Elysium Tribal Blog

Store Clearance! January 11, 2020 18:51

Tribal style bellydance costuming and jewelleryTassels, medallions, jewellery and more...everything must go!  Your 50% discount will be applied to your entire order at the checkout page.

Fall Session of ATS® bellydance September 5, 2019 23:56

American Tribal Style bellydance classes at Elysium Tribal
American Tribal Style® belly dance is a non-competitive dance form that is social by nature. This fascinating dance form is actually based on synchronized group improvisation! A large vocabulary of distinct movements are combined with a set of standard performance rules so a non-verbal method of communication is established between the dancers. By simply reading each others body language, a seamless performance is created spontaneously in the moment.

Try a Free Trial Class on Thursday, September 19 @ 6:30 pm. Space is limited - RSVP via email to attend: ElysiumTribalDance@gmail.com

12 week Fall Session starts Thursday, September 26 @ 6:30 pm
Register in advance with online payment. Buy your Class Pass here

Elysium Tribal at James St N Art Crawl August 9th August 8, 2019 22:32

Elysium Tribal ATS® belly dance troupe performs at Hamilton's James St N Art Crawl August 9, 2019

Summer Session for New ATS® Bellydance Students July 9, 2017 15:58

American Tribal Style Bellydance Classes in Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville

Announcing a 6 Week Summer Session for New Students!

Thursday nights from 7 to 8 pm, starting July 27th and continuing until August 31st.

Space is limited! Reserve your spot with the online purchase of a Class Pass here



Video clip of American Tribal Style® group improvisation June 1, 2017 12:00

American Tribal Style® dance: a set vocabulary of movements and system of non-verbal cues that allows a group of dancers to improvise a performance... it can easily be mistaken for a choreography!
American:  because the dance form was developed in the late 1980's at the FatChanceBellyDance® studio in San Francisco, California.
Tribal Style:  because it combines elements of Egyptian bellydance and Flamenco with traditional dance movements from tribal people living in Northern Africa, India and Central Asia. 

Every year American Tribal Style® dancers from around the world gather together for three days of intensive workshops called the ATS® Homecoming. During the participants showcase, dancers from thirteen FatChanceBellyDance® Sister Studios, including Elysium Tribal, perform here as the 'Lone Wolves' troupe. The music and costuming choices were selected ahead of time, but many of the dancers had never met before the event. With no time to rehearse prior to the show, we confidently walked onto the stage and let the magic of group improvisation take over!

This edited musical clip contains a portion of "Nefertari's Dream" by Phil Thornton and Hossam Ramzy. (available on iTunes)

Class Cards for Charity - Every Plate Full food bank fundraiser May 23, 2017 14:37

proceeds from class cards to be donated to every plate full campaignElysium Tribal is donating all proceeds from new student class cards to Hamilton Food Share!  

Did you know that food bank donations are at their lowest during the summer? The Every Plate Full campaign is an annual Food Banks Canada fundraiser to help provide for hungry families. For every $5 donated, our local food bank Hamilton Food Share, is able to buy $25 worth of products from local farmers! Your contributions doubly benefit our community!

Join our new Beginner Class on Thursday nights @ 7 pm. Buy your Class Card online before June 8th and the entire value will be donated to the cause! 

Your 6 Class Pass = $100 donation.  Better still, your 12 Class Pass = $180 donation!  Everybody benefits!


Get involved in this MixUp! May 20, 2017 22:52

Elysium Tribal appears in The MixUp variety show at The Staircase Cafe Theatre The Mixup is a monthly performance event for artists and non-artists to come together and share their work! Each performer gets 10 minutes of fame. Elysium Tribal is dancing because our juggling skills suck!
May 25th - Doors & cafe open @ 7 pm - Show @ 8 pm.
Food and drinks available throughout the show!
$5 cash at the door.
This month, all our proceeds will be going to the Every Plate Full food bank fundraiser (IATSE Local 828 team). Our goal for this year’s campaign is $1000. Help us get there!
None of our neighbours should have to go hungry this summer.
Food bank donations are lowest during the summer and every dollar that Hamilton Food Share receives buys $5 of food! Hamilton Food Share uses our dollars to buy food from local farmers, so our donations doubly support our community!

