Belly dance artist Valerick Molinary in Portland, November 8th & 9th

International Belly Dance superstar Valerick Molinary visits Portland on November 8th and 9th and Ritim Egzotik has the honor of playing for her in a stellar show on Saturday the 8th. Rounding out the bill are NW Belly Dance greats Ruby Beh and Henna in the intimate setting of the Mississippi Pizza Music Room. The band will also play lots of Arabic, Turkish and Greek dance music for the audience to enjoy. Valerick’s dancing has been taking the world by storm, this is MUST SEE show!

Saturday, November 8th, 9pm-12am

Admission is only $10 at the door. Over 21 only.

Mississippi Pizza Music Room
3552 N. Mississippi Ave,
Portland, Oregon 97227
(503) 288-3231

Below is a sample of Valerick in action. Don’t miss it!


Ruby Beh:


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Valerick Workshops

Check out the Valerick Molinary workshops on Saturday November 8th and 9th. Dancers in the workshops get the show for only $5! 695762950485415/

Raq The Casbah Monthly Shows! 

Every first Saturdays from 6-8pm
ALL AGES, $5-$10 recommended dopantion – no one turned away.

Mississippi Pizza Pub
3552 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227
(503) 288-3231

Featured Dancers are:

October 4th: Ruby Beh

December 6th: Jewels

January 3rd: Henna

Fun at Northwest Folklife Festival!

The band had a great time in Seattle over the Memorial Day weekend! Friday night we had the pleasure of seeing our friends, House of Tarab, play a delightful, fun, intimate house show in the Fremont are of Seattle. Great music and dancing and we got to jam a little bit with them after the show. Saturday morning we had the honor of playing at 43rd annual Northwest Folklife Festival at the Fountain Lawn stage. The festival crew are a well-oiled machine and provided great sound and friendly service. We payed the crew back and gave the crowed a rockin’ energetic short-but-sweet electric set that we were very happy with. The whole experience left us smiling. What a great opportunity!

New demo track added! More to come…

The band buckled down to work and did some recording in January and February and laid down some demo tracks from some of our favorite songs. It’s nice to have more representation of the Ritim Egzotik sound. Many thanks to Brett, who worked hard over the last few months to record each of us. David directed,  mixed, and mastered the tracks. These are demonstration tracks and not professional studio recordings, but we think they sound pretty good and represent us well.

Check out the first one and look for more in the near future.

January Ritim Egzotik Revue this Friday!

Epic Middle Eastern Music and Belly Dance

January Revue PosterJoin Portland ensemble Ritim Egzotik in our first Revue of the year – and what a way to start! We’ll bring the Turkish and Turkish Roman(Gypsy) tunes to this show with the accompaniment of the great dancer Kristnh! Also featuring a recent Portland arrival, Elena Villa, one of Oregon’s
great dancers!

AND for his first time with the band, we welcome fabulous Egyptian singer Tamer Moustafa, performing some Arab classics!

And much music for your dancing pleasure…

Friday, January 17th – 8-11pm
$5 – $15 sliding scale at the door – Over 21 only

Shaker and Vine
2929 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, Oregon 97202

Kristnh –
Elena Villa –
Tamer Moustafa –

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David Reihs – Keyboards and Percussion
Brett Pitner – Guitars and Oud
Cameron Edens – Upright Bass
Jason Ramirez – Darbuka
Brian Howard – Riq and Katim
Dave Kelsay – Doholla

A Shimmy Wonderland

Haflas are great fun! And RiTiM EGZoTik members are exited to be playing for this one coming up in a week. Everyone is welcome.

Raqs Ayana presents SHIMMY WONDERLAND
– a holiday hafla

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

$10 for adults
kids under 10 are free!
doors open at 7pm

HipBone Studio
1847 E. BURNSIDE, #104

Join Raqs Ayana (Henna, Fanina, & Emilie Lauren) for a holiday party, bellydance style! Our students have been working hard through the summer and Fall to bring some new choreographies, some first time performances, and a whole lot of SHIMMY to your season. We are pleased to be joined by RITIM EGZOTIK, to make the music for us. And then for you! So be ready to kick off those shoes and let them get those hips-a-swayin’ and feet-a-shuffin’!

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Don’t miss Portland belly dance legend Aziza’s return to Portland this weekend!

aziza_returnsThis Saturday, Ritim Egzotik will take part in one of the biggest and baddest Middle Eastern music and dance show of the year in Portland. Featuring top international and regional performers such as…

Portland Belly Dance Legend AZIZA
Syrian master percussionist ISSAM HOUSHAN
Members of Ritim Egzotik and House of Tarab
Elene Villa / Henna / Claudia / Yemaya
Paulette Rees-Denis and Gypsy Caravan
Troupe Raqs Ayana with Henna, Fanina and Emilie Lauren(2 choreographies!)

Performing epic Egyptian repertoire and more! We are really excited about this one. Come and join us?

Get tickets!

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Raqs Henna

RiTiM EGZOTiK founder David Reihs composed a dynamic bit of music for American Cabaret or Egyptian Raqs Sharqi style belly dancers. The piece was composed specifically for dancer Henna for use in her online belly dance choreography classes at Datura Online. The music features David on keyboards, darbuka, and riqq; RiTiM EGZOTiK guitarist Brett Pitner on Glissentar, and RiTiM EGZOTiK friend and former member Ian Abdo on violin and electric bass. Check out the video below and download the music at for just $1.50 for 2 versions.

RiTiM EGZOTiK Revue – June 2nd

On June 2nd Ritim Egzotik will host another fabulous evening of epic Mid East music and some of the region’s top professional Belly Dancers.

We are proud to announce another great dancer line-up of…
and Mystique!

SUNDAY JUNE 2nd, 7-9pm, Over 21
$5-15 sliding scale

And a new venue for us! The beautiful…

Vie De Boheme
1530 SE 7th Ave. (7th & Clay),Portland, OR 97214
(503) 360-1233

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Expect to hear some Turkish Roman tunes and also the band just learned some dabke tunes! Anyone wanna come down and help us lead a little dabke session after the show?!

We hope to see you all there.

Next RiTiM EGZOTiK Revue on March 15th!

March Revue poster A very special ‘Welcome Back’ edition of the revue!

Please help us welcome back to the Portland stage two sensational performers: Ruby and Leylah Jamal! Both have spent time away, but are coming back big with a great show for you. Topping off the evening are Portland favorites Emilie Lauren and Gretchen Bosso.

Dancers for the evening:
Leyla Jamal:
Emilie Lauren:
Gretchen Bosso:

With LIVE Arabic and Turkish Music by


AND at the Intermission enjoy Algerian Chaabi
DANCE PARTY with Kaz and David Reihs!

Friday March 15th – 8pm to 10:30pm
Admission: $5-$20 sliding scale at the door.

Shaker and Vine
2929 SE Powell Boulevard
Portland, Oregon 97202
503.231.VINO (8466)

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