Saffron Dance is the best part of my week, my month, my year! -Judy
Dance Name | Anya
 
Occupation | Navy Nurse
 
Why belly dance? It's so much fun! Originally I came to belly dance because I was turning 40 and wanted to try something new, and this was unlike anything I had done before and completely out of my comfort zone. I have struggled with body image my whole life, and belly dance has really helped me gain an appreciation for my body and to love it for all that it can do. I love seeing women of all sizes dancing and seeing how their bodies move. Dance is a challenge for me, both mentally and physically, and it forces me to be less rigid and more fluid in my movement.

Saffronita of the Month: October

  • by Elena Faye
  • Oct 03, 2017
Name | Katie
 
Occupation | Current Graduate Student at George Washington University studying Museum Education
 
How long have you been at Saffron? 1.5 years
 
Why belly dance? Why not!? It's beautiful and celebrates all bodies. And it feels good! Plus all of the beautiful costumes and sparkles are hard to say no to.

Saffronita of the Month: September

  • by Elena Faye
  • Sep 14, 2017
Name | Oshún
 
Occupation | GovCon Human Resources Leader
 
How long have you been at Saffron? I’ve been with Saffron Dance over two and half years.
 
Why belly dance? “Transformance through performance”. This motto I think just about sums it up for me. I flirted with belly dance for a short while when I was young and then forgot about it. I joined Saffron at a time in which I was looking to grow a greater appreciation for everything divine feminine. I feel belly dance does just that, express the quintessential divine feminine qualities, and studying and performing belly dance has been transformative on many levels, personally.

You may have noticed that the new Fall class schedule doesn't include any "Oriental" technique classes.  No, this is not a mistake - rather, it is the result of months spent restructuring the Oriental program to better serve the needs of Saffron's student body.  Many of our students know that we regularly review the Oriental curriculum, adding moves here and there, renaming some and reshuffling the order in which they are presented.


Saffronita of the Month: August

  • by Elena Faye
  • Aug 15, 2017
Name | Sue
 
Occupation | Patent Attorney
 
Why belly dance? I discovered that belly dance is an exquisite, graceful, expressive dance form that fits beautifully on all women - no matter what size or shape. Belly dance provides a fun way to burn calories and tone up, and Saffron provides a friendly, encouraging atmosphere.

Saffronita of the Month: July

  • by Elena Faye
  • Jul 01, 2017

Name | Sandra

Occupation | Retired Federal Government Employee

Why bellydance Why not?! I’ve had this discussion with several Saffronitas closer to my age, and we have concluded that we are not “normal”. Fine by me. I dance because it is FUN; because it is a vigorous yet gentler-on-the-joints exercise that challenges my body and brain in new and strategic ways. 


Teacher Feature: Blair

  • by Elena Faye
  • Jun 08, 2017

As we move into summer, we are excited about the numerous changes taking place here in the studio.  One of those changes is the addition of a brand new SaffronFit faculty member, Blair!  She will be joining us as Zumba Fitness instructor, with her first class taking place Wednesday, June 14 at 5:30pm! 

Let's learn a bit about our newest team member...


Saffronita of the Month: June

  • by Elena Faye
  • Jun 01, 2017
Name | Marianne
Occupation | Junior Accountant
 
Why bellydance? Dance is an expression of the human character and spirit; it refreshes the heart. Belly dance is accessible, exciting, and uplifting for any woman looking to grow mentally and physically. Plus, sparkles and glitter are just plain old fun. 
 
 
How long have you been at Saffron? About 3 and a half years - 4 years this September!
 

Happy Mother's Day!

  • by Elena Faye
  • May 14, 2017

As a community composed primarily of women, the role of motherhood is particularly present in our lives.  Many of our faculty and students are mothers themselves; some became mothers during their time at the studio, and it's always a joy to witness dancers as they transition into that new and exciting phase of their lives.  And many of us are lucky to have extremely loving mothers ourselves, who have supported us in innumerable ways.


Teacher Feature: Keika

  • by Elena Faye
  • May 09, 2017
Keika is another faculty member who has been a part of the Saffron community from the very start.  She is the very definition of optimism and kindness, and her unique capatcity for patience and understanding makes her a particularly adept teacher of beginner students.  We can't imagine life here at the studio without her!

Saffronita of the Month: May

  • by Elena Faye
  • Apr 11, 2017
Name  |  Ashley
 
Occupation  | Copyright Examiner
 
Why bellydance?  |  I've always enjoyed dancing, but I feel more of a connection with bellydance than any other form. It's fun to challenge my body to move in such different ways. 
 

Preparing Beginner Dancers for the Stage

  • by
  • Apr 07, 2017

Tips and tricks to guarantee a positive experience for your students  

As an instructor and mentor to students who are new to belly dance, it’s important to provide your students with a positive experience. Even more challenging, is providing new dancers with a great first theater show.  So what are the tips and tricks to deliver that positive “first time” and get them eager to come back for more?


Teacher Feature: Malek

  • by Elena Faye
  • Mar 21, 2017
Malek is one of the few faculty members who has been dancing at Saffron since we opened our doors back in 2007.  A staple of our community, she has a love of teaching beginners and introducing new students to the world of belly dance.  Let's learn a bit about her!
 

Name or Dance Name | Lauren/Lilah

Occupation | Climate Change Project Manager

Why bellydance? So many reasons! To stay active, learn to move more gracefully, tap into your artistic side, learn about stage makeup and hair, bolster your sewing skills (and get more comfortable with sequins and sparkles!), become less inhibited by learning to perform, build amazing friendships based on teamwork and shared goals and experiences, and take all this self-confidence and positivity out into the other parts of your life. 


Name | Erica
 
Occupation |  Scientist working in Immuno-assay development
 
Why belly dance? I was drawn to bellydance at an early age. My first encounter was at around 13 years old. I was at an event and in the shopping area I saw this procession of absolutely beautiful women and I thought their ensembles were fantastic and they moved so gracefully through the space, just radiating confidence. They looked so cool! I instantly wanted to be one of them, to be a part of their group. Later that evening there was a Hafla with bonfires and live musicians and these same women were bellydancing. I caught the eye of one of them, and she invited me to come dance. I went; I mirrored her movements and at that moment I knew this was where I belonged. I knew this dance form was meant for me because of how it makes me feel, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I feel like I can be completely myself when I dance, I am free.

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