About me

Hi, I’m Rachael Borek – an Egyptian style bellydance performer and bellydance teacher in Manchester, UK.

I’m here to create moments of joy & inspiration through dance – whether by bringing enchanting live entertainment to your special celebration, or through the inclusive and empowering bellydance training I offer, both here in Manchester and online.

Dance background

Rachael bellydancing with live band at the Arab Quarterly in London, April 2016

Rachael with the Arab Quarter band

I’ve been studying, performing and teaching Egyptian dance for over a decade now, and I’ve trained with some of the top instructors from Egypt and the UK during that time. I firmly believe that a true artist never stops learning and developing their craft, and a good teacher never loses their own curiosity and thirst for knowledge.

For me the most exhilarating part of Egyptian dance is creating improvised performances with live musicians, and aiming to inspire the elusive state of musical enchantment known in Arabic as ‘tarab’. In recent years I’ve had the pleasure of performing on stage numerous times with the Arab Quarter band, and with Guy Schalom’s Baladi Blues ensemble.

Rachael playing the oudI’m a geek at heart, and I love researching and writing about the dance, including its history and cultural context, when I’m not performing, teaching or taking classes. Since 2014 I’ve run the popular “Bellydancers’ Music Discussion Group” on Facebook.

Professional credentials & training

I have completed several bellydance teacher training courses with JWAAD, who offer the most widely recognised and rigorous bellydance teaching certifications available in the UK. Most importantly, this includes their ‘Safe delivery of bellydance classes’ qualification. I am also in the process of training as a Pilates instructor.

For performance bookings, I’m represented by the UK’s premier bellydance agency, Taste of Cairo. I’m a member of Equity, the entertainer’s union, and as such have full public liability insurance for dance teaching and performance.