Offbeat Belly Dance! The Inaugural 2015 Edition!

Join us tonight for Offbeat Belly Dance in the thumping heart of Southeast Portland at the ever fabulous Analog Cafe and Theatre!

Check out our facebook invite for more details!


Ringleader, Offbeat Belly Dance
Desultory maintainer of blog, glitter fan, raconteur

This Friday! Offbeat Belly Dance at the Analog Cafe! Free Awesome Show! Join us! Wooooo!

Ye gods, busy Portlanders! Do you know what time it is?

It’s time for Offbeat!

Well, it’s almost time for Offbeat. This Friday at 7? That will definitely be time for Offbeat.

And do you know who should be there?

You, charismatic and insouciant patron of the eccentric arts!

Yes, you, noble Portlander.

The show will be awesome.

The show will be off the chain.

The show will be FREE!

But the show will not be complete without you, dear Portlander. So please join us, for verily, our lineup is completely badass this month and I’d sincerely hate for you to miss out on all the fun. 🙂

Join us, and marvel at the dazzling mad skillz of:


And Vee!

Yes, the mighty horsemen ride at half strength this month, due to time constraints at our beloved venue, but fear not, Stalwart Portlander – that just means that Vee and Jasmine will be twice as badass as usual (egads! is that possible? come see the awesomeness for yourself!)

We will also delight to the riveting talents of:

Beloved for her theatrical, innovative, bewitching dance pieces, we are thrilled to welcome back local talent and beloved friend of Offbeat:

Niira Daniella!

We rejoice in the return of captivating soloist and veteran of many fascinating dance projects (including most recently the much loved and feared Ultranorn Valkyrga):

Margaret Gustafson!

We gleefully anticipate a marvelous and sinuous duet between two amazing and talented Deviant Dance alumni (one of whom is also a founding mother of Bridgetown Revue):

Erika Ryn and Jewls J Phoenix!

And! Last but certainly not least, we are so excited for an amazing and thrilling performance by the glorious and mesmerizing:

Gypsy Heart Tribal Dance Company!

Yes, dear Portlander, this will be an awesome show. It will be a delight for the senses!

All this talent! On just one stage!

All those delicious beverages and food items! On just one menu!

All that amazing fellowship betwixt your fabulous self and your fellow Offbeatniks! On just one night!

Friday night!

Please do join us, sassy Portlander. You owe it to yourself. It’s been a long week, yo. You deserve some off-kilter awesomeness and badass belly dance in your life. Come be a part of the magic!

Viva Offbeat! Yiyiyi!

Hugz and sparklez,

Ringleader, Offbeat Belly Dance

Offbeat Belly Dance! The Brave New World Edition! Still Fabulous! Still FREE! Now at Analog! Wooo!

Noble Portlanders! Marvelous news!

Remember last month’s Sixth Anniversary Spectacular?

The amazing dancers!

The fabulous audience members!

The fun we had! The badass dancing we reveled in!

The loving, bittersweet goodbye we said to our beloved venue of five years? Ah yes… good times. Fond memories…

And we parted ways, striding off into the dark night and the unknown future. Where would Offbeat Belly Dance land next?


We’ve landed at Analog Cafe & Theater!

And we’re hosting our first Offbeat at our new location next Friday! Come join us for Portland’s own purveyor of off-kilter awesomeness and badass belly dance, as we step out of the basement and into the light!

We have an absolutely stunning lineup of Offbeat friends and family joining us this month, including:

Jasmine Rain!

Zighala Zurah!


And! Prepare to be dazzled by our outstanding guests:

Niira Daniella!


Lizzie Lewis!

And Sundari Dance Company!

The evening is guaranteed to be awesome. It’s guaranteed to be amazing. Forsooth, it’s guaranteed to be an unforgettable night of magic and fun and glitter and wonderment.

Do you know the one thing that is guaranteed to really knock it out of the park, rakishly charismatic Portlander?


Please do join us and celebrate the beginning of a new epoch in Offbeat’s long and checkered history of radsaucery and whimsy. But it’s just not the same without you, erudite and steadfast patron of Portland’s underground arts scene 😉

So join us! Come explore Analog’s delicious and varied menu! Cavort through their diverse and marvelous drink selection and tap list! Exult in the fine fellowship and riveting belly dance! Come be a part of the magic!

For life is an adventure, winsome Portlander. And next Friday night? We dance!

Viva Offbeat!


