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.


  • 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!


    Phone: 619.560.6281



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


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


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.


BITE YOUR LIP... The Sexy  Burlesque Experience


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Join us for inspiring monthly Burlesque Dance Workshop with Dwan Productions.

This is a 6 series / monthly class that brings a different flair every month.

Coming Friday - March 30th @ the Bite Your Lip Workshop:

#1 on "The Sexy Experience" series.
"Sit Back & Enjoy!!!"

This workshop is perfect for your partner to join and interact with you or to learn how to work the chair and Own It!

Reserve your spot and view the other series of classes coming next.

Or the Facebook Event page HERE!

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



SAMBA with Renata Secco


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

Thursday @ 7pm!

Childrens Sabor Mexico Folklorico Classes (Ages 7 & Up)

FRIDAYS 5:30PM - 7:30PM

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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

Must have Ballet folklorico shoes and practice skirt.

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Latin Fusion Dance Dance with Cybele Pena.

Open to all levels.

$15 drop-in / Class Packages Available


TANGO Fundamentals Class

SUNDAYS 7:00PM - 8:00PM

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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.


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.



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Afro Cardio with Angela Calvin (Angie).

Open to all levels.

$15 drop-in / Class Packages Available!


TANGO Practica

SUNDAYS 8:30PM - 11:30PM (Except last Sunday) $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.



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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!



FLAMENCO Beg / Int with Carlos Villatoro (Ages 12+)

MONDAYS 7:00PM - 8:30PM

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Flamenco classes with Carlos Villatoro of Flamenco Sur Dance Company

Ages 12 and up!

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ZUMBA with Lisa Meehan

TUESDAYS 7:30PM - 8:30PM

SATURDAYS 9:00AM - 10:00AM

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Master Teachers & Staff

Rebecca Farrant

Owner / Cultural Art

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.


Angela Calvin

Afro Cardio


Angela Calvin is a choreographer, instructor, and performer who is a transplant from the East Coast, having resided in San Diego for the last 17 years. She has been performing for over 15 years in various styles such as Afro Brazilian, Samba, Salsa, and Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba.

From 2002 to 2004, Angela performed Afro Brazilian and Samba with Capoeira Mandinga, along side her training as a capoerista. She performed at local events in San Diego as well as Las Vegas. In 2002 she also found her way to salsa and began formally training and performing for 2 years with Majesty in Motion, and then moved on to San Diego’s First Ladies salsa dance company, The Salsa Divas. She spent the next 6 years performing salsa at various salsa conferences in Las Vegas, Oakland, Los Angeles, Palm Springs and New York, as well as on various cruises, until the dance company retired.

Angela then began training and performing Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba with Areito Boricano in 2007 and then Bomba Liberte in 2009, performing in California as well as Las Vegas. She still remains a student of Bomba and still performs at local events. In 2009-2011, she also began dancing with Roots Dance Theatre, a performance group that was composed of different members with various dance styles. In 2010 Angela and another member were contracted by Rachel Simmons through the Young Women’s Leadership Conference for the Girls Leadership Institute in Massachusetts as workshop dance instructors and guest speakers.

Angela has continued her journey and love for dance through teaching and remains a student finding exploration and constant growth.

Carlos Villatoro



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Dwan Miller

Artistic Director/ Instructor


Dwan Miller; choreographer/producer/artistic director/ instructor & dance artist of 23yrs; began dancing and training in multiple styles of dance including jazz, ballet, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, and musical theatre at the age of 11 in South Carolina at Charleston County School of The Arts - magnet school. At this college prep school is where she gained staging & lighting techniques, the fundamentals of directing, and coordinating auditions, events, and performances. Teaching came easy for Dwan at a young age, which lead to her finding her passion - her niche, to create and perform intricate pieces and putting together full productions. Upon graduating Dwan received a scholarship to Columbia College, after attending she moved to LA to get hands on experience in the dance industry. She went on to performing on shows like Dance 360, Wild ’N Out, many music videos, and films. In 2007, Dwan was asked to relocate to Atlanta GA to be the choreographer and promotional model for platinum artist Nappy Roots; she also worked with Wyclef Jean, Elephant Man, B2K, IMX, Anthony Hamilton, Mike Jones, Crime Mob, Goodie Mob, Tank, and many upcoming artist. Now residing in San Diego, CA she is establishing her very own dance production company called Dancing With A Notion Productions (an innovative dance company, which mission is to positively influence and challenge viewers through productions of all sorts that aim to consciously inspire with messages & affirmations.) Dwan is now developing new events at Gossip Grill - Bombshells & Bow Ties “Neo-Soul & Live Art” every 2nd Thursday of the month, she’s the Artistic Director and instructor at La Vie Dance & Culture with monthly workshops like Bite Your Lip “The Sexual Experience”, Raw & Risque Dance Lab, and Wink Wednesdays Performance Workshop Series, along with other original & intimate events to come.

Lisa Meehan

ZUMBA Instructor



Patricia Astorga-Casey

Ballet Folklorico

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.

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Cybele Pena

Latin Fusion

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Renata Secco - MT/HHP

Samba & Afro Brazilian

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.

Radi Shafie & Oldřiška Prokopová

Argentine Tango

Radi Shafie & Oldřiška Prokopová

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


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.

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La Vie Dance & Culture

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