LA VIE GALLERY
STUDIO RENTAL

Studio Rentals

Our 1,600 square foot second floor studio, located in the heart of Mission Hills, San Diego, offers affordable studio rental times to dance groups, teachers, performers, wellness professionals, artists, photo/videographers, and more.

Featuring:

  • 1,200 sq ft dance floor
  • Floor to ceiling windows with great street visibility
  • Original hardwood floors
  • Reception area
  • Private bathroom
  • Sound system
  • Wifi
  • Parking and more

We Welcome:

  • Fine Art Exhibits
  • Cultural Performances
  • Rehearsals
  • Dance Classes
  • Workshops
  • Photography, Videography Shoots
  • Wellness Activities
  • Special Events: cocktail parties, fundraisers, ceremonies, etc.

  • Special Events

    Please contact us with your workshop, class or event details!

    Email:  laviedance325@gmail.com

    Phone: 619.560.6281

PERFORMANCE BOOKINGS

Performance Bookings


  • Special Event Bookings

    Have a special event and need entertainment?

    We have what you are looking for!  With an array of talented performers, teachers, percussionists, musicians and more we are happy to provide you with only the best quality performers from our trusted reliable professional network.

    Contact us for a FREE Quote today!  619.560.6281


Offering:

  • Capoeira
  • Samba
  • Afro-Cuban Dance & Drumming
  • West African Dance & Drumming
  • Brazilian Bossa Nova
  • Modern / Contemporary Dance
  • Bellydancers
  • Guitarists, Violinists, Vocalists
  • And much more!

Bringing the world of Art, Dance & Culture together!

Providing art, dance & cultural activities, wellness workshops, exhibits and events, while protecting the traditions, historical information, languages, expression and worldwide values that come with it.

CLASSES & EVENTS

STUDIO RENTALS

MONDAY - SATURDAY
9:00AM - 5:00PM

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We welcome weekly daytime meetings, conferences, quiet classes, events and wellness rentals.  We also welcome Saturday afternoon dance, workshop and event workshop rentals.

Daytime Rental Hours and Pricing:

Monday-Friday 9 am – 5 pm $25 per hour
Saturday 9 am – 5 pm for $35 per hour

Special Events - please inquire

1 hour rental minimum. General Liability insurance is required.

Studio Amenities:
1200 sqft open-floor studio, high ceilings, floor to ceiling windows, sound system, decorative accessories, private bathroom, balcony bathroom, four 6-foot long tables, folding chairs and more.

If you are looking to host an event, please call (619) 560.6281 or email with your information and we will gladly assist you:  laviedance325@gmail.com

West African Dance Workshop with Mohamed Bangoura

Saturday MAY 20th - 4:00PM - 6:00PM

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Mohamed Bangoura

Mohamed “Cloubu” Bangoura was born and raised in Guinea, West Africa. He began dancing at the age of 10. Mohamed has been teaching and performing dance for over 20 years.

Mohamed has danced professionally with Ballet Fareta, Ballet Saamato, and National Ballet of Djoliba du Guineee.

He currently lives in Santa Cruz, CA., where he teaches all levels of dance and drumming to school children and adults.  He is a talented artist and choreographer who never tires of sharing his culture with others.

 

FREE DANCE CLASS!

TUESDAY MAY 23rd 5:30PM - 6:30PM

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SUNDAY MORNING YOGA with Brianne Taylor

SUNDAYS  9:30AM - 10:30AM

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Details coming soon!

SAMBA with Renata Secco

THURSDAYS 7-8PM

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Samba class with internationally known choreographer, instructor, dancer, performer Renata Secco of São Paulo, Brazil.

LIVE music!

Come try a class...any Thursday @ 7pm!

Childrens Ballet Folklorico (Ages 7 & Up)

FRIDAYS 5:30PM - 7PM

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Childrens Ballet Folklorico (Ages 7 & Up) - Intermediate Level

Fridays at 5:45pm to 7:15pm

Class is for Children who have danced in Danzarts Academy 2yrs or more OR Audition Required.

New class to be added for new students please contact info@DanzArts.org

Must have Ballet folklorico shoes and practice skirt.

For more information visit DanzArt.org 

 

Argentine Tango

SUNDAYS 7:15PM - 8:15PM
Classes Recommence July 16th, 2017!

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Beginners Argentine Tango with Radi and Oldriska every Sunday!

7:00PM - 8:15PM CLASS (BEG/INT)

 8:30PM - 11:30PM  PRACTICA

A guided practica, with two couples (teachers) available for questions.

