Experience the art of dance through participation and performance


JUNE 2014

For 5 days in June, FRONTLINEdance will be performing a new integrated dance work for and at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire. The work has been created by Rachael Lines and will have a specific focus on the Children’s Wards, The Atrium & Renal Unit (Kidney dialysis). It will travel through the main reception areas, corridors and outside the main building. It’s being funded by the the new partnership between UHNS Charity and Appetite Stoke.
The cast includes 4 dancers; David Toole, Welly O’Brien, Clare Reynolds and Mark Anderson, composer and musician Greg Hall and storyteller Gloria Lowe......It's been pretty special and well supported so far! 
We have so may fantastic comments and experiences to share I don't know where to start..............

- so we'll share what one of the joint funders of the project chose yesterday..... Appetite Stoke:

‘Our son hasn’t been able to sit up independently all week but he did through the whole performance because he was enjoying it so much, we’re so pleased.’


For more info visit: http://www.uhnscharity.org.uk/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=141&cntnt01origid=15&cntnt01detailtemplate=news_detail&cntnt01returnid=82




***January 2014 News:

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Artistic Director: Rachael Lines


Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire based FRONTLINEdance Ltd are privileged to work with people of all ages and all abilities in a wide and diverse range of settings and environments.
We create, move, dance and perform with 3 to103 year olds from beginners to professionals. Our focus is dance and disability, but we also provide opportunities and access to art, media, music and drama, striving to target those who would not normally have the opportunity to take part.
Creating new dance work with disabled children and young people is something that we have loved doing over the last 12 years. We've enjoyed integrating different class groups and schools together and being inspired by the participant's creativity and performance skills. These creations have resulted in film work, site specific performances, performing in theatres, schools and community settings.

Artistic Director Rachael Lines has been using movement and dance with children, young people and teachers in Special Schools, exploring new ways of engaging, communicating and learning. You will have seen her transforming spaces to take her 'adventure team' off to explore the African Jungle with numeracy and literacy thrown in for fun. Or maybe you joined her to explore a natural disaster to investigate and recognise feelings and emotions with teenagers on the Autistic Spectrum. Or maybe you have seen her lying down next to someone communicating quietly solely through the wonderful language of dance.

We officially set up as not-for- profit company back in 2001, and we've been kept busy collaborating and working with some wonderful partners ever since.

The purpose of the group is to increase self-esteem, confidence, teamwork skills and inspiration, to raise awareness of what is possible and promote positive responses to both disability and to dance.

FRONTLINEdance was founded by Rachael Lines and Michael King in September 2000, and formally became a not for profit Company Ltd by Guarantee, with no shareholders in November 2001.

We work nationally, but mainly in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.

Our annual report is available on request.

Please click here for a list of our current and past funders/supporters.

“2013 has been fantastic! We've had an amazing year at FRONTLINEdance with many new faces and partnerships. Our participants and dance artists have shared their talent, hard work, enthusiasm & gratitude. It has been a joy to watch confidence flourish, friendships being made, the support given to one another and many new skills being developed.
Finally getting Transcend 2013 up and running thanks to a grant from The European Social Fund has been one of my personal highlights. As the course leader I was fortunate to be able to watch the participants skills grow and develop, be confident & independent, beam with pride, support each other and enjoy lots of laughter and smiles.
Breakthrou’dance grew to Breakthrou’aDvANCE, creating an opportunity for our regular Breakthrou’dancers to look at their dance technique and make their own dance work. Five of which have created very individual dance pieces which they will be sharing for the first time at our AGM.
We also joined forces with Letting in the Light to ensure we continued working with older people. Weekly sessions also included a Celebration summer event – we took the group for an extended session at a local public house. The session included a live folk band, singing dancing and a meal was provided.
The Black Country Dance Hub project to get disabled children & young people dancing was a wonderful project to be part of. Feedback from staff, participants and our dance artists highlighted it was full of experiences that provided all with new skills and improved confidence.
Dance is for all sorts of people, from all sorts of backgrounds, regardless of shape, size, age, beliefs or attitudes and it’s a great way to bring people together. We have been very fortunate in being able to provide these opportunities for the last 13 years, and hope to continue for many more years to come.
Thank You to everyone that has played a part in making 2013 another successful and special year for me and FRONTLINEdance.
I am very excited about 2014!

Rachael Lines, Artistic Director