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
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Bellydance Workshops with Heather Marie at Mahasti in Hamilton, Canada

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Sun 11/18 workshops with Heather Marie
Expand and Contract 12-2
Let’s explore breath & full body movements. We will begin with dynamic stretching followed by focused dance conditioning sequences to preparing your body and focus the mind. Drills w/ a heavy focus on lines, turns, spins, & extensions will help inspire a more dynamic range of expression in your dance. Come with the intention to refine your movement quality and take your dance to the next level.

Synthesis 3-5PM
Applying the techniques from the previous class, you will learn a few fun, yet challenging combinations; fusing soft flowing contemporary technique with good ole’ tribal fusion pop n locking! Fun for the brain and the body! In closing, we will also be exploring group/partner work. (Bring knee pads if you feel you need them as we will be doing some floor work!)

$45 for 1 workshop
https://mahasti.ecwid.com/#!/1-Workshop-2-hours-total/p/64748412/category=18890056
$75 for both workshops
https://mahasti.ecwid.com/#!/2-Workshops-4-hours-total/p/64748410/category=18890056

Workshops with Heather Marie in Hamilton at Mahasti

heather marie

Expand and Contract 11-1
Let’s explore breath & full body movements. We will begin with dynamic stretching followed by focused dance conditioning sequences to preparing your body and focus the mind. Drills w/ a heavy focus on lines, turns, spins, & extensions will help inspire a more dynamic range of expression in your dance. Come with the intention to refine your movement quality and take your dance to the next level.
 
Synthesis 2-4PM
Applying the techniques from the previous class, you will learn a few fun, yet challenging combinations; fusing soft flowing contemporary technique with good ole’ tribal fusion pop n locking! Fun for the brain and the body! In closing, we will also be exploring group/partner work. (Bring knee pads if you feel you need them as we will be doing some floor work!)
 
Heather Marie Dancer
Coming from generations of Artists, Musicians, and dancers, it was only a matter of time before Heather Marie discovered her love of Middle Eastern Belly Dance. Training for close to two decades, Heather is currently Suhaila Salimpour Level-2 and Jamila-1 Certified. As well as a Fat Chance® Belly Dance Sister Studio of American Tribal Style® belly dance. Heather is Co-Founder and of her performance ensemble, Izgreyala, and Artistic Director of her student troupe, Mandali. Her unique style is rooted in contemporary, Tribal Fusion, Folkloric, and Classic Golden Era style bellydance, sprinkled with Hip Hop, Pop & Lock, and Liquid Dance from the early 90s electronic scene. Intensive studies include Suhaila Salimpour, Kami Liddle, Jill Parker, Carolena Noriccio, April Rose, Zafira and the Indigo to name a few. Spicing it up, Heather Marie also dabbles in the Circus arts, to which she is an Insured Fire Performer and well versed in partner Acro-Balance. Heather teaches throughout the US and Canada, holds weekly dance classes at her home studio in Warren, MI, & is available for skype lessons.
 
A seasoned performer, Heather Marie can list opening for Beats Antique as well as Thomas Dolby in 2012. Performing in full stage productions, such as “Club Belly Dance” with the Belly Dance Super Stars in 2012&13, “Stardust Follies” w/ Kami Liddle and Goldstar Dance Co. in 2015 &16, and “Torch with a Twist”, the longest running Detroit based vaudevillian variety show, among her many accomplishments.
 
$45 for 1 workshop
$75 for both workshops
 
Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium
422 Concession, Hamilton
hamiltonbellydance.com

Hamilton International Bellydance Competition 2018

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54 days left to enter Hamilton International Bellydance Competition ^_^ Is this your year?
 
2018 Hamilton International Bellydance Competition
 
Cost to enter Phase 1 (video):
$35 CAD (per category) for soloists
$70 CAD (per category) for ensembles (groups)
 
Online judges: Michelle Sorensen & Farasha of Tokyo
 
Finalist judges: Henna of Datura Online, Melissa Gamal
 
Application fees may be paid at https://mahasti.ecwid.com/. Please note – all application fees are non-refundable.
 
Successful finalists will be responsible for an additional $50 fee (per soloist or per ensemble). Successful finalists, if they wish, may apply this fee towards a full day workshop purchase with Henna.
 
