Baksana Belly Dance is creating Educational Dance Videos
4

patrons

$63
per month
Baksana is a dance and music ensemble, based out of Portland Oregon, performing and teaching a fusion of belly dance, modern dance and folkloric inspired movements from various regions around the Mid-East and the Balkans, whilst staying rooted in their personal every-day communities. These dancer/musicians present their work in studios, stages, festivals and even street corners! Improvisation and audience engagement are core values of this group’s celebratory style.

Our Patreon is dedicated to sharing our signature combinations and finger cymbal techniques with our international student base, and inspiring our fans with creative dance-for-film style captures of our performance pieces. Patrons will receive “back stage access” and insights on our creative process... in all its funny, dramatic, honest, anything-but-boring glory.

By becoming our patron, you will directly support the production of more dance and music material for our performances and online tutorials. This includes rehearsal space, video equipment, continuing education, costume repairs, venue rentals and more!

3/4 of Baksana are professional working artists AND mothers of young children! We believe in the power of art and dedication to our craft as a truly valuable force in our children’s lives. Our patrons should know they are supporting our wonder-women status as we blaze our own paths through the wild-unknown. 

More about our inspirations:  
Dance- During performance, in addition to choreographies, Baksana uses core concepts developed by Carolena Nericcio‘s ATS (American Tribal Style ®) which center around an improvised “lead and follow” structure: one dancer leads by cuing a set of movements, in a set combination, for the rest of the group to follow. The order of the combinations is decided on the spot - in relationship to the music, mood, performance setting and audience. Most of our main class "combinations of the month" are part of Baksana's signature vocabulary for this style of group improvisation.

Musically, Baksana is directed by Paul Evansmith and much of the ensemble’s music are his original compositions inspired by songs and concepts from Egypt, the Balkans and American Jazz with lots of space for improvisational structures suited perfectly to the dance. Dancing to live music is a core aspect of Baksana, and each dancer plays music as well. You'll often see one, or all, of us picking up various percussion during a performance and/or singing. One of our 2019 goals is to devote more time to studying melodic instruments as well. 

Find out more about how the group got started by going to their website: BaksanaBellydance.com
Tiers
Previews/Tip Jar
$5 or more per month

Want to show your ongoing support but mainly just check-in from time to time to see what we’re up to? THANK YOU! For about the price of one latte/cocktail, you've greatly enhanced the work of a team of independent, hard-working artists. Doesn't that feel great?! This option will give you access to:


  • A hi-res, professional, “THANK YOU” photo 
  • Our Premiere dance + cymbal combination: The Saidi Hop Back
  • Our first “Basic Cymbal Sounds” video
  • Monthly "Director's notes” entries (pep-talks on practice and performance tips)
  • Mini "behind-the-scenes" clips
  • Short previews of future projects & content we’re working on

    You can change your dollar amount, or switch to another tier, at anytime. 
Lets Play: Cymbals & Musicality!
$10 or more per month

Our cymbal techniques and inspirational content at your fingertips! You’ll gain access to our full catalogue of finger cymbal videos including:


  • Cymbal Basics
  • Monthly Drill for strength and stamina
  • $5 off our Finger Cymbal Notation book and accompanying practice videos
  • Access to full catalogue of previously filmed cymbal content
  • Same benefits as "Preview" Tier
Lets Dance!
$10 or more per month

All our dance class content will be available for you! Each month you can expect:


  • One of our signature dance combinations (30min class) - you will hear the cymbals in the class but it will not include a breakdown
  • One dance drill and/or mini combo to support our main combo's themes (15mins or less)
  • Access to full catalogue of previously filmed dance content
  • Same benefits as Preview Tier
One Of Us! All access!
$20 or more per month

You’re ready to focus on putting it all together. You'll receive:


  • All of our cymbal content (our full catalogue + up to 3 new videos/month)
  • All of our dance content (our full catalogue + up to 3 new videos/month)
  • Same benefits as our Preview tier
  • PLUS some fun exclusive behind the scenes content
Co-Producers
$50 or more per month

Okay, Big thanks. At this level of ongoing support you’re really a part of the team and helping us reach our goals in unprecedented ways, and for that we’re willing to share more about our creative process and create some personalized content just for you. Right off the bat you’ll have access to our entire Patreon library as well as producer exclusives like:


  • Super private re-caps of what we’ve been working on in the studio after each weekly rehearsal
  • Tag-along “vlog” entries of our personal or group dance-related outings
  • Back-stage video access during our gigs
  • One “special-request/Q&A” video about our process/mo


After 6 months of Co-Producer status you’ll also receive:


  • A exclusive 15 min studio-performance (and another every 6 months hence)
  • One personalized 5 min performance greeting for a friend
  • Invitation to quarterly, one hour, LIVE Q&A just for our production team…
Mentorship
$75 or more per month

This special tier is for people wanting one-on-one attention to mastering our dance and cymbal techniques. Benefits include:


  • Full access to our entire dance and cymbal lessons catalogue
  • One 30 min Skype session/month
  • Detailed feed back on videos you submit to us
  • Up to 3 special-request videos (within a 3 month period)
  • Special studio-performance
Baksana is a dance and music ensemble, based out of Portland Oregon, performing and teaching a fusion of belly dance, modern dance and folkloric inspired movements from various regions around the Mid-East and the Balkans, whilst staying rooted in their personal every-day communities. These dancer/musicians present their work in studios, stages, festivals and even street corners! Improvisation and audience engagement are core values of this group’s celebratory style.