Harem Vol. 20 at the Casbah May 18, 2017 07:34

Elysium Tribal and Tribe Maya Fire dance at the Casbah in HamiltonA celebration of the Hamilton bellydance scene is held every month at the Casbah at 306 King St W. Dancers in the May 13th line up were treated to a packed audience and lively applause. Elysium Tribal was joined by our pal Sherry from Tribe Maya Fire to show off the improvisational fun of American Tribal Style® bellydance and a good time was had by all!  Upcoming shows in 2017 at the Casbah are scheduled for the following Saturdays: June 10, July 8, August 12, October 21 and November 18.  Doors are at 6:30 and the show starts at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $15 cash at the door. Make plans to attend!

May 12 - James St N Art Crawl in Hamilton May 9, 2017 09:20

Elysium Tribal & friends perform at James St N Art Crawl May 12We're laying down our dance floor and bringing you ALL the shimmies! We'll be joined by other Hamilton based bellydance studios to showcase a non-stop lineup of dancing from 6 to 10 pm. The ladies of Elysium Tribal will be joined by Leanna from BellaDance and Julie from BellyFlow. Our talented musician friends from Troupe Obskurah will also be on hand for some live beats! We are aiming to set up in front of the Bank of Montreal on James St N, just south of Barton. Drop by and see what's shaking!

Elysium Tribal performs in "Wild at Heart" April 22nd April 18, 2017 16:55

Wild Orchid Bellydance Studio 10th Anniversary ShowWild Orchid Belly Dance Studio is celebrating their 10th anniversary with a fantastic show at the Spice Factory! The ladies of Elysium Tribal are really thrilled to be included in the line up and encourage everyone to come on out for an evening of great dancing!

Doors @ 7:30pm - Show @ 8:00pm 
While you're there, have a drink from the cash bar and pick up something pretty from one of the various dance studio vendors...like Elysium Tribal!
Tickets are $15 + a non-perishable food item and kids under 12 get in free.  Advanced tickets are highly recommended and can be purchased by e-transfer to wildorchiddance@gmail.com. Food donations can be dropped off at Wild Orchid Belly Dance Studio (72 Wise Crescent, Hamilton) or at the show. Proceeds / donations will go to Mountain Kidz Klub, a non-profit organization offering low cost programs for children and adults, as well as a food bank. 

It's going to be a fabulous show so we hope to see you there!

Spring Into Our Thursday Night Dance Class in Hamilton! March 14, 2017 18:32

beginner level American Tribal Style belly dance classesAmerican Tribal Style® bellydance is naturally inclusive, supportive, intuitive and joyful. If these qualities appeal to you, your tribe is waiting for you!
Learn our standard vocabulary of movements along with a system of non verbal cues. By reading each others body language, we can communicate with each other while moving to the music as a single unit.
Improvisational dance fosters a sense of community where we must be present in the moment. It is a workout for your body and your brain and now is the time for you to discover how much fun it can be!
Join our Beginner Class this Thursday night,March 16th @ 7 pm. Register now with the online purchase of a Class Pass.


Marketing materials sneak peek October 24, 2016 14:12

Earlier this year I did a photo shoot with Jason Stevens Photography. Here is a cropped version of my favorite shot that will soon be made into new postcards and other promotional materials for the studio!Elysium Tribal - American Tribal Style® Bellydance in Hamilton, ON

Elysium Tribal & Friends @ James St. N Art Crawl May 16, 2016 21:32

May 13, 2016:  We're throwing down a dance floor and showing you ALL the shimmies! Elysium Tribal Bellydance Studio will be dancing throughout the evening along with performers from other local bellydance studios. This month, we have dancers joining us from BellyFlow Fitness, Leanna BellaDance and Mahasti - The Bellydance Emporium. Our talented musician friends Troupe Obskurah will provide us with some live music too! Don't miss it!

We're aiming to set up in front of the Bank of Montreal building on James St just south of Barton. Keep your eyes on Facebook for updates on the day just in case something changes!

Elysium Tribal at James St  Art Crawl Hamilton

Performance photos - Sew Hungry 2016 May 12, 2016 01:05

Sew Hungry 2016 was a hit! Many thanks to our dance fans, dance friends, dance students and dance husbands for your unwavering support...it was great to see you all. Special thanks to Aloft Registered Massage Therapy for the invitation to share your sidewalk.

