Rachael Redfern is an international fusion bellydance performer and teacher based in London. She is recognised for her strong technique, captivating stage presence and elegant presentation with vintage flair.
Having first begun bellydance in her early teens, she completely fell in love with its positive and empowering expression. Initially studying Egyptian raqs sharqi and baladi for some years, she saw fusion bellydance for the first time when Rachel Brice and the Indigo performed in her hometown in 2005 and was instantly inspired and captivated by this mode of expession.
Since then, Rachael has devoted herself to intensive training and research in this style, studying with many world-class dancers including with Zoe Jakes, Rachel Brice, Ashley Lopez, Colleena Shakti, Jill Parker, Elizabeth Strong, Piny Orchidaceae and many more. She is a scholarship recipient of Zoe Jake's Dancecraft (Key of Diamonds May 2018) as well as Rachel Brice's 8 Elements (Initiation July 2019). Foremost of her teachers and inspirations is Alexis Southall, having performed in her Juniper Collective since 2014.
Rachael now teaches weekly classes in London and regular workshops in the UK and internationally. Her approach to teaching is lighthearted and playful while still retaining a passionate dedication to sharing precise technique. Not only that, it is her goal to also foster stage presence, creativity, and expression in her students. She aims to share positive approaches to movement grounded in smart, safe principles and an embodied, interdisciplinary approach informed by her studies as part of Ashley Lopez's Integrated Dance and Triyoga's two year long yoga teacher training course with Jean Hall and Mimi Kuo-Deemer.
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