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Photo by Scott Belding.

here’s always been a belly dancer or two in Portland. Lost venues like The Fez, The Greek Cusina, The Blue Monk and Santorini all saw the odd swoosh of silk, and restaurants like Marrakesh and dance floors like the Viscount still regularly keep time to tablas and tinkling bells. But lately, such scattered offerings have converged into a groundswell. Belly dance festival JamBallah Northwest will turn five this August at Artists Repertory Theatre, as Studio Datura — a dedicated belly dance studio offering world-renowned courses — turns four, and the brand-new Portland Bellydance Guild finds its feet. Elise Morris (pictured), JamBallah producer, Datura-certified dancer and Guild president, greets her growing arts audience with open arms, but she’s also ready to put those new to the ancient dance form through appropriate (ahem) orientation. AS TOLD TO A.L. ADAMS BY ELISE MORRIS.

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