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 eshebellydancer@hotmail.com or cash or credit card at the studio.
https://mahasti.ecwid.com/#!/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
https://mahasti.ecwid.com/#!/2-Hour-Workshop-HIBC/p/80583484/category=21437093
3 hour workshop ($75.22 + tax) $85CDN
https://mahasti.ecwid.com/#!/3-Hour-Workshop/p/80583494/category=21437093
4 hours (2 x 2 hour workshop) ($97.35 + tax) $110CDN
https://mahasti.ecwid.com/#!/2-x-2-Hour-Workshop-at-HIBC/p/80583505/category=21437093
All Day Pass (7 hours) ($141.59 + tax) $160CDN
https://mahasti.ecwid.com/#!/All-Day-Workshop-Pass/p/80583477/category=21437093
Etransfer to eshebellydancer@hotmail.com, cash or credit card at the studio is also available.

HIBC FINALISTS COUPON: HIBC2017 to save 15%

hamiltonbellydance.com

Bellydance Workshops with Angela Josphine in Hamilton at Mahasti

angela ws
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.
 
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

Bellydance Show in Hamilton

Our monthly bellydance showcase is Sat 8/12 at The Casbah!

Raqs Mahasti with special guests

BellyFlow

Invoketress

Wild Orhid Belly Dance

Sarita of Ya Amar & Raqs Latinas

Show starts at 7PM.  Doors open at 6:30PM.  Tickets are $15 at the door.  Kids under 18 are free.

306 King St W, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

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 https://www.bruha.com/event/1142

 
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. http://theheartofontario.com/

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
http://cottonfactory.ca/

Show & Specialty Bellydance Workshops at Mahasti

Mommy & Me class is running at 10AM tomorrow but other classes are cancelled so we can host Iana of Ukraine/Toronto & Anya of Edmonton.  Still spots left in both workshops if you feel like pushing yourself in a new direction in bellydance.  These chances don’t happen often in Hamilton.  It’s a real & rare treat!

Sat July 8th

10:45-12:45 Drum Solo Secrets with Iana

1-3PM Exploratory Movement in Middle Easter Dance with Anya

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.

Drum Solo Secrets with Iana 10:45-12:45
Learn a new exciting drum solo choreography, plus get insights into the choreographing process. Iana will reveal not only her technique tricks, but also explain her choreographic choices and give some tips on structuring your own dance creations. These principles apply either if you are getting ready for a stage performance, or your next gig!

Exploratory Movement in Middle Eastern Dance with Anya 1-3PM
Ready to get a little weird? This class isn’t a “belly dance class” it’s all about movement/energy/intention/focus and how playing with these different aspects of movement can enhance your dance practice and ability. Prepare to get up to get down. We’ll explore various exercises to find comfort and familiarity within transitions.

That night we’ll have our monthly showcase Harem at The Casbah – 306 King St W, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Doors open at 6:30PM.  Show is 7-8:30PM.  Tickets are $15 at the door.  Kids under 18 are free.

Raqs Mahasti with Anya, Iana, BellaDance & Helene Eden Kassar.  Every month we change our line-up & offer a completely new show. You’ll never see the same line-up or same dance twice.  Come & see some of our brightest stars!

Congratulations HIBC 2017 Solo Finalists!

Congratulations to the Hamilton International Bellydance Competition 2017 Finalists!

Artists are listed in alphabetical order.

Professional Solo Finalists

  1. Alaina
  2. Alexandra
  3. Asteria
  4. Catalina
  5. Claudya Khalida
  6. Vivian Snowdon

Fusion Solo Finalists

  1. Alaina
  2. Alexandra
  3. Jackie Pullar
  4. Natalie Zara
  5. Nimmi Kalra-Brenzil
  6. Siyobin Blanco
  7. Surina Smolsky

Finals will take place Saturday September 9th at The Casbah – 306 King St W, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Hamilton International Bellydance Competition

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HIBC Hamilton International Bellydance Competition closes tomorrow! Get your videos in! Click on HIBC tab for more details.  We have 4 categories for soloists, ensembles, fusion & traditional dances.  3 mins for soloists. 4 mins for ensembles.  Only $35 for soloists or $70 for groups (including taxes, per category).  Join us! It’ll never be easier or more affordable! This is a great opportunity to push yourself in dance.  No make-up or costumes necessary! We just need to see your dance clearly.

