Showcase, Parties and Performances. 6 Total!

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Raqs Ayana at JamBallah Showcase '13, photo by Casey Campbell

1) Thursday Evening- Meet & Greet

A chance to chill and  before the storm of awesome! This year's will be hosted by the Portland Bellydance Guild.

The Portland Bellydance Guild is proud of our strong dance community and our fair city, and we’d love to kick of the JamBallah weekend with you! Join members and nonmembers alike for delicious libations and noms at the sweet (and very moderately priced) Gilda’s Lounge—right across the street from JamBallah NW headquarters! This is your chance to get hair sparkles by Sera Fae and henna by Roving Horse Henna before the festival! We’ll also have a fun photo booth setup by Phoebus-Foto!

This event is free to all, we look forward to seeing you there!

Where: Gilda’s Lounge, 1601 SW Morrison Street. Portland Oregon , just across the street the Artists’ repertory theater.
When: 6-9 p.m., Thursday August 6th
Who: Free entry and open to all (21+ and over to enter Gilda’s).
Why: To kick off the awesomeness of JamBallah NW 2015 and get to know your fellow festival goers!

Shows, Workshop & Vending Location:  *The Artist's Repertory Theatre Building

1515 Southwest Morrison Street
Portland, OR 97205

The JamBallah Showcases - Featuring Instructors and Specially Curated Attendee Performances

Opulent evenings of inspired performance- the very best mix of our beloved instructors mixed with a few very special attendee performances.  All shows are ALL AGES!  Grab a VIP ticket to get the best seating in the house, drink tickets, a swag bag with JamBallah merch and more, and an official poster signed by the cast. Join the newsletter, get the cheat codes, and save! Drinks and light concessions available in the Artist's Repertory Theatre lounge 1hr before event, and during intermission.


2) Friday Evening - JamBallah Showcase Part I, doors 7, show 8p

Special Preshow Happy Hour, Vending and Drinks one hour before showtime. Preshow will feature a slide show of photographs of Istanbul, Turkey by David Reihs plus live Turkish folk music led by Daniel Eshoo on saz. Live music provided for select dance performances by David Reihs on Arabic Accordion, keyboards and percussion, Daniel Eshoo on saz, oud and kanun, and Dave Kelsay on percussion.

Featuring the talents of:

Rachel Brice*, Ashley Lopez*, Damiana Dance Company*, Rachel George*, Coven Dance Company* (Can you guess who?), Henna*, Niira Daniella and Bonny*, Mariana, Shanti Bardot, Vibha, Gypsy Heart Tribal, Rin Ajna, Elisheva, 9 Ladies Dance Theatre, Scarlet Thistle Dance Company, Karolina Lux, Tiffany and Marlene, Bevin Victoria, Amrita

*JamBallah '15 Instructor


3) Saturday Evening - JamBallah Showcase Part II doors 7:30p, show 8:30p

Special Preshow Happy Hour, Vending and Drinks one hour before showtime with live music featuring David Reihs on percussion and Nicklas Waroff on saxaphones and flute. Pre-show music will include classical pieces from the Mid East, intermission will be upbeat dance music from Turkey and Egypt.

Featuring the talents of:

Deeta Pasero*, Saqra*, Zoe Jakes*, Jodi Waseca* & Friends, Marissa Mission*, Cassandra Rose* (2015 Bellydancer of the Year!), Michelle Sorenson*, Soulfire Sacred Dance Ensemble, Tribalation!, Lucine Dance Company, Joanna Ashleigh, Mandala DanceWorks, The Tribal Kind, Baksana, Fanina, Picaresque, Lúlu Stone, Anji, Tiphany Starr

*JamBallah '15 Instructor


The Festival Shows - Premier Attendee Performances

We just can't let the instructors have all the fun, not with all these world-class performers gathered to take part in the JamBallah Festival!  Come see these carefully crafted shows, which we have handpicked from the astounding talent on hand.  Two chances to witness performances of all styles, shapes, and sizes.  Be amazed and inspired,  and be sure to leave time before or after the shows to browse the fabulous vendors bazaar.  All-Ages. 5$ at door

4) Festival Show Part I,12:30-2pm SAT

Featuring the talents of:

Souzana, Katherine Haley, Leila, Sandalwood, Sitara, Somora, Farasha, Paloma Skye, Bastet, Razia Star, Laurel, Parrot, Laura Blake, Cindy Bode & Sasha, Maureen, Mi Amore Modern Gypsy, Monsta, Stefanie Lynn, Kendra Searls

5) Festival Show Part II,1-3pm SUN

Featuring the talents of:

Janelle Jackson, Basima and George, Fatifah, ESHTA, Jennara, Ashley Throw, Elinore Eaton, Farasha of Ottawa, Sakina Haneem, Sabine, Ann Shaffer, Aleksandra, Nagamani, Mystique, Lesley Inman, Happy Hips Adapted Movement and Dance, Kali Lila, Laurie Nicole, Shiviti Dance Co, Amira Sereia, Elixir

Dali Mamas at Festival Show '13, photo by Casey Campbell


6) Sepiatonic & Electric Vardo present The JamBallah NW AfterParty


Time to party it up after a weekend full of awesome performances, shopping and workshops at JamBallah NW.

On Sunday evening, after the festival closes, we continue to rock on at the Alberta Street Pub with Karolina Lux & Sepiatonic Live, and dancefloor beats by DJ Amar joined by Calamity Sam.

Facebook Page Here! More details on the way.

Doors at 8:30pm.
Show at 9pm.
Dance Party till midnight.

Cover is only $10 and goes to support the performers and cover expenses of bringing this show and party to you.


Parking and venue location info on our Schedules/Maps page. 

Restaurant and Hotel info on our Hotels/Activities page. 


Attendees, Please Note--Your Photograph May Be Taken At The JamBallah Northwest Festival.

To assist in future promotion, we will have professional photographers working throughout the event, at the workshops, shows, and other festival-specific gatherings.  Photographs of festival participants and their guests will be taken and posted on the JamBallah Northwest website, and/or the JamBallah Northwest Facebook page.  There is a possibility that your photograph may be taken and so used. We believe that this will enhance the overall experience of festivalgoers, and allow us to properly convey the atmosphere and awesomeness of the festival to the rest of the bellydance community! By attending the JamBallah Northwest festival, both workshops and events, you give your consent to the posting of such photographs by us and waive all rights and claims with respect to the posting of such photographs.

We do recognize an individual's rights to control how their image is portrayed.  If you ever object to a specific photo and want it removed, please email Be sure to reference the specific photo and include the URL of the page the photo appears on.