Elysium Tribal performance Sew Hungry 2016 Elysium Tribal dances on Ottawa St Hamilton Sew Hungry 2016 

Elysium Tribal Bellydance Studio Sew Hungry 2016 Aloft Registered Massage Therapy Ottawa St Hamilton

Sew Hungry bellydance performances on Ottawa St N May 2, 2016 15:24

Elysium Tribal Bellydance Studio performs at Hamilton Sew Hungry 2016

Elysium Tribal has your Friday night dinner and dancing plans sorted! We've teamed up with our friends at Aloft Registered Massage Therapy for the Sew Hungry street festival. From 4 to 8 pm, the Ottawa St shopping district will be chock full of food trucks, fantastic merchants and entertainment. Come see us perform at the corner of Ottawa at Barton and enjoy a mini chair massage too!

Aloft Registered Massage Therapy is newly located at 327 Ottawa St N, Unit 208. Whatever your aches or pains may be, Maureen can fix you right up! Make plans to enjoy some dinner & dancing and welcome Aloft Registered Massage Therapy to the neighborhood!

Performance photos - Sears Beauty Gala May 2, 2016 14:54

Thanks to all of you who came out! It was a pleasure to share the 'dance floor' with the lovely Leanna of Bella Dance too. Here are a few snapshots of the evening.

Elysium Tribal performs at Lime Ridge Mall Hamilton Elysium Tribal dances at Lime Ridge Mall Hamilton

Elysium Tribal Bellydance Studio performance at Lime Ridge Mall Hamilton Elysium Tribal Bellydance Studio performs at Lime Ridge Mall in Hamilton

Sears Lime Ridge Mall Hamilton 2016 Beauty Gala

Dancing in the Flow® Class Playlist - March 21, 2016 March 22, 2016 21:48

Elysium Tribal's bi weekly Flow® class is a solid hour of 'All dance - No Talk' and a fantastic opportunity to turn off your brain as you sweat away your cares! These are the tunes we blissed out to this week:

Diaphanes by Dhafer Youssef
Blessings by Solace
Sout With Spice by Helm
Amarain by Amr Diab
Bounce by Solace
Sandstorn by Naked Rhythm
Kaman Song by Dikanda
Dub The Buka (Dub Mix) by Harem Percussion Group
Dilruba by Niyaz
Hup by Tarkan
March Through The Valley by Lost Nomads
Yah Wahley by Phil Thornton

Dancing in the Flow® Class Playlist - March 6, 2016 March 6, 2016 17:26

ATS® Dancing in the Flow® classes are based on the class format of 'All dance – No talk!'. The driving force behind the class format is to respond to the music without thinking. I dance, everyone else follows and we all get lost in the music! This week we blissed out to these tunes:

Set 1
Blessings by Solace
Arawan by Tinarawen
Saldek by Dead Can Dance 
Festival of Spring by Afrit Temple
Set 2
March Through The Valley by Lost Nomads  
Sisler by Turku  
Sandstorm by Naked Rhythm  
Set 3
Golden Gate Mist by Phil Thornton
Black Box by Orange Blossom
La Khabar by Anita
Set 4
Bu Gece (Remix 99) by Tarkan
Your Bewitching Eyes (Carmen Rizzo Remix) by Loga Ramin Torkian
Street Spirit (Fade Out) by 2CHELLOS 

Class Playlist - March 2, 2016 March 6, 2016 17:13

Elysium Tribal is Hamilton's only studio that offers weekly American Tribal Style dance classes. Here's what we danced to this week:

Maya's Theme by Mychael Danna (for moving meditation)
The Flight of Morrigan by Arcane Dimension (for three different drills)
Luxor Badlana by Upper Egypt Ensemble (for two drills)
Bu Gece by Tarkan (as a 'free for all' dance fun)



How's that saying go...adapt or perish? February 25, 2016 00:29

Tonight's Intermediate/Advanced class was all about adapting. I have a dedicated student who is living out of town during the week because of a temporary work situation. We've been trying various forms of web cam programs so she can 'attend' class. Skype was a dismal failure due to really poor connection quality. This time we tried Google Hangouts chat. There we lots of camera angle adjustments, audio delays that would come and go, music or my instructions that may or may not be heard. Can you hear me now? What if I face this way instead? Can you see my feet if I stand here? You've danced out of the frame! 

Towards the end of class we played a three song set of music to 'perform' to. When we finished I realized my virtual student only had a partial view of our bodies. Luckily she could still figure out the moves to follow along. A testament to her adaptability! It reminded me of my early days as an ATS dancer, when proper formations didn't always happen. Somebody would be out of position but we'd be on a small stage with nowhere to move for a better view of the leader. You'd have to rely on half the information! 

