K-Pop & Bellydance with Faith in Hamilton at Mahasti

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FRESH FUSION CLASS with Faith Dance at Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium.

Drop in on week 1 – Thursday Jan 18th.  Use your class card or pay a drop in fee.  If you’ve still got gas in the tank stay & play at 8:05 with Jackie Pullar while she leads a drilling class!

Instructor Faith loves bellydance, but her ultimate bias is K-Pop… and she invites you explore the fusion of these two distinct worlds into one energetic, whimsical, and accessible dance form! From undulations to aegyo, you’ll learn choreography that draws heavily on bellydance technique to blend seamlessly with a wide range of K-Pop stylings and expression. All levels welcome, but some bellydance experience is advantageous. Come prepared to do your best and have fun! Hwaiting!

FAITH
Faith began teaching and performing bellydance and Bollywood style dance in 2009 & 2010 respectively, and also enjoyed many years as a member of various Ontario-based bellydance troupes (Karma, Bella Luna, the Bellydonnas). Her teaching experience also spans areas such as fitness and chair dance. From 2011-2014, she founded and directed the Bollywood dance troupe NACHEGI.

Faith has had the privilege of studying with many instructors in both Bollywood style dance and bellydance, as well as attending workshops with renowned dancers and choreographers such as Divya Kumar, Jaya Vaswani, Raqia Hassan and Sadie Marquadt. She continues to study both dance forms through weekly classes and regular workshops, and is dedicated to presenting a culturally authentic dance experience in each class she teaches—while also making sure there are plenty of smiles and laughs along the way. In early 2017, she began fusing her deep love of K-Pop music with bellydance, and seeks to present style this to her fusion students with her signature whimsical flavor.

Mahasti
1 West Ave S, Suite 300, Hamilton, ON
hamiltonbellydance.com
eshebellydancer@hotmail.com

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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

New Session & New Bellydance Classes at Mahasti in Hamilton, ON

If you’re looking to try a choreography class the next session will start Monday June 26th.

We always offer 50% off to students.  We recommend regular classes for dancers 12 & up.  And we offer up to 50% off your first class card.

We have some exciting drop in classes starting soon.  Thursday night will switch over to 2 drop in classes from Thurs June 29th.  If you have lots of vacation time, have a hectic schedule, suffer from an excessive amount of friends, try our drop in schedule.  You can attend as much or as little as you like.  As ever you have 3 months (from the day of purchase) to use up your class card.  So if you purchase your class card on June 7th it’s good until September 7th.

We are performing at Aga Khan Museum in Toronto this week so there is no class Wed June 21st or Sat June 24th.  We are open for the long weekend & all other days.

 

 

LatinBelly & Modern Bellydance Workshop in Hamilton

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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

Etransfer to eshebellydancer@hotmail.com

Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium
1 West Ave S, Suite 300, Hamilton, ON
hamiltonbellydance.com
eshebellydancer@hotmail.com

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.

Audra Simmons – Modern Bellydance Workshop in Hamilton, Ontario

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Mahasti warmly welcomes bellydance pioneer Audra Simmons back to Mahasti. Details below.
1 West Ave S, Suite 300, Hamilton, ON, Canada
hamiltonbellydance.com
eshebellydancer@hotmail.com
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

Online payment:
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

Etransfer to eshebellydancer@hotmail.com
Cash payments also accepted at the studio.

Pay What You Can Bellydance for Cystic Fibrosis Canada

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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 eshebellydancer@hotmail.com

 

 

Bellydance & Bollywood Workshops Sun 9/18

This Sunday join us for an Intro to Lebanese workshop 10-11:10 with Star Bellydancer Canada 2015 Peggy. After Bellydance stay for Bollywood with Faith! She’ll be teaching technique from 11-1 and then choreography from 2-4.

1 West Ave S Suite 300 Hamilton ON Canada

Parking is free at the rear of the studio (any spot but 3 or 10) & surrounding side streets.

No experience necessary for either workshop.

We have a full kitchen with stove, microwave, fridge, etc on site if you wish to bring your lunch or there are nearby 1 minute walking-distance dining options such as Tim Norton’s & Dennigers in addition to convenience stores.

hamiltonbellydance.com

eshebellydancer@hotmail.com

To pay online, visit our store: https://mahasti.ecwid.com/

Lebanese Bellydance 101 – Pay What You Can Karma Workshop

Join Star Bellydance of Canada 2015 as she shares “Lebanese Bellydance 101” for our monthly installment of Pay What You Can Workshops.

Sunday 9/18

10AM-11:10AM

Peggy will be sharing a beginner level workshop covering the basics of Lebanese Bellydance.

No donation is too small.  No experience necessary. All money collected goes to Food4Kids.

Mahasti
1 West Ave S, Suite 300 (3rd floor)
Hamilton, ON
hamiltonbellydance.com
RSVP eshebellydancer@hotmail.com

In April 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.
We have raised $1310 for our community since April. Be part of it, in September join us to raise money for Food4Kids.

