Top Belly Dance Rhythms

The top 20 rhythms every dance should know.

Raquy Danziger spent 10 years in New York city as a freelance darbuka player belly dance music with Turkish, Arabic and Greek bands.

She has chosen the rhythms that represent most of the Middle Eastern standard repertoire.

This course includes:

- Review of the basic hits needed to play these rhythms either on the darbuka or on your lap.

- Breakdown of the following rhythms plus examples of songs in each rhythm



Moroccan 6
Persian 6
Turkish 9


Your Instructor

Raquy Danziger
Raquy Danziger

Hi, I'm Raquy and welcome to my Darbuka School!

Playing the darbuka is the love of my life.

Since I discovered this drum over 20 years ago, I've devoted myself to it in every aspect - practicing, performing, teaching, composing, even decorating my own drums! I have experience playing in traditional Middle Eastern ensembles, accompanying belly dance and my current projects features the darbuka as a shining solo instrument fit for a concert hall.

In the beginning of my darbuka journey I played traditional Arabic style. Then 10 years ago I saw what was happening in Turkey with this new "split hand" technique. I made my first pilgrimage to Istanbul to learn from the masters. I ended up moving to this magical city and opening the Darbuka Ofis in downtown Istanbul where you can still find me training daily with my Hocam, Bunyamin Olguncan and other Turkish drumming masters.

I'm passionate about teaching darbuka. I have devoted students all over the world who are now performing and teaching themselves. I have traveled far and wide, spreading joy and excitement for darbuka. I have developed an innovative teaching system, using an easily understood notation key which many darbuka players these days are using.

I'm thrilled to be able to present my teachings in this elegant platform. I love the fact that this is a living school that I can constantly update with the latest stuff.

May the darbuka bring you joy, inspiration and magical experiences as it has for me!

Course Curriculum

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  Basic Darbuka Hits
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  Notation of Top 18 Rhythms
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  Songs that include several rhythms from Baladi and Malfuf Families
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  in 12 - Debke!
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