Wassa Dance

Wassa Dance & Village Volunteers’ 14th Annual Thanks-Giving Dance Fundraiser

Wassa Dance & Village Volunteers’ 14th Annual Thanks-Giving Dance by Donation is happening and you are invited!

Thursday November 23, 2017
9-10:15 a.m.
Crown Hill Community Building Gym
9250 14th Ave. NW
Seattle WA 98117

 

 

This gathering has become a beloved event for many who enjoy community, fun and good works as part of their holiday traditions. As always, the event features some of Seattle’s finest percussionists donating their time for the project. 

This year we will dance to raise money for the Wassa Inua Mama (Uplift Women) Fund from Common Ground for Africa. 

The money we raise will provide seed funding for training for 100 young Kenyan women with no business experience about how to work with money. They will learn about bookkeeping, marketing, and personal savings to prepare them for sustaining and managing their own small businesses which are micro-loaned funds through the group. Part of the project includes building a banda (hut) for meetings, sharing ideas, selling seeds and vegetables. 

All donations are tax-deductible and eligible for company matching funds. If you can’t attend, you can donate online at https://villagevolunteers.org/donate/.

Or send a check to Village Volunteers with Wassa Dance on the memo line to Village Volunteers 5100 South Dawson St. Suite 202 Seattle, WA 98118.

Our next Hawaii dance residency is happening! Feb 11-18, 2018

WASSA DANCES WITH ALOHA
February 11-18, 2018
Kalani Oceanside Retreat Center
Big Island, Hawaii

Join us for a very special week of inspiration, ease and joyful vitality.
Come as you are, let the rhythms dance you deeper.

This sweet 7 night island style intensive features daily sessions of movement meditations and personal tuning leading into spirited dance segments in Wassa’s unique ways. Most afternoons and evenings are purposefully left open for participants to enjoy their own experience of the many delights and resources of Kalani and the island
Delicious daily buffet style meals, accommodations and use of Kalani
ʼs grounds, pool and spa are included.
* Spontaneous offerings for group or individual sessions TBA. 

We will be
– cultivating fresh vibrancy in our physical wit and wisdom.
– immersing ourselves in afro-infused dance inspired by some of the best music the world has to offer.
– engaging our senses in the complex natural and cultural beauty that  the Big Island offers. Ocean meets lava, mongoose, wild pigs, tree frogs, bird song, hula, solar power, compost, and not so far away strip malls all co-existing while Pele makes the newest earth in the world. 

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SPACE IS LIMITED!
EARLY REGISTRATION IS SUGGESTED.

Lodging options and rates*
We currently have available:

4 rooms in Hale 4
– single/shared bath – $1,620
– double/shared bath – $1,368
Treehouse
– single/private bath – $2,180
– double – $1,725
2 Mauka Cottages
– single/private bath – $2,705
– double – $1,970

20% deposit holds your reservation on first come, first served basis
*all prices subject to change without notice for non-registered options

For reservations and information, contact Lara:
lara@wassadance.com

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Wassa Cancellation Policy: Until November 10, 2017, deposits are refundable minus a $50 administrative fee. After November 10, 2017, there are no refunds on deposits unless I can replace your reservation, $50 administration fee applies.

For island residents or vacationers wishing to attend the daily dance intensive without Kalani lodging or meals, drop-in rates per class and weekly options are available as space allows. Pre-registration is strongly suggested for this option–which also includes a Kalani day pass with each class/series purchased. Lodging and meal options at Kalani may be purchased separately through Kalani.
Here’s our residency listing on Kalani’s site

Kalani Honua Retreat Center: Kalani means Harmony of Heaven and Earth and is located on 19 coastal acres of tropical beauty on the SE coast of Hawaii. Dramatic lava cliffs provide a haven for sunbathers, stargazers, whale watchers and those seeking a deep connection with the earth and sea. Other offerings at Kalani at additional cost include: Hawaiian and Thai massage, Yoga, Bodywork, Watsu (water-based bodywork) and Hawaiiana/Hula Classes.
For more info on Kalani: 
www.kalani.com
To book airport shuttles, please call Kalani’s Guest Services at 800-800-6886  at least a week prior to

 

Thanks-Giving day our 13th Annual Dance by Donation!

