Thursday Bellydance in June at Mahasti

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7PM Pay What You Can / Drop In Bellydance
Drop in to this class anytime you are free. We’ll cover the building blocks of bellydance. Perfect for the total beginner or those dancers looking to refine their technique. This class also acts as a bridge class to our choreography offerings. We work a little slower & with more focus but you’re still doing the “real stuff.” Sometimes we do combinations, other times we pick a shape or a style to explore. We might pick a movement family like shimmies or traveling (just a fancy word for walking around the dance floor). If all of this means nothing to you – don’t fret! We’ll explain it all from the ground up.

8PM Performance Prep
We’ll be exploring improv skills, props and talking about elements that will take your performance to the next level. We’d recommend you get a few lessons under your hip scarf before diving into this class.

This schedule runs until Thurs 6/29.

Holiday Schedule

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We are running on a slightly modified schedule during the holidays.  There will be no Tuesday or Thursday classes.  We will be extending your class cards an extra 2 weeks to make up for it.

Thurs Dec 22, Tues Dec 27, Thurs Dec 29, Tues 1/3  – no regular class instead 7:30-9PM Pay What You Can

Sat Dec 24, Sat Dec 31 (regular schedule)

10-10:30 AM Caregiver  & Me Kids Bellydance

10:45AM Bellydance Basics (Drop ins welcome)

11:50 Top 40 Bellydance Choreography

12:55 Modern Bellydance Choreography

Mon Dec 26, Mon Jan 2 (regular schedule)

7PM Bellydance Basics (Drop ins welcome)

8:15PM Turkish Bellydance Choreography

Wed Dec 28, Jan 4 (regular schedule)

7PM Egyptian Bellydance Choreography

8:15PM Modern Bellydance Choreography

If you want to dance, we are here for you.  If you’re a bit busy, enjoy the 2 week extension on your class card & come back refreshed in the new year.  As ever, if you have questions please contact Eshe at eshebellydancer@hotmail.com

We’re located at 1 West Ave S, Suite 300 (3F), Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

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Upcoming Bellydance Workshops

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We are so excited to bring to you some of the brightest stars in the Canadian bellydance scene.  Taking workshops with other instructors is a great way to expand your dance vocabulary, come at your practice from a new angle, learn new ways of creating & being creative as well as meeting other dancers.

Part of our mission at Mahasti is also to support those within our community.

Melissa Gamal is an award-winning dance artist based out of Toronto as well as 1/3 of the renowned dance company Ya Amar.  She’ll be bringing us her signature flawless Egyptian Bellydance on Sat 3/11 and then staying in town to dance at Harem that night in The Casbah.

Sun 3/26 we are having a Fusion Intensive.  Fusion as the name implies is dance mixology, infusing bellydance with other movement practices.  Jackie Pullar from Wild Orchid Bellydance in Hamilton, Zahira from Dragonfly Bellydance in Toronto & Ishra of Invoketress in Guelph will be joining forces to bring you 3 different, playful offerings.

Sat 4/8 will have Audra of The Dark Side Studio & Lavish in Toronto visiting us.  She is a bellydance pioneer.  After her workshops she’ll be dancing that night at Harem in The Casbah.

More details coming soon.

 

Pay What You Can Beginner Bellydance Workshop in Hamilton 

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Tuesday 11/8
6:20PM Bellydance with Veil
7:30PM Bellydance with Fans
8:40PM Folklore with Cane (Stick/Assaya)

Pay What You Can Beginner Bellydance with Props

No donation is too small. Total beginners welcome. No experience necessary. We have free loaner props available for students to borrow.

100% of donations will go to Thrive Child and Youth Trauma Services.

“THRIVE Child and Youth Trauma Services provides professional assessment and trauma treatment services, as well as prevention and educational programs. Our treatment programs include comprehensive assessment and specialized treatment for children and youth in our community who have been sexually abused, have been involved in intrafamilial sexual abuse (children and youth within the same family), or have problem sexual behaviours. We also offer services to address the unique needs of refugee and immigrant children and youth experiencing trauma symptoms or significant acculturation stress as well as support to their families.”

We are located at 1 West Ave S, Suite 300, Hamilton, ON. We are near the Canadian Tire downtown & across the street from the First Place building.

RSVP to eshebellydancer@hotmail.com

Each month Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium offers Pay What You Can Beginner Bellydance workshops. We want to bring affordable art & culture classes to the community while also supporting local charities that enrich the lives of Canadians.

We will also be raffling off bellydance lessons at Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium & tickets to a future Harem at Harem vol 14 – Bellydance Show in Hamilton @ The Casbah in support of Thrive.

In April we raised $530 for Sacha Hamilton
In May we raised $300 for Cystic Fibrosis Canada
In June we raised $130 for the youth of Attawapiskat.
In July we raised $230 for Sacha Hamilton.
In August we raised $120 for Essential Aid and Family Services of Ontario inc.
In September we raised $85 for Food4Kids as well as $385 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
In October we raised $80 for Immigrants Working Centre
Since opening in April, we’ve raised $1860 for local & Canadian charities.props101

Kids Bellydance Class 

Not just for mommies & daughter’s but any care-giver & child.

Learn Bellydance while having fun together Saturday mornings 10-10:30AM.

