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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Free Bellydance Class at Mahasti for Try Hamilton

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Saturday May 26th we’re hosting a FREE bellydance basics class at Mahasti as part of the Concession BIA’s Try Hamilton day.  Open to everyone (including existing students).  No experience necessary. No strings. Just come & enjoy!

Mahasti The Bellydance Emporium is located at 422 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

Thursday

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

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

Saturday

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
https://www.wassethiopianrestaurant.com/about-the-wass/hours-location

Contact Eshe Yildiz on facebook or eshebellydancer@hotmail.com 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%. hamiltonbellydance.com

What’s Your Self-Care Plan for 2018?

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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

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 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.

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

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