A bit about Food4Kids
It was assessed 1,500 children in Hamilton and 400 children in Halton were going without food each and every weekend. A program model was developed with a focus on 3 distinct areas:

1)Food provided to children at-risk would be healthy

2)Each child in the home would receive their own food package, to ensure nourishment of all children in the home

3) The program model would ensure a non-stigmatizing process of food distribution to participants

Today, 1335 healthy food packages are distributed in 89 schools throughout Hamilton and Halton.

 

Bollywood with Faith in Hamilton

We are thrilled to announce Faith will be sharing Bollywood dance with us in Hamilton at Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium. 1 West Ave S, Suite 300, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Faith is a gifted, fun & well-trained instructor.  Her background in fitness makes her a well-educated, safe & efficient teacher.  She is a gem in our local scene.

Take 1 or all 6 workshops with her this fall.  Never taken Bollywood dance classes before? No problem! The first 2 hours will break down the technique & nuances of Bollywood, the 2nd 2 hour workshop will string it together in a dance.

Each day will focus on a different Bollywood style.  Join us Sunday September 18th, October 16th & November 13th for some joyous education & celebration.

Questions? Contact us at eshebellydancer@hotmail.com

Mahasti presents

Your First Bellydance Class at Mahasti

WHERE

1 West Ave S, Suite 300 (3rd floor) Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

We are near the Canadian Tire downtown, directly adjacent to First Place.

PARKING

There is parking at the building.  You may use any spot except 3 or 10.

RESERVATION

It’s unnecessary to make a reservation but we always welcome a heads-up if you’re new to the studio & coming for the first time.  We can let the instructor know to expect you & show you around.  Let us know at eshebellydancer@hotmail.com

REGISTRATION

If you have purchased a class card from Groupon please print out & bring the purchase form with you.  Groupon does not collect the taxes, please bring them with you.  $39 class cards = $5. $55 class card = $7.

There is no registration process but we invite you to arrive 5 minutes early to class.

EXPIRATION

Your class card is good for 3 months.  So if you buy it Jan 5th it expires April 5th.  You may use your class card as quickly as you like.

If you finish all of your classes within the 3 months & would like to buy additional classes to use within the same period you may “top up” your class card.

WHAT TO WEAR

We dance barefoot.  Please wear comfortable clothes you can move freely in.  Most women wear yoga or workout gear.  If you have a hipscarf feel free to bring it with you.

You may wish to dress in layers according to the weather.

WHAT TO BRING

You may wish to bring water & a face towel with you.

FACILITIES

We have 2 bathrooms, a kitchen (with a microwave, fridge, sofa, oven, sink) as well as a sink in the studio.

CLASS STRUCTURE

We have a 5-10 minute warm-up, 40-50 minutes of class and a 5-10 minute cool down.  If you require additional stretching feel free to start before class or continue after the teacher has finished (until the next class starts).

YOUR FIRST DANCE CLASS?

If this is your first time ever dancing or bellydancing we recommend the basics class.  All other classes are beginner or beyond beginner level.

WHEN WILL IT START TO FEEL MORE NATURAL?

Generally, at the end of 8 classes or 2 months.  There is still much growth to be done but at that time you may start to feel the moves flowing a bit easier.

WHAT TO FOCUS ON?

In Bellydance we build from the floor up.  First we get the feet moving, then add hips & bodywork, then arms and the last piece of the puzzle is usually expression.

If you’re finding class challenging focus on just getting the feet right.  If that feels good, add the body & hip work. If all of that is flowing you can throw in the arms.  Still grooving? Work on the expression & feeling.

CLASS ETIQUETTE

Please arrive on time & put your phone on mute.  Listen to your body 1st and the instructor 2nd.   You will at times feel effort you should never feel pain.    Ask questions to the instructor (each class has only 1). Avoid giving instructions, advice or corrections if you’re not the instructor.  Be kind to yourself.

WHO IS THE BOSS?

You are.

Please ask if you’d like to see a move one more time, go a bit slower or a bit faster.  We are here to help you on your journey in dance.

We are always interested in your feedback after the lesson or through email eshebellydancer@hotmail.com

WHEN CAN I START?

Basics classes are not cumulative so you can begin them at any point in time.  We also have on-going drop-in classes that are friendly to those with unpredictable schedules or whom don’t wish to learn choreography.

Our sessions follow the moon calendar.  Generally they are 4-6 weeks long.  If you miss the first few weeks you are still welcome to join a choreography class.  Please recognize if you are new to dance or the studio, it may be more challenging for you than for someone who has attended since the beginning of the session.  Being gentle with yourself & your expectations is key.

CAN I PERFORM?

We have a monthly event called “Harem” on the 2nd Saturday of every month where all studio dancers are invited to share their dance.