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!”


Sidewalk Sounds – Bellydance Stage

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)

New Schedule

Monday with Eshe (open on the 19th)

7PM Basics

8:05PM Turkish Choreography

Tuesday with Peggy

6:20PM Basics

7:25PM PWYC Lebanese Bellydance for Beginners

Wednesday with Eshe

7:10PM Egyptian Choreography

8:15PM Modern Choreography


7PM Fresh Fusion Choreography with Faith (Kpop+Bellydance)

8:05PM Drop in Drills & Combos with Jackie Pullar


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

10:45AM Basics

11:50 Top 40 Choreography

12:55 Modern Choreography (same as Wednesday)



Hamilton Bellydance Meet Up 2018

Hamilton Bellydance Crew Meet Up 2018

Let’s enjoy good food, good conversation & good company together!

Everyone is welcome! Just let Eshe know how many are in your party! Parties of 1 are welcome! We are all friends! ^_^

We are heading to Wass Ethiopian for 4:30PM on Sunday Feb 11th
207 James St S, Hamilton, Ontario

Contact Eshe Yildiz on facebook or eshebellydancer@hotmail.com or write the Mahasti page or just show up!

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


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


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


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.

Harem vol 28 – Bellydance Show at The Casbah, Hamilton

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
Show 7-8:30PM

Doors 6:30PM
All ages.
Kids under 18 attend for free.

Raqs Mahasti (Eshe, Peggy Nuwayrah Bellydance & Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium studio dancers) with special guests
Angela Josephine
Melissa Gamal
Wild Orchid Belly Dance

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.

The Casbah
306 King W
Hamilton, ON
Nearest public parking lot: 55 Queen St N, Hamilton.
Nearest restaurant La Luna (also 306 King W).

Harem – Bellydance Show in Hamilton

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.

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 eshebellydancer@hotmail.com.


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.