Pay What You Can Bellydance – Karma Class for Sexual Assault Centre Hamilton

You have raised $4351 for local Hamilton & Canadian charities since we opened in April 2016.  Thank you so much for your generosity!

Sunday Jan 28th Eshe is hosting a Pa-Glam-A Dance Party.  Come in your PJs (or whatever you like!) and learn a glam bellydance! We are raising money for SACHA (Sexual Assault Centre Hamilton).  No donation is too small.  100% of funds donated go to SACHA.  Current students may use 1 class on their class card if they prefer.

Beginners are welcome.  We will learn (or polish for experienced dancers) step touches, shimmies, hip drops & lifts as well as work on adding lots of flair & attitude.

We are at 1 West Ave S, Suite 300, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.  Free parking at our building.  Check out our “Location” page for pics of the building as well as maps & FAQs.



Right on Target – Playground in a Box – The Centre on Barton, Hamilton


Bellydance with Eshe for FREE at The Centre on Barton in Hamilton, Ontario

This community initiative reclaims spaces in Hamilton for health, wellness & fun! Join Eshe tomorrow Friday Jan 26th!

— 11:30 Am – SHIMMY CHALLENGE – A shaking cardio marathon good for all levels and all ages. 30 minutes.

— 1:00 PM – BELLYDANCE CRASH COURSE – A fast and fun family-friendly Bellydance class. All levels and all ages. 30 minutes.

From 11am-3pm:
– New Hope Bikes with bikes and trikes plus cargo bikes for parents to try – Free
-Kwanis Boys and Girls Clubs of Hamilton and their Indoor Skateboard Park, with equipment and instructions – Free
– Groovin’ With Izzy with karaoke for kids – Free
Hamilton Moves with some active games – Free
– Special area (non-supervised) for kids roller skating with their own equipment – Free
– Chalk tables and colouring tables – Free
– Small café selling some fruits, snack bars, coffee, tea, hot choc

1pm-3pm Calming Jars Making – crafts session led by Felicia Assenza

Harem vol 27

Harem is a professional 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 27
Sat. Jan 20th
Show 7-8:30PM

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

Raqs Mahasti (Eshe, Peggy Nuwayrah Bellydance & Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium studio dancers) with special guests
Paromita Kar
Kenzie Bellydance
Heather Marie & Mandali
Athena McQueen

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

K-Pop & Bellydance with Faith in Hamilton at Mahasti

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FRESH FUSION CLASS with Faith Dance at Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium.

Drop in on week 1 – Thursday Jan 18th.  Use your class card or pay a drop in fee.  If you’ve still got gas in the tank stay & play at 8:05 with Jackie Pullar while she leads a drilling class!

Instructor Faith loves bellydance, but her ultimate bias is K-Pop… and she invites you explore the fusion of these two distinct worlds into one energetic, whimsical, and accessible dance form! From undulations to aegyo, you’ll learn choreography that draws heavily on bellydance technique to blend seamlessly with a wide range of K-Pop stylings and expression. All levels welcome, but some bellydance experience is advantageous. Come prepared to do your best and have fun! Hwaiting!

Faith began teaching and performing bellydance and Bollywood style dance in 2009 & 2010 respectively, and also enjoyed many years as a member of various Ontario-based bellydance troupes (Karma, Bella Luna, the Bellydonnas). Her teaching experience also spans areas such as fitness and chair dance. From 2011-2014, she founded and directed the Bollywood dance troupe NACHEGI.

Faith has had the privilege of studying with many instructors in both Bollywood style dance and bellydance, as well as attending workshops with renowned dancers and choreographers such as Divya Kumar, Jaya Vaswani, Raqia Hassan and Sadie Marquadt. She continues to study both dance forms through weekly classes and regular workshops, and is dedicated to presenting a culturally authentic dance experience in each class she teaches—while also making sure there are plenty of smiles and laughs along the way. In early 2017, she began fusing her deep love of K-Pop music with bellydance, and seeks to present style this to her fusion students with her signature whimsical flavor.

1 West Ave S, Suite 300, Hamilton, ON

New Mommy & Me Bellydance Session at Mahasti in Hamilton, Ontario

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New Mommy & Me session starts this Saturday 1/6 at Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium. 1 class $10 for both child & caregiver or 4 classes for $30 (works out to $3.31 plus tax per dancer per class). There’s an option (never an obligation) to perform at Harem – Bellydance Show in Hamilton for interested dancers ^_^ Our goal with this program is to be affordable for familes.  Costumes are often things dancers already own like black tank tops & yoga pants. Recommended for ages 4-11. Dancers 12 & up can join our regular program with a student discount of 50%.

