Specialty Bellydance Classes Coming to Mahasti in Hamilton

We are so excited to offer these specialty classes – good with your regular class card.  Or $16 + tax drop in fee.  Class cards can be purchased in sets as small as 4 for $60 + tax.

Wed 7:10PM (4 weeks) from 1/17 with Angela Josephine

DRILLS FOR THRILLS (AND SKILLS)
Join Angela in a four week session filled with drills designed to develop and improve your bellydance technique. This class is multilevel and suitable for dancers with some experience in bellydance. Drills will be modified to challenge all levels.
Come have fun and work towards a technical repertoire that’s sharp as a tack!

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.

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.

FRESH FUSION CLASS with Faith (4 week session in Jan, Feb, & March) from 1/18 Thursdays at 7PM.
Instructor Faith loves bellydance, but her ultimate bias is K-Pop… and she invites you explore the fusion of these two distinct worlds into one energetic, whimsical, and accessible dance form! From undulations to aegyo, you’ll learn choreography that draws heavily on bellydance technique to blend seamlessly with a wide range of K-Pop stylings and expression. All levels welcome, but some bellydance experience is advantageous. Come prepared to do your best and have fun! Hwaiting!

FAITH
Faith began teaching and performing bellydance and Bollywood style dance in 2009 & 2010 respectively, and also enjoyed many years as a member of various Ontario-based bellydance troupes (Karma, Bella Luna, the Bellydonnas). Her teaching experience also spans areas such as fitness and chair dance. From 2011-2014, she founded and directed the Bollywood dance troupe NACHEGI.

Faith has had the privilege of studying with many instructors in both Bollywood style dance and bellydance, as well as attending workshops with renowned dancers and choreographers such as Divya Kumar, Jaya Vaswani, Raqia Hassan and Sadie Marquadt. She continues to study both dance forms through weekly classes and regular workshops, and is dedicated to presenting a culturally authentic dance experience in each class she teaches—while also making sure there are plenty of smiles and laughs along the way. In early 2017, she began fusing her deep love of K-Pop music with bellydance, and seeks to present style this to her fusion students with her signature whimsical flavor.

DRILLS & COMBINATIONS with JACKIE PULLAR Thurs 1/18 & 1/25 8:05PM
Jackie is the owner, principal instructor and Creative Director at Wild Orchid Belly Dance Studio in Hamilton, Ontario. She began her studies in Egyptian-style belly dance in 2001 with Patricia Savage of Awalim Studio, Hamilton. While at Awalim, she was introduced to Toronto-based belly dancer, Audra Simmons of The Dark Side Studio, who at the time was experimenting with a modern fusion style of belly dance called Tribal Fusion. Tribal Fusion fuses American Tribal Style belly dance with elements of other dance styles including Egyptian, hip hop, modern, Flamenco and Indian classical dances, among others. She was immediately captured by the movements, music and costuming of this style and made it her goal to learn as much as she could about it.

Her particular brand of Tribal Fusion blends Egyptian-style belly dance (classical and modern) with elements of jazz, hip hop, American Tribal Style (ATS) belly dance and Indian, among others.

She studied extensively with renowned fusion artists Audra Simmons, Rachel Brice, Mira Betz, Ariellah, Kami Liddle, Samantha Emmanuel and Heather Stants.

STRAIGHT UP EGYPTIAN WITH LEANNA 2/15 8:05PM

As a bellydancer, Leanna has had many memorable experiences. In 2015 she danced alongside Cirque du Soleil in the PanAm Opening Ceremony. This event was seen by a sold out crowd of 45,000 and had over 400 million TV viewers. Leanna was also selected to be on the CW Network Series ‘Reign’ which aired in 2017. She took part in her first full-scale production ‘Sawah’ at the Fleck Dance Theatre in Toronto. The show had many standing ovations and a huge ensemble cast of over 40 dance and musical artists from Toronto and Montreal. Other performance highlights include; the International Stage at the CNE (2016, 2017) and Dance Ontario Dance Weekend (2014-2018). Leanna also performs regularly as an ensemble and soloist with Arabesque Entertainment Agency and as part of the Yasmina Ramzy Dance Co.
Leanna‘s dedication and passion has made her a popular teacher in her hometown of Hamilton. She started BellaDance as a testament of the art forms power of revitalization and empowerment. Also giving credit to the dance having saved her as a self-conscious teenager, Leanna hopes to spread its healing qualities to her students. Watch out for local performances at The Casbah and summer Art Crawls alongside The Bellas, her dance troupe.

