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)
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.
Tuesday class at the Concession Libray is totally full so they’ve added a 2nd class on Thursday March 29th for everyone on the waitlist!
Thank you so much for your support! I’m so excited to dance with you!
Call to make your reservation with the Hamilton Public Library.
Don’t forget to bring water!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
KIDS BELLYDANCE (Caregiver & Me) Saturdays 10-10:30AM
1 CLASS – 1 Adult & 1 Child $10 (including taxes)
1 CLASS – 1 Adult & 2 Siblings $15 (including taxes)
4 CLASSES – 1 Adult & 1 Child $30 (including taxes)
4 CLASSES – 1 Adult & 2 Siblings $45 (including taxes)
Open to any caregiver & child. Recommended for ages 4 & up. Optional performance opportunities. Dancers 11 & up (students attending school full-time) are welcome to attend our regular classes with a 50% discount.
Eshe is sharing her “Get Fit” program at the Hamilton Public Library. Come & dance for free! Register at hpl.ca or by contacting the branch.
Perfect for total beginners! Bring water & a sense of humor! We’re going to sweat & have fun!
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.
– 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
We have moved a few classes around so you can enjoy your turkey & jack-o-lanterns & still get your bellydance classes in!