One Year of Dance only $1000 at Mahasti in Hamilton

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1 year unlimited bellydance only $1000 + tax. That works out to just over $21 a week or $82 a month. Super savings!! Buy online at:
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422 Concession, Hamilton

Tickets for Hamilton International Bellydance Competition

Tickets on sale now for Hamilton International Bellydance Competition on Sat 9/15!

3PM Competition (doors open 2:45)

7PM Gala Show (doors open 6:30)

at The Casbah

306 King St W Hamilton

$25 for an advanced ticket (gets you into the competition, the gala or both!)

Kids under 18 attend for free (as with all of our shows).

Cash at Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium or to Eshe.

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Pay What You Can Creative Dance for SACHA.
Thurs Sept 6th
7PM Upper Body Exploration
8PM Lower Body Exploration
All styles & levels welcome. No experience necessary.
This will be an evening of play, improvisation, creativity & exploration. Good for your art & good for your heart. You don’t need to be a dancer or a bellydancer to enjoy this series.
No donation is too small. 100% goes to Sacha. You can also use your class card or Groupon for this class.
Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium
422 Concession, Hamilton, Ontario
In the past you’ve raised $5206 for local & Canadian charities! Thank you!
In April 2016 we raised $530 for Sacha Hamilton
In May we raised $300 for Cystic Fibrosis Canada
In June we raised $130 for the youth of Attawapiskat.
In July we raised $230 for Sacha Hamilton.
In August we raised $120 for Essential Aid and Family Services of Ontario inc.
In September we raised $85 for Food4Kids as well as $385 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
In October we raised $80 for Immigrants Working Centre
In November we raised $95 for Thrive Child & Youth Services.
In December we raised $570 for Essential Aid and Family Services of Ontario inc.
In January 2017 we raised $155 for 541 Eatery & Exchange’s Button Jar.
In February we raised $150 for Sacha Hamilton.
In March we raised $170 for NGen Youth Centre in Hamilton
In April we raised $110 for Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
In May we raised $80 for Micah House in Hamilton.
In June we raised $80 for Sacha Hamilton.
In July we raised $130 for Sacajawea Non-profit Housing in Hamilton.
In August we raised $100 for Rainbow Camp.
In September we raised $100 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
In October we rised $120 for Sunnybrook Hospital in honor of Angela’s Nonna & Gord Downie.
In November we raised $120 for Thrive Child & Youth Services.
In December we raised $511 for Essential Aid.
In January 2018 we raised $130 for Sacha Hamilton.
In February we raised $150 for Empowerment Squared.
In March we raised $200 for 541 Eatery & Exchange’s Button Jar.
In April we raised $225 for Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
In June we raised $30 for Pride Hamilton & $120 for Rainbow Camp.

HIBC workshops with Henna of Datura Online at Mahasti in Hamilton

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Hamilton International Bellydance Competition
Competition & Gala Show: 9/15/2018
Workshops: 9/16/2018

11-1 Dynamic Precision (Drills for Razor Sharp Technique)
2-4 Mejance (Entrance Choreography)

DYNAMIC PRECISION 11-1 is a bellydance workshop that not only focuses on clear, refined movement but also nuance. We start the class with our building blocks for bellydance: clarifying shapes while honing in on the nature of the movement inside of the music. We then take those building blocks and expand on them, play with them, and explore their dynamic possibilities in a drill format that will challenge your body and mind.

ENTRANCING ENTRANCE 2-4 is an original choreography by Henna that opens the dancer’s set with a bang! This choreography introduces the elements of a “majance”, or entrance piece, through bellydance combinations, traveling steps, and surprise accents. This piece is short and sweet, and is built to be adapted to many stages or venues.

1 workshop (2 hours) $60CAD / $48USD ($53.10 + tax)!/2-Hour-Workshop-HIBC/p/80583484/category=21437093
Both workshops (4 hours) $110CAD/ $89USD ($97.35 + tax)!/2-x-2-Hour-Workshop-at-HIBC/p/80583505/category=21437093

Mahasti The Bellydance Emporium
422 Concession, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Best known for being the resident Egyptian dance specialist at Rachel Brice’s Datura Online, Henna was born in Hawaii, where she spent her formative years, and where music, dance, and culture are closely tied and deeply valued. She credits her first teachers, Aziza and Magidah, with laying a solid foundation in technique and nurturing a love for Egyptian music.

An avid traveler and student, Henna’s dance blossomed during her four years in Tokyo, Japan where she co-founded Tokyo International Bellydance Competition. Dancing full time, producing shows with Deseos Productions, and studying with as many visiting dancers as possible, Henna immersed herself in bellydance – even expanding into Tribal Fusion. Since her return to Portland, Henna has completed Rachel Brice’s 8 Elements Cultivation training, Sahra Kent’s Journey Through Egypt levels 1, 2 & 3, collaborated with local professional dancers, and developed an inspiring relationship with the Middle Eastern band, Ritim Egzotik.

