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Posts by Lara McIntosh

Internal and External Orientation Workshop 5/31/2014

INTERNAL & EXTERNAL ORIENTATION with Janelle Campoverde and Lara McIntosh SATURDAY MAY 31, 2014 2:30-4:30 P.M. BALANCE STUDIO 418 North 35th St. Seattle, WA 98103 $50           The intricacy of our human design hard-wires our brains to be continually learning throughout our lives. Orientation involves awareness of three dimensions: time, place…

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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…

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Wassa’s Wednesday 6:15 p.m. class ends June 5

The time has come for me to discontinue our current Wednesday evening classes at SHIFT, sigh.  I love dancing at night, especially in the warm summer months where we open the big garage door and let the light pour in. And, I’m very grateful to the devoted folks who have been supporting this “after work”…

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Big Island Dance Retreat for 2014

  Bringing their collective years of movement and music explorations together, collaborators Lara McIntosh and Marla Simms invite you to WASSA DANCE – SPRING TUNING March 9-15, 2014 Big Island, Hawaii Kalani Oceanside Retreat Center Shake out your winter bones and seed a new season of your body’s potential for ease and joyful vitality through…

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April’s Live Music Sunday and benefit for MARY’S PLACE

This was a wonderful event!  Our musical all star musical team was Denny Stern, Mark Lilly, Thierno Diop, Caxambu, Mohammed Shaibu, Larry Swanson and Makeda Wilborn. Twenty dancers strong and beautiful!  We raised $230 for Mary’s Place. It was a good day indeed.   Our next live music session is April 21, 2013. I’ll be…

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A Sweet Article about Wassa by Irene Hopkins

This piece appeared in BALANCE STUDIO: BAHIA IN MOTION’S Spring 2013 newsletter.  I love the insight Irene brought to my work. Here’s the piece: Instructor Spotlight on: Lara McIntosh, WASSA Dance Lara McIntosh is Wassa. On Lara’s first trip to Mali, her Bambara hosts gave her the name, Wassa Sangare. Translated, Wassa means “one who…

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Angelique Kidjo on Mali and so much more

Angelique Kidjo is one of the powerful female artists from West Africa who caught my ear way back. Her music has inspired so much for me. Here’s an 18 minute interview with her that shows why she’s the force she is. ASHE! http://www.npr.org/2013/02/04/171065166/kidjo-urges-malian-musicians-to-fight-ban

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Big Island Retreat March 2013

WE HAD A WONDERFUL TIME!   Bringing their many collective years of movement, music and embodiment explorations together, collaborators Lara McIntosh, Chiara Guerrieri and Marla Simms invite you to: SPRING TUNING March 18-23, 2013 Kalani Oceanside Retreat Center – Big Island, Hawaii 5 days in paradise seeding a new season with joyful dance, customized yoga…

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