About the JamBallah NW producer
Elise Morris of Narcissa Productions LLC
Elise is a theatrical fusion bellydancer from beautiful Portland, OR. Her love of geekery, drama, and the Middle Eastern arts shines out from her performance, and her love of the Portland performing arts community is just as strong. She is a founding member and former President of the Portland Bellydance Guild, a principal dancer with the Allegro Dance Company, a 2017 Dance Ambassador with Dance Wire PDX, and executive producer of Narcissa Productions LLC and JamBallah NW.
Elise continues to strive for refinement and inspiration in her dance, and attends as many varied classes and workshops as she can from both local and imported teachers in the Portland area. She is a holder of the official Practitioner's Certification in The 8 Elements™ Approach.
Before starting JamBallah NW, Elise cut her production teeth partnering with Endymienne (aka DJ Mienne) and Jen Samson for two years on Bellydance Uncorked, a monthly variety revue in Portland showcasing top-shelf, unique and compelling dancers and live music from all over the Pacific Northwest- as well as sponsoring out-of-town performers for workshops and shows. The name 'Narcissa Productions' was contrived in conversation with Jen Samson and Endymienne, and was adopted as a teasing reminder that we are never as important as we may be tricked by circumstance into thinking.
Currently, Elise balances her massage therapy business and caring for her energetic preschooler Ashton with her passion for dance, production and community-building. She is endlessly grateful to her dance community, Bianca for helping her get JamBallah off the ground all those years ago, and most of all her long-suffering husband and family for their unceasing love and support.
If I tried to thank everyone who I've been supported and inspired by over the years, we'd be here all day. I hope you know who you are. I did however want to say a special thank you to the teachers I've worked with over the years, on a long-term level (in order of appearance); Paulette Rees-Denis for starting it all for me with the home that was Caravan Studio, Michele Gila who taught me inner strength and outer slink, Severina, who taught me to love spins, Emilie Lauren who fixed my feet, Rachel Brice who will always be my inspiration for personal integrity and commitment, and Ashley Lopez... you know what you did.
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.
I 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 me know how we can do this better.