Audra Simmons – Modern Bellydance Workshop in Hamilton, Ontario

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Mahasti warmly welcomes bellydance pioneer Audra Simmons back to Mahasti. Details below.
1 West Ave S, Suite 300, Hamilton, ON, Canada
hamiltonbellydance.com
eshebellydancer@hotmail.com
Morning workshops followed by a performance at Harem in The Casbah.
306 King St W, Hamilton, ON, Canada.

Arms and Hands 11-1PM
Join Audra for a workshop designed to help you develop beautiful, fluid arms and hands.

We’ll begin with exercises for finding and mobilizing the upper back and shoulder blades, then move into elbows, wrists and fingers.

Then, with Dark Side style, Audra will begin to add details to create further depth of movement, as well as introduce emotive qualities to these movements, as we bring them into short combinations.

No previous Dark Side experience is required, though some belly dance experience is suggested. Suitable for all levels.

Technique Spotlight 1:30-3:30 -SOLD OUT!
This workshop will focus on deepening your understanding and execution of fundamental hip, chest and abdominal movements as we deconstruct the basics in this fun, sweaty workshop!

We’ll refine your technique and enhance your muscular control in stationary and moving drills, adding complexity and layers as we go. We’ll see how much we can pile on, where and how it falls apart, and talk about how we can work to be able to do it all.

No previous Dark Side experience is required, though some belly dance experience is suggested, not for absolute beginners. Suitable for all levels.

1 workshop $45 ($39.82 + tax)
2 workshops $75 ($66.37 + tax) SOLD OUT

Online payment:
1 workshop https://mahasti.ecwid.com/#!/1-Workshop-2-hours-total/p/64748412/category=18890056

2 workshops https://mahasti.ecwid.com/#!/2-Workshops-4-hours-total/p/64748410/category=18890056

Etransfer to eshebellydancer@hotmail.com
Cash payments also accepted at the studio.

Bellydance Photo Session – Mini Shoots at Mahasti, Hamilton

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Bellydance Mini Shoot with Pedro Bonatto de Castro
at Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium

www.pedrobonatto.com/bellydance

Sun, April 2nd
30 mins for $100 with 6 edited images
60 mins for $190 with 12 edited images

Available times:
9:30-10AM RESERVED
10-10:30AM
10:30-11AM
11-11:30AM
11:30-NOON
NOON-12:30PM
12:30-1PM
1-1:30PM
1:30-2PM
2-2:30PM RESERVED
2:30-3PM RESERVED
3-3:30PM
3:30-4PM
4-4:30PM
4:30-5PM RESERVED
5-5:30PM RESERVED
5:30-6PM RESERVED

Online payment can be made here: https://mahasti.ecwid.com/#!/$100-Performance-Deposit/p/64932058/category=18982188

Etransfer to eshebellydancer@hotmail.com

Cash or credit card payment are also available at the studio.
All sales are final. Payment must be made in advance. No refunds. Please do not make a reservation unless you’re sure you can attend.

We are located in downtown Hamilton. We have free parking at our building
1 West Ave S, Suite 300, Hamilton
hamiltonbellydance.com
eshebellydancer@hotmail.com

Pay What You Can Bellydance for Cystic Fibrosis Canada

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Every Thursday in April we are dancing to make CF history!

Join us at 7PM.  No donation is too small.  100% of money collected will go to charity!

Total beginners are totally welcome.  We are covering the basics of bellydance.

We’re located in downtown Hamilton & our building has a parking lot for dancer use. All 4 classes are drop in lessons.  You’re welcome to take all 4 or just drop in once.

Have any questions about class or the studio? Contact Eshe at eshebellydancer@hotmail.com

 

 

New Classes & More Pay What You Can from 3/23

We are excited to expand both our Basics & our Pay What You Can offerings from March 23.