As a competitor, she holds titles as both a soloist and troupe member from La Danse Orientale Competition, Belly Dancer of the Year & International Ambassador of Belly Dance Competition.

She has been a featured artist & teacher at respected bellydance gatherings like Jamballah NW & Hawaii Bellydance Convention. She’s also judged various competitions, most notably, the “American Idol of belly dance” Belly Dance Off. In 2017, she helped launch the first Hamilton International Bellydance Competition as a judge, performer & workshop instructor.

In addition to all of that, Henna also produces events in Portland with top tier talents like Joana Saahirah & Sahra Kent.

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Audra Simmons of The Dark Side Studio & Lavish at Mahasti in Hamilton – Modern Bellydance Workshops

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Audra Simmons of The Dark Side Studio & director of Lavish at Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium

Sunday, October 21

Finger Cymbals are a great way to develop your sense of rhythm, timing and ability to layer, and they don’t have to be a mystery.

Audra will teach some basic music theory, discuss some of the different sounds we can play with the cymbals, and we’ll work with playing a few different patterns to start the morning off.

For those with some experience, several variations will be offered for each pattern as we string together a few phrases for home practice, on their own and with some simple dance phrases.

Bring your own cymbals if you have them, there will be a few pairs to loan out.

Come dance with me as I teach you a few dance phrases from my own practice. Maybe fast, maybe slow, they’ll be a mixture of technique and creative ideas.

It’ll be all new (for you) and all kinds of fun (for everyone).

I’ll start off by outlining the simple shapes and ideas that are the base of each phrase, and then layer on and enrich the phrases as we make our way inside my head, into the nitty gritty of what makes my dance, my dance.

Since 2009, Lavish has been experimenting with, practicing, refining and performing a version of group improvisation that we have coined ‘diving’. In this workshop, Audra will lead you through several of the exercises and situations that we utilized along the way as we developed our dive skills.

These concepts will help to develop your personal sense of awareness, presence, openness, intuition and decision making, and can be used in solo or group improvisation in practice or performance.

If you can, it’s helpful (but certainly not mandatory) for your entire group to attend the workshop with Audra, so you all have a chance to learn the concepts first hand, so everyone has the basic idea before you begin to work to develop the skills as a group.

All workshops are open to all levels and styles with any experience in any style of belly dance.
Not recommended for absolute beginners.

FC 10-11AM $20
New Fun 11:15-1:15 $40
The Lavish Dive 2:30-5:30 $60
All Day $100

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Finger Cymbals $20!/1-Workshop-1-Hour/p/79014740/category=18890056
New Fun $40!/1-workshop-2-hours-total/p/72074891/category=18890056
The Lavish Dive $60!/3-Hour-Workshop/p/80134844/category=18890056
All Day $100!/All-Day-Pass/p/80134840/category=18890056

Audra Simmons is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Dark Side Studio, which opened its doors in 2004, and was Canada’s first dance studio dedicated to tribal fusion and modern belly dance. Audra teaches weekly classes, speciality workshops and intensives at the studio, as well as traveling across Canada to teach and perform. In 2012, Audra launched the Dark Side Dance Program, which is a five level certification program in technique and musicality.

In 2007, she formed Lavish, which performs modern and tribal fusion belly dance with a twist. Among its diverse collection of work, Lavish’s repertoire includes two full length productions, STEP (2010), Affogato (2011, which toured Ontario and Quebec), and Fragment Repair (2017). Lavish has also appeared at Tribal Fest, the New York Theatrical Bellydance Conference, and is the host of artist-in-residence program The Lavish Project.

Her own dance training began in 2000, at Toronto’s Arabesque Academy with Yasmina Ramzy. Audra was a member of Oasis, and Arabesque Dance company, and taught Beginner through Advanced classes at Arabesque from 2001-2004. She began her non-traditional training with Rachel Brice, in 2004, and hosting Rachel in Toronto for multiple workshops, as well as traveling to San Francisco to work privately with her. Audra has General Skills and Teacher Training Certification from FatChanceBellydance, Level 2 Certification from the Suhaila Salimpour School of Bellydance, and Initiation and Cultivation Certifications in Rachel Brice’s 8 Elements. (Teaching CV available here.)and a Grade 9 designation, with honours, in piano, from the Royal Conservatory of Music.

For many years, Audra produced events which showcased local belly dancers, as well as hosting widely known instructors such as Rachel Brice, Mardi Love, Carolena Nericcio, Heather Stants, Suhaila Salimpour, Samantha Emanuel, Mira Betz, and Ariellah, among others, to teach and perform in Toronto. In September of 2012, she hosted the first Dark Harvest Festival, a 6 day event dedicated to non-traditional belly dance.

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