Baksana is a fun, high-energy Belly Dance Busking Brass Band out of Portland, Oregon who are inspired by Middle Eastern, Balkan, Turkish, Romani, Second-line, improvisational jazz and other styles of western music and dance. Co-directed by Paul Evans and Danielle Elizabeth; all the music is live and all of the material is original. Baksana is loud, strong, and adaptable to many scenarios. You’ll find them at markets and fairs, weddings, theater shows, and parties of all sorts!
Morgan Fay, Bevin Victoria & Danielle Elizabeth are the dance trifecta of Baksana. They share a deep love of dance, musicality, history, hard work & goofiness.
Adjunct Baksana dancers are Makeda & Joy Thea and we often perform with guest dancers galore!
Past dancers include: Tabra Bay, Janelle & Brittany Stark. ❤️
Costuming in above photo sponsored by Portland based UnaPluma designs and Golden Horn Jewelry.
Baksana’s music is directed by Paul Evans. Core musical members also 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!