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WASSA DANCE: Lara McIntosh


Join us for a delicious autumn 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 Wassa's unique style of spirited dancing combined with seasonally rich movement meditations and stretching to begin and end each session. 

This workshop is designed for people who love to move in a nourishing, structured environment with some of the best music the world has to offer.

Come as you are and let the rhythms take you deeper!


Workshop Schedule (subject to change):

• Friday: WELCOME SESSION 4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. (main studio)
• Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - Noon and 3:00 p.m.- 6 p.m. (main studio)
• Sunday: 9:30 a.m.- Noon (upstairs) and 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. (main)

TUITION - $225 for the weekend - A deposit of $100 holds your space.
Early registration is encouraged.
Please contact Lara McIntosh
for information and registration.

Can't come for the entire weekend? Come for a class or day! Saturday morning or afternoon session or Sunday afternoon session. 

$35/session. Offer limited to two sessions per dancer.
Contact Lara for these options.

For those who would enjoy a shared lodging setting with kitchens included. Lara is happy to lend a hand in networking participants who might want to stay at Fort Worden

We’d love to have you join us on the dance floor!

Contact Lara McIntosh:


Wassa Dance

As we breathe, we are already dancing.
World rhythms blend seamlessly with traditional and contemporary steps in this lively afro-fusion dance form Lara McIntosh created to deepen and expand a dancer’s movement skills, body awareness and music appreciation. Based on guided movement with an organic fitness component, Wassa invites a natural way of moving that feels good and invites dancers of all levels to be expressive, strong, joyful, and grounded.
Wassa Dance is offered as ongoing classes with curated mixes and live music sessions, as well as in residencies, intensives and collaborations. In all of these, what ultimately draws people together is finding a common rhythm. Through these vibrations comes joy and the power to transform.

“Wassa Dance manages to engage all of me - my body, my brain, my heart and
my awareness like nothing else. It’s challenging, uplifting and satisfying.”
-Genevieve Barile, LMP

ABOUT LARA MCINTOSH: Movement Educator and founder of Wassa Dance      

Lara McIntosh

Lara has studied dance all her life and is an active member of
Seattle dance, music and public art communities.
Lara is the originator of Wassa Dance, which is inspired by
dances and music from the African diaspora and more. She has been teaching
independently in this afro-infused style since 1997. Travels to Brazil and Mali,
West Africa and ongoing study with locally based teachers are great influences in her work. “Wassa” is the Bambara name Lara received during her first visit to Mali. It translates as “one who acts for joy and fulfillment.”
Lara's curiosity about movement and cultures are combined with a deep love for
music and community building. She has a long history of collaboration for
performance, event production and movement education which include ten years
with THREAD DANCE, multiple collaborations with artist Cameron Anne Mason
and the Fremont Arts Council for parade and pageant presentations. During her
six years on the Board of Directors of the Seattle World Percussion Society
(SWPS), she helped oversee the production of the World Rhythm Festival at
Seattle Center, which is one of the largest free percussion festivals in the country.
Lara is an adjunct faculty member of the ARC School of Ballet. She also offers
school residencies and conducts annual intensive workshops in Washington
State and Hawaii.

More about Lara and Wassa Dance:

"Imagine an ethnomusicologist combined with a finger-on-the-pulse choreographer, who believes that in everyone exists the joy of dancing. Mali meets Paris meets Rio and the streets of America in a one-hour class. As you’re seduced by her widely tossed net, Lara carefully makes you aware of your own body’s structure and capacity for movement. In words and actions, she teaches what is true and perhaps invisible to you as the music she weaves compels you to move. She’s a consummate teacher, decades into her musical/choreographic work and she really knows her stuff.” —Mary Ann Peters, artist