$15 for Class

$60 for 5 Classes

$20 for Class and Practica,

$8 for Students / class card.

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About Radi & Oldriska:

Oldriska and Radi love spreading tango and their emphasis in teaching is on the joy of the dance and the connection and communication of the couple in the embrace.  Please see full bios on our homepage!

KIDS DANCE

THURSDAYS 5:30PM - 6:30PM

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A dance class for children to explore many styles from around the world, gain coordination, learn choreography, and find their own artistic and expressive voice. All dances have a theme of peace, teamwork, love, and unity. Students will be invited to perform at Balboa Park for Earth Day.
Cybele Peña has over 17 years of teaching experience, working with students of all ages in San Diego City Schools.
Students in grades k-2: Thursdays from 530-620
Students in grades 3-6: Thursdays from 530 -650 (older students get a little extra time to learn more complex choreography)
Thursdays from February 23- April 27, No class the last week of March
Drop in class $15
Session: early sign up offer! $75 dollars for the 9 classes if paid before February 20th, $90 dollars if paid by February 23rd

West African Dance with Djibri Camara

SUNDAYS 5PM - 6:30PM & TUESDAYS 7PM - 8PM

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Join us with Master Teacher Djibril Camara from Guinea for amazing energetic and FUN West African Dance Classes!

SUNDAY'S 5PM - 6.30PM

All ages, all levels!
Live drumming!

Drop In $15

 

SLAY Workshop with Brian Bose

FRIDAY
7:45PM - 9:00PM Workshop

9:00PM - 10:00PM Social Hour

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Come SLAY with Brian Bose!

FRIDAY JUNE 3RD, 7:45pm - 9:00pm

Refreshments Provided!

TANGO Practica

SUNDAYS 8:30PM - 11:30PM

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Come join us for the first Practica La Vie! Located in the beautiful studio of La Vie Dance & Culture in Mission Hills. This is a beginner-friendly guided practica, by tango instructors Fulya & Ozhan, and Oldriska & Radi. It is a space for beginners to feel safe to practice and gain the skill and confidence for participating in the milongas of the San Diego tango community. It is also a space for experienced dancers to dance, share ideas, and have fun! Refreshments will be served.

The practica immediately follows the beginner tango class by Oldriska & Radi which starts at 7pm.

$10 admission
$8 for students

This is a weekly practica, every Sunday except the last Sunday of the month.

 

DANCE FITNESS

TUESDAYS 5:30PM - 6:30PM

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Morning Yoga with Alina

MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS  9:00AM & 11:00AM

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Weekly Yoga classes with Certified Yoga Teacher Alina JU.

Alina brings two great classes to La Vie on Mondays and Wednesdays.

9:00 am - 10:00 am Wake Your Body & Soul

Start your day with energizing Vinyasa Flow! Get comfortable in your own body and own it, open your heart and let your beautiful funky soul shine and smile. Our certified yoga teacher, artist, dancer & choreographer, Alina is committed to creating a complete open mind & spirit experience for you to build, grow and free yourself. Everything goes in this class!

11:00 am - 12:15 pm Restore Your Body & Soul

Enjoy a delicious 75 minute serving of Yin Yoga, a slow gentle flow with each pose held for 5-7 minutes. We will dive into your fascia muscles, helping you find a deep physical release. We will also access and let go of old energy pain-bodies, finding emotional and energetic release.  Aromatherapy, gentle massage and adjustments are included.
Warning: you might feel like you are walking on clouds after this class!

Cost: $10 suggested donation

Questions?  Email us: laviedance325@gmail.com

CAPOEIRA BRASIL

SUN, MON, TUE,WED, THU

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A variety of Toddler, Kids and Adult Classes:

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday!

Check out the website and schedule HERE

 

West African Drum Class with Amara Camara

SUNDAYS 3:30PM - 5:00PM

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Master Drummer Amara Camara of Guinea West Africa, introduces Sunday afternoon drumming classes where you can learn many of the West African rhythms and songs.
A great pre-dance class warm up!
$15 Drop In

La Vie Your eBay Seller!

MONDAY - FRIDAY
12:00PM - 3:00PM

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We sell antiques, collectibles and more!

Let us help move those items you have been trying to get around to.

We Research, Photograph, List, Sell & Ship!

Low commissions! Fast service!

Please call (619) 560.6281 or email us with your item information, photographs and measurements and we will gladly assist you:  laviedance325@gmail.com

Master Teachers & Instructors

Renata Secco - MT/HHP

Samba & Afro Brazilian
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Renata Secco - MT/HHP

Choreographer, instructor, performer, born and raised in Brazil, Renata has been involved in dance, movement and performance since her early teens. She has studied Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Brazilian Folkloric and Traditional forms. Renata immigrated to the U.S. in 2001 and has been a professional dance instructor and performer for over 15 years in the United States and Abroad.

