Feb 13: Eclectic Ensemble LoveFest 2016

10 Jan

It’s time again – in fact, it has been too long. Almost a year since we have gathered for one of our favorite House-Party-Hafla style events.


We’ll be continuing with the same format, which is All Improv tag-team dance performances while Amar mixes the music live. Before and between the performances, there will be music and mingling, and we’ll open the dancefloor for everyone after the performances.

The usual details:
Saturday Feb. 13
At Donavon’s Studio Iqaat in Eagle Rock.
$10 requested donation. Nobody turned away. Pay what you can. Bring something to share for our snack n beverage table.

Doors at 8pm. Performance sets at 8:45 and 9:45pm.

DJ Amar, Donavon

Calamity Sam
Rita Blaik
Mark Bissel
Jenn Aguilar
Akasha Starr
Stephanie Bernhard
… and more TBA


Nov. 29, 2014: SpanksGiving Sagittarius SuperBash

1 Nov

As it turns out, Amar’s birthday (44) falls on a Saturday and on thanksgiving weekend this year – and there’s no place Sam and Amar would rather be than with their SoCal family.

Thanks to Aubre and Bitty for instigating the planning of our next Eclectic Ensemble, we’re having a party and you’re all invited!


Celebrating all Sagittarius birthdays and dancing the night away. As usual, we will have a great mix of awesome performers in the signature tag-team improv format.

Performer list (Names added as they are confirmed).
. Aubre Hill . Calamity Sam . Rita Blaik . Olu Nicole . Kashmir Isis . Merryl Jensen . Sooz Tribal (MC) . Jessica Martinez . Jenn Aguilar . Martina Crowe-Hewett . Stefanie Bernhard . Ariel Kasha Celi . Elizabeth Mahina & She’Enedra . Shanna Shih . Ayse Cerami . IrinaXara . Alaitz Aisayah . Safiya .

And more to be added as they confirm !

. DJ Amar . Donavon .
& possible Special Guests (DJ Psychotropic will be having a baby around that time, so it’s a possibility – depending on the arrival, that he may come and spin too).

Also as usual, we will have our potluck food and beverage table. Please bring something to share.

Saturday November 29th, 2014
8pm until you get the DJ too drunk to play 🙂
$5-10 requested donation at the door

Studio Iqaat
3515 Eagle Rock Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

Facebook Event page


Calamity Sam and Amar will also be teaching workshops during the day.

Samar Workshops

Saturday, November 29th

Calamity Sam

Ratatat: Sharp & Smooth
Calamity’s newest choreography creation! Learn how to blend the sharp and smooth aspects of your dance in this class. Ratatat is the perfect musical boss to juxtapose serpentine movement with hard hits. This will be an advanced level class that will move quickly. All are welcome, but please come to class prepared to dance and laugh!


DJ Amar

Mastering Your Mix
Do you love a song and want to use it, but it is just too long? Is there a portion of a song you want to use, but don’t know how to edit it smoothly? Would you like to be able to mix a continuous set with smooth transitions? LEarn how to do these things and more, in this workshop!
This is an introductory music editing class using
Audacity. Feel free to bring your computer to follow along, or a notebook!


Take both classes for $45!
Please send payment via PAYPAL to:

Eclectic Ensemble 02.21.2014

17 Feb

Ok, Here we go – Kicking off 2014 with a Friday night Eclectic Ensemble. Woohoo.

2 performance sets with an intermission and open dancefloor after with DJ Amar.

e2la crew

Aubre Hill
Rita Blaik
Jenn Aguilar
Elizabeth Mahina
Heidi Lyn
Jennifer Knott
Akasha Starr
Susan Frankovich
Pixie Fordtears
Martina Crowe-Hewett
Alaitz Aisayah
Heather Shoopman
Kashmir Isis

LABIA / Hot Pot
Wild Routes

Music by DJ Amar and Donavon.
Bitty on the camera.
and MC SOOZ!

Friday Feb. 21
Doors 8PM. Show 9PM.
$5-10 sliding scale donation.
Studio Iqaat
3515 Eagle Rock Blvd., Los Angeles, CA.

May Day Mayhem – Eclectic Ensemble May 1, 2013

18 Mar

It’s time again – Amar & Sam are heading down to LA for Zulu Lounge on May 3rd. We are heading down a couple of days early so we can have a lil pre-party at Donavon’s.

Eclectic Ensemble – May Day Mayhem
Wednesday May 1, 2013
Doors 8pm
Donavon’s Studio Iqaat

RSVP on Facebook if you go that way, and join the Group.

Lineup to be announced soon.



Lineup Announced: Nov. 19 E2LA

14 Nov

Join us for another night of TMI (Total Madness Improv) Belly Dance, an all-improv fusion belly dance show with music mixed by DJ Amar + an opening set by Zulu on sitar … and, of course, Iqaat’s own Donavon on the drums.

It’s a Party and a Show, at Donavon’s homey studio in Eagle Rock. Bring a snack or drink for our potluck table, enjoy some wacky and great performances by some of LA’s most respected dancers sharing the stage with up and coming performers making their stage debuts in a fun, low key environment.

Check out our last show here: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/19422248

For folks out of town, we will be streaming live* (as long as we don’t hit any technical issues :). Streaming link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/Iqaat

The lineup:
Khani Zulu
Gigi Corkett
Jill Marie
Jen Aguilar
Pixie Fordtears
Rita Blaik
Akasha Starr
Molly Morgan
Calamity Sam
Shanti Jourdan
Michealla Manning
Hannah Lily
Ayse Cerami & Wild Routes
Mardhavi Sakuntala

Live opening set with Zulu
Percussion by Donavon
Music mixed live by DJ Amar

Doors 7:30pm, Show 8pm. $5-10 sliding scale cover

3515 Eagle Rock Blvd., Los Angeles

Join the Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/EclecticEnsemble.LA

November 2012 Eclectic Ensemble flyer

Eclectic Ensemble November 2012

Monday Nov. 19th – We’re Back!

5 Nov
November 2012 Eclectic Ensemble flyer

Eclectic Ensemble November 2012

We’re Back, after almost a year. Join us for our first Eclectic Ensemble since December 2011. We’re rolling with the same format as last time, 3 minute tag-team All Improv sets.

Lineups will be announced soon. Mark the calendar for now – Monday November 19th. Doors 7:30pm. Show 8pm. We’ll be celebrating Sooz & Amar’s birthdays – as well as any birthdays falling around this time. More details on the way.

Eclectic Ensemble holiday edition: total improv madness.

27 Dec

Looking forward to seeing lots of you tomorrow night for another episode of Eclectic Ensemble at Donavon’s.

If you are in LA, we encourage you to join us and support us as our Live Studio Audience :).
Out of town folks can watch us online. See link on the facebook event page noted in the previous post.

We have 30+ dancers, all improving to music thrown at them on the fly by DJ Amar (amar won’t even know who he will be mixing for until they’re next up on stage) and to some live drumming by donavon’s students. We will also have some live oud by Zulu added to the mix. 3 MCs (sooz, shoop n karma) running the flow and calling out dancers to come on stage for 3 minutes, continuously, one after the other.

There will be 2 – 30 minute sets, plus a set to live music in the middle. After the performances, the dancefloor is yours.

Tuesday december 27, doors 8pm.
Studio Iqaat, Eagle Rock.

Performances start at 8:30. Come early for a good seat. $5-10 sliding scale donation.
Bring a snack or beverage for the food and drink sharing table.