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

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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!

ART - DANCE - CULTURE

Providing kids, teen and adult art, dance & cultural activities, workshops, exhibits and special events, while protecting the traditions, historical information and expression that come with it.

About Us

  • Offering a variety of weekly art, dance, fitness and wellness activities.
  • Hosting regular monthly workshops, exhibits and special events.
  • Affordable studio rentals for workshops, rehearsals, meetings and special events.
  • Providing a relaxed, healthy and happy avenue for the community to express themselves through the arts.

WORKSHOPS & EVENTS

AFRO HOUSE CARDIO with Angela Machele

MONDAY JANUARY 8TH 7:30PM - 8:30PM

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Angela says ask and you shall receive! She'll be teaching a 4 week series class! So all of you who are ready... she will be waiting to dance with you!

MONDAYS starting JAN 8TH

7:30PM - 8:30PM

Let's bring in this new year 2018 right!

FAMILY YOGA & MINDFUL MOVEMENT

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 4TH 10AM - 11AM

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Families will move, breathe, and play as we explore yoga postures and mindfulness practices together. Class will feature live music, stories, games, and relaxation techniques to share as a family. Cost is $15 per family (up to 4 family members). Please bring a yoga mat, water, and wear comfortable clothes to move in. This class is tailored for children ages 2-10, but all ages are welcome.

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YOGA & VISION BOARD Workshop

SATURDAY, 20 JANUARY 11:30AM–1:00PM

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What does happiness look like to you?
What do you want to achieve in 2018?

I invite you to manifest your path for 2018 and beyond. Join me on Saturday, January 20 at La Vie Dance & Culture Studio to connect with yourself and find inspiration to ignite your best life.

What's included:
-Guided meditation to center on yourself and what you want to achieve
-60-minute aromatherapy yoga class focused on self-care
-Group journaling time to reflect on your happiness and envision your goals
-All of the supplies you'll need for creating your vision board
-A beautiful, inspiring space and time to map out your goals
-A community of like-minded people
-Healthy snacks and refreshments

*The first 10 paid registrants will receive a journal for goal-setting and reflecting!*

$30 per person - EARLY BIRD SPECIAL if you pay by January 15
$35 per person after January 15
-Cash
-PayPal (https://www.paypal.me/jenjohnson4415 ; please select “Friends & Family” option)
-Venmo (@jenjohnson4415)

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BOMBSHELLS & BOWTIES at GOSSIP GRILL

THURSDAY, 15TH FEBRUARY 8:00PM–1:00AM

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Ladies and Gentleman, we are less than a week away from our 2nd Bombshells & Bow Ties Event!  Our 1st was such a success and we cannot wait to have you join us again! We are setting the weekend up with our tribute to the late and great MLK! Come ready and dressed to impress as this evening is the night to get all dolled up! We will see you all this coming Thursday January 11th!

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THATS RIGHT....IT'S YOUR TIME!

PENDING!

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La Vie is happy to introduce a monthly Parents' Night Out for YOU to take a break, go to dinner, a movie or read a book...but whatever you do don't worry about the kids as they are in good hands! Our certified staff have many activities lined up for the kiddos, including but not limited to Dance, Capoeira, Arts & Crafts and Movie Time!

Saturday Afternoon / Evenings
UPCOMING DATE TBA - STAND BY!
Please email us if you wish to be put on our wait list! We can reserve your spot today!

Or call (619) 560.6281

PRE CARNIVAL WORLD DANCE FUNDRAISER

SATURDAY, 27 JANUARY 6PM - 11:30PM

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JOIN US FOR AN EVENING OF LIVE WORLD ARTS ENTERTAINMENT!

Live professional performances from around the world (If you are a performer and would like to contribute please let us know) followed by an evening of live and improv music, spoken word, dancing, food, refreshments and social time!

Support our venue, teachers, classes, friends and community so that we may continue to provide and promote events & classes for years to come.

Doors open at 6PM
Showcase Performances Commence at 7PM
Including:
Samba
Capoeira
Bollywood
Comparsa
Belly Dancing
Tango
and more!

