All the way live from 5 to 85

Our second edition of Wassa’s live music Sunday dances since before the pandemic times was a wonderful event. Beyond my hopes, actually.  In spite of many folks telling me they were out of town, we still had 21 dancers. Our youngest is 5, one of our marvelous elders is 85, and many generations in between,…

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Musing on playlists: Happy Survival

I’ve written before about how interesting it is for me to dive back into playlists I’ve made over the decades that got moth balled during the pandemic, and some for various other reasons. Last Saturday, standing by the stereo scrolling through aaallll the options of mixes I could use for dance class four minutes from…

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Live music Sundays

Wassa’s live music Sundays are back! Come dance with a cross-culturally rich mix of some of Seattle’s finest percussion musicians and Wassa’s joyful moves. June 16, August 25, November 3, 2024 10:00 – 11:30 am Balance Studio 418 N 35th St Seattle WA 98103 $25 Cash, checks and Zelle accepted pay online $30 with Square…

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Revisiting “Keep on…………….”

One of the great things about being entirely back in-person at the studio for classes is the chance to go back through 20+ years of playlists and experience some anew for the first time in 3 years or more. During quarantine and the Zoom era, I felt the conditions called for particular types of music…

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Wassa’s Savory Dances for Autumn 2024!!

I’m thrilled to have this annual tradition back in our mix of possibilities. Wassa’s Savory Dances for Autumn  October 11-13, 2024 Madrona MindBody Institute at Fort Worden Port Townsend, WA                                                  …

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A song for December 27, 2023

Often in my Wassa Dance newsletters I include a link to a song that has resonance for me. Right now with all in the world and the end of this year, this is one of them. Everything is Recorded – Mountains Gold – featuring Kamasi Washington, Ibeyi, Wiki, Sampha and a brief appearance from Quincy…

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All in-studio again

I was working with my web guy David at Real Basics today and mentioning how we just started being completely in studio without Zoom options for the first time since the pandemic closures in August (2023). And how great it is to have folks gathering again to dance together. This is a very powerful thing.…

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Dance class on 11/2/2023

I do some of my most inspired thinking during Wassa Dance sessions, on my feet, listening to music mixes I’ve made over the years, while in the moment with my beloved dancers. I rarely remember what I thought or said. Today I did and even made a note on paper (a first): “Responsive over reactive.”…

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