Thursdays

7PM Bellydance Bascis – Drop in & Pay What You Can

8:15PM Improvisational Tribal Style/American Tribal Style

Starting Thursday 3/23 we’ll be opening another Bellydance Basics class at 7PM with Eshe. It will be a Pay What You Can class.  You can use your classcard if you have one or make a donation. The choice is yours.  We want to make sure everyone in Hamilton that wants to dance is dancing! This is a drop in class meaning you can start any time (on or after 3/23). You don’t have to commit to coming to every week (although you are most welcome to). We will be talking about good posture, weight changes, traveling, isolations, shimmies, arm & hand movements, hip articulations, transitions – basically all of the building blocks of bellydance.  Like our other basics classes, this offering will also be a bridge to choreography so if you wish to eventually transition you can do so with ease.

We’ll also be offering a new ITS/ATS class lead by Eshe at 8:15PM.
ITS – Improvisational Tribal Style is a freestyle dance format inspired by Carolena Nericcio’s American Tribal Style. Moving like a flock of birds or school of fish, we’ll use the body to communicate intent. ITS is like a language, after we learn a shared vocabulary we are able to have spontaneous conversation. With a turn of the head, hand gesture or foot placement the leader will cue a preset combination. This dance is great for being in the moment, creating art right out of thin air while listening to the music, as well as joyous and playful group work. The roots of this dance are Egyptian, featuring both folklore and traditional bellydance. The ITS we explore will also be peppered with bits of Indian and Spanish fusion as well as theatrical & modern dance stylizations.

We will also explore the founding San Francisco style ATS.

Weekly Pay What You Can Beginner Bellydance Class in Hamilton

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We don’t want anyone missing out on dance because they can’t afford it. We know a lot of people in Hamilton are struggling. Everyone deserves dance in their life. That’s why as part of our affordability initiative we are launching weekly Pay What You Can Beginner Bellydance classes on Tuesday at 8:40PM with the winner of Star Bellydancer Canada, Peggy.

For those of you nervous about committing to a class card this class is also for you. Drop in at whatever price you like. No strings. No reservation necessary.  If you already have a classcard you are welcome use it or you can make a donation. Your choice. It’s a drop in class so you can start anytime.

PWYC launches tomorrow night! Join us!

1 West Ave S, Suite 300, Hamilton, ON. Free parking at our building.

hamiltonbellydance.com
eshebellydancer@hotmail.com

Pay What You Can Bellydance for Sexual Assault Centre Hamilton SACHA

Friday, Feb 3rd 7-8:30PM
Bellydance to Beyonce’s “Hold Up”sachafeb

Pay What You Can Bellydance to support SACHA

VISION

SACHA envisions a world free of violence and oppression.

MISSION

SACHA is a feminist, non-profit, community-based organization of women guided by anti-racist and anti-oppressive values. Understanding the dynamics of gender and power in sexual violence, our programs will:

1) Provide services to people who have experienced sexual violence at any point in their lives.

2) Work to end violence and oppression through education, advocacy, coalition-building, community partnerships and activism.

3) Work towards the equitable inclusion of all women

SACHA will challenge social and political structures and systems that contribute to the experience of violence, oppression, and exploitation of all people.

Services are confidential and free of charge. We respect the right to safety and privacy.

More info at: http://sacha.ca/

Friday Feb 3rd 7-8:30PM

Bellydance to Beyonce’s “Hold Up”

Every month we offer Pay What You Can Beginner Bellydance workshops. We want to bring affordable art & culture classes to the community while also supporting local charities that enrich the lives of Canadians.

No donation is too small.

100% of all money collected goes directly to charity.

We are located at 1 West Ave S, Suite 300, Hamilton, ON.

We are near the Canadian Tire downtown & across the street from the First Place building.  Free parking is available at the rear of the building.

In April 2016 when we opened we raised $530 for Sacha Hamilton
In May we raised $300 for Cystic Fibrosis Canada
In June we raised $130 for the youth of Attawapiskat.
In July we raised $230 for Sacha Hamilton.
In August we raised $120 for Essential Aid and Family Services of Ontario inc.
In September we raised $85 for Food4Kids as well as $385 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
In October we raised $80 for Immigrants Working Centre
In November we raised $95 for Thrive Child & Youth Services.
In December we raised $570 for Essential Aid and Family Services of Ontario inc.
In January 2017 we raised $155 for 541 Eatery & Exchange’s Button Jar.
We’ve raised $2680 since opening in April for local & Canadian charities

Follow us on instagram @hamiltonbellydance or on Facebook to find out the latest info for our PWYC offerings

https://www.facebook.com/hamiltonbellydance/?fref=ts

Contact eshebellydancer@hotmail.com with questions or to RSVP.

