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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

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    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!!!!

    Wassa Dance

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      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

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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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            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!
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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

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              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.

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                Wassa Dance and Village Volunteers’ 10th annual Thanks-Giving Fundraiser

                Celebrate Thanksgiving with Village Volunteers and contribute to a woman’s opportunity for economic freedom and independence.

                Wassa Dance’s 10th Annual Thanks-Giving Dance by Donation
                featuring some Seattle’s finest percussionists and Lara’s joyful moves
                (please plan to dance barefoot at this event!)

                Thursday, November 28, 2013

                9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
                ARC School of Ballet – 9250 14th Ave. NW Seattle WA 98117 (Ballard)

                This year we will be dancing for the “Ndori Banana Women’s Fund” which helps women access micro loans to start businesses or enhance their small enterprises in a small village in Western Kenya. Our goal is to sponsor as many women as we can with $100 seed loans.
                All loan recipients receive training and assistance with becoming economically stable. The loans are administered locally and when the funds are paid back, they are reinvested with more local women’s projects.
                This kind of fundraising alliance has touched many people’s lives through the amplifier effect of resources and expertise being passed hand to hand. On the women’s meeting days, their camaraderie is palpable when they dance and sing greetings to one another. Let’s join that spirit this Thanksgiving!

                We invite you to also keep it local by contributing part or all of your donation to the operational expenses of Village Volunteers, the organization that keeps all of these programs going throughout the year. If you’d like to support both Ndori Banana Fund in Kenya and Village Volunteers in Seattle, you can designate the amount you’d like to go to each on the memo line of your check or a note with cash donations. We are very grateful for your support!

                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 Dance on the memo line to:
                Village Volunteers

                5100 South Dawson Street, Suite 202,
                Seattle, WA 98118

                ASANTE SANA!!

                For more event information contact Lara at: lara@wassadance.com
                For more information about Wassa Dance: www.wassadance.com
                For more about Village Volunteers’ great work: www.villagevolunteers.org or contact shana@villagevolunteers.org or call 206-683-6681

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                  GREAT PHOTO for our Thanks-Giving Event with Village Volunteers

                  For our Thanks-Giving Fundraiser with Village Volunteers for the Sisi fund in Kenya.

                   

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                    The Return of Wassa Live Music Sundays

                    Wassa Live Music Sundays – Nov. 2011

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