All applicants will receive a ticket to attend the competition & gala show for themselves for free. Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable.
How it works:
Seven solo and five ensemble finalists will be chosen per category from video submissions. There are three categories – professional solo, fusion solo, and ensemble. Professional applicants should use traditional Middle Eastern bellydance music. They may present any traditional bellydance style from raqs sharqi to folklore. Fusion applicants and ensembles may use any style of music, however at least 50% of their dance should be bellydance.
 
Applicants may enter as many categories as they wish. Only those applicants whom appear in the video may dance in the finals (understudies are not permitted). If you are not sure who may be available in September, we strongly recommend dancing with extra performers.
 
The application period opens Monday, March 12, 2018 at 9 a.m. EDT.
 
The application deadline is Monday, June 11, 2018 at 9 a.m. EDT. All videos and entry fees must be submitted before the deadline.
 
After being selected, finalists in each category will be contacted by email by Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 5 p.m. EDT. Their names will also appear on our website. The final competition will take place in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada from September 15, 2018.
 
After uploading your HIBC video to YouTube, please email eshebellydancer@hotmail.com your artist or ensemble name, category entered, the name of choreographer, and a link for viewing the video. In the case of ensembles, please also include a list of the dancers who appear in the video.
 
Rules:
Videos for soloists should not exceed 3 minutes in length. Videos for groups should not exceed 4 minutes in length.
 
Choreographies and videos must include all original content created by the soloist entering the competition or ensemble director in the case of groups. Using another dancer’s choreography is not permitted. Applicants may perform the choreography from their video submission in the final competition if they wish.
 
All dancers must be 18 years of age or older at the time of submission.
 
Videos:
Please shoot your videos from the front only and in landscape mode. Also ensure that you’re in a well-lit room and that the recording has good sound. Your entire body should be visible for the duration of the video. You don’t have to wear a professional costume or be in full make-up, but your movements and expression should be easy to see.
 
Videos will be judged on technique, musicality, personality, and originality. For ensembles, we’ll also be examining your synchronicity and formations. The final competition will have the same criteria. The judges will select the winners. In addition, the audience will select a People’s Choice winner for each category.
 
Finalists are responsible for their own travel, accommodation fares and all fees related to the competition.
 
If you have any questions, please email eshebellydancer@hotmail.com.
 
WORKSHOPS
 
Workshops with Henna for Hamilton International Bellydance Competition 2018 will take place at Mahasti on Sunday, September 16, 2018!
 

2 more FREE bellydance classes this week!

Our Tuesday night class at the HPL on Concession was totally full so they added a 2nd class this Thursday 6:30-7:30PM.  Free! Please contact them to register.

Saturday as part of the Concession Street Uptown Bunny Hop & Seek we’ll be offering a free bellydance basics class at Mahasti! Join us 10:45-11:45AM for a beginner lesson.  We’ll also have treats for the kids (chocolates, candy and non-food treats).

We’re now located at 422 Concession, Hamilton, Ontario.

New Mommy & Me Bellydance Session at Mahasti in Hamilton, Ontario

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New Mommy & Me session starts this Saturday 1/6 at Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium. 1 class $10 for both child & caregiver or 4 classes for $30 (works out to $3.31 plus tax per dancer per class). There’s an option (never an obligation) to perform at Harem – Bellydance Show in Hamilton for interested dancers ^_^ Our goal with this program is to be affordable for familes.  Costumes are often things dancers already own like black tank tops & yoga pants. Recommended for ages 4-11. Dancers 12 & up can join our regular program with a student discount of 50%. hamiltonbellydance.com

Bellydance Workshops at Mahasti

Melissa Gamal of Ya Amar is coming back to Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium Sun Dec 3rd

11-1:30PM Mejance (entrance choreography)
Straight from Cairo Melissa will share the workshop she’s prepared for the world-famous Nile Group in November!

2:30-4PM Musicality & Improvisation
Tips & tricks to take your dance to the next level with Melissa’s signature sass, poise & style.

11AM workshop $50 (2.5 hours) https://mahasti.ecwid.com/#!/1-Workshop-2-hours-total/p/64748412/category=18890056

2:30PM workshop $35 https://mahasti.ecwid.com/#!/1-Workshop-1-5-Hours/p/79014740/category=18890056

BOTH workshops $75 https://mahasti.ecwid.com/#!/2-Workshops-4-hours-total/p/64748410/category=18890056
Etransfer to eshebellydancer@hotmail.com. Cash or credit card at the studio.

MELISSA GAMAL

Melissa Gamal is an award-winning dancer based in Toronto. She’s won titles at world-renowned bellydance gatherings Heshk Beshk Oriental Dance Festival in Venice, Italy & CAIRO Festival, Budapest, Hungary. Her authentic movement style and elegant musical interpretation have made her one of the most beloved performers in Canada.