Upcoming Bellydance Workshops

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We are so excited to bring to you some of the brightest stars in the Canadian bellydance scene.  Taking workshops with other instructors is a great way to expand your dance vocabulary, come at your practice from a new angle, learn new ways of creating & being creative as well as meeting other dancers.

Part of our mission at Mahasti is also to support those within our community.

Melissa Gamal is an award-winning dance artist based out of Toronto as well as 1/3 of the renowned dance company Ya Amar.  She’ll be bringing us her signature flawless Egyptian Bellydance on Sat 3/11 and then staying in town to dance at Harem that night in The Casbah.

Sun 3/26 we are having a Fusion Intensive.  Fusion as the name implies is dance mixology, infusing bellydance with other movement practices.  Jackie Pullar from Wild Orchid Bellydance in Hamilton, Zahira from Dragonfly Bellydance in Toronto & Ishra of Invoketress in Guelph will be joining forces to bring you 3 different, playful offerings.

Sat 4/8 will have Audra of The Dark Side Studio & Lavish in Toronto visiting us.  She is a bellydance pioneer.  After her workshops she’ll be dancing that night at Harem in The Casbah.

More details coming soon.

 

Bellydancer’s Wishlist by Eshe

Here are some of my favorite picks from indie & bellydance artists (or both).

MUSIC

Mother Tareka & The Rebel Funktion – PWYC

http://mothertareka.bandcamp.com/

Beats Antique “ShadowBox” $9.99USD or more

https://beatsantique.bandcamp.com/album/shadowbox

COSMETICS

Glitter Balm by Laura Selenzi RESTOCKING

Cosmetic grade bioglitter balm handmade with cocoa butter, shea butter & essential oils in your choice of gold, silver, blue or pink.

http://www.lauraselenzi.com/glitter-balm.html

Fat Chance Bellydance Anointing Oil $44USD

Gypsy Queen Anointing Oil

JEWELLERY & ACCESSORIES

Hand Made Crescent Moon Hoop Earrings by Kami Liddle $117.14CAD

https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/260701035/hand-made-crescent-moon-hoop-earrings?ref=related-3

Superfan by Silkdancer RESTOCKING

Fan is approx 54″ wide x 2 yards long, 5mm habotai silk dyed in a circular pattern

https://www.etsy.com/shop/silkdancer

CLOTHING/COSTUMES

Faux Assuit Cleopatra Maxi Skirt by Melodia $189USD

http://www.melodiadesigns.com/dresses/cleopatra-assuit

Faux Assuit Allie Crop Top SALE $49USD

http://www.melodiadesigns.com/tops/allie-assuit

WORKSHOPS

Sahar Samara in Toronto

https://www.facebook.com/events/215391045562631/

 

 

 

2017 Hamilton International Bellydance Competition – Save the date!

2017 Hamilton International Bellydance Competition

Cost:
$35 CAD (per category) for soloists
$70 CAD (per category) for ensembles (groups)

Application fees may be paid at https://mahasti.ecwid.com/. Please note – all application fees are non-refundable. 

All applicants will receive tickets to the gala show & competition for themselves for free . Tickets are non-transferable.
How it works:
Five solo/ensemblefinalists will be chosen per category from video submissions. There are four categories – professional solo, professional ensemble, fusion solo, and fusion ensemble. Professional applicants should use traditional Middle Eastern bellydance music. Fusion applicants 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).

The application deadline is Monday, June 19, 2017 at 9 a.m. EDT.All videos must be submitted before the deadline.

After being selected, the top five finalists in each category will be contacted by email. Their names will also appear on the Top 5 Announcement on our website that will be posted on Saturday, July 1, 2017.  The final competition will take place in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada from September 8 – 11, 2017.

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 and new content created by the soloist entering the competition or ensemble director in the case of groups. Using choreographies that have already been performed or another dancer’s choreography are 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.