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Wow, can you believe how quickly the summer has gone?

In honor of the upcoming Autumn equinoxthe extraordinary Goddess Jen Russo and I are holding our Fall edition of:

Seasonal Renewal for Women

WHEN: Saturday, September 20, 2014 

TIME: 10am to 1:30pm

WHERE: SolRise, 226 East Utica Ave, Buffalo 14208

COST: $59 per person

Register by paying by September 15th!

Group size is limited to 14 women, so sign up now!

Pay with PayPal:

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Or mail a check to: Jen Russo, 33 Coe Place, Buffalo, NY 14209

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  • Sliding scale is available (email us at or to inquire)
  • Payments are non-refundable

To all the ladies who attended last time, you know what a powerful and magical experience this is. It gets the new season off to an amazing start.

We all know that change is constant in our fast paced world. The change of seasons is also a powerful time of personal transition.  We believe it’s so wise to take some time for yourself to rejuvenate, ground and set intentions during this time of year.

It is our goal to create a community of women who practice ways of sustaining balance and health. Autumn is a time of final harvest, brilliant changes in nature, cooler, windy weather and a preparation for drawing inward.

Come together as women to use hatha yoga to center and ground the body/mind, sensual body movement to merge with your divine feminine intuition and the Chakra Dance Tune Up to energetically cleanse yourself.

We culminate with rest, meditation and reflection to set the tone for the next three months.
We end with a light, nourishing meal and seasonally appropriate ayurvedic self care practices.

This workshop is facilitated by Jennifer Russo, yoga teacher since 2006, artist and ayurvedist and 

Sarah Haykel The Sensual Body Movement




Sarah Haykel, dance facilitator since 2000, yoga teacher and certified professional life coach. 


We are so excited to see you at this transformative and connective event!


Salsa for a Cure

I’m proud and honored to be offering a lesson and performance at this exciting benefit for Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Show off your Salsa skills in the competition! The winner will receive a prize and trophy.

Details here:

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When: Friday, September 26th

Time: 8:00pm

Where: Pucho Olivencia Community Center

261 Swan St. Buffalo, NY 14204

Live music by Sol Y Sombra and DJ Mic O

Tickets: $10

Dance lessons and performances from Salsa Sarah, Baila Salsa, and more!

Salsa competition – Prize & trophy to winner

Visit the Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY website for more details!

Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff: Salsa at the Buffalo History Museum

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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with

Salsa Sarah & Sol Y Sombra

When: Wednesday, October 1st

Time: 6pm – 8pm

Where: Buffalo History Museum

1 Museum Ct. Buffalo, NY 14216

6 – 6:45pm: Salsa Sarah will be teaching a salsa dance lesson for beginners from .

7 – 8pm: Latin Band Sol Y Sombra will be playing live music on the portico

Entrance fee included in museum admission.

See you there!

Early Morning Yoga with Sarah



I’m excited to announce I will soon be teaching yoga classes in addition to my other offerings!

I feel so much gratitude to the teachers who’ve passed on the lineage of B.K.S. Iyengar to me. His recent passing definitely made a big impact on our community and I’m honored to carry on the torch of his amazing and transformative teachings!

Class details below:

Join me for…

Iyengar Based Yoga Classes

When: Thursdays

September 11th – November 13th

Time: 6:30am – 7:30am

Where: SolRise Farm and Cultural Arts Center

226 E. Utica Buffalo, NY 14208

10 Week Class Pass: $160

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Drop-in: $18 cash

 ***Class passes are non-refundable and to be used within the session dates***

All levels welcome!

  • Please bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothes.
  • Beginners and men welcome and encouraged!  

Classes are taught with a theme in mind focusing on opening, toning, and stretching different parts of the body and mind, techniques for relaxation and self-care, mindfulness meditation, and breathing exercises.

Great for reducing stress, rejuvenating the body and mind, toning and strengthening the muscles, increasing flexibility, creating a stronger mind-body connection, and more!

Sarah Haykel has been teaching and facilitating groups in dance for over 14 years.  Recently certified as a yoga instructor through Francois Raoult’s Essential Yoga Teacher Training in June of 2014, Sarah finds great joy in sharing the knowledge and wisdom that’s been passed down to her through the many amazing teachers of the Iyengar style of yoga and more!

Join us for a fun, humorous, and meaningful dive into the human body and mind through yoga.


Salsa Meets Symphony

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Join me for the Hispanic Heritage Council’s MAIN EVENT celebrating Hispanic Heritage month:

Salsa Meets Symphony

I’m honored to be one of the featured dancers!

A special thanks to Casimiro Rodriguez Jr., the Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY, and Kleinhans Music Hall and The Buffalo Philharmonic for hosting this event and inviting us to perform with and for them.

