2018 was a great year for Mahasti & Eshe

Inspired by Invoketress I took a look at my calendar from last year. In 2018 in awards (Eshe) Mahasti was granted a 40 Under 40 Business Achievement Award from Business Link Media Group, and in online awards, I took 2nd place in Bellydance Evolution‘s Thunder Drum Challenge and won Sara Lyn‘s Vimana Flow Challenge.

Early in the year I moved to Concession Street & started attending board meetings to learn how I can serve the city more as well as connect with our community.

For dance workshops in Hamilton I hosted Heather Marie Dancer, Wild Orchid Belly Dance Studio, Alyssa Nedich Choreography, Henna the Bellydancer, Audra Simmons & BellaDance Hamilton.

Mahasti shared bellydance at Hamilton Public Library, The Well Event, Right On Target, and local schools as well as offering weekly classes with (me) Eshe, Faith Dance, Angela Josephine & Peggy Nuwayrah Bellydance. I was thrilled to be hosted in Syracuse by 3 Early Girls-CNY Bellydance & perform & teach there.

Mahasti created & hosted 17 shows. 11 Glitter – Bellydance Show in Hamilton events, 1 Hamilton International Bellydance Competition and 5 Sidewalk Sounds stages in addition to weddings, parties & celebrations at private events.

We also performed community events like StreetFest hosted by Concession BIA, 2 Dark Salons hosted by The Dark Side Studio, Mosaic hosted by Ishra & Invoketress Dance, Pride Hamilton, Spooky Souk hosted by Tribe Mayafire, and Wicked Moon hosted by Willow Guindon.

We hosted 6 Hamilton Bellydance community events
2 mini photo shoots with Alaina Media
2 Souk in the City (free bellydance markets)
2 Hamilton Bellydance Meet Ups (Wass Ethiopian dinner & a Make a Terrarium Night at The Lounge at Casbah)

We raised $2138 for Hamilton & Canadian charities.
In January 2018 we raised $130 for Sacha Hamilton.
In February we raised $150 for Empowerment Squared.
In March we raised $200 for 541 – Eatery & Exchange/
In April we raised $225 for Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
In June we raised $30 for Pride Hamilton & $120 for Rainbow Camp.
In July & August we held a tampon drive for Interval House of Hamilton
In September we raised $100 for Sacha Hamilton.
In October we raised $135 for Thrive Child and Youth Trauma Services
In November we raised $100 for The Bridge: From Prison to Community (Hamilton)
In December we raised $238 for NGen Youth Centre in Hamilton and $710 for Essential Aid and Family Services of Ontario inc. Infant Food Bank.
We also awarded low income dancers scholarships & let all kids under 18 in to our shows for free. Contact me if you know someone who deserves to dance, we want art to reach everyone!

In 2018 Eshe studied with Oscar Flores hosted by Dragonfly Bellydance, Ruby Beh & Elizabeth Strong hosted by 3 Early Girls-CNY Bellydance, Florence Leclerc hosted by Oasis Dance Center, Take It Back with Audra Simmons, To The Pointe Dance Project, Esmeralda Colabone & Shahrzad hosted by Ya Amar, Michelle Sorensen hosted by Serpentine Studios as well as attending The Mule‘s lecture at Mohawk College for growing your small biz. Thank you for helping me grow as a dancer, artist & community member!

I’m doing my absolute best to create opportunities for growth & art while offering the highest possible quality classes & shows. I think I did pretty good in 2018! Let me know how I can help you in 2019! I’m looking forward to the new year with an open & excited heart! Thank you always for your support & love! YOU make this all possible!

