Eshe is the director & owner of Mahasti – The Bellydance Emporium. 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. From 2008 to 2010, Eshe was the bellydancer for the Korean folk/world music band Orgeltanz. Orgeltanz and Eshe gigged at some of the country’s biggest music festivals, including the Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival and Grand Mint Festival, were featured in the Korean editions of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, and appeared on several TV and radio programs.
In early 2010, Eshe was cast in the Korean and Indonesian versions of Bellydance Evolution – a large-scale, international bellydance stage production created by the renowned American bellydancer Jillina. 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. She appeared regularly at high-profile art festivals such as Korea Experimental Arts Festival, Bucheon International Performance Art Festival, Korea International Performing Arts Festival, as well as night clubs, grand openings, art galleries, traditional markets and festivals, restaurants, and in cultural outreach programs targeting those in the countryside. 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 and worked with some of the biggest names in Korea’s indie scene including Galaxy Express (2011 Korean Music Awards “Musician of the Year” winner), Jambinai (2013 Korean Music Awards “Best Crossover Album” winner), and Rock ‘N’ Roll Radio (2014 Korean Music Awards “Rookie of the Year” winner).
In 2015, Eshe returned to Canada and started performing at 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. She runs a monthly bellydance showcase at The Casbah the second Saturday of every month and regularly performs at family events such as baptisms, weddings, engagement and birthday parties.
She is certified as a Can Fit Pro Fitness Instructor Specialist. She was recently nominated for a 2017 Women of Distinction award by the YWCA in the Arts | Culture | Design category.
Hamilton-native Peggy fell in love with belly dance from her very first class in 2006. She studied with TahiraBadre, of Goddess Emerging Belly Dance studio in Burlington for many years and began performing professionally within her first year of instruction. Peggy has gone on to become the winner of 2015’s Star Belly Dancer Canada Competition she holds 4 other titles at the competition as well. She has performed at several Canadian festivals such as Sound of Music & Supercrawl in addition to numerous gala events as well as parties of all sizes and occasions.
Peggy has had the opportunity to take workshops with some iconic belly dancers of our time including: Raqia Hassan, Sadie Marquadt, Khaled Mahmoud, Badia Star, NourhanShariff, Eddy Manneh, and Karim Nagy.
Peggy has many years of belly dance teaching experience, not only at belly dance studios, but also women’s gyms, senior centers and highschools. With a background as a fitness instructor and musician, she makes it safe, easy and fun to learn!