Fall into dance this September at our new location 542 Concession or online

610-740PM Create Your Own Brew
Craft a solo performance – musicality, artistic voice, props, movement prompts, stage presence & more. All styles & levels.
8-930PM Bewitched
Spooky & sassy Halloween dance. Unleash your inner magic!
10-1130AM Bewitched
Spooky & sassy Halloween dance. Unleash your inner magic!
5-630PM Raqs Sharqi
Egyptian Bellydance 101.
610-740PM Flirty Floorwork
Strengthen, stretch & sizzle! Let’s get low & play!
8-930PM Raqs Sharqi
Egyptian Bellydance 101.
10-1130AM Raqs Sharqi
Egyptian Bellydance 101.
5-630pm Flirty Floorwork
Strengthen, stretch & sizzle! Let’s get low & play!
7-830PM Kpop Fusion ZOOM ONLY 9/24
This class mixes bellydance & kpop to create a fun, theatrical fusion dance!
Sat 12-130PM Bewitched
Spooky & sassy Halloween dance. Unleash your inner magic!

FROM 9/14.
6 weeks. 9 hours.
6 person limit in studio.
Classes will also be broadcast on Zoom.
$60 SUBSIDIZED. Students. Folks who have been affected by COVID-19. Anyone who requires a little help to be able to access classes.
$120 NURTURER. Folks who are able to support others in their dance dreams.

$180 unlimited 6 weeks.
$1130 1 year unlimited.

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Concession Street, Hamilton

Classes on Zoom as well as recorded at

ONE 6 week course (9 hours & video)
$120 Nurturer rate. I’m in a position to help someone else afford this course.
$90 Regular rate.
$60 Subsidized rate. I need a little support to afford this course.

PRIVATE LESSON (up to 3 people)
$30 for 30 mins
$100 for four 30 min classes or two 1 hour classes.

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I Am A Dancer Challenge

These prompts are modified from “You Are An Artist”
If you want to share #iamadancerchallenge

There are  no time limits – make this easy for yourself.  It can be short.
All levels and styles are warmly welcomed.  
Do all of them.  Do 1 of them.  Do 1 of them a week.  Do them next month.
These prompts are jumping off points.  You can allow your imagination to be wild.
Film with or without music.  Share publicly or share here in the comment.
No apologies.  No critiques (unless the artist asks for them).
Tues Sept 1 LOOK DOWN
Make a whole piece that reflects the ground you walk on – the texture, the lines, the grandness, the temperature, the comfort, etc.  
Are you in a temple? In quicksand? In your kitchen?
Maybe dance the whole thing on the ground.  
Or maybe dance the whole thing looking down – did you sleep the wrong way, are you injured, do you have a compulsion or fear that forces you to always watch where you step?
Do you see something interesting there? A snake? A portal to another dimension?
Are you a famous bellydancer? Nejla Ates? Dina? Zoe Jakes?
Are you a famous character? Charlie Chaplin? Darkwing Duck? Shuri? Wonder Woman?
Are you someone in your family?  Are you wearing some of their clothes? Are you someone you saw at the grocery store?
Will you play this character at home or take them out in to the world?
How does this person move? Are they confident? Shy? Open? Angry? Curious?
Thurs Sept 3 BLINDFOLD
Put on a blindfold in a safe space.  
Dance a combination, a feeling, an improvisation, a colour, trace the alphabet, etc or just explore your environment.
Optional: Repeat the combination with no blindfold.
What do you experience? If you do both which is more expressive? What different qualities do they have?
What is something you’ve never seen and probably won’t see in your lifetime?
It can be something inaccessible, invisible, distant, mythical or otherworldly.
What do you know about this something? You can research if that makes you happy.
Maybe a relative of yours you’ve never met? An extinct animal? A mythological creature?
Dance it out.  