dec essential aid

In April 2016 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
In November we raised $95 for Thrive Child & Youth Services.
In December we raised $570 for Essential Aid and Family Services of Ontario inc.
In January 2017 we raised $155 for 541 Eatery & Exchange’s Button Jar.
In February we raised $150 for Sacha Hamilton.
In March we raised $170 for NGen Youth Centre in Hamilton
In April we raised $110 for Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
In May we raised $80 for Micah House in Hamilton.
In June we raised $80 for Sacha Hamilton.
In July we raised $130 for Sacajawea Non-profit Housing in Hamilton.
In August we raised $100 for Rainbow Camp.
In September we raised $100 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
In October we rised $120 for Sunnybrook Hospital in honor of Angela’s Nonna & Gord Downie.
In November we raised $120 for Thrive Child & Youth Services.
In December we raised $511 for Essential Aid.
In January 2018 we raised $130 for Sacha Hamilton.
In February we raised $150 for Empowerment Squared.
In March we raised $200 for 541 Eatery & Exchange’s Button Jar.
In April we raised $225 for Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
In June we raised $30 for Pride Hamilton & $120 for Rainbow Camp.
In July & August we held a tampon drive for Interval House.
In September we raised $100 for Sacha Hamilton.
In October we raised $135 for Thrive Child & Youth Services.
In November we raised $100 for The Bridge from Prison to Community.
In December we raised $238 for NGen Youth Centre in Hamilton and $710 for Essential Aid Infant Food Bank.
You have donated a total of $6489 to Hamilton & Canadian charities! Thank you!

Ugly Sweater Dance Party at Mahasti – Beginners Welcome!

Pay What You Can Ugly Sweater Bellydance Party to benefit Essential Aid and Family Services of Ontario inc.
 
Sun Dec 16th 10-11:30AM
Open to beginners. Everyone is welcome!
 
100% of donations go to Essential Aid. No donation is too small. You can also use 1 class on your class card.
 
Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium
422 Concession
Hamilton
hamiltonbellydance.com
 

Glitter Bellydance Show at The Casbah

Glitter – Bellydance Show in Hamilton is a professional bellydance (& more) show curated by Eshe established in 2007 at The Casbah on the 3rd Saturday of every month.
 
Sat Dec 15th
6:30PM doors open
7-8:30PM show
Kids under 18 attend for free.
For this show we’re letting you name the ticket price. Donations will be given to Hamilton’s infant food bank Essential Aid and Family Services of Ontario inc.
 
Artists include:
Shades of Araby
Itzel Yedith
Alegria Dance Company
Tahira’s Goddess Emerging Dance Studio
BellaDance Hamilton
Angela Josephine
Alyssa Nedich
Wild Orchid Belly Dance Studio
Yalla Baladi
Willow
Andria Guitard Henry
Faith Dance
Peggy Nuwayrah Bellydance
Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium
 
The Casbah is located at 306 King St W, Hamilton
Nearest restaurant is La Luna (also 306 King St W)
Nearest municipal parking: 55 Queen St N, Hamilton
 
hamiltonbellydance.com

Mosaic Bellydance Show in Guelph

Join Ishra & Invoketress Dance and special guest performers as we explore the vast mystical realm of DIVINATION at our 12th biennial MOSAIC – Bellydance Fusion Show! Only 7 seats left!

Starring:
Ishra Shirley Blanco
Ishra & Invoketress Dance Troupe
Divine Eclipse

Special Guest Dancers:
Anuka Bellydance
Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium
Shades of Araby
Tribe Mayafire
Valizan
Wild Orchid Belly Dance Studio

Musical Guest: Adrian Raso

To help you prepare for a fulsome show experience, we recommend you unravel your own divine mysteries through our resource page prior to the show:
http://invoketress.com/divination/

Tickets: $29 via the River Run Centre box office. Event link: http://riverrun.ca/whats-on/mosaic-bellydance-fusion-18/mosaic

Glitter – Bellydance Show in The Casbah, Hamilton – Sat Nov 17th

Glitter is a professional, curated bellydance showcase held in The Casbah & open to the public.
The event is hosted the 3rd Saturday of every month by Eshe.
The first show was held in November 2007. This is the 38th show & our 11th anniversary!

Glitter
Sat. Nov 17th
Show 7-8:30PM
$15 at the door

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

Raqs Mahasti (Eshe, Peggy Nuwayrah Bellydance, Faith Dance & Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium studio dancers) with special guests
Heather Marie Dancer
Paromita Kar
Sayuri Bellydance
Ishra & Invoketress Dance
Egyptian Dance Academy

The Casbah
306 King W
Hamilton, ON
Nearest public parking lot: 55 Queen St N, Hamilton.
Nearest restaurant La Luna (also 306 King W).

Glitter – Bellydance Show in Hamilton
#glitterhamont
hamiltonbellydance.com