Event details:

When: Friday, September 19th

Time: 7pm

Where: Kleinhans Music Hall 1 Symphony Circle Buffalo 14201

The event is FREE and you can pick up tickets at the Kleinhans Music Hall ticket office!

See you in a few weeks at this very special event!


The Birth of The Sensual Body Movement for Women

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I lost my virginity at the age of 14.  It wasn’t a horrible experience, thank god, but it was an unconscious decision.

The older guy I was going out with and I didn’t talk about it before hand.  He didn’t ask whether I wanted to have sex with him and I didn’t say, “Yes, this is what I want.  I’m ok with it.  Let’s go for it.”

What happened?

After a few months of going out and fooling around, one night it happened.  I could tell what he was leading up to by his actions when we engaged sexually, but I didn’t have any vocabulary or confidence for communicating with myself about what I wanted and didn’t want at the time regarding sex, let alone communicating with him about it.

For years after that relationship ended, I continued to give myself to men unconsciously, both emotionally and sexually, who either weren’t going to be there for and with me in a committed relationship, who would take my love and eventually leave, or who wouldn’t be able to accept or receive the love I so badly wanted to give them.

Unfortunately, for me sex=love for many years.

Those were painful experiences (and sad to say, some not so far off in the distant past either).

What was I looking for?

Unconditional love.

The kind of love I always wanted to feel and receive ever since I was a young child.

Can you relate?


I wasn’t raised to know about my body as an adolescent and young woman.  There was a lot of shame around sex, it was like a four letter word that no one really talked about.  And sex-ed in school felt so embarrassing.  All of us shameful about sex suddenly having to talk about sex out in the open?  Oooh, that felt so uncomfortable!  All of us just trying to act cool, like, “We got it all together.”  “Yah, that, I know about that!”

What I really wanted?   To feel safe and secure in talking about sex, in being sexual.  I wanted to feel comfortable with sexual feelings and know how to channel and express this energy in a more comfortable and empowering way (though I certainly wasn’t aware of this then!).

I wanted to feel accepted as a young woman, respected as a young woman, welcomed in by my peers, both young men and young women.  I wanted to feel like I was a part of life and I belonged to life, though most of the time I felt like an outsider and was full of self-loathing and hatred about myself and life.

As a grown woman, I realized, 20 years after that fateful night in my teens, that I was STILL not saying what I wanted to say to men, setting healthy boundaries in relationship to sex and sexuality with myself and men, feeling secure in my own sexiness or arousal, and feeling confident in my ability to choose and take action on what I wanted within my sexual relationships with myself and others.

(Are you feeling me?)

“Gosh, there’s something wrong here,” I thought in my early 30′s, and wondered how I could step into my power around my own sense of feminine essence, which for me embodies sexiness, juiciness, sensuality, confidence, empowerment, and more.

How I could be in my power in relationships with myself, men, and women, and how I could feel safe fully out in the open as a sensual, sexual woman in this day and age?

Fast forward a few years to the Spring of 2014 when The Sensual Body Movement was born.  This movement was born out of a deep desire to embrace the divine feminine I feel coursing through my veins, express the sensuality I feel in myself and in life around me, and RECLAIM my sexuality from a clear, conscious, and empowering place, speaking my truth, asking for what I want and need, and also honoring others truths and needs too.

Let’s take the four letter word out of sex, shall we?

Let’s talk about it!

How The Sensual Body Movement Came to Be

Last fall, in 2013, I decided to FINALLY start teaching Ladies Latin Dance Styling like I’d always wanted to.  For years I dreamed of creating a female dance troupe that was ON FIRE and rocking it left and right, here and there, with our sexy dance moves and routines.  As time went on, though, and I was into the third session of Ladies Latin Styling classes, I was losing steam and the classes were too.  I didn’t feel excited about just teaching Latin styling to women, and frankly, they didn’t seem that excited about just learning Ladies Latin styling either.  I wanted to teach more Sensual Body Movement than strict, technical, Ladies Latin styling.

For years I’ve dreamed of moving more sensually in life.  I know, some of you who know me may be saying, “But you already move so sensually!”  Let me explain.  I’ve dreamed of dancing sensually.  Expressing myself in a form of what I call Sacred Dance for myself and for others, not in a stripper kind of way, though those fantasies have floated through my head.  It’s more about expressing the full, real me in life, for me, and not worrying so much about what others think or how they feel about me.

It’s about dancing for ME.  Doing what feels good to me and turns me on first.

(I used to think I had to please others first so that I could feel good about myself and my life.  Do you feel this way sometimes?)

Now I know…

When I’m turned on, others are turned on.

My Definition of Turned On: Lit up, Alive, Juicy, Feeling It, Inspired, Out Loud, Sexy, Vivacious, On Fiyah, Sensitive, Bold, Open, Receptive, Present, Owning It, Sensual, In My Body.

