What’s Your Self-Care Plan for 2018?

selfcare

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

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Specialty Bellydance Classes Coming to Mahasti in Hamilton

We are so excited to offer these specialty classes – good with your regular class card.  Or $16 + tax drop in fee.  Class cards can be purchased in sets as small as 4 for $60 + tax.

Wed 7:10PM (4 weeks) from 1/17 with Angela Josephine

DRILLS FOR THRILLS (AND SKILLS)
Join Angela in a four week session filled with drills designed to develop and improve your bellydance technique. This class is multilevel and suitable for dancers with some experience in bellydance. Drills will be modified to challenge all levels.
Come have fun and work towards a technical repertoire that’s sharp as a tack!

ANGELA JOSEPHINE
Angela Josephine is a Modern Fusion Bellydancer studying at The Dark Side Studio in Toronto, Ontario under the tutelage of Audra Simmons and Heather Labonté. She is a member of Lavish Dance Company and The Dark Side Studio Student Troupe. She was most recently part of the full length show Fragment Repair- A New Show by Lavish.

Angela began studying bellydance in 2012 at Serpentine Studios in Halifax, NS taking traditional and tribal fusion bellydance with teachers Laura Selenzi and Monique Ryan. She was a member of Mahari Tribal and the Serpentine Student Troupe. She also studied Bharatanatyam with Suneetra Karam-Singh.

Angela enjoys enriching her dance education by travelling to take workshops with other dancers and getting nerdy talking about all things dance.

ANGELA JOSEPHINE
Angela Josephine is a Modern Fusion Bellydancer studying at The Dark Side Studio in Toronto, Ontario under the tutelage of Audra Simmons and Heather Labonté. She is a member of Lavish Dance Company and The Dark Side Studio Student Troupe. She was most recently part of the full length show Fragment Repair- A New Show by Lavish.

Angela began studying bellydance in 2012 at Serpentine Studios in Halifax, NS taking traditional and tribal fusion bellydance with teachers Laura Selenzi and Monique Ryan. She was a member of Mahari Tribal and the Serpentine Student Troupe. She also studied Bharatanatyam with Suneetra Karam-Singh.

Angela enjoys enriching her dance education by travelling to take workshops with other dancers and getting nerdy talking about all things dance.

FRESH FUSION CLASS with Faith (4 week session in Jan, Feb, & March) from 1/18 Thursdays at 7PM.
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.

DRILLS & COMBINATIONS with JACKIE PULLAR Thurs 1/18 & 1/25 8:05PM
Jackie is the owner, principal instructor and Creative Director at Wild Orchid Belly Dance Studio in Hamilton, Ontario. She began her studies in Egyptian-style belly dance in 2001 with Patricia Savage of Awalim Studio, Hamilton. While at Awalim, she was introduced to Toronto-based belly dancer, Audra Simmons of The Dark Side Studio, who at the time was experimenting with a modern fusion style of belly dance called Tribal Fusion. Tribal Fusion fuses American Tribal Style belly dance with elements of other dance styles including Egyptian, hip hop, modern, Flamenco and Indian classical dances, among others. She was immediately captured by the movements, music and costuming of this style and made it her goal to learn as much as she could about it.

Her particular brand of Tribal Fusion blends Egyptian-style belly dance (classical and modern) with elements of jazz, hip hop, American Tribal Style (ATS) belly dance and Indian, among others.

She studied extensively with renowned fusion artists Audra Simmons, Rachel Brice, Mira Betz, Ariellah, Kami Liddle, Samantha Emmanuel and Heather Stants.

STRAIGHT UP EGYPTIAN WITH LEANNA 2/15 8:05PM

As a bellydancer, Leanna has had many memorable experiences. In 2015 she danced alongside Cirque du Soleil in the PanAm Opening Ceremony. This event was seen by a sold out crowd of 45,000 and had over 400 million TV viewers. Leanna was also selected to be on the CW Network Series ‘Reign’ which aired in 2017. She took part in her first full-scale production ‘Sawah’ at the Fleck Dance Theatre in Toronto. The show had many standing ovations and a huge ensemble cast of over 40 dance and musical artists from Toronto and Montreal. Other performance highlights include; the International Stage at the CNE (2016, 2017) and Dance Ontario Dance Weekend (2014-2018). Leanna also performs regularly as an ensemble and soloist with Arabesque Entertainment Agency and as part of the Yasmina Ramzy Dance Co.
Leanna‘s dedication and passion has made her a popular teacher in her hometown of Hamilton. She started BellaDance as a testament of the art forms power of revitalization and empowerment. Also giving credit to the dance having saved her as a self-conscious teenager, Leanna hopes to spread its healing qualities to her students. Watch out for local performances at The Casbah and summer Art Crawls alongside The Bellas, her dance troupe.

