Pay What You Can Bellydance Basics for Pride Hamilton

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No experience necessary.  Everyone is welcome.

No donation is too small.  100% goes to Pride Hamilton.

Mahasti is located at 422 Concession.

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Mini Photo Session in Hamilton at Mahasti on Sun June 3

Book your mini session with Alaina Osborne of Ishra & Invoketress Dance on Sunday June 3 at Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium. Dancers & non-dancers are welcome.
 
SESSIONS
30 min session with 5 edited photos $50
60 min session with 10 edited photos $100
Etransfer to alainabellydance@gmail.com to complete booking.
 
TIME SLOTS AVAILABLE
We can accommodate requests outside of this time frame if needed.
11-11:30 BOOKED
NOON-12:30PM BOOKED
12:30-1PM BOOKED
1-1:30PM
1:30-2PM
2-2:30PM BOOKED
2:30-3PM
3-3:30PM
3:30-4PM
 
Alaina
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.
Follow her on Instagram https://instagram.com/p/Bf7K2jxFHpC/
 
Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium
422 Concession, Hamilton, Ontario
eshebellydancer@hotmail.com
hamiltonbellydance.com

Closed Monday April 2 for Family Snuggles

EASTER SCHED

Just a reminder friends that we are closed tonight for family snuggles.

We’re back on tomorrow with FIVE drop in classses

Tuesday

9:30-10AM Lil Movers (18 months & up) drop in $5

10-11AM Feel Good Bellydance – drop in $5

4-4:45PM Kids Bellydance (4 & up) drop in $5

6:20-7:20PM Bellydance Basics with Peggy

7:25-8:25PM Pay What You Can Beginner Bellydance Skills with Peggy

We’re now at 422 Concession, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Bunny Hop & Seek – Free Bellydance Class

From 3/26 we are moving to the mountain.  Our new address will be 422 Concession Street, Hamilton.

To celebrate with everyone at the Bunny Hop & Seek we’ll be offering a free bellydance class Sat 3/31 10:45-11:45AM.  No experience necessary.  This will be a great class for beginners to come to with options given to experienced dancers to turn up the volume!

From the Concession BIA:

“Saturday March 31st, 2018 between 10am – 3pm.

​”We invite families to come out with the kids for a chocolate Easter Egg Collection from our business storefronts (between Upper Wentworth and Poplar Street). The FIRST 100 children will receive FREE bunny ears!

“Stop by the BIA office at 534 Concession to pick yours up while they last! Then continue along Concession and visit our fabulous stores for more chocolate treats!

“We will also be hosting a HOP & SEEK game! Find the cute stuffed bunny (hidden within some of our storefronts), snap a pic and post on social media using the hashtag #UptownBunnyHop for a chance to win a gift basket (valued at $100)
donated by businesses along the street!

“Draws will take place on Monday April 9th when all the winners will be announced through social media.

​”We will also be inviting local artisanal vendors to join us and we will host a live music performance just outside of Candi Werx’s at 554 Concession Street (between 11am and 2pm).

​”A fun filled day for the entire family. Hope to have you join us!”

We’re moving to the mountain 3/26 to 422 Concession Street, Hamilton

We are moving to 422 Concession from March 26 & we are expanding our offerings!

Lil Movers Tuesday 9:30-10AM $5 (18 months & up)

This class will be about exploring creative movement, learning dance class etiquette, creating good posture & dance habits.  Caregivers should remain in the room with their children.

Tuesday 4-4:45PM Kids Bellydance $5 (4 years & up)

Bellydance is a social dance from the middle east performed at weddings & community events.  It is absolutely appropriate for all kids.  This class will have a short warm up, some drills, technique review, we’ll put together a combination & then it’ll be time to cool down.

Saturday 10-10:30AM Mommy & Me Bellydance $30 for 4 classes (Caregiver & child, 4 & up)

This class is for any caregiver & child.  We tend to have 2 month long sessions for this class.  There are optional performance opportunities for dancers in this class.

We are also adding some morning classes to our schedule after we move to Concession Street.

Tuesdays & Thursdays 10-11AM “Feel Good Bellydance” $5 drop in fee

This will be a gentle, drop in friendly introduction to bellydance.

Caregivers feel free to bring your little ones with you to this class!

We are doing lots of giveaways in the upcoming months for our new location! Keep an eye on our instagram @hamiltonbellydance or our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/hamiltonbellydance/

Let us know if there are any days, times or offerings that we aren’t offering but you’d like to see! Contact eshebellydancer@hotmail.com

 

Bellydance in February at Mahasti

ONE TIME ONLY

Wed Feb 7th 7PM Drills with Angela Josephine (last drop in class of the session)

Thurs Feb 8th with Eshe 8:05PM

Black Panther Hamilton Challenge – Pay What You Can Hardcore Bellydance Drills

Wed Feb 14th with Peggy 7PM

Romantic Bellydance – Pay What You Can Choreography Class

Thurs Feb 15th with Leanna of Belladance 8:05PM

Straight Up Egyptian – drop in for $18 or buy a classcard & save


New Bellydance Session Starts 2/15

Monday with Eshe

7PM Pay What You Can Drop in Basics

8:05PM Turkish Bellydance

Tuesday with Peggy

6:20PM Drop in Basics

7:25PM Pay What You Can Lebanese Bellydance for Beginners

Wednesday with Eshe

7:10PM Egyptian Choreography

8:15PM Modern Choreography

Thursday

7PM Kpop & Bellydance Choreography with Faith

8:05PM guest teachers Leanna (15th), Jackie Pullar (22nd, 1st, 8th)