A few years ago, I began to learn the art of something else: how to live INSIDE my body and fully embody myself.

How to create the unconditionally loving relationship I’ve always wanted with someone else with ME first!

And, as I’ve learned to create this loving relationship with myself, so has this part of me that wants to move sensually and support other women to move sensually too come to the foreground.

The moment I began Sensual Body Movement for Women, I realized there was something special here.  The first class session sold out and I had mothers and daughters in the class and women ranging in age from their mid twenties to their 70′s!  It was amazing and what they learned and I learned was highly transformative.

As time went on, I desired more, to share about my experiences, tips, and tools in self-pleasuring, to explore chair dancing, wall dancing, and was encouraged to teach floor dancing as well!

Women want to move in sexual, sensual ways, and I am here to support and guide this.

To create a space where women can get in touch with themselves, with their Divine core essence, and BE themselves fully is one of my goals in life!

The Sensual Body Movement is not just a growing style and body of movement and dance, it is a MOVEMENT and a way of living your life.

It is a CELEBRATION of core Divine Femininity.

It is an HONORING of core Divine Sexuality, Sacred Dance and Movement.

It is an EMBRACING of core Divine Sensuality.

It is So Many Things and I am specifically inviting you to come along and share this journey with me.

Are you Ready


Are you ready to reclaim your power in your own heart, in your own life, in the bedroom, outside of the bedroom, and in all of your relationships?

Are you ready to take full, 100%, self responsibility in your life around your actions and what you’re choosing?

Are you ready to step in, fully, to your Divine Femininity, and BE the Goddess you truly are, shine your light for all to see, and be empowered in your own self, your own life?

Are you willing, ready, and able to COMMIT to yourself and create that loving relationship with YOU, that you’ve always dreamed of having with others, FIRST?

If you have said YES to any of these questions, then you’re in the right place!

The Invitation

Ladies, I want you to hop on over to The Sensual Body Movement page on my website and sign up for this list to be a part of this Movement of Sensuality, Love, and Empowered, Clear, Embracing of Divine Femininity and Sexuality!

What You’ll Get

You can expect emails containing tips and tools on how to live a sensual, pleasure filled life, info on classes, programs, and ways you can engage in The Sensual Body Movement, Sensual Body Movement Dance Classes, Self-Pleasuring workshops with Sarah, and SO MUCH MORE!

Thank you for hearing this call.

Thank you for showing up.

Thank you for sharing your unique essence with the world!  Lord knows we need it now more than ever!

A toast to living your Juicy, Vibrant, and ALIVE Life in ways that feel good to you!

New LIVE, in-person Women’s Sensual Body Movement Class Session!

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Something that's missing in our culture

About the Sensual Body Movement Class for Women, Jen says:

"It's the missing piece of my femininity.  This is something that's missing in our culture.  And the best part about it is that it's ongoing.  I can keep taking the class!"

Jennifer Russo

Hey Radiant Goddess You Be (yes, I’m talking to YOU!),

I want you to take a moment to reflect on how you be in the world.

How do you move, respond, flow through your daily experience?

Are you seeking to feel and embody more pleasure than you’re currently experiencing?

How often do you feel ecstatic, sensual, deeply connected to your femininity?

You deserve to feel pleasure daily and to know how to access it even when you’re by yourself. Sometimes that’s the best time to really tap into your sexuality, sensuality, and reclaim your feminine essence which is so nurturing to you and everyone around you!

So to support you in doing this and MORE, I invite you to join me for our upcoming

Sensual Body Movement for Women class session!

Get in touch with your sacred center through Sensual Body Movement and learn how to EMBODY the Queen and Goddess you already are!

What’s possible in your work, relationships (with self and others), play, and rest when you are deeply connected to and embodying your sensuality in a healthy and vibrant way?

Take a moment to imagine the endless possibilities!

Don’t be intimidated if you’re unfamiliar with this kind of exploration.

Beginners are welcomed and encouraged to join us. Trust me, this is a safe space for you to open up, connect with others, and most of all connect with yourself!

So, LADIES, get ready to…

Re-Claim your Sexuality

Embrace your Divine Femininity

Express your Sensuality

Sensual Body Movement for Women

 The details:

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Here are the dates listed below:

Mondays September 8th – October 13th Sensual Body Movement for Women Class $120:

Please join us, taking enrollment now!  

Advanced registration highly recommended!

