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 or write the Mahasti page or just show up!

New Mommy & Me Bellydance Session at Mahasti in Hamilton, Ontario

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New Mommy & Me session starts this Saturday 1/6 at Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium. 1 class $10 for both child & caregiver or 4 classes for $30 (works out to $3.31 plus tax per dancer per class). There’s an option (never an obligation) to perform at Harem – Bellydance Show in Hamilton for interested dancers ^_^ Our goal with this program is to be affordable for familes.  Costumes are often things dancers already own like black tank tops & yoga pants. Recommended for ages 4-11. Dancers 12 & up can join our regular program with a student discount of 50%.

What’s Your Self-Care Plan for 2018?


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.”

“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.”

“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.”

Sunday 9/24 Bellydance Workshops

Sun 9/24 9:30-10:50 Eshe will be sharing the “Dry Bone Shuffle” by The Vaudevillian as a Pay What You Can workshop. All money goes to fight Breast Cancer.  No minimum donation.

Angela Josephine of Lavish takes over Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium for 1 day this September!

Sat 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.

1 workshop $45!/1-Workshop-2-hours-total/p/64748412/category=18890056
2 workshops $75!/2-Workshops-4-hours-total/p/64748410/category=18890056
Etransfer to Cash or credit card at the studio.

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.

1 West Ave S, Suite 300, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

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 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

Hamilton International Bellydance Competiton

We are crazy excited & proud to be bringing this event to Hamilton, our hometown.  We absolutely need your support for it to lift up & off the ground.  We’d love to see you at the competition, gala show and/or workshops.


HIBC 2017 Schedule

Sat Sept 9th

3-5PM Competition at The Casbah – 306 King St W, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada ($20 at the door, or combine your ticket with Gala Show $25)

7-8:30PM Gala Show at The Casbah ($20 at the door or combine your ticket with the competition $25)
Advance etransfer to or cash or credit card at the studio.!/HIBC-Ticket-Competition-&-Gala-Show/p/86716625/category=21437093

8:30PM After Party at The Casbah Lounge (FREE!)

Sun Sept 10th workshops with Henna at Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium

Veil Poetics 10AM – NOON
Express the music through silk veil for bellydance in this workshop focusing on phrasing, nuance, punctuation and fluidity. Henna shares her technique for easeful yet exciting veil performance. Our focus will be on clarifying shapes that fit the mood and and sound of the music, upon which your own embellishments can emerge.

Pure Romance 12:30-2:30
Love, romance, and desire fuel the movements in this workshop full of juicy combinations. We’ll use precise pathways and relaxed carriage to achieve an aesthetic that makes you and your audiences swoon.

Oum Kalthoum Choreography 3-6
Drop into the soul of Egyptian music in this choreography to the Oum Kalthoum classic, “Lessa Faker (Do you remember?)”. While learning a choreography to one of the most loved Egyptian songs, Henna will illustrate and explain her method of dancing to some of the most beautiful yet challenging pieces of music for bellydancers.

10-NOON – Veil
12:30-2:30PM – Technique & Combinations
3-6PM Choreography
2 hour workshop ($53.10 + tax) $60CDN!/2-Hour-Workshop-HIBC/p/80583484/category=21437093
3 hour workshop ($75.22 + tax) $85CDN!/3-Hour-Workshop/p/80583494/category=21437093
4 hours (2 x 2 hour workshop) ($97.35 + tax) $110CDN!/2-x-2-Hour-Workshop-at-HIBC/p/80583505/category=21437093
All Day Pass (7 hours) ($141.59 + tax) $160CDN!/All-Day-Workshop-Pass/p/80583477/category=21437093
Etransfer to, cash or credit card at the studio is also available.


Quilt of Belonging – Beginner Bellydance with Eshe at Cotton Factory, Hamilton

Eshe will be sharing a 2 hour beginner bellydance workshop at the Cotton Factory on Sun July 30th from 2-4PM.

Only $10 for all that dancing!

Link to sign up in advance

You’ll also be able to sign up day of at Cotton Factory. They’ll accepting cash and credit/debit while on site at the Exhibit through the Gift Shop

Quilt of Belonging Exhibit is on now! They also have a lot of other great offerings you should check out!

Peace By Piece: Stitching Together Canadian Stories
Celebrate Canada’s 150th and share the stories that make Canada special with the Quilt of Belonging exhibit. In addition to the Quilt of Belonging this five week (July 10th to Aug 16th) exhibit will showcase interactive programs, talks, workshops, displays, concerts and much more.

Sun July 30th 2-4PM Bellydance Basics with Eshe

Learn the basics of bellydance with Eshe of Mahasti – The Bellyance Emporium an award-winning professional artist. Bellydance is a celebratory, social dance performed at family functions. It’s a gentle and fun dance great for all ages. We’ll start with a brief warm up. We’ll learn and practice some basic movements before stringing them together in a combination. Roughly every 30 minutes we’ll begin work on a new combination. Traveling, shimmies, graceful hands and arms, powerful and playful hip articulations – this workshop will cover it all. At the end of our 2 hour workshop we will have a short cool down. We normally dance barefoot or in socks. We wear yoga or workout gear. There is no need to show your belly. We strongly recommend bringing water.

Everyone is welcome to attend. No experience necessary!

Location: Cotton Factory
270 Sherman Ave N, Hamilton, ON L8L 3Z4