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.
All classes are on Tuesday evenings at Chorlton High School.
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 practise 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.
Improvers classes are suitable for dancers who have attended Rachael’s previous beginners courses, and you will get the most out of them if you continue to attend the beginners classes too. 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 Improvers
Dates: courses are 6 weeks long, and approximately match school terms.
Current courses – 25th of February to the 31st of March. (beginners SOLD OUT)
Future courses – Spring: 21st of April to the 26th of May. Summer: 9th of June to the 14th of July.
Price: £36 for 6 week courses, or £8 per class drop-in (if places are available – please contact me to check).
What to bring & wear: Please wear comfortable exercise clothes you can 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.
Note – the Spring beginners course is now fully booked for this term! Drop-in places may still be available for some weeks (contact me to check availability).
Spring bellydance courses – Improvers Saiidi course
This booking is for Rachael's 6 week Spring bellydance improvers course, starting on the 25th of February (8-9pm). This term we'll be working on saiidi technique continuing from the previous course, and working towards a choreography! Suitable for dancers who have attended my Jan-Feb improvers course.
To guarantee your place for a bellydance course, please book above. If places remain, you can also pay at the first session – but be aware that places are limited, and courses often sell out.
Here’s what some bellydance students have said about Rachael’s classes:
“Rachael’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
“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 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
“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