Free Class Sat June 9th at Mahasti for Street Fest

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We have a booth 10AM – 8PM with lots of giveaways in front of Papa Leo’s (near E 25th).

10:45-11:45AM we’ll be having a FREE class at Mahasti (422 Concession near E17th)

3:30PM we’ll be performing on the community stage

Hope to see you at Streetfest!

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Hamilton International Bellydance Competition 2018

2018 Hamilton International Bellydance Competition

Cost to enter Phase 1 (video):
$35 CAD (per category) for soloists
$70 CAD (per category) for ensembles (groups)

Online judges: Michelle Sorensen & Farasha of Tokyo

Finalist judges: Henna of Datura Online, Melissa Gamal

Application fees may be paid at https://mahasti.ecwid.com/. Please note – all application fees are non-refundable. 

Successful finalists will be responsible for an additional $50 fee  (per soloist or per ensemble).  Successful finalists, if they wish, may apply this fee towards a full day workshop purchase with Henna.

All applicants will receive a ticket to attend the competition & gala show for themselves for free.  Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable.
How it works:
Seven solo and five ensemble finalists will be chosen per category from video submissions. There are three categories – professional solo, fusion solo, and ensemble. Professional applicants should use traditional Middle Eastern bellydance music.  They may present any traditional bellydance style from raqs sharqi to folklore. Fusion applicants and ensembles may use any style of music, however at least 50% of their dance should be bellydance.

Applicants may enter as many categories as they wish. Only those applicants whom appear in the video may dance in the finals (understudies are not permitted).  If you are not sure who may be available in September, we strongly recommend dancing with extra performers.

The application period opens Monday, March 12, 2018 at 9 a.m. EDT.

The application deadline is Monday, June 11, 2018 at 9 a.m. EDT. All videos and entry fees must be submitted before the deadline.

After being selected, finalists in each category will be contacted by email by Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 5 p.m. EDT. Their names will also appear on our website.  The final competition will take place in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada from September 15, 2018.

After uploading your HIBC video to YouTube, please email eshebellydancer@hotmail.com your artist or ensemble name, category entered, the name of choreographer, and a link for viewing the video. In the case of ensembles, please also include a list of the dancers who appear in the video.

Rules:
Videos for soloists should not exceed 3 minutes in length. Videos for groups should not exceed 4 minutes in length.

Choreographies and videos must include all original content created by the soloist entering the competition or ensemble director in the case of groups. Using another dancer’s choreography is not permitted. Applicants may perform the choreography from their video submission in the final competition if they wish.

All dancers must be 18 years of age or older at the time of submission.

Videos:
Please shoot your videos from the front only and in landscape mode. Also ensure that you’re in a well-lit room and that the recording has good sound. Your entire body should be visible for the duration of the video. You don’t have to wear a professional costume or be in full make-up, but your movements and expression should be easy to see.

Videos will be judged on technique, musicality, personality, and originality. For ensembles, we’ll also be examining your synchronicity and formations. The final competition will have the same criteria. The judges will select the winners. In addition, the audience will select a People’s Choice winner for each category.

Finalists are responsible for their own travel, accommodation fares and all fees related to the competition.

If you have any questions, please email eshebellydancer@hotmail.com.


WORKSHOPS

Workshops with Henna for Hamilton International Bellydance Competition 2018 will take place at Mahasti on Sunday, September 16, 2018!

Details coming soon.

Harem vol 32 – Bellydance Show at The Casbah in Hamilton

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Harem is a professional, curated bellydance showcase held in The Casbah & open to the public.
Harem is hosted the 3rd Saturday of every month by Eshe & Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium.
The first Harem was held in November 2007.
 
Harem vol 31
Sat. May 19th
Show 7-8:30PM
$15
 
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
Athena McQueen
Dragonfly Bellydance
Paromita Kar
Angela Josephine & Nim Kal Brenz
 
The Casbah
306 King W
Hamilton, ON
Nearest public parking lot: 55 Queen St N, Hamilton.
Nearest restaurant La Luna (also 306 King W).
 
Harem – Bellydance Show in Hamilton
hamiltonbellydance.com

Mini Photo Session in Hamilton at Mahasti on Sun June 3

Book your mini session with Alaina Osborne of Ishra & Invoketress Dance on Sunday June 3 at Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium. Dancers & non-dancers are welcome.
 