Mon Sept 7th OH SO QUIET
Go to a quiet place.  Absorb the silence.
Or just turn off all music and move.  How does your body want to move? Maybe it doesn’t?
What do you discover?
You can be silent with a buddy if you have one.  Is it quiet where you are? If you’re outside is nature making sounds you can play with?  Are people?
Tues Sept 8th CAPTION THIS
Create a piece & invite others to create the caption.
Find something common, or mass produced.  Incorporate it in your dance.  Use it the wrong way.  
Make it significant.  Make it sacred.  Ritualize it’s use.  Make it interesting.  Make it werid. Be terrified of it. Or obsessed by it.  Interrogate it. Disassemble it.
Use anything – a chair, a comb, a toaster, a box of tissues, a houseplant, etc.
Use more than 1 object if you like.   Use 2 things together in the wrong way.   See the dramatic potential in your object(s).  Consider giving them special lighting. Be ridiculous.
Thurs Sept 10th SHAPE OF YOU
Find a picture or a portrait with an interesting shape.    
Recreate it. And move from it. Where is the effort? Where is the rest?
Is it a banana? A portrait of Samia Gamal?
Maybe you want to include a few poses and make pathways between them?
Declare your cause.  What are you fighting for? It can be whimsical or serious, universal or intimate.  Maybe you are the anti-army?  Maybe you are fighting for body hair acceptance?
Create your uniform from materials you have at hand.  It can be as simple as a colour or jogging pants.  How do you style your hair? How do you stand?
Assemble your militia from housemates or pets or “march” alone.  
Mon Sept 14th ART OF LOOKING
Stare into your screen.  Assume what you see is as beautiful as the night sky or as captivating as a painting.
What do you reveal? What do you obscure?
What details do you see?
What frame do you work with? Can you see your whole body? Only the upper body? Just your eyes? Just your hands?  Will you move or just stare back at yourself? All of your instincts are right.  
Maybe today will be 30 seconds of you staring at yourself, unmoving?  Create space for boredom.  What do you discover?    
Tues Sept 15th MAKE IT DANCE
Film yourself doing something mundane – brushing your teeth, cooking, doing laundry, but make it dance.
Stir your cereal with flare. Make laundry angels.  Tear off your rubber gloves and twirl them in style.  Scrub the floor or drum on a table to elicit sound.  Put on a jam and shimmy or slither or sprint.
Is your dance subtle or obvious? Can you stir a cup of coffee & catch the accents in Alf Leyla W Leyla?
Wed Sept 16th  SOUL LIBRARY
Pick 3 of your favorite books.  Don’t think too hard about it (unless you want to).  It can also be the last 3 books you read.  Or the 3 books closest to you.
Can you combine the titles to make an interesting thought or mantra?
Do you want to look up page 56 in all 3 books & create a Frankenstein narrative?
Does Alice get chased by Dracula in Oz?
Maybe you dance out the most defining character traits of the most interesting person in each book?
Do you want to hold the books? Read them under a blanket? Use a flashlight? Maybe that leads you to creating shadow puppets? Follow your curiosity.
Manipulate your mouth to make different sounds & physically embody them.
Or do a spoken word piece.
Build an instrument out of materials you have at home.  Play it yourself or get a housemate to do it for you.
Make a recording of a walk around your neighbourhood & move to that.
Turn on a fan, or washing machine, or boil pasta & respond to the sounds.
Are you annoyed? Intrigued? Distracted? Enchanted?
Fri Sept 18th  LANDSCAPE
Create a landscape. Gather & arrange materials. It can be as simple as a blanket over 2 chairs.  Do you want to add lighting or be near a window?
Or explore an existing landscape.   Maybe you want to research the land you are on & its indigenous history.
Move around, under, through, over your landscape.  Discover it.  
Be mindful not to harm or alter nature.
Perhaps there is a location that is visible to you but invisible to others? Maybe you want to celebrate graffiti art work? Maybe you want to show reverence for your own front door?
Mon Sept 21st  BAD TO THE BONE
Write the rules down for a particular style – break all of them.  
Make the worst dance possible.   
Reflect a painful or uncomfortable moment in your life.
Create something embarrassing.  Share something that scares you.  
What are you afraid of? How do you feel after sharing it?
Create a video advertisement for an impractical service or product or event.  Perhaps speed dating for rabbits, or a shampoo made of peanut butter, a car that turns into a submarine, or someone who will pick your nose for you.  Make it weird or wonderful.
Unleash your imagination.  
You can also recreate a poster or flyer you’ve seen.
You can talk or not.
You can make it as abstract as you like.
Wed Sept 23rd CYBORG
Design a science fiction character for yourself.
Create some kind of hardware that attaches to you body.
This can be as simple as tinfoil, or spoons taped to your fingers.
Your hardware will enhance your abilities.  As you wear it you transform into your character.
Do they have special powers?  Are they a hero or a villain?
What technological gaps do they satisfy?
Thurs Sept 24th SHADOWS
Play with your shadow on the sidewalk or create a shadow with a flashlight on a wall.
What shapes can you create?
Do they feel soft or scary?
Can you play with scale?
Get a piece of paper & a writing tool.
Play a song.  It can be an old favorite or one you’ve never heard before.  Instrumental may be easier.
You can play with a phrase rather than the entire song.
Capture the notes with dots, long lines, squiggles, loops, zig zags, dashes, etc.  You can create a set of symbols or shapes to denote certain sounds.
Record a video of you sketching the song. Or take a picture of it afterwards.
Mon Sept 28th BOUNDARIES
Consider all the spaces around you that have boundaries.  Doors, windows, fences, cliffs, rivers, etc.
Seek out places that might have tension.  Or imagine the space is contested.
Act out hopping over the border of your lawn for a fight.  
Express wilderness as a colonizer’s concept.  Or nature and civilization, order and chaos, fish and terrestrial beings, childhood and adulthood, private and public, etc.
A skipping rope in a circle might denote a safe zone and anything outside of that space is dangerous – move in & out of that space.
Highlight the relationship or the tension.  Alter the relationship or reconfigure the space.
Tues Sept 29th  5 GESTURES
Think of 5 ways of being, or 5 things you did today or 5 wishes you have.
Create 5 gestures to express those things.
String them together in a pattern or pepper them in a movement exploration.
They can be as simple, subtle, grand or as complex as you like.
Wed Sept 30th I AM A DANCER
Create a video recording of you saying “I am a dancer” unapologetically.
Bonus: You can also share anything you learned or felt.  
Then take a rest! You did amazing!     

