Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Egyptian Belly dance class

Egyptian dance

This dance, commonly called belly dancing, traces its origins in Egypt. It trains for a perfect spinal alignment and a strong centre. It works on circular movements looking for softness and fluidity within rhythmical patterns using isolation of body parts and coordination with strong leg & footwork. It has a nature of free improvisation together with the rich Egyptian music, and uses a whole body language that expresses emotion in an abstract way. It uses natural and feminine movements with isolation of body parts developing sensuality and grace.

Mondays 8:30pm-9:30pm 
Next class 18th January 2010.
For booking a place:

£20_4 classes (valid for 6 weeks)


Chestnuts Arts Community Centre 
280 St. Ann's Rd,
N15 5BN, London

10 min walk by tube either from Manor House (Piccadilly line)
or Seven Sisters (Victoria Line) station
Buses 67 and 341 stop in St. Ann's Road by the Chestnuts Park
Buses 141 and 29 stop in Green Lanes, and is a 5 min walk to the park
Buses stopping at Seven Sisters Road/St. Ann's Road are reasonably close too, like 259, 279....

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Andrea Shasekh has learnt with Egyptians Fathy Andrawis, Boosy and Shokry, and holds a BA Dance Studies from Middlesex University.

Thursday, 23 July 2009

Summer Cabaret

Friday 24 July



Camden Summer Nights Cabaret

The Camden Centre

Bidborough Street WC1H

'What ever your age or ability there is a dance for you!'

LBC Presenter Jeni Barnett hosts this eclectic mix of

Cultural and Community Dance featuring styles from

Samba to Clog and Bollywood to Egyptian.

There will be something for everyone!


This is an opportunity for groups from all over

Camden and Islington to showcase their dances and

bring together a vibrant and diverse programme of events

Doors 7pm show starts at 8pm

Dancing and DJ till late

tickets £3-£5

All tickets For the Open2Dance events - Summer Cabaret and Juvenessence can be pre-booked by calling 0207 700 3770 or bought on the door at Camden Centre 24th and The Shaw Theatre 25th. Ticket prices £3-£6.

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Pina Bausch

Stateless Dancer Diaries has published great article with links to videos on the work and resources of recently dead dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch.

Monday, 18 May 2009

Outspoken Dance 2009

This night of dance theatre and spoken word showcasing 'some of the UK's most prolific Hip Hop and contemporary dance companies alongside emerging talent' is coming back this year and is scheduled for the 26th June repeating place at the same venue, Hackney Empire theatre in London. Presented by Ashleigh Trezise and hosted by Jonzi D .

Tickets for Outspoken Dance 2009
Through Hackney Empire's site
Tickets £12.50/£10.50
£5 Discount for early birds: Bookings 0208 985 2424

Outspoken Dance 2008 short film excerpt
This short video is a resume of last year's event.


Sunday, 17 May 2009

Noche de Feria @ Race & Rhythm - Program

SUNDAY 17TH MAY 2009 @ Race and Rhythm Space
Celebrating the Diversity of the Hispanic-Latin Culture in UK


  • GAZE by Andy Wood
  • TWO TO SALSA by Juan Pablo Osman


Leaded by Jardares por Fuera: Rubén Pérez, Pablo Domínguez, Gori Matas, Davinia Baños with the guest artist Susana Lang Lenton

10.00pm Close


SUNDAY 28TH JUNE @ Race and Rhythm Space, Tufnell Park Station,NW5 1HL
  • Special Guest Juan Manuel Acosta and Valeria (special visit to London after their international tour with the Argentinian Company Tango Passion)
  • Flamenco and Tango workshops and performances, Percussion workshop, Jam session and Dance screening.
Full information on

PHOTO: Courtesy of Elisabetta Loccioni. Musicians Pablo Domínguez, Rubén Pérez & Co. at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, London, 2009.

Tuesday, 12 May 2009


Sunday, 26 April 2009

Next Events at Race & Rhythm

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Extraneous at The Welsh Centre

Thursday, 12 March 2009

Contemporary Egyptian Dance Class

Classes start 21st March - Open Level
(only if booked in advanced)

Saturdays 10.30-12pm
Drop in: £7.50
Bonus 10 Classes Special Offer: £50

This class will encourage the student to learn the main movements of Egyptian dance, also known as belly dance, incorporating other contemporary dance techniques to improve flow, travelling and dynamics within the movement. Egyptian dance works on isolation of body parts which strengthens core stability, improves alignment and body awareness.