I’m so pleased to invite you my favorite event of the Wassa year:

WASSA DANCE AND VILLAGE VOLUNTEERS’
13TH ANNUAL

THANKS-GIVING DANCE BY DONATION

Featuring some of Seattle’s finest percussionists.

COME DANCE WITH US,
EVERYONE IS WELCOME!
Thursday, November 24th, 2016
9:00 -10:15 a.m.
Crown Hill Gym
9250 14th Ave. NW
Seattle WA 98117 (Ballard)

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This year we will raise funds for Farmers’ Own Flour Mill installed in Khalwenge Village in Kenya and operated by the 27 members of the Tasamana Women’s Group.

The flour mill will provide women with an income to be able to support their families and send their children to school. One third of the profits of the mill are saved in a fund to provide the members with no-interest loans.

Village Volunteers is a 501 C3 nonprofit. All donations are tax-deductible and eligible for company matching funds. If you can’t attend, you can still send a check to Village Volunteers* with Wassa Dance on the memo line. All proceeds raised at this event go directly to the micro-lending project.

Event questions: lara@wassadance.com
Wassa Dance: www.wassadance.com

Project Information, contact Shana at Village Volunteers: shana@villagesolunteers.org
www.villagevolunteers.org
*Village Volunteers

5100 South Dawson St.
Suite 202
Seattle, WA 98118

A beautiful new flier for Wassa Dance

I’m so pleased to share a beautiful piece of art created by Phillip Page as the cover for the new invitation to Wassa Dance classes. Come by and get some to share with your friends and communities. Its time to dance!!!!

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Wassa’s Savory Autumn Intensive at Madrona MindBody 2017!

Wassa’s Savory Autumn Intensive
in Port Townsend, WA 
September 29-October 1, 2017

Join us for a delicious weekend of extended dance sessions and inspiration at one of the Puget Sound’s most beautiful resources for movement studios, the Madrona MindBody Institute.

Inspired by the elemental roots of Africa and beyond, we’ll immerse in Wassa’s unique style of spirited dancing combined with seasonally rich movement meditations and stretching to begin and end each session.

This workshop is designed for people who love to move in a nourishing, structured environment with some of the best music the world has to offer.

The Wassa Dance fee for the full weekend  – $225.
Friday 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Saturday sessions: 9:00 a.m.-Noon & 3:00-6:00 p.m. 
Sunday sessions: 9 a.m.-Noon & 1:30-3:30 p.m. 
Can’t come for the entire weekend? Come for a class or day! Saturday morning or afternoon session or Sunday afternoon session. $35/session for residents of the Port Townsend area.
Please contact Lara for registration and questions.
 
Residency participants arrange their own transportation, lodging and meals.
 

Our next Big Island Residency! Come dance with us at Kalani in 2017

Wassa Dances with Aloha
February 5-11, 2017
Kalani Oceanside Reatreat Center
Big Island, Hawaii

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Join us this winter for a new season of inspiration, ease and joyful vitality.
Come as you are, let the rhythms dance you deeper.

This sweet 6 night island style intensive features daily sessions of movement meditations and personal tuning leading into spirited dance segments in Wassa’s unique ways. Most afternoons and evenings are purposefully left open for participants to enjoy their own experience of the many delights and resources of Kalani and the island
Delicious daily buffet style meals, accommodations and use of Kalani
ʼs grounds, pool and spa are included.
* Spontaneous offerings for group or individual sessions TBA. 

We will be
– cultivating fresh vibrancy in our physical wit and wisdom.
– immersing ourselves in afro-infused dance inspired by some of the best music the world has to offer.
– engaging our senses in the complex natural and cultural beauty that  the Big Island offers. Ocean meets lava, mongoose, wild pigs, tree frogs, bird song, hula, solar power, compost, and not so far away strip malls all co-existing while Pele makes the newest earth in the world. 

IMG_4407

SPACE IS LIMITED! EARLY REGISTRATION IS SUGGESTED.