Classes this week

✨STUDIO Tues 10-11AM Basics with Eshe
IG 11-1120AM Sweat with @embers_of_a_boughanfire

710-810PM Sweat with @embers_of_a_boughanfire

Meeting ID: 716 186 238
Password: Mahasti

1130-1150AM IG Live Drills with @embers_of_a_boughanfire
ZOOM 7-8PM Drop in Fusion Basics with @embers_of_a_boughanfire
805-905PM Kpop Choreo week 4
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 133 285 197
Password: Mahasti

430PM Caregiver + Me
7PM Basics with Eshe

1045AM-1145AM Bellydance Basics with Eshe “Shape of You” week 2

1145-1245PM Create × Cultivate: Egyptian Musicality with Eshe
Improvisation, weight changes, instrument categories, movement initiation

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 889 9695 2617
Password: Mahasti

1 class $10.
4 classes $30.
1 week unlimited $20.
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Online and Studio Bellydance in Hamilton

We will be opening the studio for semi-private classes.
Please let me know if there is a day or time not offered that you are interested in.
I will open up more classes if there is demand.
Private classes are also available (30 mins $30 includes a video recording of your class. You can also use your class card) in studio or on Zoom or prerecorded.
RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. If you are dropping in advance payment is necessary. If you have a class card 1 class will be counted if you make a reservation (if you attend or not).
DM or contact to reserve your space.
If you have ANY symptoms do not attend classes.
We will be in masks for the entire class.
Sanitizer is available for dancers upon arrival, during class and for departure.
The door will remain open & air conditioning will be off.
Dancers will have an assigned space & will remain there during the class.
Classes will be 1 hour in length unless otherwise noted.
Please bring in only items that are absolutely necessary to the studio.
I respect and understand if you cannot attend classes under these conditions or at this time.
We will continue classes on Zoom and Patreon so you can attend live online or recorded online classes.

Week of July 27th
STUDIO 7PM-8PM semi Private Basics Eshe
STUDIO 10AM Semi Private Basics Eshe
INSTAGRAM 11-1120AM Faith Mini Sweat @ hamiltonbellydance
ZOOM 610PM Angela Josephine – Drills & Combo
ZOOM 710PM Eshe – Sweat
STUDIO 10AM Semi Private Basics Eshe
INSTAGRAM 1130-1150AM Faith – Mini Drills @ hamiltonbellydance
ZOOM 7PM Faith – Fusion Basics
ZOOM 805PM Faith – Kpop Fusion Choreo (week 2) Lady Gaga
STUDIO 430-5PM Caregiver & Me (ongoing choreography)
ZOOM 1045AM Basics with Eshe
ZOOM 1145AM Create & Cultivate – Egyptian Musicality with Eshe
STUDIO 1PM Semi Private Basics Eshe