I was also reminded of something Kristine Adams said in the three day intensives I attended last month at the FatChanceBellyDance studios. Everyone wishes for the perfect performance conditions, in a theatre with a wood stage, the amazing sound system, fantastic lighting and the undivided attention of your audience. But she said we'll never learn to be a professional dancer there. We learn to be a professional on the tiny stage where only three people fit but four of us are dancing. Adapt! We'll learn on the uneven asphalt where the sun gets in your eyes and your boombox cuts out mid-song. Adapt! That is how we learn to keep smiling and continue dancing unfazed by it all.

So we closed our class tonight being really thankful that we have a virtual student in a hotel room with erratic WiFi, because we're learning to adapt and we'll ALL be better dancers for it! 

Dancing in the Flow® Class Playlist - February 22, 2016 February 23, 2016 10:21

ATS® Dancing in the Flow® classes are based on the class format of 'All dance – No talk!'. I dance as the participants mirror my movements and we all get lost in the music! I've been in small Flow® classes with just one person, and I've been in Flow® classes with two hundred people and the resulting joy is always the same! This week we blissed out to these tunes:

Set 1
Arunda by Keiya 
Two Gypsies by Solace 
Prelude / Qadukka-I-Mayyas by Jesse Cook
Set 2
Form 10 by Greg Ellis
Qimmikuluapik by Francois Couture 
Flight of the Morrigan by Arcane Dimension & Wildcard Bellydance
Set 3
La Khabar by Anita
Bu Gece (Remix 99) by Tarkan
Your Bewitching Eyes (Carmen Rizzo Remix) by Loga Ramin Torkian
Set 4
In The Shadow Of Life by Niyaz
Street Spirit (Fade Out) by 2CHELLOS
Szai Dzela by Dikanda 

Class Playlist for February 17, 2016 February 19, 2016 16:15

Dancers love music! We love discovering new tunes and getting lost in old favorites. We really can't get enough of it! But sometimes a class playlist appears to be pretty small...like this week:

Kassar Army by Pete List
Maya's Theme by Mychael Danna
Sahib Balkan by Buscemi

Short and sweet playlists happen for a variety of reasons. We may sit still with eyes closed and listen intently to a new piece of music to discover how it moves, how it feels or what journey it takes us on. Then we'll play it several times over as we drill specific moves to it or use it for various classroom exercises. Also, the occasional class may be rather talk heavy, as we delve into the more cerebral aspects of being dancers. Whatever the reasons, remember that even a small playlists can be grand in purpose! Enjoy this week's morsel of music!

Dancing in the Flow® Class Playlist - February 7, 2016 February 7, 2016 21:19

ATS® Dancing in the Flow® classes are based on the class format of 'All dance – No talk!'. I dance as the participants mirror my movements and we all get lost in the music!  The driving force behind the class format is to respond to the music without thinking. The lack of verbal communication allows us to quiet the mind to just move and sweat and enjoy! This week we blissed out to these tunes:

Set 1
Arawan by Tinarawen
Heeme by Etran Finatawa
The Gathering by Afrit Temple
Set 2
Beloved by Jesse Cook
Qimmikuluapik by Francois Couture
Ala Ein by The Minyawi Project
Elila Farh by Hicham Katir Orchestra
Set 3
Sandstorm by Naked Rhythm
El Zai (1001 Nights Retro Remix) by 1001 NIGHTSociety
Filii Neidhardi by Corvus Corax
Set 4
La Khabar by Anita
Your Bewitching Eyes (Carmen Rizzo Remix) by Loga Ramin Torkian
Szai Dzela by Dikanda 


Class Playlist for February 3, 2016 February 4, 2016 18:25

Check out the music we dance to in our weekly classes! Most of the selections are available for purchase on iTunes but if not, a quick Google search will lead you in the right direction. 

Beginner / Continuing Beginner Class: Wednesday nights from 7 to 8 pm
Blessings by Solace
Renewal by Bob Holroyd
Efrooh Bwadina by Hossam Ramzy
Tabla Rise by Blood & Fire

Intermediate / Advanced Class: Wednesday nights from 8 to 9 pm
Blessings by Solace
Renewal by Bob Holroyd
Tabla Rise by Blood & Fire
Efrooh Bwadina by Hossam Ramzy
Voices Have Eyes by Ecodeck