From Spring 2018, Rachael teaches monthly Egyptian dance workshops in Didsbury Village, Manchester.
For dancers of an improver/intermediate level or above, these classes are designed to help you challenge yourself, and take your dancing to the next level. We’ll explore fun and fancy technique variations, and develop our musical interpretation skills in a relaxed & friendly environment. More about the aims of these workshops
Numbers are limited to 12, so it is a small, welcoming group and you will get plenty of individual attention.
Workshop dates: Workshops are normally on the first Sunday of the month, from 11am – 1pm (with the option to join us for lunch in a local cafe afterwards). The dates for the first block of workshops in Spring 2018 are:
- Sunday 4th of February
- Sunday 4th of March
- Sunday 8th of April
- Sunday 6th of May
Pricing: Each 2-hour workshop costs £15 if booked in advance, or £18 on the day. Special introductory offer – book all 4 Spring workshops in advance for just £50 (save £10).
About the venue: Workshops are at Didsbury Pilates Studio in Didsbury Village. This is a small, beautiful studio with a smooth floor, ballet barres and mirrors, located on Warburton Street. It’s a 2 minute walk from the Didsbury Village metrolink station, and from bus stops on Wilmslow Road. There are several P&D car parks nearby, as well as some on-street parking in the surrounding area, and parking at Aldi on Wilmslow Road.
The full address is Didsbury Pilates Studio, 11 Warburton St, Manchester M20 6WA.
More about these workshops, from Rachael
Not your average technique class… When we think of bellydance technique, we sometimes think of the dancers who can layer five movements on top of each other, whose hits and isolations are harder! stonger! faster! and whose dancing leaves the audience awestruck with their sheer physical skill. That’s not quite what we’re doing here.
This is a technique class, but our purpose is different. It’s not technique for the sake of technique. It’s not technique for the sake of impressing people with what we can do. It is technique for the sake of infinity.
What do I mean by that?
Egyptian dance is a dance of infinite possibilities. Within each family of movements, their are more possible variations than we could ever count. What seems like a mere handful of basic moves to a beginner can blossom into a whole universe of subtle movements when a skilled dancer uses them. So we aren’t going harder, faster, stronger, and we aren’t looking to invent fancy new moves – instead we are going deeper.
In this class, we will be working to unlock the potential of our movements, so that every one allows us a rich palette of expression and texture. Instead of just using more and more complicated combinations of steps and isolations to make our dancing more ‘advanced’, we’ll work to find richness and subtlety in even the most simple movement.
Think of a fractal (like that hypnotic zooming Mandelbrot Set gif just there…) – the closer you look, the more detail there is to discover. Our dance can be like that! Well, maybe not quite like that – but we do have an infinite range of movement to play with, even within the moves that are already familiar to any improver-level dancer, and we gain access to that infinite range by working on our technique.
What’s the point? In this class, we’ll take the ‘point’ as music. It’s all about the music! Classic Egyptian music is like the dance, full of more and more subtle detail the harder you listen. Once we’ve filled our artist’s palette with colours by working on our technique, we’ll have more ways to highlight those gorgeous nuances in the melody, and we’ll begin to be able to effortlessly match our movement quality to the music.
So there you have it! Technical skill, harnessed in service of delicate musicality. That’s what we’ll be aiming for here 🙂
If you’re up for it, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org for the booking info 🙂