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

 

 

HIBC Workshops with Henna

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So excited to announce our workshops with Henna the Bellydancer for Hamilton International Bellydance Competition 2017! Sun Sept 10th at Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium
10-NOON – Veil
12:30-2:30PM – Technique & Combinations
3-6PM Choreography
2 hour workshop $60CDN
https://mahasti.ecwid.com/#!/2-Hour-Workshop-HIBC/p/80583484/category=21437093
3 hour workshop $85CDN
https://mahasti.ecwid.com/#!/3-Hour-Workshop/p/80583494/category=21437093
4 hours (2 x 2 hour workshop) $110CDN
https://mahasti.ecwid.com/#!/2-x-2-Hour-Workshop-at-HIBC/p/80583505/category=21437093
All Day Pass (7 hours) $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.
We’re at 1 West Ave S, Suite 300, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. eshebellydancer@hotmail.com hamiltonbellydance.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 Beginner Bellydance Workshop in Hamilton 

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Tuesday 11/8
6:20PM Bellydance with Veil
7:30PM Bellydance with Fans
8:40PM Folklore with Cane (Stick/Assaya)

Pay What You Can Beginner Bellydance with Props

No donation is too small. Total beginners welcome. No experience necessary. We have free loaner props available for students to borrow.

100% of donations will go to Thrive Child and Youth Trauma Services.

“THRIVE Child and Youth Trauma Services provides professional assessment and trauma treatment services, as well as prevention and educational programs. Our treatment programs include comprehensive assessment and specialized treatment for children and youth in our community who have been sexually abused, have been involved in intrafamilial sexual abuse (children and youth within the same family), or have problem sexual behaviours. We also offer services to address the unique needs of refugee and immigrant children and youth experiencing trauma symptoms or significant acculturation stress as well as support to their families.”

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.

RSVP to eshebellydancer@hotmail.com

Each month Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium offers 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.

We will also be raffling off bellydance lessons at Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium & tickets to a future Harem at Harem vol 14 – Bellydance Show in Hamilton @ The Casbah in support of Thrive.

In April 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
Since opening in April, we’ve raised $1860 for local & Canadian charities.props101

Bellydance & Bollywood Workshops Sun 9/18

This Sunday join us for an Intro to Lebanese workshop 10-11:10 with Star Bellydancer Canada 2015 Peggy. After Bellydance stay for Bollywood with Faith! She’ll be teaching technique from 11-1 and then choreography from 2-4.

1 West Ave S Suite 300 Hamilton ON Canada

Parking is free at the rear of the studio (any spot but 3 or 10) & surrounding side streets.

No experience necessary for either workshop.

We have a full kitchen with stove, microwave, fridge, etc on site if you wish to bring your lunch or there are nearby 1 minute walking-distance dining options such as Tim Norton’s & Dennigers in addition to convenience stores.

hamiltonbellydance.com

eshebellydancer@hotmail.com

To pay online, visit our store: https://mahasti.ecwid.com/

Lebanese Bellydance 101 – Pay What You Can Karma Workshop

Join Star Bellydance of Canada 2015 as she shares “Lebanese Bellydance 101” for our monthly installment of Pay What You Can Workshops.

Sunday 9/18

10AM-11:10AM

Peggy will be sharing a beginner level workshop covering the basics of Lebanese Bellydance.

No donation is too small.  No experience necessary. All money collected goes to Food4Kids.

Mahasti
1 West Ave S, Suite 300 (3rd floor)
Hamilton, ON
hamiltonbellydance.com
RSVP eshebellydancer@hotmail.com

In April 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.
We have raised $1310 for our community since April. Be part of it, in September join us to raise money for Food4Kids.

A bit about Food4Kids
It was assessed 1,500 children in Hamilton and 400 children in Halton were going without food each and every weekend. A program model was developed with a focus on 3 distinct areas:

1)Food provided to children at-risk would be healthy

2)Each child in the home would receive their own food package, to ensure nourishment of all children in the home

3) The program model would ensure a non-stigmatizing process of food distribution to participants

Today, 1335 healthy food packages are distributed in 89 schools throughout Hamilton and Halton.

 

Your First Bellydance Class at Mahasti

WHERE

1 West Ave S, Suite 300 (3rd floor) Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

We are near the Canadian Tire downtown, directly adjacent to First Place.

PARKING

There is parking at the building.  You may use any spot except 3 or 10.

RESERVATION

It’s unnecessary to make a reservation but we always welcome a heads-up if you’re new to the studio & coming for the first time.  We can let the instructor know to expect you & show you around.  Let us know at eshebellydancer@hotmail.com

REGISTRATION

If you have purchased a class card from Groupon please print out & bring the purchase form with you.  Groupon does not collect the taxes, please bring them with you.  $39 class cards = $5. $55 class card = $7.

There is no registration process but we invite you to arrive 5 minutes early to class.

EXPIRATION

Your class card is good for 3 months.  So if you buy it Jan 5th it expires April 5th.  You may use your class card as quickly as you like.

If you finish all of your classes within the 3 months & would like to buy additional classes to use within the same period you may “top up” your class card.

WHAT TO WEAR

We dance barefoot.  Please wear comfortable clothes you can move freely in.  Most women wear yoga or workout gear.  If you have a hipscarf feel free to bring it with you.

You may wish to dress in layers according to the weather.

WHAT TO BRING

You may wish to bring water & a face towel with you.

FACILITIES

We have 2 bathrooms, a kitchen (with a microwave, fridge, sofa, oven, sink) as well as a sink in the studio.

CLASS STRUCTURE

We have a 5-10 minute warm-up, 40-50 minutes of class and a 5-10 minute cool down.  If you require additional stretching feel free to start before class or continue after the teacher has finished (until the next class starts).

YOUR FIRST DANCE CLASS?

If this is your first time ever dancing or bellydancing we recommend the basics class.  All other classes are beginner or beyond beginner level.

WHEN WILL IT START TO FEEL MORE NATURAL?

Generally, at the end of 8 classes or 2 months.  There is still much growth to be done but at that time you may start to feel the moves flowing a bit easier.

WHAT TO FOCUS ON?

In Bellydance we build from the floor up.  First we get the feet moving, then add hips & bodywork, then arms and the last piece of the puzzle is usually expression.

If you’re finding class challenging focus on just getting the feet right.  If that feels good, add the body & hip work. If all of that is flowing you can throw in the arms.  Still grooving? Work on the expression & feeling.

CLASS ETIQUETTE

Please arrive on time & put your phone on mute.  Listen to your body 1st and the instructor 2nd.   You will at times feel effort you should never feel pain.    Ask questions to the instructor (each class has only 1). Avoid giving instructions, advice or corrections if you’re not the instructor.  Be kind to yourself.

WHO IS THE BOSS?

You are.

Please ask if you’d like to see a move one more time, go a bit slower or a bit faster.  We are here to help you on your journey in dance.

We are always interested in your feedback after the lesson or through email eshebellydancer@hotmail.com

WHEN CAN I START?

Basics classes are not cumulative so you can begin them at any point in time.  We also have on-going drop-in classes that are friendly to those with unpredictable schedules or whom don’t wish to learn choreography.

Our sessions follow the moon calendar.  Generally they are 4-6 weeks long.  If you miss the first few weeks you are still welcome to join a choreography class.  Please recognize if you are new to dance or the studio, it may be more challenging for you than for someone who has attended since the beginning of the session.  Being gentle with yourself & your expectations is key.

CAN I PERFORM?

We have a monthly event called “Harem” on the 2nd Saturday of every month where all studio dancers are invited to share their dance.