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Last minute gifts for Los Angeles dancers

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In Los Angeles, we have access to some real dance talent. After all, this is where ABC's "Dancing with the Stars," Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance" and the now canceled MTV "America's Best Dance Crew" were filmed.

While hard-core New York City lovers commute and keep their businesses on the East Coast, like DWTS pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy, some decide to settle in the area.

In Los Angeles, we have access to some real dance talent. You can give the gift of lessons with these people:

  1. So You Think You Can Dance Argentine tango choreographers Miriam Larici and Leonardo Barrionuevo are giving classes in January and February.
  2. Buy clothes designed by Nabbytabs.
  3. How about a master class at Millennium Dance Complex with Carmen Electra, Wade Robson, Shane Sparks, Mia Michaels or Kenny Wormald?
  4. If you can catch Louis van Amstel between his LaBlast sessions, you might get certified as an instructor or even get a class with him.
  5. Karina Smirnoff has her studio in Los Angeles and she gives master classes.
  6. Sign up for a DWTS ballroom cruise or Mediterranean Argentine tango cruise.
  7. From time to time Edyta Sliwinska and her husband Alec Mazo give classes.
  8. Anna Trebunskaya and her mother run a dance studio, You Can Dance.
  9. Cheryl Burke had a dance studio in the area.
  10. Poreotics are from Los Angeles and give workshops.

California-based companies that make dance clothes include:

  1. Melodia Designs for yoga, belly dance and comfy dance wear.
  2. Phoenix Rising Artists also have designs for belly dancers, steam punkers and yoga practitioners.

For dance shoes, we recommend:

  1. George's Dance Shoes
  2. Mr. Tango Shoes

Local events include Cirque du Soleil. Get tickets for "Totem" or see what's passing through in the future.

  1. Cirque du Soleil
  2. Dance at the Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles
  3. Redcat
  4. Broad Stage
  5. UCLA performances at Royce Hall
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