Week of Aug 3rd
STUDIO 10AM Semi Private Basics Eshe
INSTAGRAM 11-1120AM Faith Mini Sweat @ hamiltonbellydance
ZOOM 710PM Faith – Sweat
STUDIO 10AM Semi Private Basics Eshe
INSTAGRAM 1130-1150AM Faith – Mini Drills @ hamiltonbellydance
ZOOM 7PM Faith – Fusion Basics
ZOOM 805PM Faith – Kpop Fusion Choreo (week 3) Lady Gaga
STUDIO 430-5PM Caregiver & Me (ongoing choreography)
STUDIO 7PM Basics with Eshe
ZOOM 1045AM Basics with Eshe
ZOOM 1145AM Create & Cultivate – Egyptian Musicality with Eshe
Sunday Aug 9th NO CLASS
Monday Aug 10th NO CLASS

July Challenge

Shimmy The Net
July Challenge with Faith
One 20 minute video a day Monday to Friday. #shimmythenet

Faith is live on Instagram every Tuesday 11-1120AM EST & Thursday 1130-1150AM EST. @ hamiltonbellydance

You can also watch her videos on YouTube.  Pick your own videos or do our recommended program.  Just 3 videos this week!
July 1 – Walking Shimmy & Omi Combo
July 2 – Balance Focus or join Faith Live on Instagram
July 3 – HIIT Workout

Full playlist

July 6 – Hip Kicks and Travelling Mayas

July 7 – Eccentric Exercise

July 8 – Join Faith on IG live OR Hip Isolations

July 9 – Full Body Blast

July 10 – Join Faith on IG Live OR Hip Sit Kicks 2 Ways

Online Bellydance Classes in Hamilton

Classes this week ^_^
Instagram Live
Mini Sweat Class with Faith
@ hamiltonbellydance

4PM-5PM Taste of Turkish on Zoom with Eshe
9/8 & Chiftitelli zill patterns

Meeting ID: 826 2905 3051
Password: Mahasti

710-810PM Sweat with Eshe on Zoom
Cardio & Conditioning
Meeting ID: 716 186 238
Password: Mahasti

Instagram Live
Mini Drills Class with Faith
@ hamiltonbellydance

7-8PM Fusion Basics with Faith on Zoom
805-905PM Kpop Choreography (week 4) with Faith on Zoom
Meeting ID: 133 285 197
Password: Mahasti

Live on Mahasti Facebook
Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium
Turkish Roman with Eshe

430-5PM Caregiver & Me Folklore
Meeting ID: 814 4379 1564
Password: Mahasti

1045AM NEW Choreo week 1 of 2
1145AM Create & Cultivate – Voice of an Artist
Meeting ID: 520 896 718
Password: Mahasti

Suggested donation 1 class $10 or 1 week $20.
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Glitter – Bellydance Show on Zoom

Create + Cultivate

Finally ready to share this course that has been percolating in my mind for a long time. This course will teach both improvisation and choreography strategies to start creating your own pieces. All levels and styles warmly welcomed.

12 weeks suggested donation $120.
Dancers may also use class cards.
Payment in installments as well as sliding scale available.
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Saturdays 11:45AM EST LIVE on Zoom.
Option to study by prerecorded video

Module 1 – DEVISE
Week 1 – Assemble STARTS MAY 9TH
Week 2 – Voice
Week 3 – Intention

Module 2 – LISTEN
Week 4 – Map
Week 5 – Theory

Week 6, 7 & 8 – Prompt & Launch

Module 4 MAKE
Week 9 Practice
Week 10 Generate
Week 11 Refine
Week 12 Share

Eshe is the director & owner of Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium in Canada with classes on Zoom and Patreon. Born and raised in Hamilton, Eshe has been bellydancing since 2002. She’s trained extensively in Canada, Japan, Egypt, and Turkey. And she’s performed in America, Japan, Turkey, South Korea, Australia, Malaysia and Indonesia. In 2007 she launched Glitter – a bellydance showcase at The Casbah in Hamilton now taking place on Zoom!

