Wassa Dance

Dance Series + Workshops

Join our new Thursday night series classes. They are a blast!

 

DANCE WORKSHOPS are a wonderful way of deepening your personal exploration of movement as part of healthy, creative lifestyle. I’m pleased to work with some very talented co-presenters whose practices offer dynamic and exciting alliances with the essence of Wassa Dance. Please note that each workshop has its own registration arrangements. Preregistration is highly recommended.

Workshops at a Glance

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

 

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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.
     
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      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. 

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      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.

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        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.
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          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.

          UP! on T-day 2015 Musicians at T-day 2015

          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

           

           

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            Wassa’s Savory Autumn Retreat Oct. 9-11, 2015

            WASSA DANCE’S
            SAVORY AUTUMN INTENSIVE
            with Lara McIntosh
            Madrona MindBody Institute
            Fort Warden in Port Townsend, WA.
            Friday Oct. 9 – Sunday Oct. 11th, 2015

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            Join us for a delicious autumn weekend of inspiration and concentrated experiences of Wassa Dance’s joyful African-infused offerings at one of the Puget Sound’s most beautiful resources for movement studies.
            Inspired by the elemental roots of music and moves from Africa and the Americas, this retreat is designed for people who love to move in a nourishing, structured environment. Our sessions will include image-rich movement meditations, floor work and stretching, along with spirited dancing in Wassa’s unique style.

             Our lodging option is full.

            There is still room for you on the dance floor on Saturday and/or Sunday. We’d love to have you join us.
            Please contact lara@wassadance.com for more details.

             

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            More about Madrona MindBody Institute.

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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.

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                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.

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                  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!

                   

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                    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.

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                    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!
                    )

                    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

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                      Previous Collaborators include:

                       Marie Chong Chiara Guerrieri Melina Meza
                      Marie Chong, Chiara Guerrieri, and Melina Meza