LODGING OPTIONS / RATES*
BUNGALOWS – sold out
TREE HOUSES- 2 rooms left + one share available
Single/private bath: $1,650, Shared double: $1,350, Triple: $1,260
MAUKA COTTAGES – sold out
MAUKA LOFT – sold out

*Prices subject to change without notice for unregistered participants.

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Wassa Cancellation Policy: Until November 15, 2016, deposits are refundable minus a $50 administrative fee. After November 15, 2016, there are no refunds on deposits unless I can replace your reservation, $50 administration fee applies.

For island residents or vacationers wishing to attend the daily dance intensive without Kalani lodging or meals, drop-in rates per class and weekly options are available as space allows. Pre-registration is strongly suggested for this option–which also includes a Kalani day pass with each class/series purchased. Lodging and meal options at Kalani may be purchased separately through Kalani.

Kalani Honua Retreat Center: Kalani means Harmony of Heaven and Earth and is located on 19 coastal acres of tropical beauty on the SE coast of Hawaii. Dramatic lava cliffs provide a haven for sunbathers, stargazers, whale watchers and those seeking a deep connection with the earth and sea. Other offerings at Kalani at additional cost include: Hawaiian and Thai massage, Yoga, Bodywork, Watsu (water-based bodywork) and Hawaiiana/Hula Classes.
For more info on Kalani: 
www.kalani.com
To book airport shuttles, please call Kalani’s Guest Services at 800-800-6886  at least a week prior to travel.

Wassa at Night – New Thursday series

Join us for the end of an era.
I have loved these sessions and yet the time has come to say goodbye to this incarnation of
WASSA at NIGHT
Last two sessions – 12/1 & 12/8/16
6:15 – 7:15 p.m.
Balance Studio
418 N. 35th St
 $15 at the door or use your dance card.
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This fun and lively hour is a great way to shake off the day and go deeper into the choreography and technique of Wassa Dance.

A sweet Sunday live action clip

We are most grateful to dancer, photographer, author Judith Ryan for this lovely little live action postcard from Wassa’s Live! session on Sunday Oct. 18, 2015 with musicians Maketa Born, Mark Lilly, Thierno Diop and Bill Matthews.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGjZJxqTVcY

Wassa and Village Volunteers’ 12th Annual Thanks-Giving Dance by Donation!

We had a beautiful event with more than 60 generous dancers and great music by Thierno Diop, Denny Stern, Larry Swanson, Shemayim Elohim and Lance Lu. AND we raised $3,500 that morning toward our goal to fully fund this project. It’s going to happen!  It’s not too late for you to donate.

We are most grateful.

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click  for the pretty version WASSA Flyer – Thanksgiving 2015.

We are so excited for this beloved annual event!!!

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WASSA DANCE AND VILLAGE VOLUNTEERS’ 12TH ANNUAL
THANKS-GIVING DANCE BY DONATION.

Thursday morning November 26
9:00 – 10:00 am

Crown Hill Community Building Gym
(same building we’ve been meeting the past nine years, but across the hall. Shoes are fine in this space. )

9250 14th Ave, NW Seattle WA 98117 (Ballard)

Featuring some of Seattle’s finest percussionists & Lara of WASSA DANCE who will lead us in joyful African inspired movement!

This year we will dance to set up a goat dairy project with the Lenana Girls School in Kiminini, Kenya to produce goat dairy products and train students and future farmers in achieving livelihoods in sustainable agriculture. Our goal is to fund 8 goats (6 female and 2 male) and a shelter. The first offspring goats will be given to women farmers who will in turn do the same as this project develops and continues. We invite you to also keep it local by contributing a portion of your donation to Village Volunteers, who keeps all of these programs going throughout the year. You can designate the amount to each on the memo line of your check or a note with cash donations.

All donations are tax deductible and eligible for company matching funds. Can’t attend the event but want to contribute? You can still show your support – send a check with ‘Wassa Dance’ in the memo line to Village Volunteers at 5100 South Dawson, Ste 200, Seattle WA 98118

Contact Lara for event questions, classes & workshops at lara@wassadance.com www.wassadance.com.

Reach Village Volunteers at shana@villagevolunteers.org
www.villagevolunteers.org Ph: 206.577.0515

 

 

Wassa Live! Sunday is cancelled for July 12, 2015