Inspired by a passion for African cultures and beyond

What people are saying about Wassa Dance.

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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Wassa’s Savory Autumn Intensive at Madrona MindBody 2017!

Wassa’s Savory Autumn Intensive at Madrona MindBody Institute 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…

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JeConte and the Mali All Stars at Jazz Alley 11/17/14

This show features a blend of international musicians along with some of Seattle’s very talented African and Funk/Blues artists. Our good friends at Jazz Alley are offering the Wassa Dance community two for one admission if you call in for reservations and mention “Wassa”. Such a deal!   That leaves $ for a nosh and…

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Wassa Dance in residency with STRETCH at Seattle University

This past week I had the rare pleasure of being part of an interim intensive week for theater and choral students at Seattle University.  I was invited by the organizer and chair of the theater department,  Ki Gottberg, to be the “dance deep queen” leading the first hour warm up for their five day intensive…

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A beautiful testimonial

It’s rare that I get this sort of thing but today I received this really lovely piece from one of my beloved long time students. Darryl is a wonderful human being with a large heart and a wicked fun sense of playful adventure.  I am honored by what he has to say here: About Wassa…

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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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