8:30PM - 11:30PM
Live music and social entertainment.

Stay tuned for a list of cultural vendors with clothing, accessories and art from all around the world!

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YOGA WITH SUBSTANCE w/Jen from Santosha Yoga & Wellness

SATURDAY, 24 February 11AM–12PM

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Join Jen from Santosha Yoga and Wellness for an all-levels yoga class generously sponsored by Blue Ridge Hemp Co. This class will introduce you to Blue Ridge Hemp Co.'s all-natural, vegan, non-GMO line of topical CBD products and how to use them to enhance your yoga practice.

{{Blue Ridge Hemp Co.'s products are 100% legal, and contain no THC.}}

This class is FREE and limited to the first 20 registrants

Pre-registration is required - check out the Eventbrite link on this event page to secure your space!

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WEEKLY SUNDAY WORLD FUSION DANCE WORKSHOPS

SUNDAYS Varied Times (Please inquire to teach or for schedule)

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Join us for inspiring weekly World Fusion Dance Workshops with renown San Diego dance instructors.  Each Sunday features a new teacher and choreography!

DANCE WORKSHOP TIMES VARY DEPENDING ON INSTRUCTOR  12PM - 5:00PM
Admission $15  - $20 Unless a Master Class

Please inquire or check our Facebook Page HERE for latest schedule / updates or if you are interested in teaching a workshop!

CHITTER CHATTER SIP & SPLATTER

SUNDAY JANUARY 28TH 2PM - 5PM

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Our first of a monthly event where you can come alone or come with your friend to chitter and chatter while you sip and splatter!

Join Artist Neda as she guides you in making your first or next masterpiece!

Please inquire or check our Facebook Event Page HERE for the latest info!

WEDDING /SPECIAL EVENT Choreography & Performances!

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So you are getting married....Congratulations!

Now the planning begins!

Perhaps you and your bride / husband to be would like to stun and wow the crowd with an elegant Argentine Tango, a fun hip hop or a traditional Indian performance.  We have the teachers to help choreograph a dance just for you!  We can work with  your bridesmaids and have them help make this wedding a day to remember with a amazing group performance.  The options are endless!

Here are a few details that our instructors will need to know before we begin:

  • The size of your dance floor
  • How will your reception music be performed? Band, DJ, IPOD?
  • Do you have a song picked out?
  • What style of shoe and dress will you be wearing?
  • Any Special Requests?
  • Any additional dances? Father-Daughter, Mother-Son? Wedding Party?

Call or email us today to get started!

Tel:  619.560.6281

Email:  laviedance325@gmail.com

STUDIO RENTALS

MONDAY - SUNDAY 6AM - 11:30PM

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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 / 5pm - Midnight $35

 

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

WEEKLY CLASSES

WEST AFRICAN DANCE with Djibri Camara

TUESDAYS 7:00PM - 8:30PM

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Join us with Master Teacher Djibril Camara from Guinea for amazing high energy, cultural and FUN West African Dance Classes!

TUESDAY 7PM - 8:30PM

All ages, all levels!
Live drumming!

Drop In $15

TANGO Fundamentals Class

SUNDAYS 7:00PM - 8:15PM

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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.

FRIDAY FORRO CLASSES

FRIDAYS 8:00PM - 10:00PM (Recommencing February 2nd)

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SAMBA with Renata Secco

THURSDAYS 7:00PM - 8:00PM

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

Thursday @ 7pm!

TANGO Practica

SUNDAYS 8:30PM - 11:30PM (Except last Sunday every month)

$10 at the door!

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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.

LATIN FUSION CARDIO with Cybele Pena

WEDNESDAYS 6:30PM - 7:30PM (Recommencing January 17th)

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Latin Fusion Dance Dance with Cybele Pena.

Open to all levels.

$15 drop-in

WEDNESDAYS 6:30PM

ZUMBA with Lisa Meehan

SATURDAYS 9:00AM - 10:00AM

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Childrens Sabor Mexico Classes (Ages 7 & Up)

FRIDAYS 5:30PM - 7:00PM

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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 

WEEKLY RESTORATIVE YOGA with Alina St. Julien

MONDAYS 11AM - 12:15PM

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A weekly Restorative Yoga class every Monday at 11am.