* Offer valid until 16th May 2009
For more info use contact form.


Race & Rhythm Space
2 Dartmouth Park Hill Road

Just opposite Tufnell Park station on the Northern line, 3 stations from Kings Cross.


Thursday, 26 February 2009

Performance from Roberto Oliván's workshop




Thursday, 19 February 2009

Contemporary Approach to INDIAN DANCE 'Bharata Natyam'

Intensive Weekend With SEETA PATEL
Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd February 2009 - 12-3pm
Race and Rhythm Studios
Tufnell Park station (Northern Line)
London, United Kingdom

Bookings in advance are recommended to avoid disappointment.

Two days intensive workshop weekend with Seeta Patel who will introduce the main elements of Bharata Natyam Dance into Contemporary Dance. The workshops will include technique, movement development and sharing talks.

Seeta Patel Dancer & Choreographer
Born in London, Seeta began training under the guidance of Kiran Ratna in 1990 and has since worked with a range of Bharata Natyam and contemporary dance professionals including Mavin Khoo, Professor C.V. Chandrashekar, Chitraleka Bolar, Pushkala Gopal, Liz Lea and Darshan Singh Bhuller. She has toured with Kiran Ratna's company (UK) and the Menaka Thakkar Dance Company (Canada and America).

Seeta joined Mavin Khoo Dance as a founder member for Parallel Passions in 2003. She continued with the company in its production Chandra Luna (2005). Seeta has also performed as a company member for Nina Rajarani's Shristi (UK tour) and Angika (Europe), as well as working for Liz Lea.

Seeta received Arts Council England funding to produce a solo show in collaboration with choreographers, a live cellist and digital musician (2005). She was awarded the Lisa Ullmann Travel Scholarship to study dance and vocal percussion in India (2005). Seeta has presented solo work at the Purcell room (Akademi's Daredevas), and Royal Opera House: ROH2 (2005 & 2006) as a part of it's new:currents summer season.

Her recent work After Cut Glass, commissioned by mac (Birmingham) and funded by Arts Council England, featured her own choreography and played at the mac and ArtsDepot (London). She performed the lead role in the multimedia production Find Me Amongst The Black, choreographed by Darshan Singh Bhuller (Purcell Room).

In collaboration with Kamala Devam of Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company Seeta created a new choreography for the Royal Opera House (ROH2) entitled Alter Ego. This was also performed at deciBel07, Touch Wood at The Robin Howard Theatre and was short-listed for the no-ballet competition competition in Germany (2008).

She was a core dancer for Akademi's site-specific works Sapnay (2005), Dreaming Now (2007) and Initium (2008). Seeta also continues her classical performance work and teaching.

Seeta teaches Bharata Natyam and creative dance at all levels. She has experience teaching both one-off taster workshops and longer residencies. She has worked with and taught special needs groups, and choreographed a piece on a theatre group with both hearing and non-hearing participants. Seeta has taught for the undergraduate South Asian Dance Degree course at the London Contemporary Dance School, and presented guest lectures to the Masters students at Middlesex University.

Seeta was awarded the danceWEB 2008 scholarship to attend the ImpulsTanz festival in Vienna. She was also supported by Akram Khan Company for her professional development.

As a freelance dancer, choreographer and teacher, Seeta endeavours to deliver a high quality of dance and dance education to a wide range of audiences both nationally and internationally. She has been involved in numerous projects that challenge both the classical dance form she has trained in, as well as contemporary themes and narrative.

The constantly growing world of contemporary South Asian Dance is developing as an integral part of the international dance world and Seeta Patel aims to be a part of producing high quality and thought provoking work.

Seeta is Associate Artist with Akademi South Asian Dance and has recently been awarded the Bonnie Bird New Choreography Fund, the Alpha Associate scheme with Swindon Dance and the Kadam Choreography Award.

Wednesday, 18 February 2009

The Contamination Dance Workshop with Anna Buonomo

Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd March 2009 - 12-3pm
Race and Rhythm Studios
Tufnell Park station (Northern Line)
London, United Kingdom

Bookings in advance are recommended to avoid disappointment.

