Saffron Dance is the best part of my week, my month, my year! -Judy

The Virtues of Collaboration

  • by Saphira
  • Oct 21, 2014

Growing a studio community is starkly similar to raising a child.  And because my own son's age is that of the studio, I often think of the studio's development stages as parallel to that of my almost eight-year-old son.  As other moms can surely attest, many of the attributes that a child demonstrates at even the youngest ages frequently become more pronounced as that child develops.  As the studio is also beginning its 8th year, I am seeing the growing presence of a particularly touching attribute within the community - that of collaboration.  


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).


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...  


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.


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.


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