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Would you like fries with that bellydancer?

April 6, 2012

So excited for this Sunday evening and the fundraiser for Jamballah NW at Hamburger Mary’s Portland!

The community has been very generous with prizes for our Bingo winners. We’ll have tickets to bellydance shows, cultural spots like the Lan Su Chinese Garden and Portland Art Museum, massage gift certificates, Island Mana wine, Cascade Brewing beer, warm and fuzzy scarves, bath salts, hair accessories, pin-up art, and SO MUCH MORE!

You can also get your hair sparkly with Sera’s Fairy Hair, or have your picture taken with our “not-so-Easter bunny” AND there will be performances by Jewels, Bianca Francesca, and Ashley Lopez.

Workshop in April

March 24, 2012

Alchemy Performance and 9 Ladies Dancing Productions present

Dance Alchemy: An afternoon with Sarah Johansson Locke

Sunday April 15th from 12:00-3:00pm

12:00-2:00 Moving from Center (open level movement, embodiment, and technique)

2:00-3:00 Expanding the Periphery (advanced vocabulary; attendance 12-2p is required)

Location: Studio Two (formerly the mOuth), 810 SE Belmont #2, Portland, 97214


Pricing: Moving from Center (12:00-2:00) $45 adv/$50 at the door

Full workshop (12:00-3:00) $60 in adv/$65 at the door

Advance payment is accepted via paypal or check

To register and for more info please contact

A rare Portland visit from the artistic director of Alchemy Dance Theater in NYC and Gypsy Caravan alumna!  This afternoon of workshops is a rich introduction to Sarah’s current process, technique, and vocabulary.

Forever Students

January 26, 2012

One of the most powerful truths about being an artist is that we are all forever students. There’s always a way to do something better; a new technique or skill to master; a new way of sharing the story in our hearts. And in the world of dance there are so many chances and opportunities to do just that but one of the unique things about attending a festival is that it is more than taking classes, it is the chance to collaborate, commiserate and the chance to ride the energy of fellow attendees like a wave.

Jamballah NW seeks to be that kind of festival. It is more than the sum of its classes (although there are some great ones) it is about bringing together established artists, budding artists, and enthusiasts. It is the chance to step outside your comfort zone and try a style of movement you don’t normally take. Or perhaps, taking a style you know well from a different instructor to hear how they approach the dance. Or, even just getting together with the tribe and making new friends.

I hope you’ll consider joining us this August.  is now open.

Are you a duck or a flamingo?

January 19, 2012

. I had to share the full post. I live this post in every movement class I take. And as bellydancers in Portland have continued to shrink in size, while growing exponentially in number this is felt even more acutely than ever.

This is a shout out to all of the ducks out there (not THOSE ducks, sorry I’m a beaver and have to make this disclaimer) to never stop moving. To never let being the only duck in the pond keep you from swimming.

If I were more tech savvy I would really black myself out.

January 18, 2012

However, I’m lucky I can do this much. Le sigh. Anyway, my terrible tech skills or not, the  SOPA and PIPA bills are really bad legislation in my opinion. See for yourself  and . By all means draw your own conclusions but please at least stop and take a look at the links.

Yes, this!

January 3, 2012

I am blessed to have sisters in dance in many places but aside from Portland, the strongest concentration is in the Emerald City of Seattle.  A dancer I have known and respected for years has a great blog you should follow if you don’t already. She almost always articulates thoughts that have been knocking around in my head and is always thought-provoking.

Today she shares a great thought as we start the Gregorian year. Hey, I work for a Chinese Garden so the OTHER New Year is a couple of weeks away still! Read, think, and enjoy. 

Jamballah NW 2012

November 15, 2011

Very excited to be the Associate Producer for this festival in 2012. Instructor information is already up on our Facebook page and you can start signing up for classes VERY soon!

Sneak Peak

October 9, 2011
Fran edited

Dead Men Tell No Tales: Sirens of Samhain

September 24, 2011

An evening of dance, performance art, pageantry and spectacle. The evening includes performances from soloists, ensembles and collages that will capture wanderlust and the wandering lost.
The medieval Irish festival of Samhain marked the end of the harvest, the end of the “lighter half” of the year and beginning of the “darker half”. It shares many elements of a Festival of the Dead.Feast your eyes on the amazing theatrical dance talents of
Bhrigha Gypsikelt
Fran Hogan Maas
Bianca Francesca
Scarlet Thistle
Deviant Dance

Live music by Alexander James Adams.

And there may be a special appearance or two in the works!

Doors at 6:30, show at 7:30 so we can get y’all home at a decent hour.

So much love tonight!

August 7, 2011

Went to a lovely show tonight at Dante’s to support ladies of Belly Dance Soulfire, Negara, and other dancing friends! Love that there seems to be a bellydance buzz again in Portland. The buzz has been building for the past year and of course Rachel Brice opening the Datura Studio has certainly helped as well. Feels great to have all of this love, talent and community.

Looking forward to bringing together the community next weekend at .  Come feel the love!


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