418 N 35th St
Available for one to one and small group sessions by appointment Monday-Friday.
- Masks are now optional.
- Proof of full vaccination OR a negative covid test within 72 hours of participation, and Covid safety symptom checks are required for participants and staff at every studio session.
- Schedule and format are subject change to reflect COVID safety measures.
What a long time student has to say:
Lara’s instruction leads me into a more fluid, deeper, and more sensitive sense of my body, so that movement in the rest of my life feels easier, more connected, maybe even a bit more graceful. Her movement approach is kind to my joints, my spine, shoulders — and makes me aware of the connectivity between all parts of my body.
I feel privileged to the depth of knowledge that Lara has. It’s almost like being in a professional dance class, yet accessible to everyone as she breaks movements down to their source.
… And the music is inspiring, as is Lara’s gift at building community with the positive atmosphere she creates.
All of this, and letting us witness her own deep connection to the music and the movement, results in a really happy and vital experience! - Arni Adler
Due to Covid 19 closures, all Sunday live sessions are canceled until it is safe for us to dance together again.
LET'S FIND OUR NEW VENUE!
Wassa's Live! Music Sundays
Come dance with a cross-culturally rich mix of some of Seattle’s finest percussion musicians and Wassa’s joyful moves.
Barefoot dance - Drop-ins always welcome.
Contributions for musicians always appreciated.
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New students are welcome at any class, in studio based on availability, and online always. Each session is taught at a flexible level to encourage a comfortable, self-paced learning experience.
Balance Studio strives to maintain a safe environment for in-person sessions. From their site:
"Daily symptom checks for all staff and participants continue in addition to daily cleaning/disinfecting, and maintenance of ventilation and air filtration systems. We are keeping a close eye on guidelines from the state and local level."
In the studio, we dance barefoot. If you need dance shoes, they must be clean, non-marking, and used only indoors. Please see the instructor before trying out any new shoes.
To accommodate the chemically sensitive, please refrain from wearing scented products to class.
INCLEMENT WEATHER / COVID restrictions — In case of severe or threatening weather or covid escalations, please check Wassa Dance on Facebook or check back here for any cancellations.
— Testimonial —
"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
Kerry Jo Finney
Teacher, Counselor, Dancer, Dreamer