Heather Marie Bellydance Workshops in Hamilton, Canada

We’re 27% sold out! Heather Marie has opened for Beats Antique & danced with Bellydance Superstars! Don’t miss her visit to Canada! Sat 1/20 she dances at Harem in The Casbah. Sun 1/21 workshops at Mahasti ❤

11-1PM Drills Skills n Thrils
2-4PM Liquid Gold


Drills Skills n Thrills (11am-1pm)
Prepare for Bellydance Bootcamp! This is my jam and such a FUN class! If you want to sweat, work hard, challenge your brain and body, you will not be disappointed after this class! Opening with a focused warm up, digging deep with Dance conditioning, and Drills drills drills that will make your head spin in the best way possible. Providing tools for creating strong, intentional, skillful dancers from the ground up! This high energy class will leave you with a sense of accomplishment and a much deeper understanding of posture, alignment, fundamental technique and timing! All skill levels welcome!
Please bring a yoga mat, water & finger cymbals.

Liquid Gold (2-4pm)
The focus here is slowing down the technical material we covered over in the 1st workshop and adding your own spice to the mix! Fun across the floor movement exercises will challenge the brain, help inspire new movement to and guide you to smoother transitions! Closing the class, We will cover a saucy little number you can take away! No experience is necessary as this class will benefit beginner-advanced students! Taking both workshops is encouraged but not required!

1 workshop $45!/1-Workshop-2-hours-total/p/64748412/category=18890056
2 workshops $75!/2-Workshops-4-hours-total/p/64748410/category=18890056
Etransfer to Cash or credit card at the studio.


Heather Marie is based in the Detroit area and discovered her love of Middle Eastern Belly Dance in 2002. She is a Fat Chance® Belly Dance Sister Studio certified in GS, TT1 & TT2, within American Tribal Style® belly dance. She is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of her performance ensemble, Izgreyala. Her unique style has various influential flavors from American Tribal Style®, Tribal Fusion, Flamenco, Rajasthani Desert Dance, Folkloric, Classic Modern Egyptian and Gypsy, in addition to Hip Hop/Pop & Lock and Liquid Dance from the early 90s electronic scene. Intensive studies include Mira Betz, Rachel Brice, Kami Liddle, Jill Parker, Zoe Jakes, Carolena Noriccio, April Rose, Heather Stants, Unmata and Zafira, to name a few. Spicing it up, she also dabbles in the Circus arts, to which she is an Insured Fire Performer and well versed in partner Acro-Balance.

A seasoned performer, Heather Marie  can list opening for Beats Antique as well as Thomas Dolby. Performing in full stage productions, such as Club Belly Dance with the Belly Dance Super Stars, Torch with a Twist, the longest running Detroit based vaudevillian variety show, and Dakini Circus among her many accomplishments.

1 West Ave S, Suite 300, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

$60 unlimited dance for 30 days! 

30 days of bellydance only $60! Sale on now! Turkish, Lebanese, Egyptian & Fusion bellydance with award-winning instructors plus drilling & basics classes & rotating guest specialty instructors! Start today! Valid for dancers new to the studio only.  No additional discounts, coupons, extensions, exchanges or transfers. 

1 West Ave S Suite 300 Hamilton, Ontario 

Purchase online at!/1-MONTH-UNLIMITED-DANCE-$100-OFF/p/98538348/category=18890055

Etransfer, cash or creditcard payment also available.

New Bellydance Session 

New session starts tonight at Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium. We’ll be working on Sahar Samara’s absolutely fab entrance number with some combos thrown in from her amazing summer workshops with Ya Amar (check out their upcoming line-up of instructors – pure fire!).  7:10PM Part 1. 8:15PM Part 2.  I recommend an absolute minimum of 6 months bellydance experience before hopping into choreography class (even more helpful if that experience is with Mahasti). I make these recommendations because I really want everyone to have the best possible time.  There is little to no breakdown in a choreo class.  It’s expected that you can travel with shimmies, spin & isolate among other snazzy steps ❤ Students who attend all 4-5 weeks of choreo class are given an invitation (never a summons ^_^ ) to perform at Harem – Bellydance Show in Hamilton.  If that doesn’t sound like you (or you’d rather not do choreo) we have lots of drop in, basic & drilling classes to keep you busy or get you there!