Thank you to all the instructors for changing my life in so many amazing ways. -Jade

Name | Sara

Occupation | Business Development Officer (writer and reader of many emails, tracker of all things)

How long have you been at Saffron? Since the Dawn of Time (also known as 4 years) 

Why Belly Dance? I think what initially drew me to belly dance was the fact that I wasn't body conscious doing it. I come from a family of athletes, cheerleaders and gymnasts. While my interests ran towards being outdoors, horseback riding and camping, growing up with sisters that could do more pull ups than Marine trainees was intimidating. I always felt a bit like the odd one out, but not while belly dancing.   


Name | Catherine 

Occupation | Attorney

Why bellydance? I work out a lot, but I've found that bellydance gives me a different way of both challenging my body and appreciating my body.

How long have you been at Saffron? A little over 6 years.

How did you find Saffron Dance, and what keeps you coming back?  I had taken ballet casually when I was a child, and I wanted to get back into that.  When I started with BalletNova, they were in the midst of moving their studio and were renting space from Saffron.  I'd come to my ballet classes and see the bellydance classes going on and think, "That looks like fun too!"  I keep coming back because as much as I love bellydance, I love the people at Saffron even more.  I originally moved to the D.C. area for a job and thought it would be a short-term stay and I'd be on my way soon.  For various reasons, I've ended up staying in the area far longer than I'd anticipated.  Still, it never felt like "home".  Then I found Saffron.  Saffron and my wonderful friends there make this place home.<--break-><--break->


Name |  Holly aka Supernova Fabulosity In Extremis 
Occupation |  Canine Behaviorist/Construction Project Manager aka Cat Herder
Time at Saffron | 10 Months

Why bellydance? Because it allows me to be Who I Am Without Reproach and so little in life allows us that. 


Name |  Kara
Occupation |  Accountant
Time at Saffron | Five years

Why bellydance?  It started as a fun way to help strengthen my core and exercise.

How did you find Saffron Dance, and what keeps you coming back?  I found Saffron on the internet.  I love the dance, the exercise and the friendships I’ve made over the years.


Names | Judy & Jackee
Occupations | Legal secretary (Judy) & legal assistant (Jackee)
Time at Saffron | 8 years

Why belly dance? 
Judy: I started belly dancing because I love to dance and wanted to try something new, because I loved the music and the varied rhythms.  Of course a big plus was you don't need a partner (and I have always had a soft spot for glitter and bright colors).


Name | Jade
Occupation | Environmental Scientist
Time at Saffron | Three years
 
Why bellydance? | If you had told me I'd be on stage bellydancing a few years ago, I probably would have laughed at you.  Before coming to Saffron, I'd never taken a dance class in my life, but I've found I really love this dance and now can't imagine my life without it.  Bellydance has taught me a lot about myself; it's been a physical, emotional, and mental journey and one of the most rewarding things I've ever done.  Learning that the most well-executed and effortless-looking movements necessitate real strength, control, and hours of practice has been a humbling and rewarding experience.  I know there will always be something new to learn or with which to challenge myself.  Most of all, it's gone a long way in teaching me how to practice better self kindness and forgiveness.  


Name | Christine 
Occupation |  Patient Care Coordinator @ NIH

Why belly dance?  It’s allows me to be in tune with my body physically while getting some well needed exercise and mentally relaxing my mind.


Name | Ashley
 
Occupation | IT Program Manager for areas within military health

Why bellydance?  Bellydance challenges me in ways I never understood before.  Each class I learn something new about trying to connecting mind and body, and when I'm struggling with a movement, the instructors support correction and I don't get discouraged.  I am able to laugh at myself, which is important.  One of my favorite parts is watching other dancers and seeing movements that look completely effortless, yet having complete appreciation for how hard that move really is to accomplish.  One day I hope to reach that level! I'm fascinated at the talent in the studio, which drives me to continuously want to perfect and learn more.


Saffronita Day

  • by Saphira
  • May 20, 2014

There are so many wonderful things I could say about what this weekend's Saffronita Day revealed about our community, but I think it would be better heard directly from some of our own Saffronitas...  



As I reflect back on this Mother's Day, I wanted to share some thoughts on a pretty important mom to Saffron.... my own.   Many of you may have met my mom at shows or seen her at studio events, but I have yet to share her true influence on our community.  The first thing you should know is that my mom is the most generous creature I have ever met.  If she meets someone in need, she steps up. Whether she has enough emotional bandwidth or time is not relevant.  If she crosses someone in need, she doesn't turn away. 


Saffronita of the Month - May

  • by Saphira
  • May 05, 2014

Name:  Natasha
Occupation:  Chemist with the EPA in the Office of Pesticide Programs
 
Why belly dance?
I tried belly dance on a whim, with a bunch of friends from church.  It sounded like something fun to do with people I don't usually get to spend time with during the week.


Perhaps one of the most rewarding aspects of my role at Saffron is having the honor of working with our amazing teachers. And while we continue to attract and grow new talent, we occasionally have to bid farewell to members of our faculty.  Today I would like to take the opprtunity to say goodbye to Adriane and Tesia, two wonderful Saffron teachers who are transitioning to new opportunities and opening new chapters in their lives.  But before they go I thought it only right to honor them as our Saffronitas of the Month and to share with you why and how they inspire us.


The women who comprise this community continue to amaze, delight, humble and humor me.  We created the concept of a "Saffronita" a little over a year ago. You know, a woman who shimmies in unexpected places and leaves trails of glitter in her wake.  You can recognize her because she is generous in spirit, artistically supportive and comfortable in her skin. What we didn’t realize was how many our Saffronitas found extensions of this definition lovingly and humorously in their everyday lives so I wanted to share some of their feedback.



Name | Anne ('Sama')
Years at Saffron | 3.5
Occupation | Children's Dance and Movement Instructor/Semi-Professional Belly Dancer
 
How long have you been belly dancing? | "Just celebrating 7 years this month!"
 

Presenting our very first Saffronita of the Month, Nisha!

Occupation | Engineer
Years at Saffron | 1

What was your biggest surpise after starting belly dance? |  "Belly dance is for women of all ages, shapes, and types.  You can see the joy it brings this variety of women in class and on the stage. The dance that is presented is more beautiful for having this variety of women than if all the students were cut from the same mold."  


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