Workshops for Ngen by Angela Josephine

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Join Angela in a workshop dedicated to the art of melting. Learn some original ooey gooey combos that play with the dynamics of rigid and soft, stiff and loose, solid and slack. We will explore how we can use these contrasting movements to make our dances both more dynamic and expressive. I mean, what’s a lock if you can’t melt like a boss?

Suitable for all styles and levels of Bellydancers. 6 months experience recommended.

11AM-1PM
Sunday Dec 2nd
$35
Online payment https://mahasti.ecwid.com/?fbclid=IwAR1jJY_nXF94dG8zDcxTBJ9rbfRjAEhdIOkWJ_wVNZoL_snx06v-FEsOPJY#!/2-Hours-1-workshop/p/80134848/category=18890056
Interac etransfer eshebellydancer@hotmail.com
Cash or credit card payment at Mahasti

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE
In the spirit of giving, Angela is offer 2 full scholarships to this event. (1 remaining) Nominate a friend or yourself. Contact eshebellydancer@hotmail.com letting us know who you think is deserving. (Please confirm availability before you nominate a dancer).

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Shimmy Clinic at Mahasti in Hamilton

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All week learn how to shimmy with Eshe! We even have a bonus pay what you can class this Tuesday 5-6:30 (or use 1 groupon class or 1 class on your class card)

Don’t forget Thursday 7PM we have a FREE bellydance basics class with Faith! No strings, just come & dance on us!

Sidewalk Sounds – Free Bellydance Show & Concert on Concession

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As part of Concession BIA, Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium is presenting Sidewalk Sounds‘ Bellydance Stage
 
3rd Friday of the month from May to September
 
Friday July 20th 7-9PM
Angela Josephine
Wild Orchid Belly Dance Studio
Valizan with Shades of Araby
& Raqs Mahasti (Faith Dance, Peggy Nuwayrah Bellydance, Eshe & studio dancers)
 
FREE!
Bellydance performance & mini lessons!
 
SCHEDULE
7-7:15 Raqs Mahasti
7:15-7:30 Wild Orchid Belly Dance (with Molly Bent & Shag the Salon students)
7:30-7:45 Valizan & Shades of Araby
7:45-8PM Raqs Mahasti
8-8:15PM Angela Josephine
8:15-8:30PM Raqs Mahasti
8:30-8:45PM Valizan & Shades of Araby
8:45-9PM Angela Josephine
There are 5 other musical stages, vendors and local shops! Come & join the fun!
 
LOCATION: Former RBC
555 Concession, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
 
RAIN LOCATION: Mahasti
422 Concession, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
 
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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
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Harem vol 30 – Bellydance show in The Casbah, Hamilton

Saturday April 21 we have our 30th Harem! Every month on the 3rd Saturday Eshe hosts this bellydance extravaganza.

Launched in 2007 this used to be a yearly event held at The Casbah.  Eshe returned to Canada in 2015 & opened Mahasti in 2016, that year she decided to relaunch Harem as a monthly event instead.

Harem is a public event that is open to everyone.  Each month Eshe invites professional artists to share their passion and talent.  The line-up is never the same & the dances are never repeated.  You’ll never see the same number twice at Harem.  We host local talent as well as international acts.

This month we have The Serpentina North Ensemble of Toronto.  They perform an improvisational group tribal style often with elements of classical Indian dance and Egyptian folklore they also whimsically pepper in modern dances like disco as well as theatrical staging.  In the best way possible, you never know quite what they’re going to offer.

Invoketress, lead by Ishra, are another shape-shifting bevy of talent.  From raqs sharqi to dance hall, folklore to fusion, they dance it all.  Enchanting Guelph for over 20 years, Ishra draws from a deep well of experience and inspiration.  They’re always a fan-favorite at Harem.

Wild Orchid Belly Dance are our home-team talent.  Lead by Jackie Pullar, they’ve been shaking things up in Hamilton for over 10 years.  Wild Orchid perform fusion bellydance seamlessly blending Reda-esque footwork, juicy Egyptian hip stylizations with playful or dramatic modern aesthetics and music.

Angela Josephine trains at The Dark Side Studio and performs with Lavish in Toronto.  She pairs razor-sharp technique with breath-taking and stirring execution.  Her style has been called deconstructed bellydance and is a fresh and often operatic take on the traditional.

Every month Eshe, the host of Harem, as well as her troupe Raqs Mahasti and teachers at Mahasti Peggy and Faith perform.  We start working on a new show every 4-5 weeks so that we’re always offering up something new and fresh.  This month Faith’s Kpop class will be sharing 2 fun and flirty numbers.  Raqs Mahasti will be dancing to classics “Misirlou” and “La Cumparsita.”