Each class with a slightly different focus.

Open to all levels.

$12 - $15 drop-in

Check our Facebook Page for more info!

MONDAY & WEDNESDAY 5:30PM - 6:30PM

KIDS CAPOEIRA

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Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art that involves self-defense, cardio, strength, flexibility, agility, acrobatics, body control, music (playing instruments and singing in Portuguese) & much more...

Your child can expect to learn, kicks, movement combinations, acrobatic & gymnastic movements, music and social skills as they interact with other children in our class!

MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS 5:30PM - 6:30PM

DANCE FITNESS with Carmen

TUESDAYS 5:30PM - 6:30PM

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KIDS HIP HOP with Alina St. Julien

SUNDAYS 11:30AM - 12:30PM

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We invite you and your talented dancers to kids Hip Hop Class, ages 4-7, this and every Sunday at 11:30 am with Alina St. Julien. Let's dance!

Check our Facebook Page for more info!

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Master Teachers & Instructors

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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Alina St. Julien

Yoga / Dance Fusion
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ALINA St. JULIEN

Alina St Julien was born in Harkov, Ukraine. Spend the majority of her childhood in Belarus. That's where she took her first class at the age of 4, with famous 70 year old choreographer Tamara Natarova, and at the age of 6 was admitted to the Brest State School of Dance & Choreography. There she studied a variety of dance styles, including ballet, folk and modern dance, as well as history of art and dance.

At the age of 18, Alina joined professional contemporary & hip hop troop "Black Lotes", where she spent her next 2 years learning their repertory and performing. Life in Belarus wasn't easy. Dictatorship, repression, lack of women rights was the reality Alina was living in, and dance was the only thing that allowed for expression without boundaries no matter what reality was. Dance carried her through.

At the age of 21, she moved across the ocean to United States of America, the country of freedom, the country, where she heard "everything is possible, where your dreams come true". Eyes lit with hope, open heart.. not everything was so easy here. Cultural differences, being alone in a completely new country, with wounds of the past still bleeding, and new cuts and burns appearing. Dance carried her once more. Alina started practicing yoga as well. She practiced it for 8 years, and in 2016 she started her training to become a certified yoga instructor. In 2017, she completed her Reiki training.

Today Alina is passionate about combining dance and yoga, and openly experimenting with both to bring you the experience of letting go off the conventional "boxed-in" method of moving your body to help you find beauty in allowing yourself to move freely. Alina teaches a variety of yoga and dance classes for adults and kids, as well as inspires the audience through her shows. Dance to her is a way to express yourself, break free from old patterns and heal yourself.  You can reach Alina with any questions or to schedule a personal session by emailing alinasmovinglab@gmail.com.

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Lisa Meehan

ZUMBA Instructor
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Lisa Meehan

BIO COMING SOON!

Mestre Pelourinho

Capoeira Bahia Brasil
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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.

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 Pena

Dance Instructor
Radi Shafie & Oldřiška Prokopová

Argentine Tango
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Radi Shafie & Oldřiška Prokopová

Weekly beginner tango classes are currently on hold until JULY 2017!

TANGO PRACTICA IS EVERY SUNDAY EVENING (EXCEPT THE LAST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH) 8:30PM - 11:30PM

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.

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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Krista Baker

Kids Musical Theater
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Krista brings a fun weekly Kids Musical Theatre Dance Workshop to La Vie as well as a  Fusion Stretch and Strengthen workshops, consisting of barre-ballet exercises, light cardio choreography and a mix of Pilates and yoga.
With an extensive background in tap, ballet, modern and musical theater. Krista attended University of the Arts and Western Kentucky University seeking a bachelor's of Arts, Dance degree, and has taught dance to children and adults for the past 7 years.   Her favorite style of dance is musical theater because of the showmanship and creativity involved and she believes that dance is the best way to stay healthy, express yourself and to find new qualities and creativity within yourself.
Krista loves seeing adults and children transform through the freedom dance has to offer!

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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