Thursday Feb 15 at 8:05-9:05PM
STRAIGHT UP EGYPTIAN
Soheir hips, Taheya circles, and Samia figure eights. Learn Egyptian combos from the famous stars of the Golden Era of Bellydance.
$16 (+ tax) drop in or use your class card.v

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Bellydance Workshops with Angela Josphine in Hamilton at Mahasti

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Angela Josephine of Lavish takes over Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium for 1 day this September!
Sun 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 Basics Workshops with Eshe in Hamilton

Eshe will be teaching “Fear No Dance Bellydance Workshop” as part of Dusk Dances presented by HCA Dance Theatres at Bayfront Park in Hamilton on Friday July 28th from 6-6:45PM.  Free to attend.  Open to the public.  Everyone is welcome to join.  Come & shimmy in the sunshine with us.


Sunday July 30th 2-4PM – Quilt of Belonging – Dance Workshop with Eshe

Peace by Piece: Stitching Together Canadian Stories

A richly hued portrait of the human family, Quilt of Belonging is a 120 foot (36 metres) long collaborative textile art project. Its 263 blocks portray the rich cultural legacies of all the First Peoples in Canada and every nation of the world at the dawn of the new Millennium.

Quilt of Belonging is a collaborative work of art whose mission is to recognize Canada’s diversity, celebrate our common humanity and promote harmony and compassion among people.

This monumental artwork, Canada’s most comprehensive textile art project, is the work of volunteers from Victoria to Newfoundland to the Arctic Circle. From across Canada, participants were invited to contribute their talents and ideas, reflected through the prism of their cultural backgrounds. The range of materials is astonishing, from sealskin to African mud-cloth, from embroidered silk to gossamer wings of butterflies.

Hamilton Halton Brant region is proud to be one of only three stops on the 2017 Ontario tour of the Quilt of Belonging.

Exhibition Admission:

The Peace by Piece; Stitching Together Canadian Stories Exhibition and weekday programming is free of charge during visitation hours.

Exhibition Visitation Hours: 

Monday 10:00 a.m – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m – 9:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 12:00 p.m – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 p.m – 5:00 p.m.

http://theheartofontario.com/canada-150/quilt-of-belonging

DANCE SERIES 3 of 5: Intro to Bellydance with Eshe at The Cotton Factory in Hamilton on Sunday July 30th 2-4PM
Learn the basics of bellydance with Eshe of Mahasti –The Bellydance 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. Travelling, 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. This workshop has a participation fee of $10.00. Click on the link below to secure your spot!

Time 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location 270 Sherman Avenue North, Hamilton, L8L 6N4

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

 

 

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.

 

 

Thursday Bellydance in June at Mahasti

THURSDAYBELLYDANCE

7PM Pay What You Can / Drop In Bellydance
Drop in to this class anytime you are free. We’ll cover the building blocks of bellydance. Perfect for the total beginner or those dancers looking to refine their technique. This class also acts as a bridge class to our choreography offerings. We work a little slower & with more focus but you’re still doing the “real stuff.” Sometimes we do combinations, other times we pick a shape or a style to explore. We might pick a movement family like shimmies or traveling (just a fancy word for walking around the dance floor). If all of this means nothing to you – don’t fret! We’ll explain it all from the ground up.

8PM Performance Prep
We’ll be exploring improv skills, props and talking about elements that will take your performance to the next level. We’d recommend you get a few lessons under your hip scarf before diving into this class.

This schedule runs until Thurs 6/29.

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