In the 2nd half of the show we’re trying something different, we’re going to hit “shuffle” on the ipod & dance to whatever comes up! Want to submit a song? Upload it here (friendly reminder: there are kids at our show)
https://www.dropbox.com/request/tAR9fl45peZyIb6v34xP

The show starts right at 7PM and runs til 8:30 with a brief intermission around 7:45.  Doors open at 6:30PM.

The Casbah is located at 306 King St W, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

The nearest municipal parking lot is across the street at 55 Queen St N, Hamilton.

Tickets are $15 at the door. (Capacity for the club is in the 100s we will not sell out)

Kids under 18 attend for free.

 

We’re moving to the mountain 3/26 to 422 Concession Street, Hamilton

We are moving to 422 Concession from March 26 & we are expanding our offerings!

Lil Movers Tuesday 9:30-10AM $5 (18 months & up)

This class will be about exploring creative movement, learning dance class etiquette, creating good posture & dance habits.  Caregivers should remain in the room with their children.

Tuesday 4-4:45PM Kids Bellydance $5 (4 years & up)

Bellydance is a social dance from the middle east performed at weddings & community events.  It is absolutely appropriate for all kids.  This class will have a short warm up, some drills, technique review, we’ll put together a combination & then it’ll be time to cool down.

Saturday 10-10:30AM Mommy & Me Bellydance $30 for 4 classes (Caregiver & child, 4 & up)

This class is for any caregiver & child.  We tend to have 2 month long sessions for this class.  There are optional performance opportunities for dancers in this class.

We are also adding some morning classes to our schedule after we move to Concession Street.

Tuesdays & Thursdays 10-11AM “Feel Good Bellydance” $5 drop in fee

This will be a gentle, drop in friendly introduction to bellydance.

Caregivers feel free to bring your little ones with you to this class!

We are doing lots of giveaways in the upcoming months for our new location! Keep an eye on our instagram @hamiltonbellydance or our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/hamiltonbellydance/

Let us know if there are any days, times or offerings that we aren’t offering but you’d like to see! Contact eshebellydancer@hotmail.com

 

Harem vol 28 – Bellydance Show at The Casbah, Hamilton

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 28
Sat. Feb 17th
Show 7-8:30PM
$15

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
Angela Josephine
Melissa Gamal
Invoketress
Wild Orchid Belly Dance

This event we are going to shake things up a bit.  You’ll see the artists take on each other’s style.  Invoketress will perform as Eshe & Raqs Mahasti.  Angela Josephine will perform as Melissa Gamal.  Melissa Gamal will perform as Angela Josephine.  Wild Orchid will perform as Invoketress.  Raqs Mahasti will perform as Invoketress, Wild Orchid, Angela Josephine & Melissa Gamal.  The artists will also perform a set in their own signature styles.

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
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Specialty Bellydance Classes Coming to Mahasti in Hamilton

We are so excited to offer these specialty classes – good with your regular class card.  Or $16 + tax drop in fee.  Class cards can be purchased in sets as small as 4 for $60 + tax.

Wed 7:10PM (4 weeks) from 1/17 with Angela Josephine

DRILLS FOR THRILLS (AND SKILLS)
Join Angela in a four week session filled with drills designed to develop and improve your bellydance technique. This class is multilevel and suitable for dancers with some experience in bellydance. Drills will be modified to challenge all levels.
Come have fun and work towards a technical repertoire that’s sharp as a tack!

ANGELA JOSEPHINE
Angela Josephine is a Modern Fusion Bellydancer studying at The Dark Side Studio in Toronto, Ontario under the tutelage of Audra Simmons and Heather Labonté. She is a member of Lavish Dance Company and The Dark Side Studio Student Troupe. She was most recently part of the full length show Fragment Repair- A New Show by Lavish.

Angela began studying bellydance in 2012 at Serpentine Studios in Halifax, NS taking traditional and tribal fusion bellydance with teachers Laura Selenzi and Monique Ryan. She was a member of Mahari Tribal and the Serpentine Student Troupe. She also studied Bharatanatyam with Suneetra Karam-Singh.

Angela enjoys enriching her dance education by travelling to take workshops with other dancers and getting nerdy talking about all things dance.

ANGELA JOSEPHINE
Angela Josephine is a Modern Fusion Bellydancer studying at The Dark Side Studio in Toronto, Ontario under the tutelage of Audra Simmons and Heather Labonté. She is a member of Lavish Dance Company and The Dark Side Studio Student Troupe. She was most recently part of the full length show Fragment Repair- A New Show by Lavish.

Angela began studying bellydance in 2012 at Serpentine Studios in Halifax, NS taking traditional and tribal fusion bellydance with teachers Laura Selenzi and Monique Ryan. She was a member of Mahari Tribal and the Serpentine Student Troupe. She also studied Bharatanatyam with Suneetra Karam-Singh.

Angela enjoys enriching her dance education by travelling to take workshops with other dancers and getting nerdy talking about all things dance.

FRESH FUSION CLASS with Faith (4 week session in Jan, Feb, & March) from 1/18 Thursdays at 7PM.
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
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.

