Rachel Bennett School of Bellydance – Upcoming Performances and Events in Berkshire and Beyond

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To view stunning student performances, please click here.

Upcoming events:

Casbah Cabaret Deluxe - afternoon workshop & showcase with Ozgen - Sunday 12 May 2019, Twyford – click here for tickets

Catch Rachel performing and teaching at Dance around the Globe haflah and workhops, 14-16 Jun 2019, Oxford, presented by Mim’s Bellydance.

Summer Spectacular Student Show - Sat 13 July 2019 1-5pm, Reading

Bellydance Heaven 2019 with our American-born star-spangled teacher, the UK expert & fairy godmother of Glastonbury Majma: Raheesha - Sun 29 Sep 2019, Twyford. Workshops TBA - save the date!

Spooktacular Showcase - Sat 26 Oct 2019, Twyford - evening event - details to follow

Shimmytastic Showcase - Sat 24 Mar 2020, Twyford - evening event - save the date!

Snowflake Spectacular Student Show - Sat 7 Dec 2019 1-5pm, Reading

Bellydance Heaven 2020 - a weekend intensive with international champion Bellydancer of the World: Queenie - Sat 5 & Sun 6 Sep 2020, Twyford. Workshops TBA - save the date!

Catch Rachel performing and teaching workshops at Birmingham Bellydance Festival, Sat 28 September 2020






Casbah Cabaret Deluxe

Presented by Helen Santa Maria and Rachel Bennett

Casbah Cabaret Deluxe

How would you like to learn a routine with Ozgen and then perform it WITH HIM on stage at a showcase afterwards?

We are delighted to announce the Casbah Cabaret Deluxe edition! Helen Santa Maria and Rachel Bennett have brainstormed a super exciting event for you!

The magnificent international Turkish master dance instructor and star of TV and stage: Ozgen will be returning to Berkshire to teach a workshop. This time, he will teach a routine that you can perform alongside him at our decadent showcase with afternoon tea on the same day. All workshop participants are welcome to join in (though it's not compulsory!)

This workshop is open level for improvers, intermediates, advanced and professionals. Ambitious beginners might be surprised at what they can achieve under Ozgen’s tuition.

Sunday 12 May 2019 – Loddon Hall, Loddon Hall Road, Twyford, Reading, Berkshire RG10 9JA

  • 1.00pm to 3.00pm Workshop – learn one of Ozgen’s signature Turkish pop show stopping routines
  • 4.00pm to 6.00p Showcase with afternoon tea and cake – optionally perform Ozgen’s routine and apply for a group or solo performance slot. You’ll enjoy a stunning performance from the bellydance maestro himself: Ozgen!

Our spacious venue has an elevated stage, so you’ll enjoy a clear view of Ozgen, special dance sprung floors and free on-site parking. There’s a paying bar and we can’t wait to serve you complimentary tea and cake at our shimmering showcase. Advanced ticket sales only. Early bird ticket discounts run until end April 2019!

  • Whole day ticket including 2-hour workshop, showcase, afternoon tea & cake - £45.50 until end April. Thereafter: £55.00.
  • 2-hour workshop only - £35.50 until end April. Thereafter: £45.00.
  • Showcase only with afternoon tea & cake - £12.50 until end April. Thereafter: £15.00. Children - £6.50. Under 5s free.
  • Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable, regardless of circumstances.
  • Upon purchase, you will be opting in to our RBSB and SMBA newsletters, from which you can unsubscribe at any time.

Q. "I love the sound of that! How do I sign up?!"
A. Use the drop down box above to add all your desired workshop and showcase tickets to your shopping cart and check out. All sparkling performers require tickets.
Be sure to mark yourself as "going" on the Facebook event and turn on notifications. That way you'll be one of the first to know when places are open later this year. Also, stay tuned to our newsletters. Mark your diary now!

We'll be opening up performance slots for groups and soloists on 1st March. Slots are open to all dancers, though priority will be given to RBSB and SMBA & SMBO students. Stay tuned to our event page for deets on how to apply.




