Belly dancer Eshe returns to her roots in Hamilton

News Sep 28, 2011 Hamilton Mountain News

By Mike Pearson, News staff

With her own belly dancing studio in Seoul, South Korea, appearances with some of the world’s top dancers and two new instructional DVDs, Ancaster native Eshe makes her living as a professional belly dancer and loves every minute of it.

The internationally known performer, known only by her dance name, has recently worked with famous American belly dancer Jillina on the Korean and Indonesian presentations of the Belly dance Evolution: Immortal Desires show, as one of only 12 performers selected.

Eshe is planning to launch her inaugural belly dance festival in June, 2012.

“I'll be inviting teachers from all over Asia.  I really want to celebrate and announce Asia as a belly dance hotspot.  We have a wealth of educated and talented dancers here and I want the world to know.  We'll have workshops, lectures, competitions and gala performances,” she said via email from South Korea.

Next week, Eshe will return to Hamiton for a special performance at the Casbah at 306 King St. W. in downtown Hamilton. Tickets are $10 for the 19-plus show, beginning at 8 p.m.

Also during her return to Hamilton, Eshe will be conducting workshops at Bellyflow on Sunday, Oct. 9 from 11 a.m. to noon at 230 Anchor Road in Hamilton. Contact 905-383-5558 for details.

Eshe has just wrapped up two instructional belly dance DVDs. The first is an Improvisational Tribal Style instructional DVD.

“It’s a kind of language dance, meaning a turn of the head or hand gesture cues a moment,” said Eshe.  “We dance across the floor like a flock of birds or school of fish.  I have been developing my own vocabulary and am excited to share it with the world.”

The second DVD will be an Orientale combinations DVD perfect for dancers or teachers looking to add new steps to their practice or performances.  Both DVDs are set for release later this year.

Belly dancing attracts a large audience in Asia, and Eshe has enjoyed performing for numerous corporate functions.

As a belly dancing instructor in Seoul, Eshe still honours her roots in Ancaster and Dundas.

Inspired by her first instructor in Dundas, Robin DeDanann, she gives her students belly dance props and says, "If you were 4 years old, how would you move with this?  Would you think?  Or would you play? What happens when I do this?"

She believes experimentation is important in the arts to ensure artists don't become stagnant.

Eshe decribes running her own dance studio as challenging and rewarding.

“I feel blessed to make my living as an artist. It's a bit of a different process for a foreigner running her own company.  Immigration told me I'm the youngest foreigner who runs her own company in Korea. I'm also the only dance studio owner. They actually really tried to discourage me from opening my own studio. They asked me "Why don't you just be an English teacher?" I told them I had to follow and serve my passion.”

Belly dancer Eshe is returning to Hamilton for a performance at the Casbah, Oct. 6.

Belly dancer Eshe returns to her roots in Hamilton

News Sep 28, 2011 Hamilton Mountain News

By Mike Pearson, News staff

With her own belly dancing studio in Seoul, South Korea, appearances with some of the world’s top dancers and two new instructional DVDs, Ancaster native Eshe makes her living as a professional belly dancer and loves every minute of it.

The internationally known performer, known only by her dance name, has recently worked with famous American belly dancer Jillina on the Korean and Indonesian presentations of the Belly dance Evolution: Immortal Desires show, as one of only 12 performers selected.

Eshe is planning to launch her inaugural belly dance festival in June, 2012.

“I'll be inviting teachers from all over Asia.  I really want to celebrate and announce Asia as a belly dance hotspot.  We have a wealth of educated and talented dancers here and I want the world to know.  We'll have workshops, lectures, competitions and gala performances,” she said via email from South Korea.

Next week, Eshe will return to Hamiton for a special performance at the Casbah at 306 King St. W. in downtown Hamilton. Tickets are $10 for the 19-plus show, beginning at 8 p.m.

Also during her return to Hamilton, Eshe will be conducting workshops at Bellyflow on Sunday, Oct. 9 from 11 a.m. to noon at 230 Anchor Road in Hamilton. Contact 905-383-5558 for details.

Eshe has just wrapped up two instructional belly dance DVDs. The first is an Improvisational Tribal Style instructional DVD.

