Workshops with Heather Marie in Hamilton at Mahasti

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Expand and Contract 11-1
Let’s explore breath & full body movements. We will begin with dynamic stretching followed by focused dance conditioning sequences to preparing your body and focus the mind. Drills w/ a heavy focus on lines, turns, spins, & extensions will help inspire a more dynamic range of expression in your dance. Come with the intention to refine your movement quality and take your dance to the next level.
 
Synthesis 2-4PM
Applying the techniques from the previous class, you will learn a few fun, yet challenging combinations; fusing soft flowing contemporary technique with good ole’ tribal fusion pop n locking! Fun for the brain and the body! In closing, we will also be exploring group/partner work. (Bring knee pads if you feel you need them as we will be doing some floor work!)
 
Heather Marie Dancer
Coming from generations of Artists, Musicians, and dancers, it was only a matter of time before Heather Marie discovered her love of Middle Eastern Belly Dance. Training for close to two decades, Heather is currently Suhaila Salimpour Level-2 and Jamila-1 Certified. As well as a Fat Chance® Belly Dance Sister Studio of American Tribal Style® belly dance. Heather is Co-Founder and of her performance ensemble, Izgreyala, and Artistic Director of her student troupe, Mandali. Her unique style is rooted in contemporary, Tribal Fusion, Folkloric, and Classic Golden Era style bellydance, sprinkled with Hip Hop, Pop & Lock, and Liquid Dance from the early 90s electronic scene. Intensive studies include Suhaila Salimpour, Kami Liddle, Jill Parker, Carolena Noriccio, April Rose, Zafira and the Indigo to name a few. Spicing it up, Heather Marie also dabbles in the Circus arts, to which she is an Insured Fire Performer and well versed in partner Acro-Balance. Heather teaches throughout the US and Canada, holds weekly dance classes at her home studio in Warren, MI, & is available for skype lessons.
 
A seasoned performer, Heather Marie can list opening for Beats Antique as well as Thomas Dolby in 2012. Performing in full stage productions, such as “Club Belly Dance” with the Belly Dance Super Stars in 2012&13, “Stardust Follies” w/ Kami Liddle and Goldstar Dance Co. in 2015 &16, and “Torch with a Twist”, the longest running Detroit based vaudevillian variety show, among her many accomplishments.
 
$45 for 1 workshop
$75 for both workshops
 
Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium
422 Concession, Hamilton
hamiltonbellydance.com
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Hamilton International Bellydance Competition 2018

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 eshebellydancer@hotmail.com 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.

Rules:
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.

Videos:
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 eshebellydancer@hotmail.com.


WORKSHOPS

Workshops with Henna for Hamilton International Bellydance Competition 2018 will take place at Mahasti on Sunday, September 16, 2018!

Details coming soon.

Sat 5/12 Alyssa Nedich, Bellydance Meet Up, Build a Terrarium

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Freestyle Flow: Secrets to Improv with Alyssa Nedich

Join us Saturday May 12th as this award-winning artist shares exploratory and expansive drills. Learn what it means to dance in the moment or use the exercises to push through creative blocks or past established habits. Test out different tempos, levels, textures, ranges of emotion from brooding to playful as soloists, partners and a group.

Sat May 12th
4:30-6:30PM
at Mahasti
422 Concession

All experience levels welcome.

SALE $31!!!!

BIO
Daring to follow her artistic dreams, Alyssa has been working as a choreographer, director and dance instructor for 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.

Alyssa’s creativity is ever reaching, crafting competitive and performance pieces for soloists and groups as well as investing in her community. Alyssa believes in helping youth grow confidence through dance. She has been asked by numerous elementary schools, high schools and community centers to run workshops and camps.

Alyssa’s approachable and bubbly personality has allowed her to extend her expertise to include offering private lessons, workshops and specialty choreography for weddings and events.

