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Bellydance Classes in Manchester
Rachael’s 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.
This Autumn, Rachael is offering beginners courses, and also a new ‘Veil Skills’ course at ‘beginners plus’ level.
All classes are on Tuesday evenings at Chorlton High School.
About the class levels
Beginners courses are suitable for complete beginners, and also for more experienced dancers looking to practice the basics. In these classes, we cover essential technique, get a feel for the rhythms and styles of Arabic music, and have lots of fun dancing together in a relaxed group.
Beginners plus classes are suitable for dancers who have attended Rachael’s previous beginners courses for at least one term, and must be booked as an ‘add on’ to beginners classes. 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!
All the details
Venue: Chorlton High School dance studio (directions to studio), Nell Lane, Manchester M21 7SL (free onsite parking, or a short walk from St Werburgh’s Road metrolink)
Times: 7 – 8pm Beginners, 8 – 9pm Beginners Plus
Dates: courses are all 6 weeks long, and approximately match school term times. Autumn courses – 3rd of September to the 8th of October (6 weeks). Winter courses – 29th of October to the 3rd of December (6 weeks)
Price: £36 for 6 week courses, or £8 per class drop-in (if places are still available)
What to bring & wear: Please wear comfortable exercise clothes you can easily move in (leggings and a t-shirt is perfect), and bare feet or soft dance slippers. You won’t be expected to bare your midriff, just wear what you feel confident in! You may want to bring a bottle of water, and a pretty scarf to tie around your hips. Some scarves will be available to borrow or buy.
For the Autumn term ‘beginners plus’ course, please bring a veil if you have one. Some veils will also be available to borrow.
Autumn/Winter bellydance course – Beginners
This booking is for Rachael's 6 week Autumn/Winter bellydance Beginners course starting on the 29th of October (7-8pm).
Autumn/Winter bellydance courses – Beginners, and Veil Dance (beginners plus)
This booking is for Rachael's 6 week Autumn/Winter bellydance courses starting on the 29th of October beginners course (7-8pm) AND 6 week "Veil Dance" beginners plus course (8-9pm). Please only register for this option if you have attended the Autumn 'Veil Skills' course, or have previous experience dancing with a silk veil.
To guarantee your place for the Autumn course, please book above. If places remain, you can also pay in cash at the first session – but be aware that places are limited, and in the past, Rachael’s courses have sold out.
Here’s what some bellydance students have said about Rachael’s classes:
“I 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
“I 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
“Rachael is very passionate about music and dance, and she passes this on to all her students!”– Pooja, Oxford
Directions to the dance studio
The dance studio at Chorlton High School is located in the sports building, not in the main school building. To get to it from the main school car park:
- Start in the main school car park, facing the school buildings
- To the right of the school reception as you look at it, there is a walkway that goes around the outside of the building
- Follow the walkway around, past the bike racks and table tennis tables, until you come to an open yard with a basketball court
- The sports block is on your right, with an entrance at the far corner
- Inside of the sports block, you will find the dance studio on the first floor, on the right hand side of the corridor just after the toilets