Bellydance Show & Workshops with Anya & Iana in Hamilton

Personal Magic Bellydance workshops with
Iana Komarnytska & Anya Belly Dance
at Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium
 
Saturday, July 8th
Drum Solo with Iana 10:45AM-12:45PM
Exploratory Movement in Middle Eastern Dance with Anya 1-3PM
 
Etransfer to eshebellydancer@hotmail.com. Cash or credit card at the studio.
 
Drum Solo Secrets with Iana 10:45-12:45
Learn a new exciting drum solo choreography, plus get insights into the choreographing process. Iana will reveal not only her technique tricks, but also explain her choreographic choices and give some tips on structuring your own dance creations. These principles apply either if you are getting ready for a stage performance, or your next gig!
 
Exploratory Movement in Middle Eastern Dance with Anya 1-3PM
Ready to get a little weird? This class isn’t a “belly dance class” it’s all about movement/energy/intention/focus and how playing with these different aspects of movement can enhance your dance practice and ability. Prepare to get up to get down. We’ll explore various exercises to find comfort and familiarity within transitions.
 
IANA
Iana Komarnytska is an award-winning dancer and choreographer based in Toronto, Canada, specializing in Middle Eastern and Central Asian dance styles. Over the last few years she has taught and performed in dozens of countries including Germany, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Ukraine, USA, Cyprus, Hungary and others. Iana is a graduate from professional dance program of York University, as well as winner of Star Bellydancer Canada 2014 Competition, and International Dance Competition Cairo by Cyprus 2015.
 
ANYA
Anya hails from Edmonton, Alberta where she teaches classes and performs regularly throughout the province. She specializes in working with dancers in unconventional ways to help them become the best dancers they can be; as a performer, she offers emotive and evocative performances that are true to the roots of this dance. She is passionate about the transformative power of Middle Eastern Dance and Music and the complete joy it brings to ones soul.

SHOW
Bellydance in The Casbah
2nd Saturday of every month

Harem vol 22
Sat. July 8th
Show 7-8:30PM
Tickets $15 at the door

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

Raqs Mahasti (Eshe, Peggy Nuwayrah Bellydance & Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium studio dancers) with special guests
Iana Komarnytska
Anya Belly Dance
Helene EdenKassar
BellaDance Hamilton

The Casbah
306 King W
Hamilton, ON

New Session & New Bellydance Classes at Mahasti in Hamilton, ON

If you’re looking to try a choreography class the next session will start Monday June 26th.

We always offer 50% off to students.  We recommend regular classes for dancers 12 & up.  And we offer up to 50% off your first class card.

We have some exciting drop in classes starting soon.  Thursday night will switch over to 2 drop in classes from Thurs June 29th.  If you have lots of vacation time, have a hectic schedule, suffer from an excessive amount of friends, try our drop in schedule.  You can attend as much or as little as you like.  As ever you have 3 months (from the day of purchase) to use up your class card.  So if you purchase your class card on June 7th it’s good until September 7th.

We are performing at Aga Khan Museum in Toronto this week so there is no class Wed June 21st or Sat June 24th.  We are open for the long weekend & all other days.

 

 

Unlimited Bellydance Pass Sale

1year sale

Bellydance with us for $1000 (plus tax) a year.  It works out to a little over $21 a week for up to 12 classes.  That’s about $1.80 per class. Even cheaper than our Groupon deal! No welcome, student or other discounts are valid at this price.

To give you an idea of the savings, a single drop in class is $16 + tax.

https://mahasti.ecwid.com/#!/1-Year-Unlimited-Bellydance-2017-SPECIAL-LIMITED-TO-10-PASSES/p/75603527/category=18890055

This year long pass is regularly $1500 + tax.  Students may purchase the regularly priced pass for 50% off which is even cheaper! $847.50 with taxes. $16 a week or about $1.35 per class if you’re coming to all 12!  Use coupon code: STUDENT

https://mahasti.ecwid.com/#!/1-Year-of-Unlimited-Bellydance-Classes/p/75435269/category=18890055

We also have 1, 3 or 6 month passes available if you’re interested in a shorter unlimited pass.