The main interest is especially in the movement as simple as it is. The choreographic research starts from the base of all the styles I have learnt during my career (modern, ballet, hip-hop, contemporary) and culminates in a contamination of those. Sometimes it is inspired by everyday gestures, sometimes by things I saw once in my life, sometimes by the intention of recreating something that I have imagined.

The contamination class constists of two parts, the first one is based on contemporary and modern technic, the second one on exploring how from codified steps we can achieve different and "strange" dynamics of the movement.

The Hip Hop class starts with the study of the basic steps and a physical preparation into floor-work to reach a fun LA new-style choreography ..Dancers of all styles and levels are welcome

One day: £20
Both days: £30
No concessions
Book to confirm your place


Anna Buonomo comes from Rome, Italy. She studied ballet since the age of 6 in Naples with international teachers. In 2001 she won a scholarship from International Arts Events for Modern and Hip-Hop classes of Mauro Astolfi (Spellbound Dance Company) at I.A.L.S. Institute in Rome, Italy, where she also studied contemporary dance. She has danced for choreographers such as M. Astolfi, C. Felicioni, M. Garofalo, O. Malatiska, D. Natali. In 2005 she founded her own company, Bricolage Dance Movement, in collaboration with Michela Mucci. In 2008 she moved to London joining NU Tempo Dance Company, Everaldo Pereira, and Vocab Dance Company, Alesandra Seutin.

Dance Video screenings on the 3rd Sunday of every month

Race & Rhythm is organizing an event to screen short dance videos the 3rd Sunday of every month. We are currently asking for participants that wish to show their videos.


  • Videos should be between 3 and 7 minutes long.

  • The video must be a dance art based and not a documentary type, such as one angle shot of a performance.

  • It has to have dance movements performed by dancers from any style of dance.

  • The video is contemporary but must have a link to Spanish culture, as for example a place, an icon, an object typical Spanish, or even dance moves, clothes or music.

  • Videos with music which has copyright restrictions would be discarded. We suggest to use music under Creative Common licenses and name authors.

Deadline for submitting work for the first screening is 3rd May.

First screening date - Sunday 17th May

Monday, 16 February 2009


Sunday 22nd Feb 2009


with Ronnie Scott's players Pablo Domínguez and Rubén Pérez


3.30pm – 7pm

£25, concessions £20


7.30pm – 10.30pm

£6, concessions £5

Musicians playing their instruments £3


Race & Rhythm studios (a.k.a Boston Dome)

2 Dartmouth Park Hill Road, NW5 1TL, London

2 min Tufnell Park station (Northern line)



Tamas Tuzko Photos from 8th Feb 2009 performance

From Roberto Oliván's Workshop Performance 8th February 2009 @ Race & Rhythm studios

Photos by Tamas Tuzko <>

Friday, 6 February 2009

Contemporary Dance Performance from Roberto Olivan's workshop

Dancers who participated in the workshop of Spanish choreographer Roberto Oliván will perform this Sunday/8th/2009 at Race&Rhythm studios in Tufnell Park. 7pm The performance will be accompanied by Jardares por Fuera, a band of live musicians who have been working together in the creative process along with the dancers and Roberto during the week. Entrance is free and a bar will be open for the performance.
Race & Rhythm studios (a.k.a. The Dome)
7pm Sunday 8th 2 Dartmouth Park Hill Rd Tufnell Park (2 min from station)

Monday, 26 January 2009


______________________________________________________________ the paradise beach of Mandrem, Goa, India.

22nd March-19th April 2009

We invite you to experience the most creative environment to develop your potential and talents. Set in the tropical paradise of Mandrem beach and surrounded by palm trees, a river, the sea and beautiful views, it is the perfect place to get inspired.

The 4 different one-week retreats

will include Yoga, Acro-Yoga, Contemporary dance, Indian Dance, Argentinean Tango, Flamenco, Capoeira, Creative dance Filming, Choreography and Performance.

Additional extras include massage, one to one sessions in any required field and Ayurvedic cooking.

23rd -29th March and 30th March-5th April:
Combination of Dance Styles and Yoga Retreat.
3 hours of Yoga and 6 hours of dance per day including Flamenco, Indian Dance, Contemporary dance, Acro-Yoga, Capoeira and Choreography.

These workshops are leaded by Miriam Faura .(Artistic Director of Race and Rhythm Dance Theatre)(UK-SPAIN)

and Yamuna Devi (Member of Shobana Jejasingh Dance Company)(INDIA-UK).

