Audra Simmons at Mahasti – Sat 10/21

Audra Simmons, bellydance pioneer & general boss is taking over Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium on Sat October 21, 2017.

Workshops will be followed by a performance at Harem – Bellydance Show in Hamilton.

11-1PM From the Start
1:15-3:15PM Beyond Drilling

$45 for 1 workshop
$75 for both

From the Start: how music inspires movement

Dance creation and performance is often inspired and motivated by the music we move to.

In this workshop, we’ll take an in depth look at several pieces music to reveal their inner workings as we broaden our knowledge of, and connection to, the music.

Discussion and examples of how these sounds and elements can affect and shape our movement choices will follow as we work on creating short dance phrases.

Please note: there will be the option of some movement in this workshop, but it is primarily lecture style.
Open to all levels and styles – no previous musical training is required, seriously.

Beyond Drilling: bringing life to technique

In the life of any dancer, the desire to develop and refine technique is a constant quest, but dance is so much more than technique!

We’ll explore energy, work with weight and play with time as we connect with our bodies, and consider the missing link between drilling and successful performance.

Inspired by this summer’s sold out Take It Back Intensive, this workshop is part experiment and part investigation, and will provide dancers with new ideas and approaches to both the creative process and performance.

Open to all levels and styles

1 workshop $45!/1-Workshop-2-hours-total/p/64748412/category=18890056
2 workshops $75!/2-Workshops-4-hours-total/p/64748410/category=18890056
Interac Etransfer to Cash or credit card at the studio.
All workshop sales are final.

Picture by Amy Senecal Photography

1 West Ave S, Suite 300, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Upcoming Bellydance Shows in Guelph, Toronto, Hamilton


2/17 V Day in Guelph

Chai Bella and Ishra & Invoketress Dance present:
V DAY – A Feminist Valentine’s Day Variety Show – Ode to the “V”

Let’s take back the “V” in Valentine’s Day and celebrate vaginas!
This event was created to support local artists and artisans while bringing creative people together for a bold and fun show that you won’t want to miss!
What you can look forward to:
– Burlesque
– Performance Art
– Belly Dance
– Spoken Word
– Pole Dance
– Art
– Vendors
and more!

Make sure to bring cash to buy goodies from some amazing local feminist vendors!
DSTRCT – Tickets $15 – Ages 19+
Doors – 8:30pm – come early to browse our vendors!
Show – 9:00pm

***This is an all-inclusive event, open to all people from all backgrounds and walks of life***

2/25 Hip Hip Hooray at Round Venue in Toronto

Toronto’s monthly bellydance & world music party! Check out performances from our diverse dance community, socializing, and open dance floor.

Doors at 6:30
Performances at 7:30
Dance Party to follow

Cover $10

Lineup featuring:
Raqs Mahasti
Heather Labonté
Serpentina North Ensemble

Sat 3/11 Harem vol 18

Bellydance in The Casbah
2nd Saturday of every month

Harem vol 18
Sat. Mar 11th
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 & studio dancers) with special guests
Melissa Gamal
Tribe Maya Fire – American Tribal Style Dance Group
Dragonfly Bellydance
Wild Orchid Belly Dance Studio
Faaria Lynch
Kenzie Lynch
Abigail Bellydance

The Casbah
306 King W
Hamilton, ON

Audra of Lavish in Hamilton – Bellydance Workshops

We are delighted to be hosting Audra of Lavish & The Dark Side Studio in Hamilton

Sunday, June 5th

11AM-1PM Dark Side Technique

2-4PM Dark Side Choreography

$65 in advance for both (including HST)

$75 at the door for both (including HST)

$45 for a single workshop (including HST)


1 West Ave S, Suite 300, Hamilton, ON

Sign up for one or both of the workshops at
We can also accept interac payments. Credit card or cash payments are available at the studio.
After online purchase please contact & specify you’d like to dance with Audra

Dark Side Technique
Join Audra as we take a look at basic belly dance technique, and playfully turn it on its head, Dark Side style.

Universal belly dance movements and isolations will be examined and drilled as we work to deconstruct and separate the pieces. With this deconstruction, you’ll gain a deeper understanding and begin the path to moving with unrivalled versatility.

Arms, undulations and feet will be addressed, and if time permits we will visit the hip figure 8 family and hip circles.

Please bring water, and a sense of humor. Laughing and sweating may occur.

This workshop is open to all styles and levels of dancers with some previous experience with belly dance. Not recommended for absolute beginners.
No previous experience with Dark Side technique is required.

Dark Side Choreography
Come and learn an original choreography by Audra that embodies belly dance and beyond.

Performed to a beautiful electronic song, you’ll learn the basic movements phrases, and then integrate concepts such as weight, breath, and suspension as we bring them to life.

This workshop is open to all styles and levels of dancers with some previous experience with belly dance. Not recommended for absolute beginners.

Taking the Dark Side Technique workshop is highly recommended, but not required.