Chair Dance Workshop with Faith to Benefit Sexual Assault Centre Hamilton

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Chair Dance Workshop with Faith Dance to benefit Sacha Hamilton.

Wear: whatever makes you feel confident & beautiful
Bring: water, open heart, padded folding chair (we have some loaners just let us know you need one please)
Level: open
Jam: Tiffany Young’s “Over My Skin”

Friday Feb 8th 7-9PM
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Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium
422 Concession
Hamilton, Ontario

Improvisation Workshop with Alyssa Nedich 1/27

We’re going to spend these 2 hours playing with Alyssa Nedich Choreography!
Dancers & non-dancers welcome!
Blast through creative blocks or established movement patterns.
Explore your body in a fun, judgement-free zone.
Develop your improvisational toolkit.

Sun Jan 27
$26.55 + tax ($30)
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Alyssa Nedich has been working as a choreographer, director and dance instructor for over eight years. Always willing to try something new, Alyssa has developed a versatile portfolio with experience in competitions, classrooms, theatres and on movie sets. She can be seen on stages and screens across Canada, as well as sitting on the other side creating, curating and developing new work.

Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium
422 Concession, Hamilton

Sundays free parking on Concession, E 16th or E 17th.

Alexandrian, Ghawazi and Baladi Workshop with Nada El Masriya 2/24

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Up your raqs sharqi game with this Egyptian sampler workshop with superstar Nada El Masriya of Egyptian Dance Academy

Sun Feb 24
Alexandrian, Ghawazi and Baladi Workshop
Early Bird Special $40

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Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium
422 Concession, Hamilton, ON, Canada

Bellydance University with Dr. Annie 4/7

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Dr. Annie Belly Dance is coming to Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium Sunday, April 7th

11-12:30 “Folklore,” The Reda Troupe & Egyptian Cultural Nationalism

1:30-3PM Racism, Xenophobia & Canadian Bellydance History

1 workshop 60 min lecture 30 min Q&A period $30!/1-Workshop-1-Hour/p/79014740/category=18890056

2 workshops 60 min lecture 30 min Q&A period (x2) $45!/1-Workshop-2-hours-total/p/64748412/category=18890056

50% off for students enrolled full-time in school.
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Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium
422 Concession, Hamilton

422 Concession, Hamilton

Mini Photo Sessions with Alaina 4/28

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Book your mini session with Alaina Media of Ishra & Invoketress Dance on Sunday April 28 at Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium.

$80/30 mins and 5 edits (suggested 1-2 costumes)
$155/1 hour and 10 edits (suggested 3-5 costumes)
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We can accommodate requests outside of this time frame if needed.
12:30-1PM BOOKED

Alaina Media
Alaina is an award-winning dancer and photographer based out of Guelph. She has a BA Honours degree in Studio Art from the University of Guelph, where she specialized in photography and painting. Alaina strives to make her subjects feel comfortable and beautiful in front of the lens. As a dancer, she understands what angles look best in staged photos and when to capture live performances at just the right moment.
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Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium
422 Concession, Hamilton, Ontario

Turkish Intensive with Eshe 3/17

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Turkish Intensive with Eshe
Sun March 17th

10-11AM Floorwork
11-NOON Black Sea Dances
NOON-1PM Turkish Roman Footwork


2-3PM Turkish Roman Gestures
3-5PM Turkish Oryantal, Zils & Veil

All day (6 hours) only $100 (88.50 + tax)!/6-Hour-Workshop/p/80134846/category=18890056
2 hours a la carte for $40!/1-workshop-2-hours-total/p/72074891/category=18890056
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2 scholarships available.

Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium
422 Concession, Hamilton

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Share your Solo 3/3 Feedback Circle


Come & share your solo.
Open to all levels & styles.
Only dancers sharing solos may attend. Not open to the public.
Receive feedback on your piece. Guidelines will be provided for those new to receiving & giving meaningful observations.
The purpose of this offering is to open up for expansion and growth, to fine-tune your art and technique, to create clear vision and expression, in short, to grow.

Investment: $3

Send your song to to bring on your own device. Please limit songs to 5 minutes so that we have enough time to reflect & share.

Reserve: Contact Eshe or Mahasti to reserve your spot. Space is limited.

Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium
422 Concession, Hamilton, ON

2018 was a great year for Mahasti & Eshe

Inspired by Invoketress I took a look at my calendar from last year. In 2018 in awards (Eshe) Mahasti was granted a 40 Under 40 Business Achievement Award from Business Link Media Group, and in online awards, I took 2nd place in Bellydance Evolution‘s Thunder Drum Challenge and won Sara Lyn‘s Vimana Flow Challenge.

Early in the year I moved to Concession Street & started attending board meetings to learn how I can serve the city more as well as connect with our community.

For dance workshops in Hamilton I hosted Heather Marie Dancer, Wild Orchid Belly Dance Studio, Alyssa Nedich Choreography, Henna the Bellydancer, Audra Simmons & BellaDance Hamilton.

Mahasti shared bellydance at Hamilton Public Library, The Well Event, Right On Target, and local schools as well as offering weekly classes with (me) Eshe, Faith Dance, Angela Josephine & Peggy Nuwayrah Bellydance. I was thrilled to be hosted in Syracuse by 3 Early Girls-CNY Bellydance & perform & teach there.

Mahasti created & hosted 17 shows. 11 Glitter – Bellydance Show in Hamilton events, 1 Hamilton International Bellydance Competition and 5 Sidewalk Sounds stages in addition to weddings, parties & celebrations at private events.

We also performed community events like StreetFest hosted by Concession BIA, 2 Dark Salons hosted by The Dark Side Studio, Mosaic hosted by Ishra & Invoketress Dance, Pride Hamilton, Spooky Souk hosted by Tribe Mayafire, and Wicked Moon hosted by Willow Guindon.

We hosted 6 Hamilton Bellydance community events
2 mini photo shoots with Alaina Media
2 Souk in the City (free bellydance markets)
2 Hamilton Bellydance Meet Ups (Wass Ethiopian dinner & a Make a Terrarium Night at The Lounge at Casbah)

We raised $2138 for Hamilton & Canadian charities.
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/
In April we raised $225 for Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
In June we raised $30 for Pride Hamilton & $120 for Rainbow Camp.
In July & August we held a tampon drive for Interval House of Hamilton
In September we raised $100 for Sacha Hamilton.
In October we raised $135 for Thrive Child and Youth Trauma Services
In November we raised $100 for The Bridge: From Prison to Community (Hamilton)
In December we raised $238 for NGen Youth Centre in Hamilton and $710 for Essential Aid and Family Services of Ontario inc. Infant Food Bank.
We also awarded low income dancers scholarships & let all kids under 18 in to our shows for free. Contact me if you know someone who deserves to dance, we want art to reach everyone!

In 2018 Eshe studied with Oscar Flores hosted by Dragonfly Bellydance, Ruby Beh & Elizabeth Strong hosted by 3 Early Girls-CNY Bellydance, Florence Leclerc hosted by Oasis Dance Center, Take It Back with Audra Simmons, To The Pointe Dance Project, Esmeralda Colabone & Shahrzad hosted by Ya Amar, Michelle Sorensen hosted by Serpentine Studios as well as attending The Mule‘s lecture at Mohawk College for growing your small biz. Thank you for helping me grow as a dancer, artist & community member!

I’m doing my absolute best to create opportunities for growth & art while offering the highest possible quality classes & shows. I think I did pretty good in 2018! Let me know how I can help you in 2019! I’m looking forward to the new year with an open & excited heart! Thank you always for your support & love! YOU make this all possible!