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Wassa Dance Clips- Thanks-Giving 2014

Here’s the first of the sweet bits from Wassa Dance and Village Volunteers‘ 11th Annual Dance by Donation Fundraiser. We had a most wonderful time with 70+ dancers raising $3,600 in an hour’s class for this year’s micro lending partner SISI FUND in Kenya.

WASSA DANCE with ALOHA #15

Yes indeed! We will be returning for our 15th beautiful year of dancing at
Kalani Oceanside Retreat Center on the Big Island, Hawaii.
IMG_0372The dates are February 7-13, 2016
Lodging options are limited this round.

IMG_0370 (1)Please contact Lara at lara@wassadance.com
Aloha Still Life 3:14

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

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 IS the Big Island. 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. 

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. 

LODGING OPTIONS / RATES*:
Lodge Rooms: sold out, contact Lara for wait list.
Bungalow: $1,770 single / $1,410  double
Lofts and Treehouses: $1,890 single/ $1,500 double
Tropical Cottages: $2,340 single / $1,710 double
A deposit of $300 holds your space.
Second installment due by Oct. 31 and final payment by December 31, 2015.

Wassa Cancellation Policy: Until December 15, 2015, deposits are refundable minus a $50 administrative fee. After December 15, 2015, there are no refunds on deposits unless I can replace your reservation, $50 administration fee applies.


*Prices subject to change without notice for unregistered participants.

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- Accelerated Series

Night time
is the right time
for fun-fun dancing.

Saturday's Beauties

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursdays
Oct. 22 – November 19, 2015
6:15-7:15 p.m.
Balance Studio
418 North 35th Street
Seattle, WA 98103
$ 50 for the series* or use your 10 class card.

Drop-ins are welcome: $15 at the door.

This series offers a lively hour of choreographic fun designed to shake off the day and let our playful minds and bodies dance. 
Please contact Lara to sign up.
*no refunds or extensions on individual series purchases

Restorative Movement session 12-4-14

I hope you can join us for a special session of restorative movement on Thursday December 4.
6:15-7:15 p.m. at Balance Studio.

This will be our last Thursday evening session of 2014 and it seems a very good time to slow down and nourish our bodies as we head into this busy winter season.

Use your dance card, monthly subscription and $15 drop in.

Report from the Accelerated series 11-20-14

We had a blast tonight putting together two pieces of movement that have been cultivated separately over the past 3 months or so!

The movement keeps being informed by different pieces of music. Tonight we danced with MC Solaar’s HIJO de AFRICA and Lala Njava’s VOATSE.

Fun fun fun.

Next session in Dec. 4 and that will be a restorative movement session to close the season.

We’ll pick up the series again in January. I can’t wait!

 

Wassa Dance and Village Volunteers’ 11 Annual Thanks-Giving Dance by Donation

This year’s event was a beautiful thing.  65+ dancers of many ages came.  We raised $2,500 at the door with more donations coming in and corporate matching funds to add soon. Our musicians Thierno Diop, Caxambu Silverman, Denny Stern, Shemayim Elohim and Larry Swanson created such wonderful music to inspire and bring us all together in movement and spirit. Stay tuned for moire details and images.

Judith Ryan’s Video Postcard from Wassa Dance & Village Volunteers’ Thanks-Giving

Here comes my favorite event of the year where the musicians and I donate our time and ARC DANCE donates the space for this wonderful session that has become a beloved local tradition inviting a broad community to come together, dance, and share our resources with meaningful micro-lending projects in Africa.

Wassa

Wassa Dance and Village Volunteers’ 11th Annual Thanks-Giving Dance by Donation
featuring some of Seattle’s finest percussionists
and Lara of WASSA DANCE, who will lead us in joyful African inspired movement.

Thursday, November 27th, 2014 9:00 -10:15 a.m.
at ARC DANCE  9250 14th Ave. NW Seattle WA 98117 (Ballard)
(Please plan to dance barefoot at this event!
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Dance with us and contribute to a woman’s opportunity for economic freedom and independence.

