Wassa Dance

Class Schedules and Rates

Balance Studio
 418 N. 35th St
Seattle, WA 98103
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
9-10 a.m.

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 Monday-Saturday mornings
Drop-in – $15
10 Wassa Dance classes – $125
($128 for credit cards)
On-going Unlimited Mon.-Sat. Monthly Subscription – $135
($138 for credit cards)

Pay as you can options available.
Cash, Checks, Credit Cards
All unused dances expire six months from date of purchase.

Three Charming Musicians

one more for the Spring/Summer
June 2, 2019
12:45 – 2:15 p.m.
$20 at the door or pay as you can.
SH/FT Movement and Healing Arts
3517 Stone Way N
Seattle, WA  98103


We had so much fun
Celebrating 21 years!
Sunday February 3, 2019
12:40 – 2:30 p.m.
SH/FT Movement and Healing Arts
3517 Stone Way N
Seattle, WA  98103

It’s my 21 year “teach-a-versary” as a freelance movement artist. I hope you can join us for a special session with a culturally rich mix of some of Seattle’s finest percussion musicians and Wassa’s joyful moves.
$21 at the door
Pay as you can welcome.
Contributions for musicians are appreciated.
Barefoot dance – Drop-ins always welcome.

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Practical Details:

New students are welcome at any class. Each session is taught at a flexible level to encourage a comfortable, self-paced learning experience.

We dance barefoot.  If you need dance shoes, they must be clean, non-marking, and used only indoors. Please see the instructor before trying out any new shoes.

To accommodate the chemically sensitive, please refrain from wearing scented products to class.

INCLEMENT WEATHER / SNOW POLICY — In case of severe or threatening weather, please check Wassa Dance on Facebook or call (206) 284-9473 to confirm if there is class or not.


“What Lara is striving for is incredibly clear in in her movement: at once subtle and also loud as hell.
Quite frankly I can’t get enough of it.” 

– Theresa Elliott”

About Wassa Dance:


…with this lively, accessible mix of traditional and contemporary poly-rhythmic styles. With Lara’s unique understanding of Afro-fusion sounds, basic steps and choreography are designed to inspire. The simplicity of the format invites each dancer to cultivate their own joyful, personal experience inside roots oriented group movement.
Customized daily for mixed levels, this class deepens movement skills, cultivates strength, ease and nuance, while tuning awareness with some of the best music the world has to offer.
“Imagine an ethnomusicologist combined with a finger-on-the-pulse choreographer who believes that in everyone exists the joy of dancing. Mali meets Paris meets Rio and the streets of America in a one-hour class. As you’re seduced by her widely tossed net, Lara carefully makes you aware of your own body’s structure and capacity for movement. In words and actions, she teaches what is true and perhaps invisible to you as the music she weaves compels you to move. She’s a consummate teacher, decades into her musical/choreographic work and she really knows her stuff.”

—Mary Ann Peters, artist

“Wassa Dance is an experience in connecting ancient rhythms to the soul body in motion. It all starts from the ground up. Lara has a way of teaching you how to move with insight, clarity and exuberance. I noticed ways of moving and details of the dance I had never thought of before. Lara has a strong ability to bring your attention to the subtleties of African dance without losing the passion and joy of expression. She has a warrior’s heart, a dancer’s grace and she can get you shaking your booty in no time flat!”
– Kerry Jo Finney: teacher, counselor, dancer, dreamer