Dance to Live Drumming – with Rachael & Joëlle

Dancing to Drums

Dance to live drumming with confidence, with Rachael Borek and percussionist Joëlle Barker!

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Saturday 15th of June at Chorlton High School

  • 11am-12:30pm – open level introduction to dancing with Middle Eastern drumming – a fun workshop open to all! Experience dancing to live percussion for the first time, or warm up for the afternoon workshop, with guided improvisation and tips & tricks to enjoy live music in a relaxed setting.
  • 1pm-3pm – introduction to live drum solos, for improver/intermediate level dancers –  In this class we’ll work towards dancing solo with Joëlle, so that you can experience the magic of inspiring a musician’s playing at the same time as her drumming inspires your dance. Learn to lead and follow, dance with confidence, and end your drum solo in style!

About Rachael – Rachael has more than a decade’s experience in Egyptian dance, and specialises in performing with live music. She has shared the stage with renowned musicians, including the Baladi Blues Ensemble and the Arab Quarter Band, and has travelled internationally to teach workshops with live drumming. Rachael’s mission is to help you master technique and musical awareness in your training, so that you can trust your instincts, relax, and enjoy yourself when you dance ‘for real’!

About Joëlle – UK percussionist Joëlle Barker is known for her sensitivity and dynamism. She prides herself on her adaptability, versatility and endurance as a female session drummer. Since graduating from SOAS University of London, Joëlle has worked with numerous acts worldwide. Within the bellydance world, she works with JWAAD Training to teach parts of their “understanding music used in bellydance” course, and she has recorded a rhythm CD for dancers.

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About the venues: live drumming workshops with Rachael and Joëlle are at Chorlton High School (see directions to studio), 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

Suitable for dancers of all levels, 11am-12:30pm on Saturday the 15th of June, at Chorlton High School.


Introduction to Live Drum Solos – Improver/Intermediate

Suitable for dancers of intermediate level, or who have attended Rachael's full Rhythm Project course. 1pm-3pm on Saturday the 15th of June, at Chorlton High School.


Live Percussion Day Package – both live drumming workshops

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.