Meet Nyiesha!

Nyiesha leads a class in belly dance. Photo by Roger S. Duncan.

Nyiesha leads a class in belly dance. Photo by Roger S. Duncan.

If you stopped by the Museum & Theatre on a Sunday this fall, you may have had a chance to dance it out with Nyiesha, a longtime friend of the Museum & Theatre. Starting in January, Nyiehsa will bring her international dance training to a new six-week class called Dance around the World. (The class starts Thursday, January 9 and is for ages 5 & up. No dance experience required, but pre-registration is – sign up here or at 828-1234 x231.)

Nyiesha has been entertaining since she was eight years old. She started on the stage singing in her mother’s fashion shows, and branched out into modeling, acting and then dance.

The stage has always been her passion, so persuing a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts and Dance at California State University of Los Angeles was the most natural path in developing her craft. A fire was ignited in her soul when Adam Basma first introduced her to Middle Eastern Dance in the year 2000. Before long she was dancing with two of Los Angeles’ most revered Middle Eastern dance companies, Adam Basma and Flowers of the Desert.

Nyiesha has had the privilege of dancing her way around the country  in venues such as the MGM Grand, Wrigley Field, Soldier Field and the Hollywood Bowl. Samba also became a passion after living in Brazil for three years, she loves inspiring others with her samba steps at parties and special events. Middle Eastern and Samba dance drives her to be an inspirational performance educator. 

Want to know a little more about Nyiesha? Here’s a quick Q&A:

Where are you from? Los Angeles, CA

What do you like to do in your free time?  Read

Why are you excited to be at the Museum & Theatre? I LOVE working with children in a positive and creative atmosphere.

What is one interesting thing about you that other people might not know? I have a tea pot collection.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why? Teleportation, because I love to travel! I would have tea in London, pasta in Rome, crepes in Paris, and watch the sunset in Machu Picchu whenever I want and visit my family every day.

Update: Pop-Up Playscapes video is here!

Remember those warm summer days when we could play outside for hours without worrying about frostbite? The warm weather may have left us for a bit, but creativity carries on! No Umbrella Media’s mini-documentary on this summer’s Pop Up Playscapes events is now complete. Get a recap of the events, the inspiration behind them, and even a few tips for how to create your own pop-up playscape – indoors or out!

Parking & street closure info for $2 First Friday on December 6

We’ll be open on for $2 First Friday this Friday, December 6: from 5pm-8pm, admission is just $2 per person (kids under 18 months free).

You’ll notice that this Friday there will be some extra excitement around town! A large portion of Congress Street will be closed for First Friday: Holiday Edition, a special First Friday night with a special Circus in the Streets performance. This means there will be limited street parking on Congress Street; see below for details.

To reach the Spring Street municipal parking garage from 295, we suggest the following route:

    • Take exit 6-A (Forest Ave. South).
    • Bear right at the lights onto Rt. 77 South and proceed through the park.
    • Continue up the hill (Rt. 77/State Street).
    • Cross Congress Street and proceed to Spring Street.
    • Turn left at Spring Street.
    • Turn left on High Street.

Bear right at the Congress Square intersection onto Free Street.Proceed past the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine; the entrance to the parking garage is on the right, past Oak Street.

Street closure/parking restriction information from our friends at Portland’s Downtown District:

  • Congress Street (between Brown & State) will be closed to vehicular traffic from 6-8 pm on Friday, December 6.
  • No vehicles will be allowed in during that time, except for emergency responders.
  • High Street will remain open to traffic with a police presence stationed at the Congress Square intersection.
  • Vehicles are NOT allowed to park on Congress Street (between Brown & State streets) from 4-8 pm. 
  • Any cars in the Congress Street zone (between Brown & State Streets) during that time will be towed at the owner’s expense.
  • Side streets will remain open.
  • Please alert tenants, neighbors, visitors, business owners and shoppers in the district to the 6-8 pm street closure and 4-8 pm no-parking zone.
  • Even those living or working in the zone will NOT be allowed in to park during that time (No exceptions!)
  • For those attending or coming to downtown Portland during that time, we recommend taking the Metro Bus, using area parking garages or parking on side streets.
  • The street closure will happen rain or shine.

Click here for lots more information about First Friday: Holiday Edition on Friday, December 6.