September Bellydance in Hamilton at Mahasti

Mon

6-715PM Be a Dancer

745-9PM Be a Bellydancer

Tues

10-1115AM Be a Bellydancer

1230-1 Be a Bellydancer

6-715PM Be a Bellydancer

Wed

630-745PM Be a Bellydancer

815-930PM Be a Professional Bellydancer

Thurs

10-1115AM Be a Bellydancer

1230-1 Be a Bellydancer

5-615PM Be an Artist

Sat

10-1045AM Be a Bellydancer (Caregiver & Me)

1130-1PM Be a Professional Bellydancer

Fall Session

Sept 13- Dec 17th (each class will have at least 12 weeks)

1 class $200 or $70/month

2 classes $300 or $110/month

3 classes $400 or $140/month

Unlimited $500 or $160/month

Be a Dancer – Great for anyone looking to up or start their dance game, get down with your bad self, we’ll be exploring all genres of music and movement

Be a Bellydancer – Isolations, rhythms, folklore foundations, learn everything that goes into the art of bellydance

Be a Professional Bellydancer – take your dance further, explore stage dynamics, levels, layers and more

Be an Artist – flex on your creativity, work on tools to develop your own voice while making art, increase confidence, play with your inner child, nourish your self.

All dancers will be given access to lifetime video recordings to explore the concepts used in class.

We are located at 576 A4 on Concession, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

In person classes strictly limited to 5 fully vaccinated people.

Masks mandatory at all times, including when you’re dancing.

These boundaries are non-negotiable.

Dancers unable to mask or vaccinate can join classes on Zoom (private or group)

Private zoom classes 30 mins $25 or 4 classes $80.

Contact eshebellydancer@hotmail.com with any questions.

Dance in Nature – Outdoor Bellydance Class “Baskotaya M2armesha”

Join us Monday 7-8PM or Wednesday 730-830PM (or both) as we shake it down to Cairo’s hottest club track.

MUSIC

Shaabi is the “music of the people.” Born of cassette culture in the 70s, Shaabi voices the concerns of everyday folks – life, love, struggles & politics. It’s most famed singer is the revered godfather Ahmed Adaweya. In the late 2000s a new style of Shaabi emerged called Mahraganat.
Mahraganat means “festivals” in Arabic (it’s also sometimes referred to as “electro shaabi”). It became an unstoppable sensation during the 2011 revolution that overthrew Mubarak. The music often features booming drums, slinky synths, rapping and copious amounts of auto-tune. “Baskotaya M2armesha” has become the song of the summer in Cairo. Everyone is dancing to it & so are we!

We’ll be employing elements of bellydance as well as Mahraganat technique to express the rhythm, lyrics and melody in this club anthem. This is a social, living dance and we’ll definitely be turning up the personality and joy and turning down isolations and rigid control to really embody the song.



ESHE

Eshe is the director & owner of Mahasti – The Creativity Emporium in Canada with classes on Zoom and Patreon. Born and raised in Hamilton, Eshe has been bellydancing since 2002. She’s trained extensively in Canada, Japan, Egypt, and Turkey. And she’s performed in America, Japan, Turkey, South Korea, Australia, Malaysia and Indonesia. In 2007 she launched Glitter – a bellydance showcase at The Casbah in Hamilton now taking place on Zoom!

From 2008 to 2010, Eshe was the bellydancer for the Korean band Orgeltanz. Orgeltanz and Eshe gigged at some of the country’s biggest music festivals. Together they were featured in the Korean editions of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, and appeared on several TV programs. In 2009 she starred in Apollo 18’s music video “Orbis.” In early 2010, Eshe was cast in the Korean and Indonesian versions of Jillina’s Bellydance Evolution. Eshe also won Asia’s “People’s Choice” award as part of the show. The same year dance legend Sema Yildiz gave her the name “Yildiz” or “Star” in Turkish after she performed at the famed Gar Casino in Istanbul. 2010-2015 Eshe ran her own bellydance studio in Seoul called Dream Dance Studio. In 2012, her students won the bronze medal for Oriental Ensemble at the Tokyo International Bellydance Competition. In 2013, Eshe started a new concert series in Seoul called Shake Shop. The monthly event featured bellydancers collaborating with some of the biggest names in Korea’s indie scene.

In 2015, Eshe returned to Canada and started performing award-winning events such as Supercrawl. In 2016, she opened Mahasti & formed Raqs Mahasti who won 1st runner up at Star Bellydancer Canada in the troupe category.In 2017 she launched Hamilton International Bellydance Competition. In 2018 she won a 40 Under 40 Business Achievement Award for her community & charity work. In 2019 she was cast again by Jillina in Bellydance Evolution’s Los Angeles debut of Wizard of Oz. The same year she was honored to win Established Artist in the Dancer / Performing Artist category at the Hamilton Art Awards. 2020 saw her judging Tokyo International Bellydance Competition (a feat she’ll repeat in 2021) & performing in Jillina’s Bellydance Evolution halfas as well as twice in Turkey’s famed Rakkas Istanbul online shows. In 2021 she was honored to be invited as a guest performer and judge for Bellydance Norway’s The Elements project.
Learn about our studio https://www.facebook.com/hamiltonbellydance
IG @hamiltonbellydancehamiltonbellydance.com

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.
Interac etransfer to reserve your spot eshebellydancer@hotmail.com or paypal esheyildiz@gmail.com.

