Summer 2021 Bellydance with Mahasti in Hamilton and online

Dance with Mahasti all summer! POP UP JILLINA WS to benefit Mahasti…“Mahraganat Shaabi”
Join us July 10 at 6pm PT or July 11st at 10am PT of On-Demand until July 25.

Thurs 7-8PM Kpop with Faith
July 22-Aug 26 (6 weeks)
$60Wed 620-720PM Modern Fusion with Angela Josephine
Aug 4-25 (4 weeks)
$60Sat 12-130PM Turkish Oryantal & Turkish Roman with Eshe
July 24-Aug 28 (6 weeks)
$60Mejance with Jillina (4 weeks/4 hours prerecorded)

Any 2 video projects $100
All 4 video projects $120
Every class on the schedule – video, zoom, nature $135 (includes all recordings)

Bellydance in nature with Eshe

We are located on the east mountain in Hamilton, off of Concession Street.
Session 1:
Mon 7-8PM
June 28, July 5, 12, 19
Wed 730-830PM
June 30, July 7, 14, 21
Session 2:
Mon 7-8PM
July 26, Aug 9, 16, 23
Wed 730-830PM
July 28, Aug 4, 11, 19
1 night four week session $65.
2 nights four week session $100.
Drop in $20.
Additional classes and private classes available upon request.
If it rains class will happen on Zoom.
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Ongoing drop in zoom classes with Eshe
Tues + Thurs 1-130PM, Wed 515-615PM.

30 mins $25
4 x 30 min $80

Recorded classes available on demand at

🧡25% of all studio earnings will go to support 🧡

PAYMENT: interac etransfer to or paypal

New Dance Session on Zoom


610-650PM Shimmy + Sweat: Cardio Class
7-750PM Bellydance Basics
8-930: Little Red Riding Hood
Tree Stream (intermediate level choreo)
Optional: video project
4-440PM Shimmy + Sweat: Cardio Class
450-530PM Style Free Free Style: Creative Movement
7-8PM Hot Hat Heels Fusion with @embers_of_a_boughanfire
12-130PM Little Red Riding Hood
Wolf Stream
Optional: video project
(intermediate level choreo)

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Recorded classes at

$25USD tier gets you access to all zoom classes + recordings

All times EST

December Drop ins & January Session


Wed Dec 16 8-930PM

Sat Dec 19 12-130PM

“Bells, Bows, Gifts, Trees” 

Fab, Fun and Fierce with 2nd half of this banger

Mon Dec 21

610-740PM Improvisations: Masks, Miming and More

Mon Dec 28

640-740 Get Down Tonight – Gentle Floorwork

8-9PM Shake off Your Snowflakes – Shimmy Drills & Hipwork

Wed Dec 30


Get Down Tonight – Gentle Floorwork

Wed Jan 6


Shoutout to All My Fans – Prop work with fans

Sat Jan 9

1230-130PM HanD Solo – Arms that flow with the force.  Gestures to take over the galaxy.


Monday (Jan 11 – 3 weeks)

640-740PM Turkish Roman

Not cumulative.

8-930PM Raqs Sharqi

Wed (Jan 13 – 3 weeks)

640-740PM Veil (loaners provided)

Not cumulative.

8-930PM Feelin Myself Fusion

Thurs (Jan 14 – 3 weeks)

450-620PM Weirdo Ballet

Optional video project.

7-8PM Kpop Fusion Choreo with Faith

Sat (Jan 16 – 3 weeks)

1040-1140AM Bellydance Basics

Not cumulative. 

12-130PM Weirdo Ballet

Optional video project.


Sun 1/24 Angela Josephine

11-1230PM workshop on Zoom only

1230-1PM circle time

$25 stand alone workshop. +$15 if registering for other classes.

Free if signing up for unlimited.


Limited to 6 people in studio masked & distanced.

All classes available on Zoom and Patreon.


Drop in $20.

3 x 1 hour class $40.

3 x 1.5 hour class $60.

6 classes (mix & match any length) $65.

8 classes (mix & match any length) $80.

$100 unlimited access to all classes including December drop in classes.

All dancers will receive lifetime recordings of classes of any class they register for.

Patreon members – please deduct your membership from class fees.

Dancers must register in advance of classes. 

If these prices are a barrier you are invited (no questions asked) to pay what you can.

Please let me know if you have any requests.

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Credit card payment available online.

540 Concession (entrance off of East 21st) Hamilton

November Session

PWYC all next week, bring a cash donation or etransfer (any amount) 100% of donations will go to Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario in honor of Ellery’s Army.

We are limited to 6 spots in studio. Always masked. Always distanced. No touching. Using sanitizer. All of that will continue. We will also be broadcasting on Zoom.

MON OCT 26th

610-740PM – Spell On You by Natacha Atlas

8-930PM – Ghosts (Drum Solo) by Chronis Taxidis

WED OCT 28th

610-740PM – Spell On You by Natacha Atlas

8-930PM – She Wolf by Shakira


Kpop on Zoom (final week)

SAT OCT 31st

12-130PM – She Wolf by Shakira


Sign up early to guarantee class time. ^_^ Sign up this week & pick a FREE Sunday workshop (attend in person or on Zoom or opt to just receive recording)

MON (Nov 2-Dec14)


Follow Your Curiosity

Improvisation, creativity, confidence, stage craft & more.


White Hot Winter

Diva Class.

TUES (Nov 3-Dec 15)


Survival 101

Stay warm with shimmies.


Slinky & Slow

Control, isolation, flow, beauty

WED (Nov 4 – Dec 16)


White Hot Winter

Diva Class.


Survival 101

Stay warm with shimmies.

THURS (Nov 5-Dec 17) * No class Nov 19th* Make Up Date to be announced


Slinky & Slow

Control, isolation, flow, beauty


Kpop Fusion with Faith



Survival 101

Stay warm with shimmies.



11/1 Drum Solo

11/8 Veil

11/15 Floorwork

11/29 Turkish Roman


$75 Subsidized

$100 Regular

$120 Nurturer

2 Classes $180

Unlimited $240


$15 each or all 4 $50

Etransfer or pay online at

540 Concession or on Zoom.

Masks required at all times.

Strict 6 person limit per class.

Pay What You Can Bellydance

Pay What You Can Bellydance for Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario in honor of Ellery’s Army.

Mon 26th 610PM-740PM, 8-930PM
Wed 28th 610PM-740PM, 8-930PM
Sat 31st 12-130PM

3 ways to join:
6 spots in person (masked + socially distanced)
Zoom (live online)
Recorded video

540 Concession


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.

Have a request for a topic or a day or time? Contact

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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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422 Concession