About Rachael

Rachael (9) croppedRachael Borek is an Egyptian style bellydance performer and bellydance teacher in Manchester, UK.

Rachael’s mission is to show Egyptian dance for the amazing, multi-faceted art that it is, by providing you with beautiful shows and high-quality dance training.

“Beautiful, energetic but graceful dancer embracing Egyptian dance… never fails to entertain” – Eva, Cheadle

Dance background

Rachael has over a decade’s experience of studying, performing and teaching Egyptian dance, and she has worked with top instructors from the UK and Egypt.

She first took up bellydance whilst at university, and she quickly fell in love with this expressive and emotional art. What started as a fun hobby soon turned into a complete obsession – the complex, textured melodies of Arabic music caught her imagination, and her love of the music is reflected today in her dance and in her teaching.

“Lovely, elegant dancer who is passionate about Egyptian dance.” – Anne Kingston, Preston

Rachael trained for several years with respected UK bellydance teachers Gwen Booth and Josephine Wise, and they remain major influences on her dance and teaching style. In  2014, Jo Wise invited Rachael to join her highly acclaimed Johara dance company, and she appeared in their theatrical bellydance show ‘The Mirror’.

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

Rachael with the Arab Quarter band

More recently, Rachael has worked with Melanie Norman as part of her Arab Quarterly study place scheme, which is designed to help dancers develop as artists and hone their performance skills with live music.

Rachael takes workshops and courses with master teachers and Egyptian dance stars at every opportunity, to challenge herself and keep her dancing fresh and creative. Most recently, she has taken intensive courses with Randa Kamel, Sara Farouk, and with Yasmina of Cairo and Mohamed Kazafy.

The most exhilarating part of Egyptian dance, for Rachael, is improvising with live musicians, and aiming to inspire the elusive state of musical enchantment known as ‘tarab’. In recent years she has had the pleasure of performing on stage numerous times with the Arab Quarter band, and with Guy Schalom’s Baladi Blues ensemble.

“Mesmerising to watch!” – Amanda, Cheshire

Rachael playing the oudRachael is a geek at heart, and she loves researching and writing about the dance, including its history and cultural context, when she isn’t performing, teaching or taking classes. She also enjoys learning to play Egyptian music on the oud, having previously studied classical guitar for many years. Since 2014 she has run the popular “Bellydancers’ Music Discussion Group” on Facebook.

Outside of bellydance, Rachael also performs traditional English dances with the Oxford University Morris Men, and is a keen amateur folk singer and musician.

Professional credentials

Rachael has completed the JWAAD ‘Safe delivery of bellydance classes’ course, and is committed to teaching you to dance safely, and without risk of avoidable injury. She has also completed the ‘Understanding music used within bellydance’ and ‘Influence of history and culture upon bellydance’ qualifications, which are accredited by the Open College Network as being of ‘A’ level complexity, and she is working towards the full JWAAD teaching diploma.

Rachael is represented by the UK’s premier bellydance agency, Taste of Cairo. She is a full member of Equity, the entertainer’s union, and as such has full public liability insurance for dance teaching and performance.