6th-12th April: Yoga - Tango dance retreat with Introduction to Flamenco
including 3 hours of yoga, 4 hours of Tango, 2 hours of Flamenco per day and social dance evenings-Milonga every night.

This workshop is leaded by acclaimed International Tango Dancer Facundo Gil Jauregui (ARGENTINA) and Miriam Faura

13th-19th April: Yoga- Video Dance Retreat.
6 hours of Video_dance workshops, 3 hours of Yoga per day. Participants will resume the retreat with a finished product recorded in the beautiful landscapes of Madrem beach, Goa.

This workshop will be leaded by dance Video Artist and Choreographer Zach Morris(USA) and supported by Miriam Faura

The Yoga classes during all the retreats are leaded by Ashiyana's Yoga Resident Team

Price per each one week Retreat is £550.

*10% discount when you book before the 22nd February or when booking more than one week retreat.

*Accommodation at the beautiful Ashiyana Retreat Center and two buffet of delicious home made meals INCLUDED.

*Please note that flights are not included and that you will also be responsible of your own visa.

Places are limited so bookings in advanced are recommended.


Full information will be added soon or
you can e-mail us on quoting GOA RETREAT

Thursday, 22 January 2009


ACRO-YOGA intensive weekend with Yamuna Devi (Shobana Jejasingh Dance Company)

Two sessions: 31st of January and 1st of February

*If not available for the full weekend, you can attend to one session only.

Love, light and flight with Acro-Yoga, a unique blend of Therapeutic Flying, Partner Flow and Thai Massage.

TANTRA YOGA With Tudor Condrea

Tudor is traveling from Asia, where he has been practicing and teaching Tantra for the last twenty years, to run these special workshops:

Intensive SUNDAY Workshops: 1st FEB and 15th FEB - 4-7pm // £30 per day
Intensive WEEK workshop: Monday 9TH FEB- Friday 13th FEB - 11am-4pm

This workshop is an introduction to the old mysteries of the Indian Tantra. From it's vastness we will extract the juicy aspects of sexuality and will boldly present them to you in a genuine manner.

This knowledge, the heroic path of the left hand Tantra, will include both physical powerful aspects belonging to the more technical Tibetan Tantra and the sensual refinement, with it's loving devotional side, of the Kashmirian and South Indian tantric approach.

Though it take more than a life time to explore and experience the universe of Tantra, we will manage in 5 days to extract an important aspect from the Tantric reality and reveal it in a western style, though surrounded by it's genuine mysticism : The Tantric sexuality, a path to Oneness through couple loving sexual interaction.

Rituals, powers, knowledge and techniques will lead to awareness and responsibility regarding what we really are...different from what we were.

So dare to join for a deep experience of the tantra reality.

Everyday life is the path.

This workshop intends to give you some of the tools to speed up the process of evolution through the tantric path. It's a beginning and it's intention is to create a friendship between us not a follower-ship.

By becoming friends and comrades on the exciting Tantric path we will share the time, the energy and the space in which an answer will open new doors to new dimensions while a question will do the same.

All of us, friends, will benefit.

Everyday life is the path....

Five days workshop: £175

For more information visit here



(Ex-member of Rosas, Artistic Director of Enclave and Deltebre Festival's Funder))

A training and performance opportunity with the international artist Roberto Olivan, who will be teaching for first time in London.

Monday 2nd February-Sunday 8th of February
(Both included) 2 hours of Technique and 2 hours of Choreography per day
Mon-Thurs 11-4 Fri 11-5 Sat 12-4 Sun Performance 7.30pm

By learning and using many different kinds of dance techniques Roberto Olivan discovered their limitations for artistic expression. Whilst accepting the necessity for these conventional techniques, he knows that using them exclusively curtails freedom in the dance and the dancers. So he is embarked on a constant quest for the freedom which creates new forms; refining his technique to develop a unique language which can be recognized as his own style - a language centered on speed and precision.

Moving efficiently becomes an important issue. There are other important goals like working with gravity, consciousness of inner sensations such as breathing and the visualization of energy released by movement. This consciousness of body unites mind and physical structure and relates it to spatial energies, to others and one self. In this sense the body becomes a tool of projection for the physical and emotional flow. The force of mental images such as lines and structures around and in the body are used to define and help us to understand the body's functionality better.


