41st Women of Distinction Awards – Art, Culture, Design Nominee Eshe 

​Eshe is in The Spec for her nomination in the Art, Culture, Design nomination for the 41st Women of Distinction Awards. 
“Executive officer of YWCA Hamilton Christopherson says the strong showing serves to “remind us that women are taking leadership roles and sitting at the leadership table, however they choose to lead.”
“This is so important, she added, as “we still live in a world where communities are still primarily run by men. This (the Hamilton Women of Distinction Awards) is providing a platform for hope, the hope that young women, women of all ages, will be inspired to aspire to leadership. It’s an opportunity to show solidarity and the strength of women in this community.”

Pay What You Can Beginner Bellydance for 541 Eatery & Exchange


Pay What You Can Beginner Bellydance to support 541 – Eatery & Exchange‘s button jar. 1 Button = $1. Buttons can be exchanged by those who need them to buy the affordable, healthy & tasty noms available at 541.

More info at: http://fivefortyone.ca/exchange/

Thursday 12/22 7:30-9PM Shimmies
Tuesday 12/27 7:30-9PM Travelling Moves

Perfect for the total beginner. No experience necessary.
No donation is too small. All money collected goes to 541.
Come to 1 or both.

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 16 our monthly bellydance showcase on Sat 1/14 in Hamilton @ The Casbah in support of 541’s button jar.

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
In November we raised $95 for Thrive Child & Youth Services.
We’ve raised $1955 since opening in April for local & Canadian charities.

Upcoming Bellydance Workshops


We are so excited to bring to you some of the brightest stars in the Canadian bellydance scene.  Taking workshops with other instructors is a great way to expand your dance vocabulary, come at your practice from a new angle, learn new ways of creating & being creative as well as meeting other dancers.

Part of our mission at Mahasti is also to support those within our community.

Melissa Gamal is an award-winning dance artist based out of Toronto as well as 1/3 of the renowned dance company Ya Amar.  She’ll be bringing us her signature flawless Egyptian Bellydance on Sat 3/11 and then staying in town to dance at Harem that night in The Casbah.

Sun 3/26 we are having a Fusion Intensive.  Fusion as the name implies is dance mixology, infusing bellydance with other movement practices.  Jackie Pullar from Wild Orchid Bellydance in Hamilton, Zahira from Dragonfly Bellydance in Toronto & Ishra of Invoketress in Guelph will be joining forces to bring you 3 different, playful offerings.

Sat 4/8 will have Audra of The Dark Side Studio & Lavish in Toronto visiting us.  She is a bellydance pioneer.  After her workshops she’ll be dancing that night at Harem in The Casbah.

More details coming soon.


Bellydancer’s Wishlist by Eshe

Here are some of my favorite picks from indie & bellydance artists (or both).


Mother Tareka & The Rebel Funktion – PWYC


Beats Antique “ShadowBox” $9.99USD or more



Glitter Balm by Laura Selenzi RESTOCKING

Cosmetic grade bioglitter balm handmade with cocoa butter, shea butter & essential oils in your choice of gold, silver, blue or pink.


Fat Chance Bellydance Anointing Oil $44USD

Gypsy Queen Anointing Oil


Hand Made Crescent Moon Hoop Earrings by Kami Liddle $117.14CAD


Superfan by Silkdancer RESTOCKING

Fan is approx 54″ wide x 2 yards long, 5mm habotai silk dyed in a circular pattern



Faux Assuit Cleopatra Maxi Skirt by Melodia $189USD


Faux Assuit Allie Crop Top SALE $49USD



Sahar Samara in Toronto





Harem 15 Bellydance Show at The Casbah, Hamilton

​Bellydance in The Casbah

2nd Saturday of every month
Harem vol 15

Sat. Dec 10th 

Show 7PM

Pay What You Can in support of Essential Aid Infant Food Bank 
Doors 6:30PM

All ages.  Kids are welcome. 
Raqs Mahasti (Eshe & Mahasti dancers) with special guests


Angela Josephine 



Elysium Tribal


Tribe Maya Fire

Wild Orchid Bellydance 
The Casbah 

306 King W

Hamilton, ON

Bellydance Fusion Intensive

​Bellydance Fusion  Intensive – Sun March 26th at Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium
Jackie Pullar of Wild Orchid Belly Dance Studio in Hamilton


Zahira of Dragonfly Bellydance in Toronto 

11:45-2:45PM Steampunk

Ishra of @[231558880192246:Ishra & Invoketress Dance] in Guelph


* Full details coming soon
All Day Advanced Pass $120.00 including taxes 

$130.00 Day Of
A La Carte Worshops

Jackie Pullar $30 

Zahira $55 

Ishra $55  
Combination Packages

Jackie & Zahira $80

Ishra & Zahira $100 
Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium

1 West Ave S, Suite 300, Hamilton, ON



Learn to Bellydance in Hamilton 

​Our next session starts 10/30 at Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium.  Enjoy 50% off on Groupon. https://www.groupon.com/deals/mahasti-the-bellydance-emporium

Full-time students can use the coupon code STUDENT to receive 50% off their class card purchases. https://mahasti.ecwid.com/#!/Bellydance-Classes/c/18890055/offset=0&sort=normal

Until 10/31 returning students can use the coupon code BOO2016 to discount classes by 20%! https://mahasti.ecwid.com/#!/Bellydance-Classes/c/18890055/offset=0&sort=normal

We offer Egyptian, Turkish, Lebanese & Fusion Bellydance classes with 6 drop-in classes a week with award-winning teachers.  

MON 7PM Basics 8:15 Turkish Bellydance Choreography

TUES 6:20PM Basics 7:30 Lebanese Drop-in Bellydance 8:40 Egyptian Drop-in Bellydance

WED 7PM Egyptian Bellydance Choreography 8:15 Modern Bellydance Choreography

THURS 7PM Egyptian Drop-in Bellydance 8:15 Egyptian Choreography

SAT 10AM Kids (Caregiver & Me- special discounted pricing) 10:45AM Basics 11:50 Top 40 Bellydance Choreography 12:55 Modern Bellydance Choreography

1 West Ave S, Suite 300 (3F) Hamilton, ON, Canada.