We recommend this class for kids 3-10 but if your child is a little younger or a little older & would enjoy the experience you’re welcome to come along. 1 drop in class is $10 (including taxes). 4 classes are $30 (including taxes).

We start with a short warm-up then move on to exercises & games to develop skill, posture, range of motion, flexibility or technique. Each class we also explore a bit of choreography.

If you have an older child, we recommend regular Bellydance classes. We offer 50% regular prices for full-time students buying regular class cards.

Let us know if you have any questions.

Contact eshebellydancer@hotmail.com

1 West Ave S Suite 300 (3F) Hamilton

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Your First Bellydance Class at Mahasti

WHERE

1 West Ave S, Suite 300 (3rd floor) Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

We are near the Canadian Tire downtown, directly adjacent to First Place.

PARKING

There is parking at the building.  You may use any spot except 3 or 10.

RESERVATION

It’s unnecessary to make a reservation but we always welcome a heads-up if you’re new to the studio & coming for the first time.  We can let the instructor know to expect you & show you around.  Let us know at eshebellydancer@hotmail.com

REGISTRATION

If you have purchased a class card from Groupon please print out & bring the purchase form with you.  Groupon does not collect the taxes, please bring them with you.  $39 class cards = $5. $55 class card = $7.

There is no registration process but we invite you to arrive 5 minutes early to class.

EXPIRATION

Your class card is good for 3 months.  So if you buy it Jan 5th it expires April 5th.  You may use your class card as quickly as you like.

If you finish all of your classes within the 3 months & would like to buy additional classes to use within the same period you may “top up” your class card.

WHAT TO WEAR

We dance barefoot.  Please wear comfortable clothes you can move freely in.  Most women wear yoga or workout gear.  If you have a hipscarf feel free to bring it with you.

You may wish to dress in layers according to the weather.

WHAT TO BRING

You may wish to bring water & a face towel with you.

FACILITIES

We have 2 bathrooms, a kitchen (with a microwave, fridge, sofa, oven, sink) as well as a sink in the studio.

CLASS STRUCTURE

We have a 5-10 minute warm-up, 40-50 minutes of class and a 5-10 minute cool down.  If you require additional stretching feel free to start before class or continue after the teacher has finished (until the next class starts).

YOUR FIRST DANCE CLASS?

If this is your first time ever dancing or bellydancing we recommend the basics class.  All other classes are beginner or beyond beginner level.

WHEN WILL IT START TO FEEL MORE NATURAL?

Generally, at the end of 8 classes or 2 months.  There is still much growth to be done but at that time you may start to feel the moves flowing a bit easier.

WHAT TO FOCUS ON?

In Bellydance we build from the floor up.  First we get the feet moving, then add hips & bodywork, then arms and the last piece of the puzzle is usually expression.

If you’re finding class challenging focus on just getting the feet right.  If that feels good, add the body & hip work. If all of that is flowing you can throw in the arms.  Still grooving? Work on the expression & feeling.

CLASS ETIQUETTE

Please arrive on time & put your phone on mute.  Listen to your body 1st and the instructor 2nd.   You will at times feel effort you should never feel pain.    Ask questions to the instructor (each class has only 1). Avoid giving instructions, advice or corrections if you’re not the instructor.  Be kind to yourself.

WHO IS THE BOSS?

You are.

Please ask if you’d like to see a move one more time, go a bit slower or a bit faster.  We are here to help you on your journey in dance.

We are always interested in your feedback after the lesson or through email eshebellydancer@hotmail.com

WHEN CAN I START?

Basics classes are not cumulative so you can begin them at any point in time.  We also have on-going drop-in classes that are friendly to those with unpredictable schedules or whom don’t wish to learn choreography.

Our sessions follow the moon calendar.  Generally they are 4-6 weeks long.  If you miss the first few weeks you are still welcome to join a choreography class.  Please recognize if you are new to dance or the studio, it may be more challenging for you than for someone who has attended since the beginning of the session.  Being gentle with yourself & your expectations is key.

CAN I PERFORM?

We have a monthly event called “Harem” on the 2nd Saturday of every month where all studio dancers are invited to share their dance.

 

 

 

 

July Bellydance in Hamilton

We are excited to have so much on the horizon!

Just added today – Sat July 30th Raqs Mahasti will be performing at BellyJam at The Spice Factory! $5 entry.

July 8th we’ll be joining the Elysium Tribal stage at James North Art Crawl.  They set up in front of the Bank of Montreal that is just south of Barton Street.  It’s a great show that features all of the styles within the Hamilton Bellydance community.  And it’s free!

Harem will be on the 9th of July at The Casbah.  (If you’re a student who is interested in performing – let us know! You’re always welcome.  It’s a great chance to go deeper in this dance.  There are some lessons that can only be learned from the stage – but there’s never any obligation or pressure to join us – just an open invite!)

July 17th Peggy will be sharing Celtic Fusion Bellydance for our monthly installment of Pay What You Can Beginner Bellydance.  10-11:30AM. All of the money donated will go to SACHA (Sexual Assault Centre Hamilton).  No donation is too small.  Suitable for total beginners.

Questions? Contact eshebellydancer@hotmail.com

July @ Mahasti