Thursday Feb 15 at 8:05-9:05PM
STRAIGHT UP EGYPTIAN
Soheir hips, Taheya circles, and Samia figure eights. Learn Egyptian combos from the famous stars of the Golden Era of Bellydance.
$16 (+ tax) drop in or use your class card.v

Audra Simmons at Mahasti – Sat 10/21

Audra Simmons, bellydance pioneer & general boss is taking over Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium on Sat October 21, 2017.

Workshops will be followed by a performance at Harem – Bellydance Show in Hamilton.

11-1PM From the Start
1:15-3:15PM Beyond Drilling

$45 for 1 workshop
$75 for both

From the Start: how music inspires movement

Dance creation and performance is often inspired and motivated by the music we move to.

In this workshop, we’ll take an in depth look at several pieces music to reveal their inner workings as we broaden our knowledge of, and connection to, the music.

Discussion and examples of how these sounds and elements can affect and shape our movement choices will follow as we work on creating short dance phrases.

Please note: there will be the option of some movement in this workshop, but it is primarily lecture style.
Open to all levels and styles – no previous musical training is required, seriously.

Beyond Drilling: bringing life to technique

In the life of any dancer, the desire to develop and refine technique is a constant quest, but dance is so much more than technique!

We’ll explore energy, work with weight and play with time as we connect with our bodies, and consider the missing link between drilling and successful performance.

Inspired by this summer’s sold out Take It Back Intensive, this workshop is part experiment and part investigation, and will provide dancers with new ideas and approaches to both the creative process and performance.

Open to all levels and styles

1 workshop $45 https://mahasti.ecwid.com/#!/1-Workshop-2-hours-total/p/64748412/category=18890056
2 workshops $75 https://mahasti.ecwid.com/#!/2-Workshops-4-hours-total/p/64748410/category=18890056
Interac Etransfer to eshebellydancer@hotmail.com. Cash or credit card at the studio.
All workshop sales are final.

Picture by Amy Senecal Photography

MAHASTI
1 West Ave S, Suite 300, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
hamiltonbellydance.com

Audra Simmons at Mahasti

Sat October 21st

11-1 From the Start

1-3 Beyond Drilling
 
$45 for 1 workshop
$75 for both
 
From the Start: how music inspires movement
 
Dance creation and performance is often inspired and motivated by the music we move to.
 
In this workshop, we’ll take an in depth look at several pieces music to reveal their inner workings as we broaden our knowledge of, and connection to, the music.
 
Discussion and examples of how these sounds and elements can affect and shape our movement choices will follow as we work on creating short dance phrases.
 
Please note: there will be the option of some movement in this workshop, but it is primarily lecture style.
Open to all levels and styles – no previous musical training is required, seriously.
 
Beyond Drilling: bringing life to technique
 
In the life of any dancer, the desire to develop and refine technique is a constant quest, but dance is so much more than technique!
 
We’ll explore energy, work with weight and play with time as we connect with our bodies, and consider the missing link between drilling and successful performance.
 
Inspired by this summer’s sold out Take It Back Intensive, this workshop is part experiment and part investigation, and will provide dancers with new ideas and approaches to both the creative process and performance.
 
Open to all levels and styles
 
Interac Etransfer to eshebellydancer@hotmail.com. Cash or credit card at the studio.
All workshop sales are final.
 
