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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Cash or credit card at the studio.
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/
MAHASTI THE BELLYDANCE EMPORIUM
1 West Ave S, Suite 300, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Bellydance in The Casbah
2nd Saturday of every month
Harem vol 22
Sat. July 8th
Tickets $15 at the door
All ages. Kids under 18 are free.
Raqs Mahasti (Eshe, Peggy Nuwayrah Bellydance & Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium studio dancers) with special guests
Anya Belly Dance
306 King W
Bollywood with Faith at Mahasti
Sun June 11th
$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 email@example.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.
Expand your bellydance vocabulary with our 2nd Fusion Intensive. This is the first time ever these artists have taught together! It’s a special chance to study with them both!
LatinBelly with Sarita
Distorted Charm with Angela Jospehine
Bellydance Fusion Intensive – Sun June 4th at Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium
Angela Josephine 11-1
Sarita Gayle Alvarez 2-4
11-1 Distorted Charm with Angela Josephine of Lavish (Toronto)
Join Angela in a workshop exploring the elements of her unique style. Equal parts moody, dramatic, strange and alluring: this is Distorted Charm.
We will begin with a warmup, followed by a review of essential technical components and drills. We will then incorporate the technique into original combinations.
All dance styles and levels welcomed. Not recommended for absolute beginners to bellydance.
‘Sabrosura’ LatinBelly workshop with Sarita of Ya Amar (Toronto) 2-4PM
We will explore the delicious combination of bellydance movement repertoire with various Cuban/Caribeño steps and music!
Sarita’s signature style, ‘LatinBelly’, blends her Bellydance repertoire together with her extensive training in Cuban/Caribeño dance forms including Cubaton/reggaeton, timba, merengue, mambo, pilón, bachata, and more! 👉🏼Esto es lo que hay 👈🏼 No se lo pierde! Arriba a bailar!
1 workshop $45 https://mahasti.ecwid.com/#!/1-Workshop-2-hours-total/p/64748412/category=18890056
2 workshops $75 https://mahasti.ecwid.com/#!/2-Workshops-4-hours-total/p/64748410/category=18890056
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Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium
1 West Ave S, Suite 300, Hamilton, ON
We have free parking at our studio. We also have a fridge, microwave, oven & kitchen if you want to bring your own lunch. Dennigers, Tim Hortons & a few convenience stores are all within a 2 minute walk of the studio.
Mahasti warmly welcomes bellydance pioneer Audra Simmons back to Mahasti. Details below.
1 West Ave S, Suite 300, Hamilton, ON, Canada
Morning workshops followed by a performance at Harem in The Casbah.
306 King St W, Hamilton, ON, Canada.
Arms and Hands 11-1PM
Join Audra for a workshop designed to help you develop beautiful, fluid arms and hands.
We’ll begin with exercises for finding and mobilizing the upper back and shoulder blades, then move into elbows, wrists and fingers.
Then, with Dark Side style, Audra will begin to add details to create further depth of movement, as well as introduce emotive qualities to these movements, as we bring them into short combinations.
No previous Dark Side experience is required, though some belly dance experience is suggested. Suitable for all levels.
Technique Spotlight 1:30-3:30 -SOLD OUT!
This workshop will focus on deepening your understanding and execution of fundamental hip, chest and abdominal movements as we deconstruct the basics in this fun, sweaty workshop!
We’ll refine your technique and enhance your muscular control in stationary and moving drills, adding complexity and layers as we go. We’ll see how much we can pile on, where and how it falls apart, and talk about how we can work to be able to do it all.
No previous Dark Side experience is required, though some belly dance experience is suggested, not for absolute beginners. Suitable for all levels.
1 workshop $45 ($39.82 + tax)
2 workshops $75 ($66.37 + tax) SOLD OUT
1 workshop https://mahasti.ecwid.com/#!/1-Workshop-2-hours-total/p/64748412/category=18890056
2 workshops https://mahasti.ecwid.com/#!/2-Workshops-4-hours-total/p/64748410/category=18890056
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Cash payments also accepted at the studio.
Every Thursday in April we are dancing to make CF history!
Join us at 7PM. No donation is too small. 100% of money collected will go to charity!
Total beginners are totally welcome. We are covering the basics of bellydance.
We’re located in downtown Hamilton & our building has a parking lot for dancer use. All 4 classes are drop in lessons. You’re welcome to take all 4 or just drop in once.
Have any questions about class or the studio? Contact Eshe at firstname.lastname@example.org
Back by popular demand – Egyptian Bellydance workshops with Melissa Gamal of Ya Amar
Melissa will be sharing her signature shimmies with us on Sat 3/11 from 11AM to 2PM at Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium
Drum Solo (Shimmy and Layering Technique)
1 hour of technique
2 hours of choreography to apply technique
44.25 + tax = $50
We also accept cash payment at the studio or etransfer to email@example.com
Free parking at the rear of the studio.
1 West Ave S, Suite 300, Hamilton, ON, Canada.
Followed by a performance at Harem in The Casbah
7-8:30PM Show. Doors 6:30PM
Tickets $15 at the door. Kids under 18 are free.
306 King St W, Hamilton, ON, Canada
2017 Hamilton International Bellydance Competition
$35 CAD (per category) for soloists
$70 CAD (per category) for ensembles (groups)
Application fees may be paid at https://mahasti.ecwid.com/. Please note – all application fees are non-refundable.
All applicants will receive tickets to the gala show & competition for themselves for free . Tickets are non-transferable.
How it works:
Five solo/ensemblefinalists will be chosen per category from video submissions. There are four categories – professional solo, professional ensemble, fusion solo, and fusion ensemble. Professional applicants should use traditional Middle Eastern bellydance music. Fusion applicants 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).
The application deadline is Monday, June 19, 2017 at 9 a.m. EDT.All videos must be submitted before the deadline.
After being selected, the top five finalists in each category will be contacted by email. Their names will also appear on the Top 5 Announcement on our website that will be posted on Saturday, July 1, 2017. The final competition will take place in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada from September 8 – 11, 2017.
After uploading your HIBC video to YouTube, please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 and new content created by the soloist entering the competition or ensemble director in the case of groups. Using choreographies that have already been performed or another dancer’s choreography are 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.
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 email@example.com.