In late March 2021 I had my right knee replaced. Before the surgery I had thought I’d be back to dancing and teaching in some form after 6 weeks or so. I really had no idea how deep, personal and profound my healing process would be and how important to go slowly and not push…Read More
You are invited to our 16th Annual Thanks-Giving Dance by Donation.
We are thrilled to be offering this beloved community event again this year. Come celebrate with us!
Thursday, November 28, 2019
9:00 -10:15 a.m.
9250 14th Ave. NW, Seattle WA 98117 (Ballard)
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)…Read More
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!!!!Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More