*£99 Discount = 50%- Bursary available for all of those who would like to be considered because they can not afford the full price. To be considered for this offer you must request your bursary before the 23th of January and your payments should reach us not later than Monday 25th January.


Contact and explain us your situation about why do you feel you should be entitle to our discount.

Limited spaces. Booking in advance recommended


RACE AND RHYTHM'S SPACE @ Tufnel Park, North London



RACE AND RHYTHM'S SPACE @ Tufnel Park, North London

An Audience with Elizabeth

I am recently involved in the performance 'An Audience With Elizabeth', part of the ongoing project 'The Gourilla Couture MOVIEMINT'. The profile of Lady Elizabeth in Facebook is for communicating next performances and concept of the project.


A Playground for Imagination

'audience with ELIZABETH' is a Performance Art Movie Theatre. Which means we aim to create a live theatrical experience that we capture on film.

This Wednesday is the first event of its kind and part of a two year development plan to bring about THE GEURILLA COUTURE MOVIEMINT.

MOVIEMINT is an eco-dynamic arts movement where films about ‘new worlds’ and ‘new points of view’ are a catalyst for invention, innovation and cultural healing.

The eco-dynamic concept fuses artisan skills, environmental and cultural awareness to promote commercially constructive community living, products and a process that contribute to a more creative global economy.
The MOVIEMINT concept is designed to embrace and address our world in crisis with opti-vision, courage and style. This style is GEURILLA COUTURE - 30% new 70% old.

MOVIEMINT aims to maximize capital returns, fair trade and social benefit by engaging the audience from the onset of the development and production process - audiences with the characters, Front line club nights and
live movie theatre events cultivate an intimate and dynamic relashionship with the target audiences. The films have emphasis on cultural healing, stand up as valuable works of art in themselves as well as being a ‘shop
front’ to promote new ideas, artists, products and art forms.

MOVIEMINT’s premiere project is a series of 4 full length feature films - ‘The Royall Franchise’.

A present day ‘Wonderland’ style ‘female Bond’ fantasy drama about an odyssey to a ‘new world’. Led by the reincarnation of Elizabeth I & Ladies of her ‘Enigma’ court - otherwise known as the women next door who
just happen to be eight goddesses who have come to save the earth! As the women use beauty and thought to rescue the world from a tyrannical demon king, an epic cinematic adventure invested with magic,
chicanery, supernatural events, political and familial intrigue unfolds...


We will be introducing the world of the film for the first time so it is quite lose and experimental.

The evening will be in five parts and will be filmed continuously (which means after every hour we all have to freeze while the camera man changes tape)

1) 6.30 - 7.30pm

Audience arrive, mingle, play and create in the MOVIEMINT Playground. We will have various adornment, craft and meditation activities that stretch the imagination and encourage people to participate and interact.
There will also be a lucky dip where people can win a 10min massage or a private audience with the Queen. Tickets will also be sold for dinner.
Here volunteers are COURTIERS OF ENIGMA COURT and create an improvised performance art scene in front of the venue to welcome and attract the audience.

2a) 7.30 - 8.45pm

Dinner is served. Those who have tickets will eat and those who are not will move to a separate area for a music workshop to form the Royall Choir.
Volunteers are welcome to eat free or do the choir workshop and they can move and mingle and ensure people know what's happening.

2b) 8.45 - 9.00pm

Audience move into the auditorium
Volunteers move with audience and guide them. Here the stage is open for performance should anyone wish to improvise.

3) 9.00 - 10.00pm


A performance with a 15min interval where we sell Ice-creams.
Volunteers will be part of the audience and there are some one -liner questions that we need you to ask the Queen as part of the performance (given and practice at 6pm)
We will also ask you to help sell ice-cream during the interval.

4) 10.00pm - 10.30pm

Q & A and discussion about 'The New World'.
Volunteers part of the audience

5) 10.30pm - 1.00pm

Audience after party - a musical tribute to 50 years of Motown and Obama's inauguration.
Volunteers are free to have a wonderful time and help clear up backstage if they so wish.

The next event will be a screening of this event at Westminster Abbey.
We will have a MOVIEMINT NEWSPAPER PROGRAM where each contributing artist will have an article about who they are and what they are doing.
Please ensure we have all your contact details and that you have filled out the PARTICIPATING ARTIST FORM before you leave.