Hugz and sparklez,

Ringleader, Offbeat Belly Dance

Offbeat Belly Dance! Tonight! Free, fabulous, fun show! Get some!

The beautiful and fearsome Zighala Zurah, one of the four horsemen of Offbeat

Tonight! So many awesome things to do in our fair city!

Including Offbeat Belly Dance!

We’re free, we’re fun, we’re early, and we have an absolutely fabulous lineup tonight, meticulously hand crafted for your enjoyment.

Do join us and be a part of the magic!

Already got plans? That’s cool! Consider us a marvelous springboard into a fun filled weekend, and stop by to say hi – perhaps you can only stay for a moment or two, or perhaps you will be drawn in by the sparkles and the fellowship and spend the entire evening in the company of our merry crew of rapscallions!

Wherever your evening takes you, I hope that your Friday is jampacked with awesomeness (and if you find your Friday needs some extra awesome, then you know where to find us )

Viva Offbeat! Wooo!

Hugz and sparklez,

Ringleader, Offbeat Belly Dance

P.S.  Need the details?  Behold!  Ye olde facebook invite:

This Friday! Offbeat’s Triumphant Return!

It seems like it’s been forever since we’ve had an Offbeat show, right?

I know my soul keens for the fun times and excellent dancing that abounds at our convivial and unique little show in the mysterious and tastefully appointed basement of everyone’s favorite jazz club.

Does your soul keen for such things as well, Gentle Portlander?

If so, then you’re in luck! Join us this Friday for the July edition of Offbeat! Woooo!

Our lineup features sparkling and dynamic returning champions:



And Karissa!

We shall also be joined by two of my favorite local dancers:

Margaret Gustafson!


Jo Noura!

And we are thrilled to announce a marvelous Offbeat debut performance (verily, Incisive Portlander, we are thrilled and glittering at the very thought of it)!

Join us this Friday for the Offbeat Belly Dance debut of:


Perhaps you’ve taken the belly dance basics class she teaches with Lisa Vavrek of Scarlet Thistle at 6pm on Sundays at Znama Dance?

If not, then you should definitely check them out, and join us this Friday to check out her enchanting Offbeat debut!

And we are beyond delighted to share the stage with a marvelously talented Portlander who currently hangs her hat in the faraway land of Boston – our very special guest:

Bevin Victoria Solmon aka Hybrid!

Yaaaaaaay! So excited to share the stage with this lineup, and to share the evening with you, charismatic patron of Portland’s underground belly dance scene 😀

Can you feel it, Zesty Portlander?

The sparkling anticipation of a night of amazing dancing?

The effervescent promise of the Blue Monk’s fine food and drink, the merry fellowship, the vivacious allskates?

The electric current of excitement that crackles in the very air that we breathe?

That’s the undeniable pull of Offbeat, beckoning you to come be a part of the magic, this Friday at the Blue Monk!

As always, the show is early (so convenient!)

As always, the show is free (a very good price!)

And as always, the show will be faaaaabulous (and will be rendered infinitely more so by your presence!)

Join us this Friday for good times and great dancing at Portland’s favorite monthly showcase of off-kilter awesomeness!

Viva Offbeat! Wooooo!

Hugz and sparklez,

Ringleader, Offbeat Belly Dance

This Friday! Join us for Offbeat’s Off-schedule Awesomeness!

Friends! Strangers! Casual Acquaintances! Are you ready for Offbeat?

I know, I know, you may not think it’s time for Offbeat yet. You’re used to having us on your calendar as a Third Friday event.

However, due to the capriciousness of the calendar gods, the June edition of Offbeat is THIS Friday!

So! If our usual schedule makes it tough for you to make it to a show, please do capitalize upon this rare opportunity to catch us on a different night!

And! If you’re a regular fixture at our shows, a card carrying Offbeatnik, then hey – how awesome is it that our show is running early this month? Please join us this Friday and don’t miss your June fix of Offbeat awesomeness!

And speaking of awesomeness, check out this lineup:

We will be joined by returning champions:

Jasmine Rain!

and Karissa!

And, after far, far too long an absence from our stage, we are delighted to welcome the return of one of the Portland belly dance scene’s hardest working community members:

Bianca McCarthy!

(Yes! The mastermind behind 9 Ladies Dancing Productions! One of the fine folks who bring you Jamballah! The producer of Dead Men Tell No Tales! And so! much! more! Seriously, she’s everywhere! And this Friday she’s on our stage – don’t miss the fabulousness!)

