Belly dancers put on a spec­tac­u­lar show

The Hamilton Spectator - - FRONT PAGE - STORY AND PHOTOS BY SCOTT GARD­NER

Ev­ery sec­ond Satur­day of each month, Eshe Yildiz, owner of Ma­hasti — The Bellydance Em­po­rium, hosts a show fea­tur­ing var­i­ous forms of belly dance at the Casbah in Hamil­ton. Yildiz, who is from Hamil­ton, started the shows to proMay vide a venue for per­form­ers and en­thu­si­asts of the art form. The fam­ily-friendly show fea­tures per­form­ers from Hamil­ton and sur­round­ing ar­eas, and runs from 7-8:30 p.m. In ad­di­tion to a va­ri­ety of dance and mu­si­cal per­for­mances, a raf­fle is held each show with money raised go­ing to a lo­cal char­ity. The next “Harem (Vol. 20)” will take place 13. Tick­ets are $15 and chil­dren un­der 18 are free.

The dance ensem­ble In­voke­tress from Guelph per­forms a Sri Lankan Kandyan dance at the Casbah.

Eshe Yildiz per­forms at the Casbah in Hamil­ton. The shows are pre­sented monthly by Yildiz of the Hamil­ton belly dance stu­dio Ma­hasti. The shows fea­ture dancers from Hamil­ton, Guelph and Toronto and are held on the sec­ond Satur­day of ev­ery month. In ad­di­tion to a va­ri­ety of dance and music, a raf­fle is held each show with money raised go­ing to a lo­cal char­ity.

Ok­sana Al­maz, Talia John­son an Itzel Yedith (left to right) of the dance ensem­ble Al Ddu­mue AL­MAZ.

Mary Wyga, left, and Ishra Blanco of dance ensem­ble In­voke­tress per­form a dance rep­re­sent­ing the myth­i­cal Thun­der­bird.

Heather Labonte of the Toronto-based dance ensem­ble Lav­ish per­forms at the Casbah.

Ok­sana Al­maz, of the dance ensem­ble Al Ddu­mue AL­MAZ.

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