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

Wassa Dance and Village Volunteers 15th Annual Thanks-Giving Fundraising Dance

We are so pleased to be offering this very special event again this year. Everyone is welcome. Every donation big and small-small is amplified in goodness by the power community in generous action. Please join us as we aim to raise $4000 to fully fund a Posho Mill for the Nakwanga Women’s Group in rural Kenya.

WASSA DANCE and VILLAGE VOLUNTEERS 15TH ANNUAL THANKS-GIVING Dance by Donation.

Thursday, November 22, 2018
9:00 -10:15 a.m.
9250 14th Ave. NW Seattle WA 98117 (Ballard)

On Thanksgiving morning, dance and contribute to a woman’s opportunity for economic freedom and independence. Join us as we dance with some of the best percussionists in Seattle to support the Nakwangwa Women Group Posho (corn) Milling Project. The milling project will provide women in rural Kenya with an income and a business that will grow to support their families.

With the funds raised, we will purchase a small locally fabricated electric milling machine from Kitale. They hope to also buy a generator in case of power outages. In addition to grinding maize, the group will start a small buying and selling center where they sell grains and flour.

All donations are tax-deductible and eligible for company matching funds. If you can’t attend, you can donate online at villagevolunteers.org/donate or by sending a check to
Village Volunteers with Wassa Dance on the memo line to
5100 South Dawson St, Suite 202, Seattle, WA 98118.

Contact Lara for event questions.

Here’s a report on last year’s successful project:
WASSA DANCE POSHO MILL REPORT- 2018.

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Elina at school.

Emelda Naliaka has 7 children. She used to earn small amounts of money gathering firewood and charcoal, and selling it to other people in her village in West Pokot. Every day was a struggle to make enough money so that her children could eat. Her children were not in school because she couldn’t afford the uniforms required, so they sat at home, hungry.

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 That all changed when Emelda joined Khalwenge Women Group’s Posho Mill Project last year. She is not a resident of Khalwenge but West Pokot but she makes sure she is at Khalwenge during their weekly meetings traveling 45 kilometers by matatu (public transport). Now her children have enough to eat, and three of her children are in primary school. With a new business, new skills and savings from the income from the Posho Mill Project, Emelda has big dreams – she wants to build her children a house, something that a year ago seemed impossible. Bringing hope and building dreams is what Common Ground for Africa (CGA) does every year with funding from Wassa Dance, working with women who think a better life for their children is now possible. Emelda told us, “All my children are now getting an education since I have learnt the advantage and importance of education. I see things getting even better now.”

All in all, Posho mills are crucial to the lives of most Kenyans. In the evenings mostly, you will see a long queue of tins or ganny bags full of maize grain or other cereals waiting to be ground. It is mostly women and children who take the grain to the Posho mills for grinding, but sometimes, also men, especially the single ones working in large scale farms, are seen in the queues.

At CGA, we see success every year. By the time women think of new project ideas, their household incomes have more than doubled. They have a savings program and their children are receiving an education and medical care. They can rely on themselves to care for their families, bringing dignity to their everyday lives. Woman by woman, we are building stories of long-lasting success.

What does that look like by the numbers?

  • 153% increase in income
  • 900% increase in savings
  • 50% decline in children going to bed without evening meal
  • 27% increase in girls going to school
  • 321% increase in medical spending
  • 99% of businesses still operating two years after funding

This Christmas season we will be celebrating how CGA is changing lives of women one by one. Our women are not treated as passive beneficiaries of aid, but as active agents in building their own resilience. We focus on dignity and self-reliance with funding from Wassa Dance that is delivered by women themselves. But we need to do more and for us to do this, we need a bigger footprint. We’ve therefore set an audacious goal of reaching 60 more women and 155 girls next year.

With profound gratitude,
Joshua Amwai Machinga

 

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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Only a few spots remain.
Lodging options and rates*

 Hale 4
– private room/shared bath – $1,620
– double occupancy/shared bath – $1,368

Mauka Cottage
– single/private bath – $2,705
– double – $1,970

*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

 

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. 

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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.

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.

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’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.

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.

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!

 

 

Previous Collaborators include:

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