Her foremost training was at Arabesque Academy/Dance Company, where she was an instructor and lead dancer for 8 years. She continually trains with famed & respected instructors from across North America, Europe and the Middle East, including intensive studies in Cairo, Egypt.

As an experienced instructor, her classes and workshops are sought after for her attention to technique as well as her knowledge of historical and cultural contexts. This November will see her teaching at Nile Group Cairo in Egypt among the top instructors in the world.

In 2015 Melissa co-founded Ya Amar, an entertainment company focused on offering exquisite performances of Middle Eastern dance and live music. She is also quickly gaining a reputation as a top-notch event producer & taste-maker as she brings rising stars, scholars & well-respected dance ethnologists to Canada.

See more at https://ya-amar.ca/

Support 2 full days of workshops at Mahasti & get a free ticket to Harem!

MAHASTI THE BELLYDANCE EMPORIUM
1 West Ave S, Suite 300, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
hamiltonbellydance.com

Bellydance Show & Workshops with Anya & Iana in Hamilton

Personal Magic Bellydance workshops with
Iana Komarnytska & Anya Belly Dance
at Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium
 
Saturday, July 8th
Drum Solo with Iana 10:45AM-12:45PM
Exploratory Movement in Middle Eastern Dance with Anya 1-3PM
 
Etransfer to eshebellydancer@hotmail.com. Cash or credit card at the studio.
 
Drum Solo Secrets with Iana 10:45-12:45
Learn a new exciting drum solo choreography, plus get insights into the choreographing process. Iana will reveal not only her technique tricks, but also explain her choreographic choices and give some tips on structuring your own dance creations. These principles apply either if you are getting ready for a stage performance, or your next gig!
 
Exploratory Movement in Middle Eastern Dance with Anya 1-3PM
Ready to get a little weird? This class isn’t a “belly dance class” it’s all about movement/energy/intention/focus and how playing with these different aspects of movement can enhance your dance practice and ability. Prepare to get up to get down. We’ll explore various exercises to find comfort and familiarity within transitions.
 
IANA
Iana Komarnytska is an award-winning dancer and choreographer based in Toronto, Canada, specializing in Middle Eastern and Central Asian dance styles. Over the last few years she has taught and performed in dozens of countries including Germany, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Ukraine, USA, Cyprus, Hungary and others. Iana is a graduate from professional dance program of York University, as well as winner of Star Bellydancer Canada 2014 Competition, and International Dance Competition Cairo by Cyprus 2015.
 
ANYA
Anya hails from Edmonton, Alberta where she teaches classes and performs regularly throughout the province. She specializes in working with dancers in unconventional ways to help them become the best dancers they can be; as a performer, she offers emotive and evocative performances that are true to the roots of this dance. She is passionate about the transformative power of Middle Eastern Dance and Music and the complete joy it brings to ones soul.

SHOW
Bellydance in The Casbah
2nd Saturday of every month

Harem vol 22
Sat. July 8th
Show 7-8:30PM
Tickets $15 at the door

Doors 6:30PM
All ages. Kids under 18 are free.

Raqs Mahasti (Eshe, Peggy Nuwayrah Bellydance & Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium studio dancers) with special guests
Iana Komarnytska
Anya Belly Dance
Helene EdenKassar
BellaDance Hamilton

The Casbah
306 King W
Hamilton, ON

Bollywood with Faith in Hamilton

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Bollywood with Faith at Mahasti
Sun June 11th
11:15AM-1:45PM
$30 (crazy deal!)

Bollywood is back! Suitable for beginners and up, this class presents the style of dance seen in Indian cinema. The dance is cardio-driven, joyful, and often silly, with an emphasis on the fun of dancing together and telling a story through song. Movements are presented from the ground up with modifications offered for all levels, from total beginners to advanced dancers alike! You’ll learn gestures, meaning, and lyrics as we learn a short choreography to pull all these elements together in an expressive dance. Warning: Laughter may ensue!

$30 in cash or credit at the studio, etransfer to eshebellydancer@hotmail.com or pay online at
Online payment: https://mahasti.ecwid.com/#!/2-5-Hour-Workshop/p/80134840/category=18890056

at Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium
1 West Ave S, Suite 300, Hamilton, ON
Free parking at our building.

hamiltonbellydance.com
eshebellydancer@hotmail.com