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Wassa Dance with Aloha
February 5, 2017 - February 11, 2017
Join us this winter for a new season of inspiration, easy and joyful vitality. Come as you are, let the rythms dance you deeper.
This sweet 6 night island style intensive features daily sessions of movement meditations and personal tuning leading into spirited dance segments in Wassa’s unique ways. Most afternoons and evenings are purposefully left open for participants to enjoy their own experience of the many delights and resources of Kalani and the island . Delicious daily buffet style meals, accommodations and use of Kalaniʼs grounds, pool and spa are included.
We will be:
– cultivating fresh vibrancy in our physical wit and wisdom.
– immersing ourselves in afro-infused dance inspired by some of the best music the world has to offer.
– engaging our senses in the complex natural and cultural beauty that IS the Big Island. Ocean meets lava, mongoose, wild pigs, tree frogs, bird song, hula, solar power, compost, and not so far away strip malls all co-existing while Pele makes the newest earth in the world.
ABOUT 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.
About the Facilitator(s)
LARA MCINTOSH 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. She has been teaching independently in this afro-fusion 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. www.wassadance.com (Photo by Michael Harthorne)
A deposit of $300 holds your space.
*Prices subject to change without notice for unregistered participants.
Non-dancing companions are welcome based on available space at Kalani. There is a $50 admin fee for non dancers.
For special rate options, please contact Lara.
Kalani is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. Your stay here supports education, community arts programming, and Hawaiian culture preservation within the District of Puna. Kalani has grown to become the largest provider of services in Puna – thanks to the support from guests like you!
Kalani retreat rates are all-inclusive and provide access to all instruction and course activities, meals, accommodations, and use of Kalani's facilities including our 25-meter pool, hot tubs and sauna.
|Fees per person:||Double Occupancy||Single Occupancy|
|6 - Cottage||$ 1500||$ 1890|
|5 - Tropical Loft||$ 1410||$ 1770|
|4 - Tree House Room||$ 1350||$ 1650|
|3 - Bungalow Room||n/a||n/a|
|2 - Lodge Room (private bath)||n/a||n/a|
|1 - Lodge Room (shared bath)||n/a||n/a|
Additional lodging options may be available; please inquire upon registration if your preferred lodging type is not listed above.
Kamaʻāina Commuter: $252
Kamaʻāina rates are all-inclusive and provide access to Kalani campus for all instruction and course activities, three meals per day, and use of Kalani's facilities including our 25-meter pool, hot tubs and sauna. A valid Hawaii state-issued ID or driver's license must be presented at check-in to receive the kama'aina rate.
Commuter (for those who opt to lodge off Kalani campus): $450
Commuter rates are all-inclusive and provide access to Kalani campus for all instruction and course activities, three meals per day, and use of Kalani's facilities including our 25-meter pool, hot tubs and sauna.
Extend Your Stay at a Discount!
Additional nights can be added on to the beginning or end of this package at special discounted rates for retreat attendees. There is so much to explore on this incredible island - from the volcano and the astronomy centers on Mauna Kea to the tide pools, beaches, and hikes along the coast. Kalani is always brimming with activity, with 50 classes a week, as well as special events.
If you require airport shuttle service, please contact Kalani Guest Services at 800-800-6886 or [email protected], at least one week in advance.
Because of the structure of our retreat packages, we are unable to pro-rate retreat fees for shortened stays.
Room reservation cancellations requested 14 days or greater before your arrival date result in a full refund less a $50 administration fee. Cancellations requested 24 hours or more before arrival, but less than 14 days before arrival, result in full refund less a 10% administrative fee, or a $50 administration fee, whichever is greater. If you cancel within 24 hours of arrival, or do not show, no refund will be provided.