Show 7PM at The Casbah.  $15 entry.  Kids under 18 attend for free. audra simmons ws oct
Picture by Amy Senecal Photography

Bellydance Workshops with Angela Josphine in Hamilton at Mahasti

angela ws
Angela Josephine of Lavish takes over Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium for 1 day this September!
Sun Sept 24th
Technique Tackle Box (11 to 1pm)
Join Angela in a two hour workshop dedicated to working on your bellydance technique. Angela will take you through some of her go-to drills for keeping your technique sharp as a tack. Get ready to work your brain while working up a sweat!
All bellydance styles and levels welcome. Not recommended for absolute beginners to bellydance.
Silky Sharp (2 to 4pm)
Take some of your newly polished technique and apply it to sections of a new choreography created by Angela. This piece is smooth as butter with oodles of sharp accents and is infused with lots of Angela’s signature style. Expand on the technique and explore the expressiveness of these modern fusion combos.
All bellydance styles and levels welcome. Not recommended for absolute beginners to bellydance.
Etransfer to eshebellydancer@hotmail.com. Cash or credit card at the studio.
ANGELA JOSEPHINE
Angela Josephine is a Modern Fusion Bellydancer studying at The Dark Side Studio in Toronto, Ontario under the tutelage of Audra Simmons and Heather Labonté. She is a member of Lavish Dance Company and The Dark Side Studio Student Troupe. She was most recently part of the full length show Fragment Repair- A New Show by Lavish.
Angela began studying bellydance in 2012 at Serpentine Studios in Halifax, NS taking traditional and tribal fusion bellydance with teachers Laura Selenzi and Monique Ryan. She was a member of Mahari Tribal and the Serpentine Student Troupe. She also studied Bharatanatyam with Suneetra Karam-Singh.
Angela enjoys enriching her dance education by travelling to take workshops with other dancers and getting nerdy talking about all things dance.
MAHASTI THE BELLYDANCE EMPORIUM
1 West Ave S, Suite 300, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
hamiltonbellydance.com

Show & Specialty Bellydance Workshops at Mahasti

Mommy & Me class is running at 10AM tomorrow but other classes are cancelled so we can host Iana of Ukraine/Toronto & Anya of Edmonton.  Still spots left in both workshops if you feel like pushing yourself in a new direction in bellydance.  These chances don’t happen often in Hamilton.  It’s a real & rare treat!

Sat July 8th

10:45-12:45 Drum Solo Secrets with Iana

1-3PM Exploratory Movement in Middle Easter Dance with Anya

1 workshop $45 https://mahasti.ecwid.com/#!/1-Workshop-2-hours-total/p/64748412/category=18890056
2 workshops $75 https://mahasti.ecwid.com/#!/2-Workshops-4-hours-total/p/64748410/category=18890056
Etransfer to eshebellydancer@hotmail.com. Cash or credit card at the studio.

Drum Solo Secrets with Iana 10:45-12:45
Learn a new exciting drum solo choreography, plus get insights into the choreographing process. Iana will reveal not only her technique tricks, but also explain her choreographic choices and give some tips on structuring your own dance creations. These principles apply either if you are getting ready for a stage performance, or your next gig!

Exploratory Movement in Middle Eastern Dance with Anya 1-3PM
Ready to get a little weird? This class isn’t a “belly dance class” it’s all about movement/energy/intention/focus and how playing with these different aspects of movement can enhance your dance practice and ability. Prepare to get up to get down. We’ll explore various exercises to find comfort and familiarity within transitions.

That night we’ll have our monthly showcase Harem at The Casbah – 306 King St W, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Doors open at 6:30PM.  Show is 7-8:30PM.  Tickets are $15 at the door.  Kids under 18 are free.

Raqs Mahasti with Anya, Iana, BellaDance & Helene Eden Kassar.  Every month we change our line-up & offer a completely new show. You’ll never see the same line-up or same dance twice.  Come & see some of our brightest stars!

New Session & New Bellydance Classes at Mahasti in Hamilton, ON

If you’re looking to try a choreography class the next session will start Monday June 26th.

We always offer 50% off to students.  We recommend regular classes for dancers 12 & up.  And we offer up to 50% off your first class card.

We have some exciting drop in classes starting soon.  Thursday night will switch over to 2 drop in classes from Thurs June 29th.  If you have lots of vacation time, have a hectic schedule, suffer from an excessive amount of friends, try our drop in schedule.  You can attend as much or as little as you like.  As ever you have 3 months (from the day of purchase) to use up your class card.  So if you purchase your class card on June 7th it’s good until September 7th.

We are performing at Aga Khan Museum in Toronto this week so there is no class Wed June 21st or Sat June 24th.  We are open for the long weekend & all other days.