Most recently, Renata was the lead instructor and choreographer for the Lions of Batucada in Portland, Oregon; taught five consecutive residencies at Sambasia in Beijing, China (in partnership with the Brazilian Embassy), Dream Community Parade Taipei, Taiwan Featuring 400 members of the Brazilian Dance and Music Section. Conducted 6 months residencies working with public schools, professional dancers and musicians - including three months of intensive programs with Aboriginal Taiwanese Kids and Adults in various parts of the country and Samba Dance instructor at the prestigious California Brazil Camp.  She has performed at a number of renowned venues throughout the West Coast including the Rose Garden, Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl and Disney Hall.

At present she maintains a busy schedule of weekly classes, residencies, and performances, featuring all age groups, gender and levels of experience. Comprehensive and energetic instruction in Rio style samba, samba-reggae, samba-funk, and Afro-Brazilian dance. Renata has sponsored numerous dance and music workshops, seminar, and shows with Masters Brazilians artists in San Diego, to provide a path for the community learn from the roots of Brazilian Culture.

Alina St. Julien

Yoga Instructor
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ALINA JU

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Djibril Camara

West African Dance
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Djibril Camara

Djibril Camara is from the Baga people, originally from Boke, Guinea in
West Africa and spent his childhood dancing.  He began his formal
training at the National School In Guinea's capital, Conakry.  Djibril
was a principal dancer and choreographer for the international touring
company Ballet du Afrique Noir of Senegal, as well as Troupe Federale
Conakry and Ballet Bougarabou  for 17 years,  traversing Europe and
Africa.  Eventually his talent brought him to the U.S. for Ballet du
Afrique'
s presentation of the Mandika Epic on notable stages, including
NY City's Kennedy Center.  For the last ten years he has shared the

love of his culture and high energy traditional dance across the US,
choreographing, teaching and performing.  He has a special ability to
teach beginners and experienced dancers side by side, with a gracious
heart and a welcoming smile. 
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Mestre Mindinho

Capoeira Brasil San Diego
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Mestre Mindinho

Mestre Mindinho was introduced to Capoeira at the age of 11, and he fell in love.  He was instantly committed to his studies and began teaching under the supervision of his Mestre by the age of 17.
In 1994, Mindinho made the decision to leave his childhood mestre and begin his studies with Capoeira Brasil’s Mestre Boneco, known in the Capoeira world as one of the top capoeiristas and mestres of his time.  It was here he as able to improve his technique and knowledge, and gain more confidence on his path in Capoeira.
Mestre Mindinho is now one of the most well known Capoeira teachers in the United States today.  He dedicates his life to promoting Capoeira in a positive, fun environment so that his students may not only become true capoeiristas, but individuals with better self-esteem, improved level of fitness and most of all a true knowledge of the art and tradition of Capoeira.
Brianne Taylor

Yoga Instructor / Songstress
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Brianne Taylor

Originally from New York, professional dancer, singer and artist, Brianne Taylor is also a certified Yoga Teacher!  A very talented young woman that we are very happy to have on board at La Vie Dance & Culture.

 

Radi Shafie & Oldřiška Prokopová

Argentine Tango
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Radi Shafie & Oldřiška Prokopová

Weekly tango class on Sundays at 7PM!

Our focus is social tango dance, enabling people to enjoy the variety of milongas (social tango dance events) that the city of San Diego has to offer. Everyone is welcome to discover the beauty of the tango embrace!

About the instructors:

Radi has been dancing for over 20 years. He started break dancing when he was a teenager, and later discovered a passion for flamenco. But since falling in love with tango, it has become his path in life. It has taken him around the world, including multiple trips to Buenos Aires. He performed and taught tango in Albuquerque, New Mexico for about three years before moving to California in 2014 to start his PhD in Critical Dance Studies at the University of California, Riverside. In the summer before moving to California, he met his partner Oldriska at a milonga in Prague, Czech Republic, and they have been dancing together since. They got married last June. For the past two years, they have been teaching tango to undergraduate students at UCR. Now moving to San Diego, Oldriska and Radi are both looking forward to spreading their love for tango in their new home environment. Radi is also a well-respected DJ in the Southern California tango community.

