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.
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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.

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
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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

Thank you for your donations! $5541 to charity!

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In April 2016 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
In November we raised $95 for Thrive Child & Youth Services.
In December we raised $570 for Essential Aid and Family Services of Ontario inc.
In January 2017 we raised $155 for 541 Eatery & Exchange’s Button Jar.
In February we raised $150 for Sacha Hamilton.
In March we raised $170 for NGen Youth Centre in Hamilton
In April we raised $110 for Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
In May we raised $80 for Micah House in Hamilton.
In June we raised $80 for Sacha Hamilton.
In July we raised $130 for Sacajawea Non-profit Housing in Hamilton.
In August we raised $100 for Rainbow Camp.
In September we raised $100 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
In October we rised $120 for Sunnybrook Hospital in honor of Angela’s Nonna & Gord Downie.
In November we raised $120 for Thrive Child & Youth Services.
In December we raised $511 for Essential Aid.
In January 2018 we raised $130 for Sacha Hamilton.
In February we raised $150 for Empowerment Squared.
In March we raised $200 for 541 Eatery & Exchange’s Button Jar.
In April we raised $225 for Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
In June we raised $30 for Pride Hamilton & $120 for Rainbow Camp.
In July & August we held a tampon drive for Interval House.
In September we raised $100 for Sacha Hamilton.
In October we raised $135 for Thrive Child & Youth Services.
In November we raised $100 for The Bridge from Prison to Community.
You’ve raised $5541 for charity! Thank you so much!

Chair Dance Workshop with Faith for 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
Interac etransfer eshebellydancer@hotmail.com
Cash or credit card payment at Mahasti
 
Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium
422 Concession
Hamilton, Ontario
hamiltonbellydance.com

40 Under Forty Business Achievement Awards

On September 19th Eshe accepted a 40 Under Forty Business Achievement Award. The 40 Under Forty Business Achievement Awards give recognition to Hamilton’s next generation of business leaders. These 40 individuals are under 40 years of age and consistently make their mark in business and contribute regularly to their respective communities.  Thank you Business Link Media Group!

 

September Bellydance Schedule in Hamilton at Mahasti on Concession

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.

Hamilton International Bellydance Competition in Canada

hibc tix

Tickets on sale now for Hamilton International Bellydance Competition on Sat 9/15!
$25 for an advanced ticket (gets you into the competition, the gala or both!)
Kids under 18 attend for free (as with all of our shows).
Cash at Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium or to Eshe. Interac etransfer to eshebellydancer@hotmail.com.
Or buy online at

Glitter Bellydance Show at The Casbah in Hamilton

Glitter is a professional, curated bellydance showcase held in The Casbah & open to the public.
The event is hosted the 3rd Saturday of every month by Eshe.
The first show was held in November 2007. This is the 33rd show!
 
Glitter
Sat. July 21
Show 7-8:30PM
$15
 
Doors 6:30PM
All ages.
Kids under 18 attend for free.
 
Raqs Mahasti (Eshe, Peggy Nuwayrah Bellydance, Faith Dance & Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium studio dancers) with special guests
Heather Marie Dancer
Heather Labonté
Wild Orchid Belly Dance Studio
Ishra & Invoketress Dance
 
The Casbah
306 King W
Hamilton, ON
Nearest public parking lot: 55 Queen St N, Hamilton.
Nearest restaurant La Luna (also 306 King W).
 
Glitter – Bellydance Show in Hamilton
#glitterhamont
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