The art of belly dance & the community of amazing women have helped me grow and be inspired every day. -Nunah

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.


Show Reflections

  • by Saphira
  • Mar 18, 2014

Coming off an evening as dynamic as that of Sunday night's Winter Showcase always forces me into self and studio reflection.  It's no secret that show day was an extremely intense and adrenaline-filled experience for us as a community.  But each time we do a show together, and particularly when we launch a new venue, I am completely and utterly amazed at the team we have to execute a full length dance production.  Within a two hour period, we raised a stage complete with 12 ft black backdrop, professional lighting, multiple-camera videography, and created a seating environment for our 200 closest friends and family in preparation for a very exciting evening for dancers & guests.


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!"
 

Welcome to Barre Tech!

  • by Saphira
  • Feb 23, 2014

If the Saffron community has revealed one constant attribute, it is that we are always evolving. We have already shared photos and descriptions of our new cozy nooks and crannies for our dancers to lounge and convene, as well as our newly and fully stocked boutique of coins, glam and glitter. Now we are ready to introduce more exciting evolutions in the Saffron family. We are so excited to welcome Barre Tech, a dance-based barre fitness studio.  Barre Tech will launch daily classes in our downstairs studio, next to the café.  


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."  


Returning to Your Roots

  • by Saphira
  • Feb 07, 2014

I can’t begin to express how excited I am to return to the Kennedy Center for this evening's Alvin Ailey performance.  The Alvin Ailey Dance Company has been an inspiration to me personally and an influence on me artistically since I first saw them when I began my own modern dance journey at the age of 13. That’s right Saffronitas, I actually had a dance life before belly dance!  So much of why I fell in love the genre of work that Alvin Ailey reflects has also been evident in my journey for belly dance as an art form.


A Huge Hunk of Gratitute

  • by Saphira
  • Jan 28, 2014

It is no accident that one of the core values of Saffron Dance is "community" and no better example of how that manifests than with our brand new website.  The entire creation  - from function to form & pros to presentation  - was created, built, designed and authored almost entirely by Saffronitas!  We think our new online presentation finally reflects the diversity, creativity and collaboration that oozes throughout our space. 


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