September 8th – October 13th

  • 7:00 – 8:30pm

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  • Chair and WALL dancing
  • “The Walk of Femininity”
  • Samba from Brazil and Booty rolls
  • Free-form movement to music that spans the globe
  • Body isolations and how to move your body in ways that feel sensual, connected and good to you
  • Techniques in Body Centered Awareness: embodying yourself with breath as you move
  • Stretching, warm ups and cool downs
  • Meditation and intention-setting

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  • 6 week sessions that build progressively each class
  • TO CONFIRM YOUR SPOT Click here to pay in full!
  • Cash payments are made in full at the first class of each session
  • Class passes are non-refundable and can be used for the session you signed up for or for the next 6 week session to follow.  After two sessions, they are null and void.
  • Classes start promptly at times listed above
  • Location: Configuration Dance Theater, 230 Lexington Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222.  Entrance on the Ashland side of the building.
  • Please bring a clean pair of smooth soled shoes to dance in and/or a comfortable pair of socks.  (No black or dark brown soled shoes with rubber bottoms that could scuff the floor.)
  • Wear comfortable clothing

Owning Pink Blog: How to Go from Woe is Me to Being the Best You Can Be

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I invite you today to check out the guest blog I recently wrote for Owning Pink, which explores ‘How to Go from Woe is Me to Being the Best You Can Be.’

Find out how to make that leap from feeling sorry for yourself to LOVING yourself, seizing the day, and living your BEST life, starting NOW!

When I’m stuck in a “woe is me” place, it can put a hold on my reaching my fullest potentials in life and celebrating and championing others’ potentials.

That’s where I get to choose who I want to be and how I choose to perceive the world and what’s happening to me!

Read more to get a juice up of inspiration and go from Woe is Me to Being the Best You Can Be!

CLICK HERE to read and leave your thoughts in the comments section below the blog.

Be sure to read all the way through for some empowering questions at the end of the blog to get you back on track to being the best you can be!
Share this blog with three friends who may find it inspirational too.Thanks for reading :)
See you in the comments section, where the real action happens!

Enrollment Open for our NEW Fall Session of Partner Dance Classes (Singles Welcome)

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Something we will use for life...

Hi Sarah, Alyshia and I just want to say thank you so much for teaching us how to salsa. You taught us something that we will use for life! Here is a piece of our breakout salsa dance at our wedding... our first dance as a married couple:


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Celebrate FALL with Salsa Sarah

and Salsa for the Soul!

Starting TUESDAY, September 9th, join us for our NEXT

6 Week Salsa Dancing Session!

We’re focusing on a syllabus style teaching method introduced by Edie “The Salsa Freak!!”, where moves build on each other. We won’t be learning crazy combinations you won’t remember, but teaching you moves that are fun for the leader and the follower!

See below for all the details:

Fall Salsa Classes with Salsa Sarah: 6 Week Session

Tuesdays September 9th – October 14th

6 Week Intermediate Partner Salsa Class $85:

***Please note the time change***

  • 7:15pm – 8:15pm

Learn intermediate lead-able partner combinations plus advanced technique and musicality (how to hit the beats and musical variations in each song) that will take your dancing to the NEXT LEVEL!

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6 Week Beginner Salsa Class $85:

***Please note the time change***

  • 8:15pm – 9:15pm

Basic footwork, turns, styling and partner work PLUS the MUST KNOWS of how to dance successfully with a partner!

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Details about Salsa for the Soul Classes:

  • 6 week sessions that build progressively each class
  • Payments made in full on line or at the first class of each session, no refunds.  In person, cash please
  • Classes start promptly at times listed above
  • Location: Configuration Dance Theater, 230 Lexington Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222. Entrance on the Ashland side of the building.
  • Singles welcome as we rotate partners
  • Please bring a clean pair of smooth soled shoes to dance in and/or a comfortable pair of socks. (No black or dark brown soled shoes with rubber bottoms that could scuff the floor.)
  • Wear comfortable clothing
  • PRE-REGISTER by clicking the “Buy Now” button on this page!

Space Limited-Register TODAY!

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Salsa for the Soul Classes focus on teaching you how to:

  • Move with fluidity and grace
  • Feel confident dancing with different partners
  • Find and Feel the rhythm of Latin music
  • Dance in time with the music
  • Lead and follow with great technique so you can dance with anyone around the world!
  • Move your body in the style of Latin dancing
  • Solo with shines and fancy footwork during song breaks
  • Turn properly and with good technique
  • Feel your body and connect with your body so you feel good while dancing
  • Enjoy the feeling, rhythm and timing of Latin dancing
  • Have fun while dancing within yourself, with your partner and the world around you
  • I also encourage you to become a part of our Facebook community, a space where you will have access to interviews and posts about amazing Latin dance teachers and be able to connect with fellow salsa dancers. Click here to like my Salsa for the Soul Facebook page and get connected!

More Info:

We teach L.A. on1 style of salsa dancing, Cuban style, and N.Y. Mambo on2 shines, which add more flare and flavor to your social dancing.

Singles welcome, partners rotate during class.

Before taking the Intermediate level class, you must take one Beginner session or more with Salsa for the Soul (handled on a case by case basis).

Couples welcome who want to dance with each other solely.