From 2008 to 2010, Eshe was the bellydancer for the Korean band Orgeltanz. Orgeltanz and Eshe gigged at some of the country’s biggest music festivals. Together they were featured in the Korean editions of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, and appeared on several TV programs. In 2009 she starred in Apollo 18’s music video “Orbis.” In early 2010, Eshe was cast in the Korean and Indonesian versions of Jillina’s Bellydance Evolution. Eshe also won Asia’s “People’s Choice” award as part of the show. The same year dance legend Sema Yildiz gave her the name “Yildiz” or “Star” in Turkish after she performed at the famed Gar Casino in Istanbul. 2010-2015 Eshe ran her own bellydance studio in Seoul called Dream Dance Studio. In 2012, her students won the bronze medal for Oriental Ensemble at the Tokyo International Bellydance Competition. In 2013, Eshe started a new concert series in Seoul called Shake Shop. The monthly event featured bellydancers collaborating with some of the biggest names in Korea’s indie scene.

In 2015, Eshe returned to Canada and started performing at award-winning events such as Supercrawl. In 2016, she opened Mahasti & formed Raqs Mahasti who won 1st runner up at Star Bellydancer Canada in the troupe category.
In 2017 she launched Hamilton International Bellydance Competition. In 2018 she won a 40 Under 40 Business Achievement Award for her community & charity work. In 2019 she was cast again by Jillina in Bellydance Evolution’s Los Angeles debut of Wizard of Oz. The same year she was honored to win Established Artist in the Dancer / Performing Artist category at the Hamilton Art Awards.

Hamilton International Bellydance Competition

2020 Hamilton International Bellydance Competition – Online

Judges: Farasha of Tokyo, Melissa Gamal, Heather Marie, Joe of Deseos, Henna

$45 CAD/$32USD (per category) for soloists in Pro, Fusion, Folklore
$28 CAD/ $20USD for Drum Solo
$63 CAD/$45USD for 1 solo category + Drum Solo
$100 CAD/$70USD for 3 categories.
$120 CAD/$85USD for all 4 categories.

Application fees may be paid at under the “HIBC” tab. Please note – all application fees are non-refundable. In Canada, interac etransfer to International artists can paypal to

In gratitude, all applicants will receive a password to attend the celebration on Zoom Saturday June, 27th, 2020 7PM EDT. All applicants will recieve detailed feedback sheets signed by the judges

How it works:
There are four categories – professional solo, fusion solo, folklore solo and drum solo.
Professional applicants should use traditional Middle Eastern bellydance music. They may present any traditional bellydance style (oryantal, raqs sharqi, etc).
Folklore applicants please let us know the style when you submit your video.
Fusion applicants may use any style of music, however at least 50% of their dance should be bellydance.
Drum solo applicants will all be using the same 1 min 30 second track. After registering contact Eshe to receive the track
Applicants may enter as many categories as they wish.
The application period opens Sunday, April 26th, 2020 at 9 a.m. EDT.
The application deadline is Monday, June 1st, 2020 at 1 p.m. EDT. All videos and entry fees must be submitted before the deadline.
After uploading your HIBC video to YouTube or another video hosting site, please email your artist name, category entered, and a link for viewing the video. Please do not send video files. All entries must be accessible via the link provided and remain accessible at the time of judging. If your entry cannot be accessed via the provided link at the time of judging, it will not be considered

3 finalists (or more) in each category will be contacted by email by Friday, June 12th, 2020 at 7 p.m. EDT. and invited to appear in the Zoom celebration on Saturday June, 27th, 2020 7PM EDT. Their names will also appear on our website.

Videos should not exceed 3 minutes in length. Judges will stop marking at the 3 minute mark.
Choreographies and videos must include all original content created by the soloist entering the competition. Using another dancer’s choreography is not permitted.
Finalists selected may perform the same choreography from their video submission in the Zoom celebration if they wish. The same time restraints apply for both. All finalists selected have placed in the competition or won special designations from the judges. There is no penalty if you are unable to attend the Zoom celebration.

Dancers may not have their competition entry video or material coached by any of the judges in the competition.
All dancers must be 18 years of age or older at the time of submission.
Please shoot videos from the front only and in landscape mode in a well-lit room with good sound.
The dancer’s entire body should be visible for the duration of the video.
It is not necessary to wear a professional costume or be in full make-up, but movements and expression should be easy to see.
Videos will be judged on technique, musicality, personality, and originality. Full judging sheet available on HIBC Facebook page.
If you have any questions, please email!/HIBC/c/21437093/offset=0&sort=normal