Fanina Padykula at JBNW '13, by Phoebus-Foto
FESTIVAL MISSION STATEMENT:
The JamBallah NW mission is to celebrate all facets and faces of the bellydance community, together in a chic, inclusive atmosphere. We believe in supporting experimentation on the edges of fusion, while maintaining a strong respect and connection to the stylistic and cultural roots of belly dance (and everything in between.) We believe in promoting education, discussion, and diversity to strengthen our worldwide community.
We want YOU to feel welcomed and supported! Feel free to email info at jamballahnw.com or use the anonymous 'contact us' form on the site at any time to let us know how we can do this better.
Just click the button for all your ticketing needs! Additionally, our Showcases page has information on all the parties, shows and performances. Join the Newsletter for discout codes to the JamBallah Showcase Nights I and II! You can also find info on our premier attendee performances during the JamBallah Festival shows on Saturday and Sunday afternoon, the meet and greet Thursday night, afterparty Sun night, and the other fabulous events and parties connected to the fest!
Be sure to check out all our events as they show up on Facebook as well, and mark yourself as 'going'... we often give out prizes and surprise discounts to our Facebook friends!
JamBallah NW is held on the second weekend in August annually.
Right here! Look for the Buy Tickets Buttons through out the site, or check out the Workshops page. Be the first to know when registration starts, and be the first to get the links by signing up for the Newsletter.
How large will the classes be? Will I be able to see/hear the instructor?
Yes! We are adamantly against huge class sizes, where participants feel like one in a sea of faces. 3-hr ADV classes are capped at 23, all the other classes are either capped at 25 or 40 (depending on which room they end up in). Please see our Schedule page for a full schedule of classes, as well as info on getting around. Check out our Workshops and Instructors pages for further info.
All four shows, all workshops, and vendor fair are in the same building. Yay!
1515 Southwest Morrison Street
Portland, OR 97205
Preparty and Afterparty are at separate locations, noted on the Showcases page.
There is ample metered street parking around the building, from 90m to 5hr limits. Artist Rep sits on two parking lots run by City Center Parking, which charges $7.50 a day Friday, $5 per day Sat/Sun. They can be accessed on SW 16th and SW Alder. The first is the lot you pull into, if that's full the garage under the building (accessed through the lot) is also a pay-lot for our use.
We highly recommend riding public transport to the festival-- Bus lines 15 and 51 both stop at our front door, and the Providence Field MAX station stops are just two blocks west of the festival. 5$ for an all-day ticket covers bus and MAX.
How do I know if a workshop is the right level for me?
Most of our classes are geared to be suitable for a wide range of skill and experience levels, from beginning to advanced dancers. We have tried to add any level considerations to the workshop descriptions. All workshops will be set up to provide a challenge for more experienced dancers, while not leaving beginners in the dust. If you're just starting out you will definitely be challenged in many of the workshops, but we encourage folks to try it anyway! This is a supportive, fun environment to push your limits and training. Many of the more experienced folks who are trying new styles will also be very much challenged as well! If you feel like you need a bit more of a challenge, please check out our series of 3hr Advanced Classes, which are for advanced students and professional performers. Classes marked as INT/ADV will be challenging, with a high focus on technique and quicker presentation of material. Lecture and hands-on classes are of course open to anyone and everyone, with absolutely zero dance experience required.
Can I sign up to perform at the festival?
Yes! JamBallah NW has four shows, and features attendees in each one. Spot availability is filled on a first-come first-served basis, and all levels are welcome to apply from pro to student. Final spots will be assigned at the discretion of the producers to best benefit the flow of the shows, as well as to accommodate everyone's class schedules. Registration for the Festival Shows open in the spring of each year--please see Perform! link above for more info, and sign up for the Newsletter to get all the info as it's released.
Fri/Sat evening- JamBallah Showcase Night I and Night II: Attendees and instructors. Attendees are curated into the evening shows based on a) building a balanced show, b) display of a high standard of technique and strong performance style as portrayed in submitted materials
Sat/Sun afternoon- JamBallah Festival Shows Part I and Part II: Attendee-only performance, but don't let that fool you! These shows are open to all levels, but are consistently filled with pro level dancers and experimental pieces as well as student performance. We strive to create a supportive, inclusive atmosphere while inviting everyone to bring their very best performance at whatever level they are currently. What moves YOUR heart? Show us!
I would love to come and teach! Are you accepting instructor applications?
I would love to hear from you! Please submit a JBNW Instructor Interest Form, here. I generally build and finalize the instructor list in Sept-Oct each year, but am happy to take inquiries outside of those dates and I do keep a running file of folks interested in future consideration. A disclaimer-- there's SO much incredible talent in the Pacific Northwest, though I try to focus on showcasing our amazing instructors here, it's impossible to fit in everyone we'd like to every year. Instructor selection has to do with teaching/performing experience, availability, and distinction in the bellydance community, as well as a clear and unique style that fits well with the other styles offered that year. We will be offering a range of different instructors every year.
Help, I can't afford to come!
There are many volunteer opportunities available that have perks like entrance to the shows and VIP access, and some that include free classes, goodie bags, or other swag. Please fill out our volunteer form here, and we'll set you up with a fabulous job and some perks! We also encourage dancers to connect to share lodging, carpooling, and couchsurfing networking on our JamBallah NW Facebook Page. Portland has a great community of dancers, willing to share While most of our free classes are given to the youth of the Marissa Mission as part of our support of their awesome program, we also give away free classes and show tickets via the Portland Bellydance Guild's giveaways for members, one of the awesome perks of joining (membership is open to all). Occasionally we will also give away classes or show tickets at other local shows in July, and sometimes via the JB Newsletter as perks of subscribing-- so keep an eye out!
Though we have a strict no-refunds policy on workshop and ticket purchases, fear not! We encourage folks to visit our Facebook group here, devoted to helping class passes find new owners. If you're wanting to attend a class that is sold out, check there first, and if you don't get any bites try just showing up that day. Often, we'll have no-shows at classes and are able to let a few folks in at the door. Another trick for either buying or selling is to post on your personal page, mark it as a 'public' post, and tag @Jamballahnw in the post- that has a higher chance of folks spotting it.
Thanks to Molly Dance for putting together this great festival survival guide for Dance with Bahar!
Still have questions? Please contact us and we'll do our best to answer!