DRILLS & COMBINATIONS with JACKIE PULLAR Thurs 1/18 & 1/25 8:05PM
Jackie is the owner, principal instructor and Creative Director at Wild Orchid Belly Dance Studio in Hamilton, Ontario. She began her studies in Egyptian-style belly dance in 2001 with Patricia Savage of Awalim Studio, Hamilton. While at Awalim, she was introduced to Toronto-based belly dancer, Audra Simmons of The Dark Side Studio, who at the time was experimenting with a modern fusion style of belly dance called Tribal Fusion. Tribal Fusion fuses American Tribal Style belly dance with elements of other dance styles including Egyptian, hip hop, modern, Flamenco and Indian classical dances, among others. She was immediately captured by the movements, music and costuming of this style and made it her goal to learn as much as she could about it.

Her particular brand of Tribal Fusion blends Egyptian-style belly dance (classical and modern) with elements of jazz, hip hop, American Tribal Style (ATS) belly dance and Indian, among others.

She studied extensively with renowned fusion artists Audra Simmons, Rachel Brice, Mira Betz, Ariellah, Kami Liddle, Samantha Emmanuel and Heather Stants.

STRAIGHT UP EGYPTIAN WITH LEANNA 2/15 8:05PM

As a bellydancer, Leanna has had many memorable experiences. In 2015 she danced alongside Cirque du Soleil in the PanAm Opening Ceremony. This event was seen by a sold out crowd of 45,000 and had over 400 million TV viewers. Leanna was also selected to be on the CW Network Series ‘Reign’ which aired in 2017. She took part in her first full-scale production ‘Sawah’ at the Fleck Dance Theatre in Toronto. The show had many standing ovations and a huge ensemble cast of over 40 dance and musical artists from Toronto and Montreal. Other performance highlights include; the International Stage at the CNE (2016, 2017) and Dance Ontario Dance Weekend (2014-2018). Leanna also performs regularly as an ensemble and soloist with Arabesque Entertainment Agency and as part of the Yasmina Ramzy Dance Co.
Leanna‘s dedication and passion has made her a popular teacher in her hometown of Hamilton. She started BellaDance as a testament of the art forms power of revitalization and empowerment. Also giving credit to the dance having saved her as a self-conscious teenager, Leanna hopes to spread its healing qualities to her students. Watch out for local performances at The Casbah and summer Art Crawls alongside The Bellas, her dance troupe.

Thursday Feb 15 at 8:05-9:05PM
STRAIGHT UP EGYPTIAN
Soheir hips, Taheya circles, and Samia figure eights. Learn Egyptian combos from the famous stars of the Golden Era of Bellydance.
$16 (+ tax) drop in or use your class card.v

Bellydance Workshops at Mahasti

Melissa Gamal of Ya Amar is coming back to Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium Sun Dec 3rd

11-1:30PM Mejance (entrance choreography)
Straight from Cairo Melissa will share the workshop she’s prepared for the world-famous Nile Group in November!

2:30-4PM Musicality & Improvisation
Tips & tricks to take your dance to the next level with Melissa’s signature sass, poise & style.

11AM workshop $50 (2.5 hours) https://mahasti.ecwid.com/#!/1-Workshop-2-hours-total/p/64748412/category=18890056

2:30PM workshop $35 https://mahasti.ecwid.com/#!/1-Workshop-1-5-Hours/p/79014740/category=18890056

BOTH workshops $75 https://mahasti.ecwid.com/#!/2-Workshops-4-hours-total/p/64748410/category=18890056
Etransfer to eshebellydancer@hotmail.com. Cash or credit card at the studio.

MELISSA GAMAL

Melissa Gamal is an award-winning dancer based in Toronto. She’s won titles at world-renowned bellydance gatherings Heshk Beshk Oriental Dance Festival in Venice, Italy & CAIRO Festival, Budapest, Hungary. Her authentic movement style and elegant musical interpretation have made her one of the most beloved performers in Canada.

Her foremost training was at Arabesque Academy/Dance Company, where she was an instructor and lead dancer for 8 years. She continually trains with famed & respected instructors from across North America, Europe and the Middle East, including intensive studies in Cairo, Egypt.

As an experienced instructor, her classes and workshops are sought after for her attention to technique as well as her knowledge of historical and cultural contexts. This November will see her teaching at Nile Group Cairo in Egypt among the top instructors in the world.

In 2015 Melissa co-founded Ya Amar, an entertainment company focused on offering exquisite performances of Middle Eastern dance and live music. She is also quickly gaining a reputation as a top-notch event producer & taste-maker as she brings rising stars, scholars & well-respected dance ethnologists to Canada.

See more at https://ya-amar.ca/

Support 2 full days of workshops at Mahasti & get a free ticket to Harem!

MAHASTI THE BELLYDANCE EMPORIUM
1 West Ave S, Suite 300, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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