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Gypsy Heart enjoys performing at Saqra's BellyDance Showcase 2014

Gypsy Heart enjoys performing at Saqra’s BellyDance Showcase 2014

Contact us to discuss your event’s needs at gypsyhearttribal@gmail.com.

Gypsy Heart Tribal is an improvisational belly dance troupe based in Portland, Oregon.  Carol Vance is the Director and lead choreographer, as well as a principal dancer with Gypsy Caravan Dance Company International.

Our style of dance began in this area more than 20 years ago with Paulette Rees-Denis of Gypsy Caravan.  We are women of all ages and sizes who communicate and celebrate life and community through dance, just as women have been doing since ancient times.  Our troupe creates a powerful energizing feeling with our dance and music and we enjoy performing with a variety of props, including swords, baskets and fans, veils, as well as playing finger cymbals (zils).

Our dance and costuming are inspired by many cultures, including the Middle East, Spain, North Africa and India, to which we add our own modern gypsy flair.

Depending on the needs of the venue, we dance to live or recorded music with 3 to 10 dancers.

Our 2017 performances include (as of 4/25):

  • Offbeat Bellydance Showcase (2/25)
  • Oberon Dance Party with Arabesque at Hoda’s Middle Eastern restaurant (3/1)
  • Pagan Faire 2017 (3/25)
  • Cues & Tattoos (Seattle) (4/1)
  • Shimmy Fest NorthWest (4/22)
  • Shimmy Shake and Share (5/20)
  • Rose Festival City Fest (6/4)
  • Mediterranean Fantasy Festival (Medfest) (7/15)
  • Jamballah NW (8/13)
  • Art in the Pearl (9/2)

Our 2016 performances include:

  • PaganFaire
  • Fertile Ground Festival with The Portland Bellydance Guild
  • Marino’s Bellydance Show
  • Kate’s Benefit Show
  • Shimmy Shake and Share
  • Shimmy Fest NW
  • Embody with Gypsy Caravan (Centralia, WA)
  • Rosefest
  • Mediterranean Festival (Seattle, WA)
  • Lakeview Senior Center (Lincoln City, OR)
  • Jamballah NW
  • Art in the Pearl
  • McMenamins’ Oktoberfest at Edgefield
  • Witches Ball
  • Offbeat
  • Oberon Dance Party with Arabesque at Hoda’s Middle Eastern restaurant
  • From the Hip’s The Art of Bellydance FINAL showcase
  • GHT Winter Solstice celebration

Our 2015 performances include:

  • Oktoberfest at McMenamins Edgefield
  • Art in the Pearl
  • Showcase at Pasha’s with Sedona Soulfire
  • Vancouver International Food Festival
  • Oberon Dance Party with Arabesque at Hoda’s
  • OffBeat Belly Dance
  • Marino’s Second Friday Bellydance Show
  • Saqra’s Belly Dance Showcase
  • Portland Rose Festival International Stage
  • Folklife Festival (Seattle)
  • From the Hip’s The Art of Bellydance Showcase
  • Curvy Chic Closet Fashion Show
  • PaganFaire

Our 2014 performances include:

  • Shimmy Shake and Share
  • Remy Winery
  • Pagan Faire
  • Marino’s Second Friday Bellydance Show
  • Saqra’s Belly Dance Showcase
  • Portland Rose Festival International Stage
  • Velo Cult w/Gypsy Caravan and Collective Soul
  • OffBeat Belly Dance
  • Seattle Mediterranean Fantasy Festival
  • Jamballah Festival NW
  • Art in the Pearl
  • McMenamin’s Edgefield Octoberfest
  • Oberon Dance Party with Arabesque at Hoda’s
  • Euphoria Hafla PURE Halloween Celebration
  • The Lotus Seed Art Bazaar

Our 2013 performances include:

  • Cues & Tattoos Festival
  • Pagan Faire
  • Saqra’s Bellydance Showcase
  • Book Bites Arabian Nights w/Americanistan
  • Providence Center for Medically Fragile Children
  • Cherry Hill Winery
  • Portland Rose Festival Starlight Parade
  • Portland Rose Festival International Stage
  • Salem World Beat Festival
  • McMenamin’s Edgefield Octoberfest
  • Jamballah Festival NW
  • Art in the Pearl
  • Black Beauty Banquet

Our 2012 performances include:

  • Scratch PDX
  • Cues & Tattoos Festival
  • Saqra’s Bellydance Showcase
  • Portland Rose Festival Starlight Parade
  • Portland Rose Festival International Stage
  • Salem World Beat Festival
  • Providence Center for Medically Fragile Children
  • Art in the Pearl
  • Portland Pirate Festival
  • McMenamin’s Edgefield Oktoberfest
  • McMenamin’s Grand Lodge Oktoberfest
  • McMenamin’s Kennedy School Anniversary
  • Raq the Casbah
  • The Circus Project ~ Cirque Odyssey
  • Vinideus

What people have to say about Gypsy Heart:

“Thank you all for a very memorable time … I was truly overwhelmed with your energy and beauty that you shared with us.” – L.O.

“I was totally blown away, it was some of the best belly dancing I have ever seen. I was dancing, everyone felt compelled to move and thoroughly enjoyed watching all of you. It stayed with me all day!” – Gabby

“Thank you so very much for coming and dancing at our opening! We loved having you here. Everyone was completely mesmerized. You are an amazing group of women and I cannot thank you enough for helping make our event a success.” – G.F.