Tango found Oldriska five years ago when she incidentally appeared at a milonga. Just watching people improvise to the music in a close embrace fascinated her. She fell in love with tango that same evening when she was invited for a dance. To her surprise, she could do it without knowing any steps, just by feeling the lead! Oldriska has since become a part of the tango scenes in Europe, the US and Argentina. She met her life and dance partner Radi in 2014 dancing in her hometown of Prague, Czech Republic. They have been practicing and traveling for tango since, and teaching together for the past two years. They had an opportunity to get a deeper understanding of this dance last year when they spent three months in Buenos Aires dancing and studying with the world’s best tango teachers. Oldriska and Radi love spreading tango and their emphasis in teaching is on the joy of the dance and the connection and communication of the couple in the embrace.

Patricia Astorga-Casey

Ballet Folklorico
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Patricia Astorga-Casey

Artistic Director/Choreographer

Throughout her artistic career, Ms. Astorga has undertaken various dance disciplines including classical ballet, tap, modern dance, Folklore Mexicano and Flamenco. She began her training at the early age of 7yrs old at the world renowned school of Amalia Hernandez (Ballet Folklorico de Mexico), for 5 consecutive summers . She was one of the founding members of Ballet Folklorico de Pacifico (currently under the direction of her sister (Adriana Astorga-Gainey). In 2005, she moved to Houston, Texas and formed "Sabor Mexico Theatrical Dance Co. ",(Folklorico Mexicano). In Houston, she presented her work at the most respected theaters, including Hobby Center (Zilka Hall), Verizon Wireless Theater and Houston's Museums.

As a flamenco dancer she has appeared professionally at the famous El Cid Flamenco Tablao in Los Angeles. Patricia performed at the Grand Opening of the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. She has studied extensively in Spain with Flamenco masters such as , Juana Amaya, Alicia Marquez, Ursula Lopez and Roberto Amaral and ¨Angelita” in Los Angeles. In August 2006, she formed her own Flamenco dance company, “La Escencia Flamenca.” Collaborating with local musicians from Texas and California. As a result of her ongoing efforts, she developed a wonderful collaborative relationship with the Mexican Consulate in Houston, Mexican Tourism Board, Consulado de Espana, The Museum of Fine Arts, MECA and numerous other Hispanic organizations. On December 8, 2007, Mayor Bill White of Houston, Patricia was given a formal proclamation .

Patricia currently resides in sunny San Diego, CA. with her Husband Dan as of 2009. She has continued to teach both Folklore Mexicano and Flamenco. Within one year her two dance companies in San Diego (Sabor Mexico Theatrical Dance Co. of SD & La Esencia Flamenca Dance Company of SD) combined has grown to 30 dancers and musicians. Recently, Danzarts - Sabor Mexico was chosen out of 320 applicants to work with the San Diego Symphony by Bill Conti (composer of the theme song "Rocky") production "Your Song, Your Story". Had the privilege of Performing at Symphony Hall, Joan Kroc Theater, Embarcadero accompanied by San Diego Symphony and Mariachi Garibaldi. As a profession, Patricia is a Registered Nurse for over 25 years and has worked in Health Care Administration (Quality Management, Case Management ) for the past 15 years.

For more information visit: DanzArts.org

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Cybele Peña

Youth Program Director
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Cybele Peña

Dancer at roots dance theatre, Director at Roots and Wings Global Arts and Teaching artist at Arts for Learning San Diego, an Affiliate of Young Audiences

Went to San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts.

Rebecca Farrant

OWNER / Cultural Art
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Rebecca Farrant

With over 15 years experience in the Art and Antiques industry, Rebecca introduces the La Vie Fine Arts Program.

Presenting monthly Art Exhibitions of local and international artists, featuring period pieces, oil on canvas or board, pastels, watercolors and more, as well as limited edition lithographs and prints.

Offering local artists the opportunity to showcase and sell their work.

For more information please call 619.560.6281.

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About Us

  • Providing positive opportunities and experiences to help influence, encourage and enhance the lives of our youth and community today.
  • Believing self-expression and exercise through performing, creative and visual arts are a significant method and tool in overcoming social obstacles.
  • Hosting monthly workshops, exhibits and cultural events by artisans, performers and specialized individuals from throughout San Diego, the US and abroad.
  • Providing artistic, cultural activities, workshops, exhibits and events, while protecting the traditions, historical information, languages, expression and worldwide values.
  • Offering affordable studio rental times to dance groups, teachers, performers, wellness professionals, artists, photo/videographers and more, to help connect, grow and pursue individual dreams and passions.

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La Vie Dance & Culture

325 W. Washington Street, Suites 7 & 8
San Diego, CA 92103
Tel: 619.560.6281


Email: laviedance325@gmail.com