About me

Rachael (9) croppedHi, I’m Rachael Borek – an Egyptian style bellydance performer and bellydance teacher in Manchester, UK.

My 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

I have over a decade’s experience of studying, performing and teaching Egyptian dance, and I’ve worked with top instructors from the UK and Egypt.

I first took up bellydance whilst at university, and 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 my imagination, and my love of the music is reflected today in my dance and teaching.

“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 remain major influences on my dance and teaching style.

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 workshops and courses with master teachers and Egyptian dance stars at every opportunity, 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 she has 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

I have completed the JWAAD ‘Safe delivery of bellydance classes’ course, and am committed to teaching you to dance safely, and without risk of avoidable injury. I have 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 am working towards the full JWAAD teaching diploma.

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.