Casbah Cabaret Deluxe

Presented by Helen Santa Maria and Rachel Bennett

How would you like to learn a routine with bellydance royalty: Yasmina of Cairo and then perform it WITH HER on stage at a showcase afterwards?

We are delighted to announce the Casbah Cabaret Deluxe 2020 edition! Helen Santa Maria and Rachel Bennett have created another super exciting event for you!

The English Rose of Cairo: Yasmina will be returning to Berkshire to teach a workshop. This time, she will teach a gorgeous routine that you can perform alongside her 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 Yasmina’s expert tuition.

Sunday 17 May 2020 – Loddon Hall, Loddon Hall Road, Twyford, Reading, Berkshire RG10 9JA

1.00pm to 3.00pm Workshop – learn one of Yasmina’s beautiful routines

4.00pm to 6.00p Showcase with afternoon tea and cake – optionally perform Yasmina’s routine and apply for a group or solo performance slot.  You’ll enjoy superb performances from Yasmina herself; her lustrous bellydancing is unmissable!



Casbah Cabaret Deluxe

Our spacious venue has an elevated stage, so you’ll enjoy a clear view of Yasmina, 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 2020!

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.

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.  Alternatively you can make payment by bank transfer.  Contact Rachel for more details.  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 performance places are open. Also, stay tuned to our newsletters.
Mark your diary now!

It's your opportunity to perform! All workshop attendees are invited (and encouraged!) to perform Yasmina's routine with her on stage at the Casbah Cabaret Deluxe afternoon tea showcase.
We're also opening up solo and group performances for workshop-ers, local students and bellydance friends on 1st March.   Slots are open to all dancers, though priority will be given to RBSB and SMBA & SMBO students.

Are you looking for an exciting performance opportunity? You've just found it!

Performance applications open 1st March. Stay tuned to our event page for deets on how to apply.

Please kindly note tickets are not refundable under any circumstances.

Casbah Cabaret Deluxe





Postponed – we’re pausing bookings just for now

Rachel Bennett School of Bellydance presents:

Bellydance Heaven & Shimmytastic Showcase

Starring World Champion Bellydancer: Queenie of Belgium

Berkshire’s Bellydance Festival – Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 September 2020

Treat yourself to a weekend of wonder with an international champion bellydancer! We’ve got wow-factor workshops designed for ambitious improvers, intermediate, advanced and professional lovers of bellydance. Sparkle at our showcase and enjoy the ethereal beauty of Queenie’s world-class dreamy performances.

Saturday 5 September 2020
11.00am to 1.00pm – Swooshes, Sways and Arabeques
1.30pm to 3.30pm – Slow Motion Potion

Sunday 6 September 2020

1.00pm to 3.00pm – Queentessence - The Finishing Touch
4.00pm to 6.00pm – Shimmytastic Showcase starring YOU and Queenie

Venue both days: Loddon Hall, Loddon Hall Road, Twyford, Reading, Berkshire RG10 9JA

Please contact Rachel if you prefer payment by cash in class or BACS transfer.

Workshops

Workshop Essentials

  • Queenie will teach from a raised stage to guarantee an excellent view and a quality learning experience.
  • Large airy venue with dance-sprung floor to look after your knees and plenty of personal dance space.
  • Central Berkshire location, on the A4, just off junction 8/9 or 10 of the M4 and 10mins walk from commuter train station.  Twyford is on main lines for Reading, Slough, London Paddington, Oxford.
  • Free on-site parking, close to local bus stops
  • Price – early bird deals until end July and workshop bundle discounts available.  Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable regardless of circumstances.

Queenie of Belgium is an international performer of Middle Eastern Dance, as well as a certified teacher and coach.  Her captivating performances and her enthusiastic classes and workshops thrive on her elegant and dynamic style.  Queenie has won several awards, including Jewel of Yorkshire’s Rising Star and Bellydancer of the World 2011.

Saturday 5 September 2020

11.00am to 1.00pm – Swooshes, Sways and Arabeques - Queenie’s signature elegance doesn’t get any better than this!  Juicy swooshes, powerful sways and floaty arabesques to make you swoon!  Not to be missed! Level: Ambitious Improvers, Intermediate, Advanced students and Professionals

1.30pm to 3.30pm – Slow Motion Potion – Slow moves boring?  No way!  Learn how to turn your slow moves into fascinating, gooey power-moves!  Level: Ambitious Improvers, Intermediate, Advanced students and Professionals

Workshops

Sunday 6 September 2020

1.00pm to 3.00pm – Queentessence - The Finishing Touch – A bespoke Bellydance Heaven workshop capturing the quintessence of bellydance:  Posture, elegance, stage presence.  What makes your dance polished and refined?  What are the tiny details that make the difference between a good dancer and a great dancer?  We explore hand and arm positions and patterns, as well as lovely leg moves to enhance your hip work and transitions.  Learn how to bring out your inner Queen(ie) on stage, performing with balance, grace and confidence, captivating your audience.  Level: Ambitious Improvers, Intermediate, Advanced students and Professionals

4.00pm to 6.00pm – Shimmytastic Showcase starring YOU and Queenie

Enjoy the paying Loddon Hall Bar and BYO nibbles and drinkies to our family-friendly pop-up showcase.  All performers are kindly asked to purchase tickets.

Workshops

  • Advanced ticket sales only. Early bird ticket discounts run until end July 2020.  Discounts on weekend & day-pass packages:
  • All-access weekend pass including 3 workshops & half-price showcase ticket - £85.50 until end July.  Thereafter £105.50.
  • Saturday full day ticket including 2 workshops - £60.50 until end July.  Thereafter: £70.50.
  • Sunday full day ticket including 1 workshop & showcase - £40.50 until end July.  Thereafter £50.50.
  • Individual workshop only - £35.50 until end July.  Thereafter: £45.50.
  • Showcase only - £10.50 until end June.  Thereafter: £15.50.  Children - £5.50.  Under 5s free.
  • Contact Rachel to apply to perform at Shimmytastic Showcase.
Workshops

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