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.

Upcoming Bellydance Shows in Guelph, Toronto, Hamilton

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2/17 V Day in Guelph

Chai Bella and Ishra & Invoketress Dance present:
V DAY – A Feminist Valentine’s Day Variety Show – Ode to the “V”

Let’s take back the “V” in Valentine’s Day and celebrate vaginas!
This event was created to support local artists and artisans while bringing creative people together for a bold and fun show that you won’t want to miss!
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What you can look forward to:
– Burlesque
– Performance Art
– Belly Dance
– Spoken Word
– Pole Dance
– Art
– Vendors
and more!

Make sure to bring cash to buy goodies from some amazing local feminist vendors!
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DSTRCT – Tickets $15 – Ages 19+
Doors – 8:30pm – come early to browse our vendors!
Show – 9:00pm
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***This is an all-inclusive event, open to all people from all backgrounds and walks of life***


2/25 Hip Hip Hooray at Round Venue in Toronto

Toronto’s monthly bellydance & world music party! Check out performances from our diverse dance community, socializing, and open dance floor.

Doors at 6:30
Performances at 7:30
Dance Party to follow

Cover $10

Lineup featuring:
Raqs Mahasti
Sarita
Heather Labonté
Serpentina North Ensemble


Sat 3/11 Harem vol 18

Bellydance in The Casbah
2nd Saturday of every month

Harem vol 18
Sat. Mar 11th
Show 7-8:30PM
Tickets $15 at the door

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

Raqs Mahasti (Eshe, Peggy Nuwayrah Bellydance & studio dancers) with special guests
Melissa Gamal
Tribe Maya Fire – American Tribal Style Dance Group
Dragonfly Bellydance
Wild Orchid Belly Dance Studio
Faaria Lynch
Kenzie Lynch
Abigail Bellydance

The Casbah
306 King W
Hamilton, ON

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 Bellydance for Sexual Assault Centre Hamilton SACHA

Friday, Feb 3rd 7-8:30PM
Bellydance to Beyonce’s “Hold Up”sachafeb

Pay What You Can Bellydance to support SACHA

VISION

SACHA envisions a world free of violence and oppression.

MISSION

SACHA is a feminist, non-profit, community-based organization of women guided by anti-racist and anti-oppressive values. Understanding the dynamics of gender and power in sexual violence, our programs will:

1) Provide services to people who have experienced sexual violence at any point in their lives.

2) Work to end violence and oppression through education, advocacy, coalition-building, community partnerships and activism.

3) Work towards the equitable inclusion of all women

SACHA will challenge social and political structures and systems that contribute to the experience of violence, oppression, and exploitation of all people.

Services are confidential and free of charge. We respect the right to safety and privacy.

More info at: http://sacha.ca/

Friday Feb 3rd 7-8:30PM

Bellydance to Beyonce’s “Hold Up”

Every month we offer 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.

No donation is too small.

100% of all money collected goes directly to charity.

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.  Free parking is available at the rear of the building.

In April 2016 when we opened 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.
We’ve raised $2680 since opening in April for local & Canadian charities

Follow us on instagram @hamiltonbellydance or on Facebook to find out the latest info for our PWYC offerings

https://www.facebook.com/hamiltonbellydance/?fref=ts

Contact eshebellydancer@hotmail.com with questions or to RSVP.

Melissa Gamal of Ya Amar – Egyptian Bellydance Workshop in Hamilton

Back by popular demand – Egyptian Bellydance workshops with Melissa Gamal of Ya Amar

Melissa will be sharing her signature shimmies with us on Sat 3/11 from 11AM to 2PM at Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium

Drum Solo (Shimmy and Layering Technique)
1 hour of technique
2 hours of choreography to apply technique

44.25 + tax = $50
Online payment:
https://mahasti.ecwid.com/#!/1-workshop-3-hours-total/p/72074891/category=18890056

We also accept cash payment at the studio or etransfer to eshebellydancer@hotmail.com

Free parking at the rear of the studio.

1 West Ave S, Suite 300, Hamilton, ON, Canada.
eshebellydancer@hotmail.com
hamiltonbellydancer.com

Followed by a performance at Harem in The Casbah
7-8:30PM Show. Doors 6:30PM
Tickets $15 at the door. Kids under 18 are free.
306 King St W, Hamilton, ON, Canada

Audra Simmons at Mahasti – Modern Bellydance Workshop in Hamilton

Sat April 8th
Arms and Hands 11-1PM
Join Audra for a workshop designed to help you develop beautiful, fluid arms and hands.
 
We’ll begin with exercises for finding and mobilizing the upper back and shoulder blades, then move into elbows, wrists and fingers.
 
Then, with Dark Side style, Audra will begin to add details to create further depth of movement, as well as introduce emotive qualities to these movements, as we bring them into short combinations.
 
No previous Dark Side experience is required, though some belly dance experience is suggested. Suitable for all levels.
 
 
Technique Spotlight 1:30-3:30
This workshop will focus on deepening your understanding and execution of fundamental hip, chest and abdominal movements as we deconstruct the basics in this fun, sweaty workshop!
 
We’ll refine your technique and enhance your muscular control in stationary and moving drills, adding complexity and layers as we go. We’ll see how much we can pile on, where and how it falls apart, and talk about how we can work to be able to do it all.
 
No previous Dark Side experience is required, though some belly dance experience is suggested, not for absolute beginners. Suitable for all levels.
 
1 workshop $45 ($39.82 + tax)
2 workshops $75 ($66.37 + tax)
 
Online payment:
 
 
Etransfer to eshebellydancer@hotmail.com
Cash payments also accepted at the studio.

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.”
http://www.thespec.com/news-story/7075756-2017-hamilton-women-of-distinction-awards-nominees/