Raquel Ribes


Raquel danced throughout her childhood in Spain, learning Ballet, Flamenco and other styles but it wasn't until she came to Edinburgh to learn English in 1995 that she discovered and fell in love with African dance.  

She trained and performed extensively with a local group called Afridonia. Since then, following her passion, she has travelled to Uganda, Ghana, Gambia and Senegal to study and perform with some great artists. She shares these experiences through her teaching and through performance. Performance highlights include dancing for the King of Buganda in Uganda, and dancing for the Queen of the UK in Westminster Abbey!   

Raquel currently works as a nursery teacher and sometimes she teaches African dance workshops for children in schools and community events. 

The dance style she mostly teaches and performs is inspired by West African dance. However, through years of travelling in Africa and learning from different teachers she has also incorporated into her dance repertoire Gumboot dance and traditional dances from Uganda.   

Together with dance styles she learnt when she was younger such as Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz and more, she has developed her own unique style. Raquel Ribes

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