Waking Persephone Festival

What is Waking Persephone (WP)?

It is a bellydance event celebrating the dark and the unusual through workshops, performances, live music, vending, discussion, and more.


When is WP?

October 13th-16th, 2016


Where does WP take place?

In 2012 and 2013, WP took place in beautiful historic Providence, Rhode Island.  In 2014, Waking Persephone moved to the Greater Seattle, Washington area - from one coast to another - and a great time to visit beautiful Seattle!


The main event (workshops, Gala Shows, vending, etc) will take place at the historic Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125. Our pre-festival meet & greet, called Motif, takes place at El Norte Lounge, just north of the LCCC. Our Sunday night afterparty is the Underworld Ball - featuring live music and much more - and takes place at Hale's Palladium Theater.


How do I get there?

Seattle is easily accessible by planes, trains, boats, and automobiles. Cause, it's Seattle.

Flying in? Choose Sea-Tac Airport (SEA). Both the LCCC and Hale's are easily accessible by car and public transportation.


What activities will there be?

There will be an array of workshop offerings by amazing instructors, including master classes and discussion panels. There will be shows featuring the instructor staff, applied performers, special guests, and live music, and more. In addition there is an amazing bazaar featuring jewelry, costuming, artwork, henna, photography, and much more!


When and how can I sign up for the workshops?

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED!! - You can sign up for workshops that have space available at the door.

How can I sign up to perform?

Applications are now closed for 2016.

I want to teach! How can I apply?

Applications are now closed for 2016. Sign up for the newsletter or join our facebook groups to keep in the loop. We receive a very large amount of applications each year, and preference goes to those who make an effort to attend the event and be a part of it!


Is there vending/Can I vend?

Applications are now closed for 2016.

Can I Volunteer?

Yas! Volunteer form is here!


Where should I stay?

We have TWO hotels for you to choose from, both offering a special rate for our attendees! The group block for both is "Waking Persephone" and starts being active on 4/20.

Hotel Nexus
2140 N. Northgate Way, Seattle, WA 98133,  206-365-0700

Standard Rooms: $114+tax per night
Suites: $134+tax per night
***Must secure your room by September 13th to get the block rate

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
14115 Aurora Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98133, 206-365-7777
Standard Rooms: $124+tax per night
***Must secure your room by September 13th to get the block rate


I love the artwork, will it be available for sale?

Yes! Prints, as well as t-shirts, tanks, etc, will be available at the event (very limited quantity!). The artwork is by Laura Tempest Zakroff.


Have a question not answered here?

Email us at "info@wakingpersephone.com" or "wakingpersephonedance(atgmail.com)






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