Upcoming Bellydance Shows

10/2 & 10/9 Fall for Concession

2PM Bellydance show at 576 Concession, Hamilton

audio & mural tours, sidewalk sales, music pods, giveaways & more

10/15 Virtually Glitter

7-720PM at youtube or vimeo /eshebellydancer

10/22 Retro Raqs – Disco Stage

10/23 Fear Glitter on Zoom

with a cast from around the world answering the question – what scares you?

Check out our IG hamiltonbellydance for more info.

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.

New Kpop Dance Cover Session with Faith

New “Butter” dance cover 6 week session from Thursday July 22nd 7-8PM ET + lifetime recordings

A strong contender for song of the summer, NME calls BTS’ Butter “a clean and crisp piece of dance pop that’s undeniably cool without sacrificing immediacy or memorable hooks.” Stereogum described the song as “a full-on retro-disco strutter, a song built for parties. It’s a big, slick party song that targets pleasure receptors with mathematical precision.”

This dance features dynamic isolations, expressive hands and crisp footwork. With warmth & humor Faith will teach you how to be smooth like butter!

Faith is known for being a whimsical snack, a fierce, playful and incredibly physical artist with a gorgeous appreciation of minutia, humor and style. Her classes are an inner child adventure with an animated, encouraging and fabulous guide. Join us for a lesson in control, power, release and flow!

Faith Dance is a bellydance fusion artist & choreographer based out of Brantford, Ontario. In 2018, Faith competed in the Hamilton International Bellydance Competition with a bellydance/K-Pop fusion focus and took 1st place in the Fusion category, as well as receiving a Judges’ Choice Award. In 2019, she took 1st in a New Talent Showcase hosted by Hamilton Burlesque Society. In November 2019, Faith performed as an Apprentice Artist in Collapsing the Night, an immersive dance experience presented by contemporary dance company Aeris Körper. In February 2020, she was one of five choreographers chosen to present their work at Aeris Körper’s Prospects: An Evening of Dance & Discussion in Burlington, Ontario.

Faith currently teaches weekly fusion classes at Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium in Hamilton, Ontario.
Learn about our studio https://www.facebook.com/hamiltonbellydance
IG @hamiltonbellydanceLearn more about Faith Dance https://www.facebook.com/FaithDance

6 weeks $60. INVESTMENT
Any 2 video projects $100
All 4 video projects $120
Every class on the schedule – video, zoom, nature $135 (includes all recordings)

PRIVATE CLASSES
30 mins $25
4 x 30 min $80
Interac etransfer eshebellydancer@hotmail.com or paypal esheyildiz@gmail.com

5 Day Choo Choo Shimmy Challenge

Want a killer choo choo shimmy? Join Eshe’s 5 Day Choo Choo Shimmy Challenge.

Not sure what a choo choo shimmy is? It’s an exciting and juicey traveling hip shimmy…Sound like you want to get to work?

Each day get 5-15 minutes of instruction. Optional practice on mat, with weights and blocks. You are the captain of your experience & you get to decide how high to turn up the volume.

Videos are posted in our Shimmy Shine Celebrate facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/216190486666468

Videos are also up on patreon.com/hamiltonbellydance under the $1 tier.

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!

December Drop ins & January Session

DECEMBER DROP IN

Wed Dec 16 8-930PM

Sat Dec 19 12-130PM

“Bells, Bows, Gifts, Trees” 

Fab, Fun and Fierce with 2nd half of this banger

Mon Dec 21

610-740PM Improvisations: Masks, Miming and More

Mon Dec 28

640-740 Get Down Tonight – Gentle Floorwork

8-9PM Shake off Your Snowflakes – Shimmy Drills & Hipwork

Wed Dec 30

8-9PM

Get Down Tonight – Gentle Floorwork

Wed Jan 6

8-9PM

Shoutout to All My Fans – Prop work with fans

Sat Jan 9

1230-130PM HanD Solo – Arms that flow with the force.  Gestures to take over the galaxy.

NEW JAN SESSION 2021

Monday (Jan 11 – 3 weeks)

640-740PM Turkish Roman

Not cumulative.

8-930PM Raqs Sharqi

Wed (Jan 13 – 3 weeks)

640-740PM Veil (loaners provided)

Not cumulative.

8-930PM Feelin Myself Fusion

Thurs (Jan 14 – 3 weeks)

450-620PM Weirdo Ballet

Optional video project.

7-8PM Kpop Fusion Choreo with Faith

Sat (Jan 16 – 3 weeks)

1040-1140AM Bellydance Basics

Not cumulative. 

12-130PM Weirdo Ballet

Optional video project.

POP UP WORKSHOPS

Sun 1/24 Angela Josephine

11-1230PM workshop on Zoom only

1230-1PM circle time

$25 stand alone workshop. +$15 if registering for other classes.

Free if signing up for unlimited.

COVID SAFETY

Limited to 6 people in studio masked & distanced.

All classes available on Zoom and Patreon.

INVESTMENT (CAD$)

Drop in $20.

3 x 1 hour class $40.

3 x 1.5 hour class $60.

6 classes (mix & match any length) $65.

8 classes (mix & match any length) $80.

$100 unlimited access to all classes including December drop in classes.

All dancers will receive lifetime recordings of classes of any class they register for.

Patreon members – please deduct your membership from class fees.

Dancers must register in advance of classes. 

If these prices are a barrier you are invited (no questions asked) to pay what you can.

Please let me know if you have any requests.

Interac etransfer eshebellydancer@hotmail.com

Paypal monkeybaby121@gmail.com

Credit card payment available online.

540 Concession (entrance off of East 21st) Hamilton

hamiltonbellydance.com

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