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  • Bellydance Dates for YOUR Diary
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Bellydance, Yoga & Tango

Hi Rachel, we're announcing an awesome Autumn term for you!

You said....we want more dedicated beginner bellydance courses in Maidenhead, Windsor and Wokingham.

We said....Yes!  

Last month we were thrilled to introduce Sandy, our new Maidenhead and Wokingham bellydance teacher to you.  We are just as excited to present your new bellydance beginner teacher for Windsor......Ellen!  To many RBSB students, Ellen is a familiar face; she enrolled as a beginner herself with Rachel's Windsor beginner classes in 2011, progressing with us over the years to enjoy dancing as a Maidenhead Princess of the Orient (Intermediate-Advanced class).  With a love of tango, a background in competitive gymnastics and professional qualifications and experience teaching dance movement and yoga, Ellen is the perfect person to nurture our Windsor Treasures of the Orient (Beginners).  So without further ado, let's meet Ellen!

So Ellen, what's your bellydance story?
I was lucky enough to live in Libya when I was in primary school and my first bellydance lessons were from my Arabic teacher for a school play.  I loved learning and performing the dance - I remember I even had a solo part of the routine.  So many years later when I found out there were lessons locally I jumped at the chance.

Do you have any special  areas of interest?
I love the variety found in bellydance and all the fusions out there but I do have a soft spot for classical Egyptian.

What training and qualifications do you have?
I teach some other movement classes, mainly yoga and something unusual called Feldenkrais that works with organic movement. So as well as being qualified by the Rachel Bennet school of Bellydance to teach bellydance I’m also able to do remedial work for injuries.

What's your top bellydance learning tip? 
Practice any tricky movements really slowly for longer than you think you need to.

Which Bellydancers inspire you? 
Some of the ordinary women I remember seeing in Libya who competely transformed into goddesses when they danced.

What's your favourite costume? 
Anything sparkly!  Currently a lovely red one with a great mix of colours in the beadwork.

What's your secret skill? 
I never get bored of repeating things when learning.

My favourite part of my body is.....
My legs.

In my bellydance bag, I'm never without....
Water and safety pins.

How do you boost your confidence? 
Remembering that I’m performing for the audience’s fun and enjoyment, not my evaluation of how well I’ve danced.

What's your happiest memory? 
Living in Libya.

What's your greatest ambition? 
I’m not an ambitious person; I like the surprises of life evolving.

What's the last bellydance song you listened to? 
My ipod says it’s Hossam Ramzy’s Aziza.

My favourite food is....
Anything Italian, especially pasta.

You can find out more about Ellen at:

Feeling inspired? 
Join our Windsor beginner class now or enrol for a trial lesson.

Your can check out our Maidenhead and Wokingham beginner classes too - just click the links :)

PS - we're in a dedicated mirrored dance studio too with free on-site parking in Windsor!  Just click here for details.

PPS don't forget your early bird discount runs to end Aug!

Are you an improver, intermediate or advanced level bellydancer?

Ready for some flamboyant skirt swishing?

Love a bit of Bollywood glamour?

Are you a Bellydance Disco Diva?

If you're improver, intermediate or advanced level then these classes are perfect for you:

Intermediate and Advanced
Princesses of the Orient
Maidenhead Mondays 6.15pm
Woodlands Park Village Centre
Gypsy Skirt Fantasy Fusion with a passionate choreography to "Alabina" by Alabina - click here

Intermediate and Advanced
Princesses of the Orient
Wokingham Wednesdays 7.30pm
Wokingham Methodist Church Hall
Gypsy Skirt Fantasy Fusion with a passionate choreography to "Alabina" by Alabina - click here

Open Level - improver, intermediate and advanced
Jewels of the Orient
Windsor Mondays 8.00pm
Windsor Youth & Community Centre Dance Studio
Bellywood!  Enjoy Rachel's unique fusion style of bellydance, Bollywood and bhangra with a showstopping number to "Shakalaka Baby" from the Bombay Dreams west-end production - click here

Pearls of the Orient
Wokingham Wednesdays 8.35pm
Wokingham Methodist Church Hall
Bring out your Bellydance Disco Diva with our fantastic pop routine to Nourhanne's "Habibi ya eini".
Click here

On-line bookings open and enrolments have begun! 
Want to strut your stuff with us? 
Click here to party!

Want more inspiration?
Read our compelling student testimonials.

PS don't forget your early bird discount runs to end Aug!

Bellydance Dates for YOUR Diary

Rachel is a resident bellydancer at: Mangal Turkish Restaurant, Reading

Celebrating Dance Festival, Devon
Fri 23 - Sun 25 Oct 2015
Rachel will be teaching and performing as a Supporting Artist

Sheikh It! A bellydance Show
Saturday 24 October evening performance
Norden Farm Centre for Arts, Maidenhead

Workshops with US international star: Princess Farhana
Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 October daytime
Norden Farm Centre for Arts, Maidenhead

About Rachel: Rachel Bennett successfully established her bellydance school in 2008 and her extensive performance experience includes theatre, long-standing restaurant residencies and national TV.  Rachel is a graduate of the Hossam and Serena Ramzy School of Music and Dance and is a principal dancer with the Ramzy Dance Company. 

Rachel absolutely loves to teach and perform bellydance and is proud to have turned her passionate hobby into a full-time career.  She encourages her students to develop as bellydancers and reach for the stars!  Rachel also trains coaches and mentors fledgling professionals and teachers to help them realise their dreams.  Read compelling student stories at

Rachel Bennett School of Bellydance - Fitness, Fun and Fabulousness!  Studio Classes, Private Tuition, Workshops, Coaching, Mentoring and Professional Development - Maidenhead, Twyford, Windsor and Wokingham in Berkshire, UK

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