SESSIONS
30 min session with 5 edited photos $50
60 min session with 10 edited photos $100
Etransfer to alainabellydance@gmail.com to complete booking.
 
TIME SLOTS AVAILABLE
We can accommodate requests outside of this time frame if needed.
11-11:30 BOOKED
NOON-12:30PM BOOKED
12:30-1PM BOOKED
1-1:30PM
1:30-2PM
2-2:30PM BOOKED
2:30-3PM
3-3:30PM
3:30-4PM
 
Alaina
Alaina is an award-winning dancer and photographer based out of Guelph. She has a BA Honours degree in Studio Art from the University of Guelph, where she specialized in photography and painting. Alaina strives to make her subjects feel comfortable and beautiful in front of the lens. As a dancer, she understands what angles look best in staged photos and when to capture live performances at just the right moment.
Follow her on Instagram https://instagram.com/p/Bf7K2jxFHpC/
 
Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium
422 Concession, Hamilton, Ontario
eshebellydancer@hotmail.com
hamiltonbellydance.com

Sidewalk Sounds on Concession – Bellydance Stage

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555 Concession stage will also have a chalk artist creating a 20 x 20 piece of art Friday night. Concession BIA are introducing a new on-street Gaming Patio there for everyone to enjoy too (fun, oversized gaming pieces on the street). There will be vendors at 555 & along the street as well as live music.  It’s going to be a great night!

Set times for the bellydance stage at 555 Concession are:

7-7:15 Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium
7:15-7:30 Wild Orchid Belly Dance Studio
7:30-7:45 Mahasti
7:45-8 BellaDance Hamilton
8-8:15 Mahasti
8:15-8:30 Ishra & Invoketress Dance
8:30-8:45 BellaDance Hamilton
8:45-9PM Invoketress

Sat 5/12 Alyssa Nedich, Bellydance Meet Up, Build a Terrarium

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Freestyle Flow: Secrets to Improv with Alyssa Nedich

Join us Saturday May 12th as this award-winning artist shares exploratory and expansive drills. Learn what it means to dance in the moment or use the exercises to push through creative blocks or past established habits. Test out different tempos, levels, textures, ranges of emotion from brooding to playful as soloists, partners and a group.

Sat May 12th
4:30-6:30PM
at Mahasti
422 Concession

All experience levels welcome.

SALE $31!!!!

BIO
Daring to follow her artistic dreams, Alyssa has been working as a choreographer, director and dance instructor for eight years. Always willing to try something new, Alyssa has developed a versatile portfolio with experience in competitions, classrooms, theatres and on movie sets. She can be seen on stages and screens across Canada, as well as sitting on the other side creating, curating and developing new work.

Alyssa’s creativity is ever reaching, crafting competitive and performance pieces for soloists and groups as well as investing in her community. Alyssa believes in helping youth grow confidence through dance. She has been asked by numerous elementary schools, high schools and community centers to run workshops and camps.

Alyssa’s approachable and bubbly personality has allowed her to extend her expertise to include offering private lessons, workshops and specialty choreography for weddings and events.

AWARDS
Certified instructor by The International Dance Teaching Standards
Member of the Professional Adjudicators Alliance
Audiences Choice winning show Bloom at the 2015 Hamilton Fringe Festival
Audiences Choice winning show, Places at the 2014 Hamilton Fringe Festival
Choreographed the Canadian premiere of Sideshow the Musical
Choreographed and curated a music video for California Indie Rockers, Of us Giants’ hit Soil
Hammer Entertainments full 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 seasons
Hamilton Spectator’s Readers Choice Award for Best Dance Instructor in 2014 and 2015
Nominated for an emerging artist award twice under the Hamilton Arts Awards
Member of Hamilton Fringe Festival’s ALERT Collective

More at http://www.alyssanedich.com/

Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium
422 Concession, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
eshebellydancer@hotmail.com
hamiltonbellydance.com


 

7PM Hamilton Bellydance Meet Up

The Lounge at Casbah

306 King St W, Hamilton

FREE Entry!

Optional: Build a terrarium with Angela Josephine.  $20 for 3 catci or 3 succulents with decorative rocks, earth & terrarium.  Starts 7:30 & lasts approximately 1 hour.