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

Sarah Haykel The Sensual Body Movement

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?

Background

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

Ladies…

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:

Sensual Body Movement for Women with Salsa Sarah

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


 

Ladies, you will experience:

  • 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


 

Details about Salsa for the Soul Classes:

  • 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!
Sarah

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

Sarah Haykel Salsa Dance Classes

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.

NEW Partner Salsa Class session starting soon!

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Celebrate SUMMER with Salsa Sarah

and Salsa for the Soul!

Starting NEXT TUESDAY, July 22nd, 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:

Summer Salsa Classes with Salsa Sarah: 6 Week Session

Tuesdays July 22nd – September 2nd

Note: there will be NO CLASS August 5th. Instead come get your dance on with us at Bidwell Park with Sol Y SombraWe’ll be dancing to their amazing Latin beats from 7-9pm and it’s FREE!

6 Week Intermediate Partner Salsa Class $85:

  • 7 – 8pm

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!

Buy Now Button

6 Week Beginner Salsa Class $85:

  • 8pm – 9pm

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

Buy Now Button

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!

Buy Now Button

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.

Guest Blog on Suzie Bichovsky’s Dear Universe: “The Most Important Question an Empath Can Ask Herself”

Sarah Haykel

 

I invite you to check out the guest blog I wrote for Suzie Bichovsky’s Dear Universe, which explores “The Most Important Question an Empath Can Ask Herself.” Find out how to recognize whose energy you’re carrying and how to clear any energy that doesn’t serve you!

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

Remember that being at home in your physical body is the key.  
 
How do you feel in your body right now?
 
What sensations do you notice? What are they telling you?
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!

Sarah

Salsa at Canalside

CanalsideSalsa for the Soul & Sol y Sombra bring you

Salsa at Canalside

Come Dance Under the Stars

Beginners & Singles are Welcome & ENCOURAGED!

This is a FREE, family-friendly event!

Come dance with your loved one and have a romantic night on the town or bring a group of friends and have some fun meeting new people!

When: Wednesday, July 30th & Wednesday, August 27th

Where: Canalside ~ 44 Prime St, Buffalo, NY 14202

Time: 7 – 9pm

See you there!

INCREASE YOUR PLEASURE POTENTIAL: Summer Sensual Body Movement Workshops for Women!

Sarah Haykel The Sensual Body Movement

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 Gorgeous Woman You Be (yes, I’m talking to YOU!),

Let’s talk for a minute

Feel like you’re sleepwalking through life?

Low energy, uninspired?

Libido so low it’s nearly nonexistent?

Can’t remember what it felt like to feel ALIVE inside your own body?

Well, have I got a remedy for you!

Summer is HERE and what better way to celebrate than to connect with that true Feminine essence you call YOU and feel your sensuality expressing itself in every aspect of your life, ie. walking down, the street, the colors of vibrant greens, reds, yellows, and purples all around you. enjoying a soft summer breeze blowing at your face as your long, summer skirt swishes from side to side and the sun warms your skin from head to toe.  

Do you feel amazing now or what?

I do and that’s exactly what the Sensual Body Movement for Women workshops are here to do:

Support you to feel AMAZING inside your own body, inside your own self, so you can experience more pleasure in every aspect of your life than you previously knew was possible and feel alive, juicy, and EMPOWERED in your life!

Join me for a special Summer Sensual Body Movement

Workshop for Women, designed to:

raise up your feminine energy,

connect this energy with your heart

and live feeling juicy and alive this summer!

There are 14 spots available for this workshop.

Claim your spot NOW!  

Register for the August 16th workshop here:

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Time: 10am – 12pm

Where: Configuration Dance Theater, 230 Lexington Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222. Entrance on the Ashland side of the building.

Cost: $28

The details:

Summer Sensual Body Movement for Women workshops

Ladies, you will learn:

  • Sensual Body Movement, like “The Walk of Femininity”
  • Chair, Wall, and Floor dancing that explores feminine movement and expression
  • How Breath will increase your pleasure potential in every area of your life
  • Body isolations and moving your body in ways that feel sensual, connected and good
  • Latin dancing steps and body movement from Salsa, Bachata, Afro-Cuban Rumba and more
  • Yoga postures to reset your energy and stretch your muscles
  • Guided meditations

You may pay through Paypal (buttons below):

Register for the August 16th workshop here:

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Details about Salsa for the Soul Classes:

  • Classes start promptly at times listed above
  • 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 emailing Sarah at salsaforthesoul@gmail.com now!

Space Limited – Register TODAY!

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

  • Find and Feel the rhythm in 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.

Chakra Dance Tune Up: Morning Movement Meditation

Sarah Haykel Chakra Tune Up

 

I’ve got something exciting for you and it’s just around the corner!

I’ve had so much fun with the Sensual Body Movement for Women Online classes that I’ve created a NEW online class!

You’re going to love this. We’ll be opening and balancing each chakra every class through free form and intentional movement.  Just as your day’s beginning so are you on to an amazing start!!

Give yourself the gift of mindful movement and make your entire day SHINE!

All the details are here:

Chakra Dance Tune Up: Morning Movement Meditation

When: Wednesdays & Fridays

Time: 7am EST

Cost: $18

Length of class: 45 min.

Classes start Wednesday, June 11 so mark your calendars!

CLICK HERE to register for Chakra Dance Tune Up: Morning Movement Meditation

Use this promo code to receive a discount on your first class: Receive 5 Off your First Chakra Dance Tune Up Class

I invite you to CLICK HERE and receive a FREE Chakra Dance Tune Up to get in the spirit of what this class is all about!

Follow me on powhow and stay up to date on all my virtual online class offerings by clicking HERE!

Ready for online classes but don’t see days and times that work for you?  Comment on this post below or PM me at salsaforthesoul@gmail.com to share your ideal days and times for an online class! I want this to work for the both of us!