Meeting Jagmeet Singh! Concession BIA

I was thrilled to meet with Jagmeet Singh this week! I am the chair of the Concession Street BIA (Business Improvement Area). We met with Jagmeet & discussed the struggles of small business owners, as well as concerns for the planet & community. We also talked about issues that are near & dear to me like Land Back, trans rights, BLM, support for marginalized & vulnerable workers.

Definitely a highlight as Chair of the board! I spend a lot of time thinking about and putting in to action ways to make our street more connected, safer, super fabulous and exciting! It was really exciting to meet someone who cares so much and is doing so much amazing work.

Just a reminder – no BIA community meeting in August we’ll be back at 9AM on the 3rd Thursday of September!

Live Online Classes – TONIGHT 710PM

mahasti online

Tonight (Wed) 710PM EST Sweat: Cardio & Conditioning with Faith Dance

Join Zoom Classes
https://zoom.us/j/716186238?pwd=ggODlv8CY38

DM for password ^_^
LIVE CLASSES THIS WEEK
Thurs 7PM EST Kpop & Bellydance Basics with Faith
Thurs 805PM EST Kpop & Bellydance Choreography with Faith

Meeting ID: 133 285 197
Password: Mahasti

Sat 1045AM EST Bellydance Basics with Eshe
Investment $10 for 1 class $20 for all classes this week! In Canada interac etransfer to eshebellydancer@hotmail.com
International Paypal to esheyildiz@gmail.com.
Tapped classes on Patreon $25 for access to all classes with Angela Josephine, Faith, Andria & Eshe PLUS free access to live classes.
hamiltonbellydance.com

Online Options for Supporting Mahasti

Eshe Despres Headshot

Here are some online options for supporting Mahasti ^_^
 
Online classes $1-$10 per month
 
1 min 30 seconds personalized choreography $100
 
3 mins of personalized choreography $175
 
Buy a gift certificate (in multiples of $10)
 
1 private lesson $75 (20% off coupon PRIVATEDANCER)
Online lesson or in person at Mahasti (future dates possible)
 
4 private lessons $260 (20% off coupon PRIVATEDANCER)
Online lesson or in person at Mahasti (future dates possible)
 
Interac etransfer to eshebellydancer@hotmail.com
 
Online merchandise
 
Thank you always! ❤
Mahasti
hamiltonbellydance.com

Kids Bellydance Classes in Hamilton

Kids Bellydance

New session for Caregiver & Me starts Sat 5/25 10-10:30AM
Drop in week 1 or 2 $10 (for 1 adult & 1 child, ages 6 & up).
4 classes $26.55+ tax (for 1 adult & 1 child, ages 6 & up).

Kids 12 & up can attend regular classes for 50% off.
4 classes $30 + tax. 8 classes $55 + tax. 24 classes $100 + tax. All classes expire in 3 months.

If there’s enough interest we can restart toddler classes Contact eshebellydancer@hotmail.com

422 Concession
hamiltonbellydance.com

New Bellydance Class Alert!

New Morning Class

By request we are expanding our morning offerings!
10-11AM Feel Good Bellydance (drop in any time, open to beginners, $5 cash fee)
11-11:30AM Burst of Choreo (drop in on week 1 or 2, $5 drop in/ class fee includes video breakdown)
Burst of Choreo will start in the April session. Thank you so much for your support! Online payment is possible for these classes at https://mahasti.ecwid.com/#!/Rise-&-Shimmy-Pass-10-Classes/p/123932947/category=18890055
 
Mahasti
422 Concession, Hamilton
hamiltonbellydance.com

Chair Dance Workshop with Faith to Benefit Sexual Assault Centre Hamilton

chair dance

Chair Dance Workshop with Faith Dance to benefit Sacha Hamilton.

Wear: whatever makes you feel confident & beautiful
Bring: water, open heart, padded folding chair (we have some loaners just let us know you need one please)
Level: open
Jam: Tiffany Young’s “Over My Skin”

Friday Feb 8th 7-9PM
$35
Online payment https://mahasti.ecwid.com/#!/2-Hours-1-workshop/p/80134848/category=18890056
Interac etransfer eshebellydancer@hotmail.com
Cash or credit card payment at Mahasti

Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium
422 Concession
Hamilton, Ontario
hamiltonbellydance.com

Improvisation Workshop with Alyssa Nedich 1/27

alyssanedich
We’re going to spend these 2 hours playing with Alyssa Nedich Choreography!
Dancers & non-dancers welcome!
Blast through creative blocks or established movement patterns.
Explore your body in a fun, judgement-free zone.
Develop your improvisational toolkit.

Sun Jan 27
11-1PM
$26.55 + tax ($30)
Interac etransfer to eshebellydancer@hotmail.com
Online payment at https://mahasti.ecwid.com/#!/1-Workshop-1-Hour/p/79014740/category=18890056

Alyssa Nedich has been working as a choreographer, director and dance instructor for over 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.

Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium
422 Concession, Hamilton
hamiltonbellydance.com

Sundays free parking on Concession, E 16th or E 17th.