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

"Saffron: A (Belly) Dance with Destiny"

  • by Saphira
  • Jul 21, 2014

This week we are pleased to share an article about Saffron that was recently posted on YOPP.com, a social shopping network that functions via a downloadable app.  Check it out!

Saffron: A (Belly) Dance with Destiny

"From the moment you walk through the door, everything about Saffron Dance speaks to the ideas and passion of the extraordinarily talented dancer and entrepreneur Saphira. Saphira’s story began when, while in law school, she discovered a passion for belly dance that has since transformed into a career directing her much-loved studio and academy for classical and contemporary belly dance.  It’s not all about dance at Saffron though; the studio has become a space for women to find a whole new appreciation of and way of thinking about their bodies.  Like the art form she loves, Saphira’s story fascinates, hypnotizes, and may just make you want to get up and shimmy!


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.


I was thrilled with the turnout for our first ever Commit to Grow Assessments this weekend.  Faculty & staff had invested hours of thoughtfulness in how to ensure that dancers would receive the most comprehensive and custom feedback, and I was so excited to present this material to the group.  Like anything that one tries for the first time, some things worked out as expected and some things were a surprise. 


There are two questions that we like to periodically ask our students.  For brand new dancers, we ask,  "Why belly dance and why now?" - that itself could yield several blog entries.  But we also ask returning dancers, "What is the most surprising aspect of your dance experience and how has it revealed itself since coming to Saffron?"   

One of the loveliest answers to this question came from a newer dancer now in the studio for a little over 5 months.  She saw me whizzing through one of the studios and as I stopped for a quick hello she revealed something SO powerful to me about her experience at Saffron.   


Welcome Jenna Shear!

  • by Saphira
  • Jun 17, 2014

The founding mission of Saffron Dance, was to create a space to nurture growth... whether that is for students, faculty & staff, or for the studio itself.  And this summer, Saffron Dance proudly announces another rung on its growth trajectory, the addition of an amazing new faculty member, Jenna Shear.  Jenna has been an honorary long-distance Saffronita for over a year, having taught and performed at Saffron events since February of 2013.  She brings with her a passion for teaching, a generous spirit, and a wealth of dance xpertise ranging from belly dance to Balkan dance to ballet.  Please put your hands together and give Jenna a warm Saffron welcome!


We know you all are on the edge of your seats awaiting photos from this weekend's "Casbah" show.  We don't have them all ready for you quite yet, so until then enjoy these sneak peeks!  

Photos by Brinley Jones.


We Love Hips!

  • by Saphira
  • Jun 10, 2014

Following the magnificent and magic that resulted from our theatre production, casbah! I have three little words to share....

We love hips!


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.


If you read Saffron's Mission & Values, you'll notice that "community" and "collaboration" are two of our five Core Values.  We aim to use these values as guidelines by which we make decisions, design our programming, and conceptualize our role as a studio.  This weekend we hosted "Wanderlust," a very special Salla show that perfectly reflected the values of community and collaboration and reminded me of why we make it a point to recognize the importance of these ideals.


Embracing Change

  • by Saphira
  • Apr 21, 2014

I find that the people in my life either love or abhor change. I'm not sure if I was born with it or developed it by necessity, but I love change. I am scared neither of what predictability I leave behind or of the unknown that lies ahead. Rather, living each day is almost like opening a present that you have no idea of who it's from or what it will be.


This weekend we were honored to welcome the world-renowened artist and current director of the Bellydance Superstars, Moria Chappell, to Saffron for workshops and for what was a magical Salla show on Saturday evening.  Reflecting on the night I am filled with pride once again to see how many talented artists we are able to support at Saffron.  From faculty, to students, to friends of the studio, this Salla showcased the spirit of collaboration and community that is so integral to our identity as a business.  I hope you enjoy these sneak peak images from the evening's performances.


The "Effortless" Illusion

  • by Saphira
  • Apr 09, 2014

In our dance form, we frequently note that when performing at her best a dancer looks effortless in her execution.   Ironically, however, if you ask that dancer how much work, hours in the studio, number of years, workshops and practicing that went into developing this ability to look "effortless," she would likely share that her journey to dance effortlessly took tremendous work.  This rings true for every dancer I have ever known including those who come to the dance with natural talent.


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