Saturday with Eshe

10AM Mommy & Me (new session 2/24)

10:45AM Drop in Pay What You Can Basics

11:50AM Top 40 Choreography

12:55 Modern Choreography

 

 

New Mommy & Me Bellydance Class from 2/24

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KIDS BELLYDANCE (Caregiver & Me) Saturdays 10-10:30AM

1 CLASS – 1 Adult & 1 Child $10 (including taxes)

1 CLASS – 1 Adult & 2 Siblings $15 (including taxes)

4 CLASSES – 1 Adult & 1 Child $30 (including taxes)

4 CLASSES – 1 Adult & 2 Siblings $45 (including taxes)

Open to any caregiver & child.  Recommended for ages 4 & up. Optional performance opportunities.  Dancers 11 & up (students attending school full-time) are welcome to attend our regular classes with a 50% discount.

Pay What You Can Bellydance – Karma Class for Sexual Assault Centre Hamilton

You have raised $4351 for local Hamilton & Canadian charities since we opened in April 2016.  Thank you so much for your generosity!

Sunday Jan 28th Eshe is hosting a Pa-Glam-A Dance Party.  Come in your PJs (or whatever you like!) and learn a glam bellydance! We are raising money for SACHA (Sexual Assault Centre Hamilton).  No donation is too small.  100% of funds donated go to SACHA.  Current students may use 1 class on their class card if they prefer.

Beginners are welcome.  We will learn (or polish for experienced dancers) step touches, shimmies, hip drops & lifts as well as work on adding lots of flair & attitude.

We are at 1 West Ave S, Suite 300, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.  Free parking at our building.  Check out our “Location” page for pics of the building as well as maps & FAQs.

 

K-Pop & Bellydance with Faith in Hamilton at Mahasti

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FRESH FUSION CLASS with Faith Dance at Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium.

Drop in on week 1 – Thursday Jan 18th.  Use your class card or pay a drop in fee.  If you’ve still got gas in the tank stay & play at 8:05 with Jackie Pullar while she leads a drilling class!

Instructor Faith loves bellydance, but her ultimate bias is K-Pop… and she invites you explore the fusion of these two distinct worlds into one energetic, whimsical, and accessible dance form! From undulations to aegyo, you’ll learn choreography that draws heavily on bellydance technique to blend seamlessly with a wide range of K-Pop stylings and expression. All levels welcome, but some bellydance experience is advantageous. Come prepared to do your best and have fun! Hwaiting!

FAITH
Faith began teaching and performing bellydance and Bollywood style dance in 2009 & 2010 respectively, and also enjoyed many years as a member of various Ontario-based bellydance troupes (Karma, Bella Luna, the Bellydonnas). Her teaching experience also spans areas such as fitness and chair dance. From 2011-2014, she founded and directed the Bollywood dance troupe NACHEGI.

Faith has had the privilege of studying with many instructors in both Bollywood style dance and bellydance, as well as attending workshops with renowned dancers and choreographers such as Divya Kumar, Jaya Vaswani, Raqia Hassan and Sadie Marquadt. She continues to study both dance forms through weekly classes and regular workshops, and is dedicated to presenting a culturally authentic dance experience in each class she teaches—while also making sure there are plenty of smiles and laughs along the way. In early 2017, she began fusing her deep love of K-Pop music with bellydance, and seeks to present style this to her fusion students with her signature whimsical flavor.

Mahasti
1 West Ave S, Suite 300, Hamilton, ON
hamiltonbellydance.com
eshebellydancer@hotmail.com

What’s Your Self-Care Plan for 2018?

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We would love to be a part of your self-care plan for 2018! Self-care is not (just) about indulgence, it’s about creating a life with healthy habits & people in it. Check out some of the benefits of dance on both our mental & physical well-being:

“Through regular aerobic training that incorporates some type of dance at least once a week anyone can maximize his or her brain function.”

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-athletes-way/201310/why-is-dancing-so-good-your-brain

“regular dancing is great for losing weight, maintaining strong bones, improving posture and muscle strength, increasing balance and co-ordination and beating stress” (NHS).

“When dancing an ample flow of mood-improving chemicals is released helping to elevate our mental state; even one lively dance session has been proven to reduced depression in comparison to vigorous exercise or listening to music according to research conducted by The Arts in Psychotherapy.”

“Additionally, whilst the physical movement of dance helps reduce stress, anxiety and depression, dancing with others also helps us feel more connected and social. Dance classes can encourage social bonds and friendships which are key factors in improving our mood and mental health.”

https://www.ids.co.uk/blog/the-benefits-dancing-has-on-mental-health/

“studies show that dance helps reduce stress, increases levels of the feel-good hormone serotonin, and helps develop new neural connections, especially in regions involved in executive function, long-term memory, and spatial recognition.”

http://neuro.hms.harvard.edu/harvard-mahoney-neuroscience-institute/brain-newsletter/and-brain-series/dancing-and-brain