Highlights from Rachel’s previous bellydance performances:

Soloist at Hossam Ramzy’s El Berencesca Album Launch Party, London Hippodrome Oct 2018

Rachel performed & taught at Dance around the Globe haflah & workhops, 8-10 June 2018

Reading Mela – Diwali Celebrations 2017

Artigiano Bar’s Bellydance Cabaret, Reading 2017

Cancer Research UK Relay for Life - Ascot Racecourse, Sun 23 Jul

Maidenhead Festival - 2017, 2018

RBSB Troupe: Stars of the Orient performing at a ball in aid of the British Hearts Foundation - Sat 16 Sep 2017, Madjeski Stadium Royal Berkshire Conference Centre, Reading

Bastille Day Celebrations – 2017, 2018, Reading

Rachel and her Troupe were Guest Stars at Bollywood Jalwa 2017 Reading 2017, 2018

Reading Pride Fundraiser, 2017

Slough Diversity Day Celebrations - Saturday 20th May 2017, Slough

Dance for Clean Oceans - Reading 2017, 2018

Middle Eastern Lights – Christmas Corporate Party – 20 December 2016, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Reading


Windsor on Ice 2016

Majma Dance Festival - March 2016, 2017 and 2018, Glastonbury

Celebrating Dance Festival 15th Anniversary Celebration - Supporting Artist - October 2015, Toorak Hotel, Torquay, Devon

Sheikh It! Show, Kenton Theatre, Henley-on-Thames, 22 October 2014

Club Baklava Bellydance Showcase - Thurs 9 Oct 2014

Judge at Bellydance Trophies 1st Quarter Finals 2013 and Guest Performer at Bellydance Trophies Final 2012 - London

Shehnai Banqueting Hall, Christmas Corporate Entertainment and Events, Reading, 7, 8 and 14 Dec 2012. Masquerade Ball, Sat 15 October 2016 featuring Rachel and her bellydance troupe: the Stars of the Orient

Bellydance Odyssey: a dazzling evening featuring the first ever graduates from the Hossam and Serena Ramzy School of Egyptian Music and Dance, November 2012

Guest star at MADN Bellydance Show - Sat 26 Nov 2011, Cardiff, Wales

Workshops with Rachel Bennett from multi-style choreographies to stage presence - 2010 to present

Co-hosting workshop and foundation course with Hossam and Serena Ramzy - 2011, 2012, 2013

Shimmytastic Bellydance Party Night, Showcase & Disco, Berkshire - 2011 to present

Arabesque Nights Showcase – Thurs 1 July 2010, Thurs 2 June 2011, Thurs 5 April 2012 & Thurs 1 Aug 2013, London

Majma - Hossam & Serena Ramzy Dance Company UK Tour - Fri 4 to Sun 6 March 2011, Glastonbury

Dance Queens of the Nile - Sat 5 February 2011, Bloomsbury Theatre, London and Sat 25 June 2011, East Grinstead, Surrey

Saqarah Showcase, February and October 2008; November 2009, June 2010, London, UK

Hossam and Serena Ramzy Dance Company Tours 2007 - 2012 including seasonal corporate event at The Dorchester Hotel, London

The Boss is Coming to Dinner - Channel 5 & The Discovery Channel - August 2010 - On demand TV - Show Listing

Planet Egypt - London Bellydance Showcase - May 2016, February 2011, September 2010, February 2010 & 2009, April 2008, May & September 2007, London, UK

Silk Route Arabian Cabaret Showcase – May 2015, July 2013, May 2012, November 2011, May 2011, January 2010 and June 2009, London, UK

Artist in residence at Silk Route Arabic Showcase - November 2010, London

London African Music Festival - Soloist with Hossam and Serena Ramzy - September 2008, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London, UK

Persian-Egyptian-Turkish Music and Dance Festival - solo performance with Hossam & Serena Ramzy - Friday 18 April 2008, Bath, Avon









© Kathryn Goddard, Capture this Moment Photography



© Kathryn Goddard, Capture this Moment Photography