Learn Bellydance

Egyptian-style bellydance courses in Manchester and online

Dance = happiness!

If you’d love to learn the art of Egyptian bellydance in a fun and supportive setting, I’m here to help! I offer a range of Egyptian dance courses to suit everyone from absolute beginners to dancers with many years experience – both in person in South Manchester, and online via Zoom.

Experienced dancers might also want to check out my monthly online technique workshops.

Autumn/Winter 2021 Bellydance Courses

My Autumn/Winter courses start in the first week of October, with in-person classes at MEA Central in Manchester on Monday evenings, and Zoom classes on Tuesdays.

Here’s an overview of the class times:

7pm Beginners – Manchester6:30pm Beginners – Zoom
8pm Improvers – Manchester7:35pm Improvers – Zoom

The theme for this term is classic Egyptian dance from the 1970s and 1980s. In both the beginners and improvers courses, we’ll be dancing to some fantastic vintage Arabic music, and having a look at the signature moves of some old-school bellydance divas, from Nagwa Fouad and Soheir Zaki to Fifi Abdou and Mona el-Said! (and don’t panic if you don’t know who they are yet πŸ˜‰)

In-person course info: Mondays 4th of October to 22nd of November, in the beautiful fully-equipped dance studio at MEA Central, Lytham Road, Manchester M14 6PL. In-person courses cost Β£64 for 8 weeks, and are strictly limited to 15 places this term to enable safe distancing.

Each course includes 8 in-person classes, with a Zoom catch-up option for classes missed, and a video summary of each week’s class which you will have access to throughout the course.

Online course info: Tuesdays 5th of October to 23rd of November, live on Zoom. Online courses cost Β£48 for 8 weeks. Each course includes 8 live online classes, and a video summary of each week’s class which you will have access to throughout the course.

Please note – Autumn/Winter 2021 courses have now started, and are no longer available to book. To be notified as soon as bookings open to the public for courses in January, please sign up for my waiting list below.

Join waiting list for 2022 classes

The class levels

Beginners courses are designed for complete beginners, and they are also perfect if you’re a more experienced dancer who’d like to work on the foundations of your technique In these classes, we cover essential Egyptian dance moves and steps, get a feel for the rhythms and styles of Arabic music, and have lots of fun dancing together in a relaxed group.

Improvers classes are suitable for dancers who have attended my previous beginners courses, and you will get the most out of them if you continue to attend the beginners classes too a while after “moving up”. In these classes, we’ll go into more depth on a different topic each term. This is a chance to build on what you’ve learned in the beginners class, and start putting more of your dance skills into action!

More about these classes

My bellydance classes will help you develop the skills and confidence to enjoy Egyptian dance in a social setting – whilst learning dance technique that looks beautiful, feels good, and supports your body’s natural movement.

Each class includes relaxation and body awareness, an energising cardio warmup, dance technique followed by plenty of “actual dancing”, and a gentle cooldown stretch.

Who am I?

Photo of Rachael smiling at the camera. She is a white woman with long brown hair, wearing large glasses and a blue top.
Hi there!

My name is Rachael Borek and I’ve been studying Egyptian dance since 2008, and teaching bellydance classes here in Manchester since 2018.

My number one mission as a teacher is to make dance an accessible and uplifting experience for everyone – even if you don’t see yourself as a “natural dancer”, have had a hard time with other physical activities, are very shy, or think you have two left feet… As I see it, my job is to be flexible and find out what works for you, so that you can enjoy the moves, get into the music, and generally have a good time in class!

You can find out more about me on the “about” page.

What people are saying…

β€œI have attended Rachael’s classes and workshops for nearly a year now. Before I met Rachael, I felt that my dancing ability had plateaued and I was uncertain about how to progress, but Rachael was quickly able to identify the areas I was struggling with and enabled me to overcome them by going through technique in a way that made sense to me. Rachael is a thoroughly enthusiastic teacher with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the dance, including the music and culture, which she shares in her classes.”

Natasha, Manchester

β€œRachael is super fun and attentive, and explains everything in a variety of ways to help you get the most out of classes. And she doesn’t just teach dance moves; you also learn little snippets of dance history, about the cultures where bellydance is performed, and also the history of, and how to read, the music. Classes are well structured, and the atmosphere is very friendly and welcoming. It’s renewed my zest for dance!”


β€œRachael is inspiring to watch and is friendly, understanding and totally inclusive as a teacher. I have some challenges regarding dance; health and confidence among them. I have learnt so much since dancing with Rachael and can feel improvement in my ability and in my pain management for my fibromyalgia. I wish she lived closer – but thank goodness for ‘Zoom’.”

Anna, Berkshire

β€œRachael’s teaching is inspiring: there is the sheer joy of watching her dance, her supportive and detailed feedback during class and a fantastic ability to explain how to move in many different ways.”

– Heike, Liverpool

β€œI have really developed a passion for belly dancing since attending these classes. Fun, interactive sessions which have taught great technique, expression and knowledge of Arabic rythms.”

– Sabah, Stockport

β€œI love Rachel’s belly dance classes they are so much fun! Rachael is a great teacher as she encourages you to be creative and adopt your own personal style. I would recommend anyone thinking of joining to go ahead and do it!”

– Amanda, Cheshire

β€œI really enjoy Rachael’s classes because the atmosphere is so friendly, relaxed and fun. What I love most is that she always tries to get students out of their comfort zone in a fun and friendly way. You always learn something new!”

– Shakiba, Oxford

β€œRachael is very passionate about music and dance, and she passes this on to all her students!”

– Pooja, Oxford