Monthly Egyptian Dance Workshops in Manchester – 2019 Rhythm Project

For dancers of an improver/intermediate level or above, Rachael’s monthly workshops in Didsbury Village, South Manchester, are designed to help you challenge yourself, and take your dancing to the next level.

Spring/Summer  2019: Rhythm Project – working towards live drum solos!


Starting in March 2019, this series of workshops is designed to give you the technique and musical knowledge you need to dance to drum solos with confidence – culminating in a day of workshops with live percussion, where you can put your new dance skills into practice!

  • Workshop 1 – Sunday 17th of March 11am-1pm – Quick rhythms, shimmies, and textured steps
  • Workshop 2 – Sunday 14th of April 11am-1pm – Slow rhythms, smooth moves, and drama
  • Workshop 3 – Sunday 5th of May 11am-1pm – Accents and isolations, the icing on the cake
  • Live drumming workshops, with Rachael Borek and percussionist Joëlle Barker – Saturday 15th of June – 11am-12:30pm open level introduction to dancing with Middle Eastern drumming, and 1pm-3pm an introduction to live drum solos for intermediate level dancers or those who have attended all of the Rhythm Project workshops

Rachael’s approach will give you tools and techniques to create your own drum solo performances, and to dance without choreography. By developing an ear for the music, learning techniques to create contrast, and building a range of expressive dance technique, you will be well equipped to create fun and engaging drum solo dances ‘on the go’ – and you will be well prepared to try your hand at dancing with our percussionist, on our final day of workshops!

Why drum solos? At its heart, bellydance is rooted in improvisation, and in live music. And the drum solo is the ultimate live improvisation! It is a true two-way collaboration between dancer and musician, and a great way to experience the freedom of creating music and dance in the moment.

It’s common for dancers to find drum solos a bit intimidating because of the trend towards precise and complicated choreography to pre-recorded music. We will be exploring a more relaxed approach, and aiming to put the fun back into this lighthearted and crowd-pleasing part of every bellydancer’s repertoire.

About the venues: The three Sunday workshops with Rachael are at Didsbury Pilates Studio. The live drumming workshops with Rachael and Joëlle are at Chorlton High School, which has free onsite parking and is a short walk from St Werburgh’s Road metrolink station.

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Introduction to dancing with live percussion – OPEN LEVEL – Early bird

Suitable for dancers of all levels, 11am-12:30pm on Saturday the 15th of June, at Chorlton High School. Early bird price of £25 until 1st of June (full price £30).


Introduction to live drum solos – Intermediate – Early Bird

Suitable for dancers of intermediate level, or who have attended the full Rhythm Project course. 1pm-3pm on Saturday the 15th of June, at Chorlton High School. Early bird price of £35 until 1st of June (full price £40).


Live percussion package – both live drumming workshops – Early Bird

This package includes both of the workshops with Rachael and Joëlle on Saturday the 15th of June – from 11am-12:30pm and 1pm-3pm, at Chorlton High School. Early bird price £50 until 1st of June (full price £60).