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)
Jam: Tiffany Young’s “Over My Skin”
Friday Feb 8th 7-9PM
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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!
If you are new to the studio or new to dance feel free to drop in to Basics, Beginner Skills or Feel Good classes. With 6+ months of experience you can also drop into Creative Combos on Wednesday nights in September.
New Mommy & Me Session starts Sept 29th (ages 4+). Kids can dance with any caregiver.
Toddlers & up can drop into Lil Movers. $5 cash drop in fee.
If you’re on a budget try our Feel Good ($5 cash drop in fee) Tues or Thurs mornings or our pay what you can offerings Mon 7PM or Sat 10:45AM.
If you’re new to the studio you can also try 4 ($39 + tax) or 8 ($55 + tax) classes on Groupon.
We’re located on at 422 Concession (on the Hamilton mountain) near East 17th.
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.
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
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