This Friday, January 20, 2012 is now exception: Offbeat Belly Dance! Inaugural 2012 Edition! Fun! Fabulous! Free Show!
Can you feel the excitement in the air? Yea verily, tis electric!
Come be a part of the magic, as we gather again in the depths of the Blue Monk’s welcoming and charmingly appointed basement jazz club to stretch, sparkle, and shatter the very limits of the art of belly dance!
Joining us this month are returning champions:
Friends of Offbeat:
And come see the Offbeat debut of the fabulous and charismatic:
Friends, Romans, countrymen, goths, pirates, ninjas, panda lovers – this is going to be an amazing night of passionately inventive and delightfully dazzling dance! And it’s free!
In addition to the mindblowing radness of the dancing, the Blue Monk offers tasty libations (the full bar! the dizzying taplist! the delectable drink specials!) and fortifying foodstuffs (the beet salad! the pizza! the other stuff that’s super tasty but I don’t order it because it’s not vegan but I hear it’s awesome!), served up with a smile by charming and attentive bartenders and waitstaff. Seriously, it’s gonna be awesome. You should be there.
Join us this Friday! Bring your friends, your coworkers, your family members, and/or anyone else who seems fun and who you think would benefit from a night of fun and fellowship! Wooo!
Start your 2012 off right with our signature blend of off-kilter awesomeness! Viva Offbeat! Yiyiyi!
Join Karissa, the Ringleader of Offbeat Belly Dance (pictured to the right), and the other fabulous dancers at the show Friday night.
Individually, the members of the Offbeat Belly Dance collective perform at shows throughout the Portland area, but on the 3rd Friday of the month they come together at the Blue Monk to perform in a rollicking belly dance revue. One of the things that makes it offbeat, is that the dancers choose whatever kind of music they like. Karissa tells me this has included traditional Middle Eastern music, zydeco, AC/DC, Strauss, The Pogues, hip hop, jazz, blues, Old Crow Medicine Show, the Spice Girls, and just about everything else.
The shows are free, and go from about 7pm until 9:30pm.
Visit OffbeatBellyDance.com for more information. You can also become a fan on Facebook, and follow the genre-defying, good timing gang of belly dancers in Portland OR, w/Karissa as ringmaster/carnival barker/propagandiston on Twitter at @OffbeatBelly
Photo credit: Offbeat Belly Dance