Furthermore, we welcome back another amazing, hard working dancer about town:

Stephanie Sandmeyer!

(That’s right! You’ve seen her with Deviant Dance, you’ve read her kickass belly dance journal, From the Hip, you’re probably still reeling from the incredible From the Hip Spring Showcase that she produced. Now come see her solo in fine Offbeat style!)

We also have two (count ’em! two!) thrilling Offbeat debuts!

Our first debut dancer has graced our stage before with the charmingly riveting troupe Tableaux Vivant, but never before has she graced us with a solo performance. This Friday, that all changes with the Offbeat solo debut of:

Lili Ristagno!

And last, but certainly not least, our second debut dancer has not yet trod upon our stage, though you surely have seen her beautiful, haunting solo work at many of Portland’s finest shows like Raqs Oubliettes. Perhaps you saw her dazzling troupe performance at this year’s Tribal Fest, with the Datura Dance Company? Even if you’ve somehow missed her magic thus far, please don’t miss the Offbeat debut of:

Tabra Bay!

Zounds, ladies and gentlemen! This will be a truly fabulous show!

Please do join us this Friday so that you can be a part of the magic – because even with a lineup this badass, our night will still be incomplete without you, dear Portlander!

And remember to get there early! Our beloved venue is running multiple shows per night these days, so we’re trying to run more on time(ish)!


The show starts at 7(srsly) and runs til 9:30(ish)

As always, the show is FREEEEEEEE (such a deal!)

The drinks, the nomz, and the fellowship will each be delectable beyond compare!

And you, noble Portlander, yes you should join us there!

Viva summertime! Viva you! And viva Offbeat! Wooo!

Hugz and sparklez,

Ringleader, Offbeat Belly Dance

This Friday! Offbeat Belly Dance! Woooo!

Ye gods, but the months zip by in a glittering quickstep these days, do they not?

No? This is just a me thing?

Oh. Ok, fine… no really, it’s fine, whatever. I’ll just be over here feeling out of step with the current pace of society, it’s cool…

But do you know where you should be? Like, this Friday, for instance?

At the glorious May edition of Offbeat Belly Dance! WOOOO!

Good Portlanders, I’m not gonna try to be humble about this – we have an awesome lineup planned out just for you, good looking and festive supporter of the local underground arts scene 😀

We have an amazing and delightful Offbeat debut, including:

Janessa! Originally from the Bay Area, this evocatively snakey and engagingly precise dancer grew up belly dancing at renaissance fairs and and is now a delightful and talented part of the Portland belly dance community! Join us in welcoming her to the humble yet quirky Offbeat stage!


Shallah! Yes, the magnificent host of the much beloved 2nd Friday of Bellydance at Marino’s Cafe (all ages! every 2nd Friday! freeee!), this incandescent dancer is always a delight to watch – that glorious veil work! that sparkling stage presence! – and she has far too long been a stranger to our stage! We are thrilled to have her back! Truly, dear Portlander, you must not miss this! 😀

And as if that’s not enough, we are in store for a simply glorious performance by the shamelessly marvelous and impeccably costumed longtime Offbeat vato:


Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! So excited!

And! Prepare yourself to be amazed by the dazzling spectacularness of our returning champions:

The Vivacious and Sparkly VEE!

The Zippy and Stunning Zighala Zurah!

The Juicy and Scintillating Jazmine!

Furthermore! Our special guest for the evening is a delightful, amazingly talented local artist who is – alas – leaving us oh so soon for the brighter lights of a bigger city… So you’d best soak up all the opportunities to see her dance in Portland before she packs up and ships out to NYC… Yes, that’s right, the one, the only, the awesome:


And there will be charming and sassy MCing by your humble yet glittery host, Karissa!

As always, the show will kick ass and you really should come be a part of the magic if you like badass belly dance that’s sometimes alternative, sometimes traditional, but always awesome 🙂

As always, the show is FREEEE!

As always, the show starts at 7 (no really – we’re running on time these days, as the Blue Monk is booking a late show after Offbeat – come for the Offbeat, stay for the late show! or just come for Offbeat, but if you do that then please seriously get there by 7)

As always, the nomz and food will be delicious and hearty, just like the nourishing, convivial fellowship that you, too, can be a part of if you join us!

Forsooth, sassy Portlander, you need to be a part of this! Come join us this Friday, at Offbeat! Woooooo!

Hugz and sparkles,

Ringleader, Offbeat Belly Dance