Join us Friday 6/15 7-9PM at 555 Concession (between the library & RBC) for Sidewalk Sounds Bellydance Stage.
This month Raqs Mahasti welcomes guests Valizan, Wild Orchid Belly Dance & Angela Josephine.
Lots of live music, vendors & outdoor fun to be had!
555 Concession stage will also have a chalk artist creating a 20 x 20 piece of art Friday night. Concession BIA are introducing a new on-street Gaming Patio there for everyone to enjoy too (fun, oversized gaming pieces on the street). There will be vendors at 555 & along the street as well as live music. It’s going to be a great night!
Set times for the bellydance stage at 555 Concession are:
7-7:15 Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium
7:15-7:30 Wild Orchid Belly Dance Studio
7:45-8 BellaDance Hamilton
8:15-8:30 Ishra & Invoketress Dance
8:30-8:45 BellaDance Hamilton
Saturday April 21 we have our 30th Harem! Every month on the 3rd Saturday Eshe hosts this bellydance extravaganza.
Launched in 2007 this used to be a yearly event held at The Casbah. Eshe returned to Canada in 2015 & opened Mahasti in 2016, that year she decided to relaunch Harem as a monthly event instead.
Harem is a public event that is open to everyone. Each month Eshe invites professional artists to share their passion and talent. The line-up is never the same & the dances are never repeated. You’ll never see the same number twice at Harem. We host local talent as well as international acts.
This month we have The Serpentina North Ensemble of Toronto. They perform an improvisational group tribal style often with elements of classical Indian dance and Egyptian folklore they also whimsically pepper in modern dances like disco as well as theatrical staging. In the best way possible, you never know quite what they’re going to offer.
Invoketress, lead by Ishra, are another shape-shifting bevy of talent. From raqs sharqi to dance hall, folklore to fusion, they dance it all. Enchanting Guelph for over 20 years, Ishra draws from a deep well of experience and inspiration. They’re always a fan-favorite at Harem.
Wild Orchid Belly Dance are our home-team talent. Lead by Jackie Pullar, they’ve been shaking things up in Hamilton for over 10 years. Wild Orchid perform fusion bellydance seamlessly blending Reda-esque footwork, juicy Egyptian hip stylizations with playful or dramatic modern aesthetics and music.
Angela Josephine trains at The Dark Side Studio and performs with Lavish in Toronto. She pairs razor-sharp technique with breath-taking and stirring execution. Her style has been called deconstructed bellydance and is a fresh and often operatic take on the traditional.
Every month Eshe, the host of Harem, as well as her troupe Raqs Mahasti and teachers at Mahasti Peggy and Faith perform. We start working on a new show every 4-5 weeks so that we’re always offering up something new and fresh. This month Faith’s Kpop class will be sharing 2 fun and flirty numbers. Raqs Mahasti will be dancing to classics “Misirlou” and “La Cumparsita.”
In the 2nd half of the show we’re trying something different, we’re going to hit “shuffle” on the ipod & dance to whatever comes up! Want to submit a song? Upload it here (friendly reminder: there are kids at our show)
The show starts right at 7PM and runs til 8:30 with a brief intermission around 7:45. Doors open at 6:30PM.
The Casbah is located at 306 King St W, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
The nearest municipal parking lot is across the street at 55 Queen St N, Hamilton.
Tickets are $15 at the door. (Capacity for the club is in the 100s we will not sell out)
Kids under 18 attend for free.
Did you hear that we are moving from 3/26?
We are so excited to be joining the Concession Street family & we’ll be taking part in a lot of the community initiatives. We’ll be running the Sidewalk Sounds Bellydance Stage at the old RBC (555 Concession Street, Hamilton) from 7-9PM on the 3rd Friday from May to September.
Warm summer evenings, spectacular sunsets off the mountain brow, family friendly community inviting everyone to come out and enjoy FREE live music performances from Hamilton’s music scene! Concession Street’s third annual SIDEWALK SOUNDS – we invite you to stroll our sidewalks, browse the amazing collection of local Hamilton vendors and rediscover the fabulous businesses and services that make up our shopping corridor on Concession Street.