Our Patreon is dedicated to sharing our signature combinations and finger cymbal techniques with our international student base, and inspiring our fans with creative dance-for-film style captures of our performance pieces. Patrons will receive “back stage access” and insights on our creative process... in all its funny, dramatic, honest, anything-but-boring glory.

By becoming our patron, you will directly support the production of more dance and music material for our performances and online tutorials. This includes rehearsal space, video equipment, continuing education, costume repairs, venue rentals and more!

3/4 of Baksana are professional working artists AND mothers of young children! We believe in the power of art and dedication to our craft as a truly valuable force in our children’s lives. Our patrons should know they are supporting our wonder-women status as we blaze our own paths through the wild-unknown. 

More about our inspirations:  
Dance- During performance, in addition to choreographies, Baksana uses core concepts developed by Carolena Nericcio‘s ATS (American Tribal Style ®) which center around an improvised “lead and follow” structure: one dancer leads by cuing a set of movements, in a set combination, for the rest of the group to follow. The order of the combinations is decided on the spot - in relationship to the music, mood, performance setting and audience. Most of our main class "combinations of the month" are part of Baksana's signature vocabulary for this style of group improvisation.

Musically, Baksana is directed by Paul Evansmith and much of the ensemble’s music are his original compositions inspired by songs and concepts from Egypt, the Balkans and American Jazz with lots of space for improvisational structures suited perfectly to the dance. Dancing to live music is a core aspect of Baksana, and each dancer plays music as well. You'll often see one, or all, of us picking up various percussion during a performance and/or singing. One of our 2019 goals is to devote more time to studying melodic instruments as well. 

Find out more about how the group got started by going to their website: BaksanaBellydance.com

Recent posts by Baksana Belly Dance

Tiers
Previews/Tip Jar
$5 or more per month

Want to show your ongoing support but mainly just check-in from time to time to see what we’re up to? THANK YOU! For about the price of one latte/cocktail, you've greatly enhanced the work of a team of independent, hard-working artists. Doesn't that feel great?! This option will give you access to:


  • A hi-res, professional, “THANK YOU” photo 
  • Our Premiere dance + cymbal combination: The Saidi Hop Back
  • Our first “Basic Cymbal Sounds” video
  • Monthly "Director's notes” entries (pep-talks on practice and performance tips)
  • Mini "behind-the-scenes" clips
  • Short previews of future projects & content we’re working on

    You can change your dollar amount, or switch to another tier, at anytime. 
Lets Play: Cymbals & Musicality!
$10 or more per month

Our cymbal techniques and inspirational content at your fingertips! You’ll gain access to our full catalogue of finger cymbal videos including:


  • Cymbal Basics
  • Monthly Drill for strength and stamina
  • $5 off our Finger Cymbal Notation book and accompanying practice videos
  • Access to full catalogue of previously filmed cymbal content
  • Same benefits as "Preview" Tier
Lets Dance!
$10 or more per month

All our dance class content will be available for you! Each month you can expect:


  • One of our signature dance combinations (30min class) - you will hear the cymbals in the class but it will not include a breakdown
  • One dance drill and/or mini combo to support our main combo's themes (15mins or less)
  • Access to full catalogue of previously filmed dance content
  • Same benefits as Preview Tier
One Of Us! All access!
$20 or more per month

You’re ready to focus on putting it all together. You'll receive:


  • All of our cymbal content (our full catalogue + up to 3 new videos/month)
  • All of our dance content (our full catalogue + up to 3 new videos/month)
  • Same benefits as our Preview tier
  • PLUS some fun exclusive behind the scenes content
Co-Producers
$50 or more per month

Okay, Big thanks. At this level of ongoing support you’re really a part of the team and helping us reach our goals in unprecedented ways, and for that we’re willing to share more about our creative process and create some personalized content just for you. Right off the bat you’ll have access to our entire Patreon library as well as producer exclusives like:


  • Super private re-caps of what we’ve been working on in the studio after each weekly rehearsal
  • Tag-along “vlog” entries of our personal or group dance-related outings
  • Back-stage video access during our gigs
  • One “special-request/Q&A” video about our process/mo


After 6 months of Co-Producer status you’ll also receive:


  • A exclusive 15 min studio-performance (and another every 6 months hence)
  • One personalized 5 min performance greeting for a friend
  • Invitation to quarterly, one hour, LIVE Q&A just for our production team…
Mentorship
$75 or more per month

This special tier is for people wanting one-on-one attention to mastering our dance and cymbal techniques. Benefits include:


  • Full access to our entire dance and cymbal lessons catalogue
  • One 30 min Skype session/month
  • Detailed feed back on videos you submit to us
  • Up to 3 special-request videos (within a 3 month period)
  • Special studio-performance