About the Raqs Sharqi Society

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The Raqs Sharqi Society is a not-for-profit association formed in 1997. We teach, perform and study the traditional dance and music arts of Egypt, both rural and urban.

We have an international network of teachers and performers in the UK, other European countries and Egypt. Our administrator is based in London.

Our dance form is called ‘Raqs Sharqi’. It has deep traditional roots as well as modern forms of expression. Learn more about the dance tradition here.

• provide a range of good-quality tuition in traditional Egyptian dance and music
• cater for all levels of experience
• work in community dance and professional areas
• work with the finest musicians in Europe and provide opportunities to dance to live music


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Anne Benveniste (HSc)
Area: Overseas (France)
Contact: Tel: (+33) 143 668239
e-mail: annebenveniste@hotmail.com
Website: www.ocreambre.com

Juliana Brustik (HSc)
Area: London, UK and Overseas
Contact: Tel: +44 (0) 20 8533 0955
e-mail: julbrustik@yahoo.co.uk
Website: www.julianabrustik-dance.com

Sylvianne Capell (RSS)
Area: Overseas (Germany and Switzerland)
Contact: Tel:+49 40 410 01070
e-mail: elsharq@gmx.de
Website: www.raqssharqi-hamburg.de

Aurora Gercke (RSS)
Area: Cambrigde
Contact: 01223 359862 mobile 07745 238665
e-mail: cambs.pilates@googlemail.com

Judy Hammond (HSc)
Area: UK and Overseas
e-mail:: hammondj@onetel.com
Website: www.movingmindfully.com

Sara Kahan (HSc)
Area: London and UK
Contact: Tel: +44 (0) 20 7586 5199
e-mail: sara.kahan@raqs.org.uk
Website: www.raqs.org

Lillian Malki (HSc)
Area: Overseas (France)
Contact: Tel: (+33) 142 582555
e-mail: danse.mosaique@gmail.com
Website: www.danseegyptienne.com

Katrina Robinson (HSc)
Area: UK (Oxford)
Contact: Tel: +44 (0) 1865 46277 (before 20.00)
e-mail: katrinagaye@yahoo.co.uk

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Associate Members

Ellie Atkinson
Area: UK (Dorset)
Contact: Tel: (+44) (0) 1305 854170
Website: www.raqssharqidorset.co.uk

Antoinette Debrit
Area : Switzerland, Bioggio
Contact: Tel: (+41) 79 345 58 74
e-mail: metatron59@hotmail.com
Website: www.metatron-benessere.ch

Tamsin Elbourn

Contact : Tel: 0781 7723552
e-mail: tamsinelbourn@hotmail.com
Website: www.tabeeya.co.uk

Anita Epstein

Contact : Tel: 07879 625850
e-mail: anita@yalladance.com
Website: www.yalladance.com

Erna Frohlich
Area: Overseas (Germany)
Contact: Tel: (+49) 89 340 23230
Fax (+49) 89 340 23231
e-mail: taqsim@web.de
Website: www.taqsim.de

Kim Hall
Area: UK (Cambs)
Contact: Tel: (+44) (0) 1480891984
e-mail: kimdancer@tiscali.co.uk
Website: www.rhythmsofegypt.co.uk

Federica Lanfranchi
Area: Overseas (Italy)
Contact: Tel: (+39) 347 5393379
e-mail: federica.danzaegiziana@gmail.com
website is under construction

Diane Petty
Area: UK (Dorset)
Contact: Tel: (+44) (0) 1305813179
Website: www.raqssharqidorset.co.uk

Sabrina Sartori
Area : Overseas (Italy)
Contact : Tel. (+39) 331 32.79.362
e-mail: sabrina.kineos@gmail.com
Website: www.kineos.org

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Teacher Training

Plans for the next teacher training course are in their initial stages and we regret that we don't know when the start date will be. Application to the course will be by CV and covering statement, and submission of a video demonstrating technical and choreographic abilities in the different Raqs Sharqi forms and current teaching practice (if applicable).

The course is likely to consist of 8 to 10 weekend modules over a period of approximately two years, with considerable ongoing personal work inbetween. We expect that modules will be held in different locations throughout the country which are easily accessible by by both UK and international travellers. Course content will include:

It is now a requirement that anyone in the UK employed to teach in adult education by their local authority has a formal teaching qualification (e.g. Cert.Ed/PGCE/PCE or City & Guilds teaching qualifications). This revised course will therefore reflect that most students will be acquiring skills and knowledge in general teaching practice from other routes.

As soon as details of the course are available they will be announced on this website and through our newsletter, subscribers to our e-list will automatically be notified. In the meantime you are welcome to express your interest and leave your details with our administrator on dance@raqssharqisociety.org

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