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Move in the heart of rhythm
with this lively, accessible mix of traditional and contemporary poly-rhythmic styles. 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, each class deepens movement skills, cultivates strength, ease and nuance, while tuning into well being with some of the best music the world has to offer.

Wassa Dance acknowledges that we are on the traditional land of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People past and present and honor with gratitude the land itself and the Duwamish Tribe.

"The simple complexities of Lara’s Wassa Dance have kept me coming back for twenty plus years.  I feel more invigorated than I did in the beginning.  It may be her constant innovation or her remarkable playlists or her steady acceptance.  When I find myself humming a stray tune during the day, it’s often from her wide-ranging playlist.  Satisfaction abounds on all sorts of levels."
- Marilyn Lewis

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"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
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"For me, each Wassa Dance class is magical. We start with small, simple movements: rolling shoulders, swinging arms, treading feet. Through the hour, the moves grow and blossom until, before I know it, I'm full-out dancing! The steps are always accessible, yet challenging enough to be satisfying. Lara's instructions encourage a deep body experience, and her music choices feed the soul. Taking a Wassa Dance class feels like coming home to my body."         -Helen Landalf
Live Oak in Congo Square, New Orleans