Volume XOX-November 10, 2022

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Nothing like a last minute huzzah to let those of you who don't already know that this is a very special weekend for Balance Studio. Celebrating 10+ years of a lot of love, sweat and work as a creative home for so many, including Wassa Dance! Before we get much further in details, let's take a moment to acknowledge the real dedication and investments Aileen and Daniel have and continue to make every single day.

Lot's to say here which I mostly paste in below from Balance's own construction but practical note for Wassa Dance Saturday dancers, this week we're part of the weekend of celebration, so class is from 9:30-10:10 am Seattle time and it's ""free" but I'm hoping you'll donate to the studio. . ;) The zoom link is different for this event. See below. And please please participate if you can, I don't like to dance alone.

The other piece of the weekend I get to be part of, that sounds like so much fun to me, is Friday night from 6:00 pm - 6:40 where some of the other instructors and I will play off each other's moves and music in an improvisatory/conversational way. Yah, that was my idea and I hope there's a future for more collabs of this sort.

On to the weekend as Balance Studio describes it. Caveat from me, it's getting late and Constant Contact is not my best friend in making content for you. When in doubt about this weekend event go to this link on the studio's website. Thank you.


Friday 11/11-Sunday 11/13

We hope you can join us for a weekend full of classes and our performance Saturday evening with Bahia In Motion dance company and special guests Etienne Cakpo, Omega, and Naissa Anjara. Local artists are displaying their work as we highlight the strength, talent and diversity of our community. Our silent Auction is LIVE and has many beautiful, inspiring and nurturing items to choose from. Our weekend will culminate with a workshop offered by Daniel and Etienne with live drumming...their signature Benin to Brazil joy-filled infusion!  


We are now accepting donations for our fundraiser through our GoFundMe. 

Thank you for your help to develop, sustain and grow our vision and mission. Balance Studio is a work of art conceived many years ago. Through a lot of hard work and the support of our incredible community, we are humbled to reach 10 years. You all are a major source of inspiration for us to keep nurturing our dreams...

We look forward to celebrating with you! 

Certain classes have virtual options if you can't make it in-person (indicated in parentheses below by "vo"). Our performance also has a virtual option (registration encouraged, see link below). Go to our http://www.bahiainmotion.com/online-classes/ on our website and look at each virtual option to sign up for a virtual spot. For in-person attendance, no need to register! 

See you on the dance floor! 

Friday Eve 11/11

6:00pm - 6:40pm: Balance Studio sampler: Join us as several of our instructors will offer a class together, showing us their different styles and approaches to movement.

7:00pm - 7:45pm: Yin and Yoga Nidra Yoga with Beth Solan

8:00pm - 8:45pm: Sound Healing with Natalie Gough

Saturday 11/12

9:30am - 10:10am: Wassa Dance with Lara McIntosh (vo)

10:30am - 11:15am: Zumba with Daniel Santos (vo)

11:30am - 12:15pm: Capoeira age 13+ with Mestre Pitta

12:30pm - 1:10pm: Island Hop with Joanna Teanini (vo)

1:30pm - 2:10pm: Raqs Sharqi (Bellydance) with Omega (vo)

2:30pm - 3:10pm: Capoeira and Brazilian dance for Kids! (Ages 5-12)

3:30pm - 4:10pm: Dance Party Workout with Mimi Marinucci (vo)

Break/Dinner/Set up for Performance

6:30pm - 7:45pm: Performance with Bahia In Motion and special guests Etienne Cakpo, Naissa Anjara and Omega (vo) 

Reserve your space here!

Sunday 11/13

11:00am - 11:45am: Orixa Dance Movement with Aileen Panke (vo)

12:00pm - 1:30pm: From Benin to Brazil dance class with Daniel Santos and Etienne Cakpo (with live drumming)

Closing and Thank Yous


There's one in the morning and one more for 2022 after that.

Go Deeper Fridays

Nov. 11, 25, 2022

9:30 - 11:00 am

In person at Balance Studio and on Zoom.


Advance registration required.

payment options here.

In these sessions I take a free wheeling approach to explore some of the root concepts, imagery and embodied listening skills that Wassa Dance is created from.

While you are welcome at any session, this is not a drop-in class.

´╗┐Please contact me ahead of time to join us.

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Love to you aaalllll ways (or Waze, as we used to say)