AWARDS
Certified instructor by The International Dance Teaching Standards
Member of the Professional Adjudicators Alliance
Audiences Choice winning show Bloom at the 2015 Hamilton Fringe Festival
Audiences Choice winning show, Places at the 2014 Hamilton Fringe Festival
Choreographed the Canadian premiere of Sideshow the Musical
Choreographed and curated a music video for California Indie Rockers, Of us Giants’ hit Soil
Hammer Entertainments full 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 seasons
Hamilton Spectator’s Readers Choice Award for Best Dance Instructor in 2014 and 2015
Nominated for an emerging artist award twice under the Hamilton Arts Awards
Member of Hamilton Fringe Festival’s ALERT Collective

More at http://www.alyssanedich.com/

Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium
422 Concession, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
eshebellydancer@hotmail.com
hamiltonbellydance.com


 

7PM Hamilton Bellydance Meet Up

The Lounge at Casbah

306 King St W, Hamilton

FREE Entry!

Optional: Build a terrarium with Angela Josephine.  $20 for 3 catci or 3 succulents with decorative rocks, earth & terrarium.  Starts 7:30 & lasts approximately 1 hour.

2 more FREE bellydance classes this week!

Our Tuesday night class at the HPL on Concession was totally full so they added a 2nd class this Thursday 6:30-7:30PM.  Free! Please contact them to register.

Saturday as part of the Concession Street Uptown Bunny Hop & Seek we’ll be offering a free bellydance basics class at Mahasti! Join us 10:45-11:45AM for a beginner lesson.  We’ll also have treats for the kids (chocolates, candy and non-food treats).

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

Hamilton International Bellydance Competition

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 eshebellydancer@hotmail.com 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.

Rules:
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.

Videos:
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 eshebellydancer@hotmail.com.

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Workshops: Sunday 9/16/2018
 
11-1 Dynamic Precision (Drills for Razor Sharp Technique)
2-4 Mejance (Entrance Choreography)
 
1 workshop (2 hours) $60CAD / $48USD ($53.10 + tax)
Both workshops (4 hours) $110CAD/ $89USD ($97.35 + tax)

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.

 

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

Bellydance Workshops at Mahasti

Melissa Gamal of Ya Amar is coming back to Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium Sun Dec 3rd

11-1:30PM Mejance (entrance choreography)
Straight from Cairo Melissa will share the workshop she’s prepared for the world-famous Nile Group in November!

2:30-4PM Musicality & Improvisation
Tips & tricks to take your dance to the next level with Melissa’s signature sass, poise & style.

11AM workshop $50 (2.5 hours) https://mahasti.ecwid.com/#!/1-Workshop-2-hours-total/p/64748412/category=18890056

2:30PM workshop $35 https://mahasti.ecwid.com/#!/1-Workshop-1-5-Hours/p/79014740/category=18890056

BOTH 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.

MELISSA GAMAL

Melissa Gamal is an award-winning dancer based in Toronto. She’s won titles at world-renowned bellydance gatherings Heshk Beshk Oriental Dance Festival in Venice, Italy & CAIRO Festival, Budapest, Hungary. Her authentic movement style and elegant musical interpretation have made her one of the most beloved performers in Canada.

Her foremost training was at Arabesque Academy/Dance Company, where she was an instructor and lead dancer for 8 years. She continually trains with famed & respected instructors from across North America, Europe and the Middle East, including intensive studies in Cairo, Egypt.

As an experienced instructor, her classes and workshops are sought after for her attention to technique as well as her knowledge of historical and cultural contexts. This November will see her teaching at Nile Group Cairo in Egypt among the top instructors in the world.

In 2015 Melissa co-founded Ya Amar, an entertainment company focused on offering exquisite performances of Middle Eastern dance and live music. She is also quickly gaining a reputation as a top-notch event producer & taste-maker as she brings rising stars, scholars & well-respected dance ethnologists to Canada.

See more at https://ya-amar.ca/

Support 2 full days of workshops at Mahasti & get a free ticket to Harem!

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

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