Donations will go to the SiSi Fund (“Sister to Sister”) and Lenana Girls School students in Kiminini, Kenya. Your donations will provide small micro-loans to women, helping them start a micro-enterprise and will provide young women entrepreneurs with internship opportunities.

All donations are tax-deductible and eligible for company matching funds.
If you can’t attend and want to contribute, send a check with “Wassa” on the memo line to: Village Volunteers, 5100 South Dawson Street, Suite 202, Seattle, WA 98118

For More Information:

Contact Lara for event questions: lara@wassadance.com
Wassa Dance: www.wassadance.com
Village Volunteers: www.villagevolunteers.org, shana@villagevolunteers.org or 206-683-6681

Wassa Accelerated Sessions

Night time is the right time.
Come dance on Thursdays!

Saturday's Beauties

 

 

 

 

 

February 19,26 March 5, 12,19, 2o15.
6:15-7:15 p.m.
Balance Studio
418 North 35th Street
Seattle, WA 98103
$50 for the series*
Drop-ins are welcome: $15 at the door.

The Thursday night series is designed for those who want to go deeper into the intensity, technique and choreography of Wassa Dance. The lively hour features focused energy and choreography along with deeper skills and technique. And, it’s FUN FOR ALL!
Series spaces are limited. Please contact Lara to sign up.
Drop-ins are welcome: $15 at the door.
*no refunds or extensions on individual series purchases

A beautiful testimonial

It’s rare that I get this sort of thing but today I received this really lovely piece from one of my beloved long time students. Darryl is a wonderful human being with a large heart and a wicked fun sense of playful adventure.  I am honored by what he has to say here:

darryl at MMI

About Wassa Dance

I’m a runner and 63 years old. I had never taken a dance class, except for square dancing in my entire life. Then, more years ago then I dare to count, I decided to take a risk and walk through the door to an African dance class taught by Lara on the second floor of the Physical Culture dance studio. My wife was taking Lara’s class and said I would love the music. She was right. I loved the music and did my best to imitate Lara’s moves. The music pulled me in and to my amazement I believed I was learning the movement and the dance. At least I was moving in the right direction most of the time and even my feet occasionally seemed to follow Lara’s pattern and rhythm. But when I took a moment to observe amidst the excitement of of a new experience, I seemed to be moving in dancing in a dimension different than the one Lara and the other dancers were dancing in. During classes Lara described bowls of light, johnny jump-ups, lava flows, internal rubberbands, sugar cane harvesting, star fish and Bamako club dancing. Lara kept describing the experience of moving from the center and letting the movement begin internally and flow, shimmy, warble and wisp out to the fingers, toes and crown of the head and beyond to the sky and earth and then loop back for another go. I loved the class and just wanted it to go on for hours. Somehow over the years the watching, imitating and listening seemed to sink into this runner and I would begin to experience brief moments of pure joy and ecstasy when somehow I would sync in with Lara’s moves, the spirit and beat of the music and the moves of the other dancers. I just wanted that fleeting moment to last forever.   I am still running long distances and have now gotten bit by the trail running bug. When I’ve consumed my initial burst of energy in the first couple of miles and have many more to go, I find that center for running and try to relax and settle into it with legs, arms, body and energy moving from the center, connecting and reconnecting to the earth and moving through space.  Thanks Lara!

Darryl Eastin

Live Music Sundays Fabulous Winter Crew

Maketa, Alexandra, Bill and Blake were an awesome house band for our Dec.-April 2014 Live Music Sundays.

Maketa, Alexandra, Bill and Blake were an awesome house band for our Dec.-April 2014 Live Music Sundays.

What people are saying

“I believe that Lara a marvelous leader, visionary for African dance in America, and powerful instructor.  I was thrilled to see that our dance group was “my” age group. I have enthusiastically shared my wonderful Wassa Dance experience with many family and friends.”
Bettina M- Alaska
Participant in “Spring Tuning” at Kalani Oceanside Retreat Center,  2014.