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 – whether by bringing enchanting live entertainment to your special celebration, or through the inclusive and empowering dance training I offer here in Manchester and online.

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

Dance background

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. And I believe that a good teacher never stops learning!

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

I have trained for several years with respected UK bellydance teachers Gwen Booth and Josephine Wise, and they are both still big influences on my dance and teaching style today.

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

Rachael with the Arab Quarter band

More recently, I have 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.

I take every opportunity to attend workshops and courses with master teachers and Egyptian dance stars, to challenge myself and keep my dancing fresh and creative. Most recently, I have taken intensive courses with Randa Kamel, Sara Farouk, and with Yasmina of Cairo and Mohamed Kazafy.

The most exhilarating part of Egyptian dance, for me, is improvising with live musicians, and aiming to inspire the elusive state of musical enchantment known 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.

“Mesmerising to watch!” – Amanda, Cheshire

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.

Outside of bellydance, I also perform traditional English dances with the Oxford University Morris Men, and am a keen amateur folk singer and musician.

Professional credentials & training

As part of bringing you the best possible dance experience, I’m committed to ongoing professional training and development.

I have completed a number of bellydance teacher training modules with JWAAD, which are accredited by the Open College Network as being of ‘A’ level complexity. This includes their ‘Safe delivery of bellydance classes’, ‘Understanding music used within bellydance’ and ‘Influence of history and culture upon bellydance’ qualifications.

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