peoples faces when they walk in. And I will never forget the day my best friend came in for the first time and just started balling...as she has been with me through my most challenging times and felt the joy of the space as she came in. Our space is very special. It holds an energy that is very rare and is felt when you walk in the door. It's something you can't just find anywhere. It's a feeling that comes over you of pure loving energy.
Every time when you come and join us for a dance or an event you are part of the magic and you help us to keep on. When you come in you are not only supporting a local Latina woman owned business, and a place for the arts in Marina Del Rey, you are supporting so much more...it's a global vision of unity through celebration of arts and culture. I truly believe that when we have a healthy place to express ourselves through the arts, we are able to unite in a way that creates a ripple of energy and inspiration for others across the world to do the same. It's about a global impact. When we embrace our diversity through the arts, we create connection, honor and appreciation which brings harmony and helps us to align in oneness. So again thank you for your support, thank you for believing in the vision of Global Dance Arts our local movement, wellness, community of friends. For those that are reading this and have not come in yet, I encourage you to check out our new studio and to join us in our journey of community. We welcome you all and are here to serve as a space for the community to grow and spread joy.
In oneness, Ashé, Peace and Blessings
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