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 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

Drop in Bellydance in Hamilton at Mahasti – New Classes!

You’re welcome to drop into these classes any time.  No reservation necessary.  All levels & styles are welcome.  No experience required.  We have some students who take Basics & have been dancing 15+ years.  Explore rhythm, props, drills, combinations, folklore, fusion, Egyptian raqs sharqi, Turkish oryantal and more in this exploration of the foundation of dance.  A challenging and fun class no matter your dance history.

Mon 7PM PWYC Basics (This class & Sat 10:45AM has a pay what you can option for those of you who can’t afford a regular class card or if you want to try a class before committing.)

Tues 10AM Feel Good Bellydance ($5 cash drop in fee.  This class is discounted as my children attend it. You can also use your class card or Groupon)

Wed 6:05PM Basics with Angela

Thurs 10AM Feel Good Bellydance ($5 cash drop in fee.  This class is discounted as my children attend it. You can also use your class card or Groupon)

Thurs 7PM Basics with Faith

Sat 10:45AM PWYC Basics (This class & Sat 10:45AM has a pay what you can option for those of you who can’t afford a regular class card or if you want to try a class before committing.)


We also have an intermediate drop in class.  Wed 7:10PM Creative Combos with Angela (6 months experience recommended for this drop in class. This class is running in our 9/9 session only. In October it will switch to drills.)

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.

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.

Bunny Hop & Seek – Free Bellydance Class

From 3/26 we are moving to the mountain.  Our new address will be 422 Concession Street, Hamilton.

To celebrate with everyone at the Bunny Hop & Seek we’ll be offering a free bellydance class Sat 3/31 10:45-11:45AM.  No experience necessary.  This will be a great class for beginners to come to with options given to experienced dancers to turn up the volume!

From the Concession BIA:

“Saturday March 31st, 2018 between 10am – 3pm.

​”We invite families to come out with the kids for a chocolate Easter Egg Collection from our business storefronts (between Upper Wentworth and Poplar Street). The FIRST 100 children will receive FREE bunny ears!

“Stop by the BIA office at 534 Concession to pick yours up while they last! Then continue along Concession and visit our fabulous stores for more chocolate treats!

“We will also be hosting a HOP & SEEK game! Find the cute stuffed bunny (hidden within some of our storefronts), snap a pic and post on social media using the hashtag #UptownBunnyHop for a chance to win a gift basket (valued at $100)
donated by businesses along the street!

“Draws will take place on Monday April 9th when all the winners will be announced through social media.

​”We will also be inviting local artisanal vendors to join us and we will host a live music performance just outside of Candi Werx’s at 554 Concession Street (between 11am and 2pm).

​”A fun filled day for the entire family. Hope to have you join us!”

New Schedule

Monday with Eshe (open on the 19th)

7PM Basics

8:05PM Turkish Choreography

Tuesday with Peggy

6:20PM Basics

7:25PM PWYC Lebanese Bellydance for Beginners

Wednesday with Eshe

7:10PM Egyptian Choreography

8:15PM Modern Choreography

Thursday

7PM Fresh Fusion Choreography with Faith (Kpop+Bellydance)

8:05PM Drop in Drills & Combos with Jackie Pullar

Saturday

10AM Mommy & Me (new session from 2/24)

10:45AM Basics

11:50 Top 40 Choreography

12:55 Modern Choreography (same as Wednesday)