October 13-16, 2016

Seattle, WA

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.

Thank you so much to all of the staff, volunteers, teachers, vendors, performers, musicians, students, audience members, and other participants who made 2015 an incredible experience.  We couldn't have done it without you.  We are pleased to announce that we will be doing it AGAIN in 2016 - same location, October 13th-16th.  Please watch the website, facebook groups, newsletter, etc for announcement regarding how you can be a part of it in 2016!


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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!

For workshops and shows produce by
Roxy & Oriental Bliss Productions visit www.orientalblissproductions.com.


For Zamani World Dance classes and community events visit www.zamanidance.com

Check out the next Oriental Bliss Production happening November 6th-8th - presenting



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 - check out this event page for more info!



Hotel Nexus Seattle is the official hotel of Waking Persephone.  Thank you so much Hotel Nexus for providing awesome rooms at a great rate and sponsoring our scholarship!

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