Check out the music stages at:
The Zoetic (526 Concession)
The Public Library parking lot (565 Concession)
Mountain Tire (593 Concession)
St Stephens on the Mount Anglican Church lawn (625 Concession)
Big Bee Plaza (798 Concession)
Harem is a professional bellydance showcase held in The Casbah & open to the public.
Harem is hosted the 3rd Saturday of every month by Eshe & Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium.
The first Harem was held in November 2007.
Harem vol 28
Sat. Feb 17th
Kids under 18 attend for free.
This event we are going to shake things up a bit. You’ll see the artists take on each other’s style. Invoketress will perform as Eshe & Raqs Mahasti. Angela Josephine will perform as Melissa Gamal. Melissa Gamal will perform as Angela Josephine. Wild Orchid will perform as Invoketress. Raqs Mahasti will perform as Invoketress, Wild Orchid, Angela Josephine & Melissa Gamal. The artists will also perform a set in their own signature styles.
306 King W
Nearest public parking lot: 55 Queen St N, Hamilton.
Nearest restaurant La Luna (also 306 King W).
2018 Hamilton International Bellydance Competition
Cost to enter Phase 1 (video):
$35 CAD (per category) for soloists
$70 CAD (per category) for ensembles (groups)
Online judges: Michelle Sorensen & Farasha of Tokyo
Finalist judges: Henna of Datura Online, Melissa Gamal
Application fees may be paid at https://mahasti.ecwid.com/. Please note – all application fees are non-refundable.
Successful finalists will be responsible for an additional $50 fee (per soloist or per ensemble). Successful finalists, if they wish, may apply this fee towards a full day workshop purchase with Henna.
All applicants will receive a ticket to attend the competition & gala show for themselves for free. Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable.
How it works:
Seven solo and five ensemble finalists will be chosen per category from video submissions. There are three categories – professional solo, fusion solo, and ensemble. Professional applicants should use traditional Middle Eastern bellydance music. They may present any traditional bellydance style from raqs sharqi to folklore. Fusion applicants and ensembles may use any style of music, however at least 50% of their dance should be bellydance.
Applicants may enter as many categories as they wish. Only those applicants whom appear in the video may dance in the finals (understudies are not permitted). If you are not sure who may be available in September, we strongly recommend dancing with extra performers.
The application period opens Monday, March 12, 2018 at 9 a.m. EDT.
The application deadline is Monday, June 11, 2018 at 9 a.m. EDT. All videos and entry fees must be submitted before the deadline.
After being selected, finalists in each category will be contacted by email by Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 5 p.m. EDT. Their names will also appear on our website. The final competition will take place in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada from September 15, 2018.
After uploading your HIBC video to YouTube, please email firstname.lastname@example.org your artist or ensemble name, category entered, the name of choreographer, and a link for viewing the video. In the case of ensembles, please also include a list of the dancers who appear in the video.
Videos for soloists should not exceed 3 minutes in length. Videos for groups should not exceed 4 minutes in length.
Choreographies and videos must include all original content created by the soloist entering the competition or ensemble director in the case of groups. Using another dancer’s choreography is not permitted. Applicants may perform the choreography from their video submission in the final competition if they wish.
All dancers must be 18 years of age or older at the time of submission.
Please shoot your videos from the front only and in landscape mode. Also ensure that you’re in a well-lit room and that the recording has good sound. Your entire body should be visible for the duration of the video. You don’t have to wear a professional costume or be in full make-up, but your movements and expression should be easy to see.
Videos will be judged on technique, musicality, personality, and originality. For ensembles, we’ll also be examining your synchronicity and formations. The final competition will have the same criteria. The judges will select the winners. In addition, the audience will select a People’s Choice winner for each category.
Finalists are responsible for their own travel, accommodation fares and all fees related to the competition.
If you have any questions, please email email@example.com.