Baksana is a fun, high-energy, Belly Dance & Live Music ensemble based in Portland, Oregon. Their style is a fusion, inspired by Arabic, Balkan, Turkish, Romani, American Jazz & Second-line music and dance expressions. Co-directed by Danielle Elizabeth and Paul Evans, the group features signature combinations and choreographies danced with dynamic finger cymbals to primarily original music. Baksana is loud, strong, and adaptable to many scenarios as improvisation is a core aspect of every Baksana set. You’ll find them at markets and fairs, weddings, theater shows, and parties of all sorts!
Bevin Victoria, Danielle Elizabeth, & Morgan Fay are the dance trifecta of Baksana. They each have decades of professional dance experience and share a deep love of musicality, history, improvisation, world-travel, hard work, & goofiness.
Costuming in above photo sponsored by Portland based UnaPluma designs and Golden Horn Jewelry.
Meet our newest Member-in-Training: Carla!
Carla is an incredibly talented professional ballet and tribal fusion dancer who has recently moved to Portland, OR from Brazil! We are so lucky to have her dancing with us and working really hard to learn our vocabulary.
MIESTRO: Paul Evans!!!
Baksana’s musical aspects are directed by Paul Evans. Paul is a seasoned professional composer and performer who got his start in Jazz and Classical music over 30 years ago! He is a true multi-instrumentalist and well versed in many styles of music. Paul creates original compositions for Baksana and guides the ensemble with his love of (and amazing talent for) improvisation.
Adjunct Baksana dance members are Makeda & Joy Thea (who are no longer based in Portland but perform with us whenever the stars align!) ❤️
Past dance members include: Tabra Bay, Janelle & Brittany Stark. ❤️
Baksana’s musical members include : Mark Veherencamp, Kristnh Freestone, Charles Pike, Leon Cotter, Jason Ramirez, Caroline Chapparo, Jonathan Roberts, and many many musical guests such as local legends Eric Stern, Michael Beach, & Andrew Alikanov!