“It’s a kind of language dance, meaning a turn of the head or hand gesture cues a moment,” said Eshe.  “We dance across the floor like a flock of birds or school of fish.  I have been developing my own vocabulary and am excited to share it with the world.”

The second DVD will be an Orientale combinations DVD perfect for dancers or teachers looking to add new steps to their practice or performances.  Both DVDs are set for release later this year.

Belly dancing attracts a large audience in Asia, and Eshe has enjoyed performing for numerous corporate functions.

As a belly dancing instructor in Seoul, Eshe still honours her roots in Ancaster and Dundas.

Inspired by her first instructor in Dundas, Robin DeDanann, she gives her students belly dance props and says, "If you were 4 years old, how would you move with this?  Would you think?  Or would you play? What happens when I do this?"

She believes experimentation is important in the arts to ensure artists don't become stagnant.

Eshe decribes running her own dance studio as challenging and rewarding.

“I feel blessed to make my living as an artist. It's a bit of a different process for a foreigner running her own company.  Immigration told me I'm the youngest foreigner who runs her own company in Korea. I'm also the only dance studio owner. They actually really tried to discourage me from opening my own studio. They asked me "Why don't you just be an English teacher?" I told them I had to follow and serve my passion.”

Belly dancer Eshe is returning to Hamilton for a performance at the Casbah, Oct. 6.

Belly dancer Eshe returns to her roots in Hamilton

News Sep 28, 2011 Hamilton Mountain News

By Mike Pearson, News staff

With her own belly dancing studio in Seoul, South Korea, appearances with some of the world’s top dancers and two new instructional DVDs, Ancaster native Eshe makes her living as a professional belly dancer and loves every minute of it.

The internationally known performer, known only by her dance name, has recently worked with famous American belly dancer Jillina on the Korean and Indonesian presentations of the Belly dance Evolution: Immortal Desires show, as one of only 12 performers selected.

Eshe is planning to launch her inaugural belly dance festival in June, 2012.

“I'll be inviting teachers from all over Asia.  I really want to celebrate and announce Asia as a belly dance hotspot.  We have a wealth of educated and talented dancers here and I want the world to know.  We'll have workshops, lectures, competitions and gala performances,” she said via email from South Korea.

Next week, Eshe will return to Hamiton for a special performance at the Casbah at 306 King St. W. in downtown Hamilton. Tickets are $10 for the 19-plus show, beginning at 8 p.m.

Also during her return to Hamilton, Eshe will be conducting workshops at Bellyflow on Sunday, Oct. 9 from 11 a.m. to noon at 230 Anchor Road in Hamilton. Contact 905-383-5558 for details.

Eshe has just wrapped up two instructional belly dance DVDs. The first is an Improvisational Tribal Style instructional DVD.

“It’s a kind of language dance, meaning a turn of the head or hand gesture cues a moment,” said Eshe.  “We dance across the floor like a flock of birds or school of fish.  I have been developing my own vocabulary and am excited to share it with the world.”

The second DVD will be an Orientale combinations DVD perfect for dancers or teachers looking to add new steps to their practice or performances.  Both DVDs are set for release later this year.

Belly dancing attracts a large audience in Asia, and Eshe has enjoyed performing for numerous corporate functions.

As a belly dancing instructor in Seoul, Eshe still honours her roots in Ancaster and Dundas.

Inspired by her first instructor in Dundas, Robin DeDanann, she gives her students belly dance props and says, "If you were 4 years old, how would you move with this?  Would you think?  Or would you play? What happens when I do this?"

She believes experimentation is important in the arts to ensure artists don't become stagnant.

Eshe decribes running her own dance studio as challenging and rewarding.

“I feel blessed to make my living as an artist. It's a bit of a different process for a foreigner running her own company.  Immigration told me I'm the youngest foreigner who runs her own company in Korea. I'm also the only dance studio owner. They actually really tried to discourage me from opening my own studio. They asked me "Why don't you just be an English teacher?" I told them I had to follow and serve my passion.”

Belly dancer Eshe is returning to Hamilton for a performance at the Casbah, Oct. 6.