Waking Persephone Festival

Waking Persephone is a different kind of dance event experience, with a core focus on education and exploration, creating community while breaking borders. While there are indeed be performing opportunities, the main goal is an intensive series of classes, lectures, and activities featuring both new and established faces in the genres of dark, gothic, steampunk, experimental, theatrical, and ritual dances. Over the course of the event, there are ritual/community gathering, two gala shows, live music performances, workshops, master classes, panel discussions, vending, an afterparty ball, and more.

Welcome to the website for the Waking Persephone Festival- a bellydance fusion event with a focus on education, community, and exploration.

2016 was our best year yet - incredible shows, fantastic classes, amazing shopping and everyone had a wonderful time despite the "storm of the century" (which was basically a puddle).  We'll be gathering videos on the youtube channel shortly.

In the meantime, our producer has some very important news regarding 2017.  Please read Tempest's blog here for the complete details.


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Waking Persephone expresses our appreciation and gratitude to the following businesses who are sponsors for our event and make our scholarship possible!

The Dancer's Eye is the official photographer of Waking Persephone, as well as a fabulous sponsor! You can book sessions with Carrie during Waking Persephone!


Photography by The Dancer's Eye
Art & Design by Owlkeyme Arts