Rachael completed a degree in Dance whilst training at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds (1998). Here she focused on training as a professional dancer and dance for special educational needs gaining a distinction in this area. Rachael also holds a post graduate certificate in ‘dance artist in education’.
Rachael has worked as both a dancer and choreographer, specialising in integrated dance and dance and disability nationally. Rachael has worked closely with special schools to explore how movement and dance can be used as a means of engaging and communicating and how it can be integrated within the curriculum.
With 14 years experience as a choreographer and workshop facilitator she has worked for a number of national organisations and agencies, working with all ages and abilities from nursery aged children to professional dancers to older people. Rachael has also been a part-time associate lecturer at MMU Cheshire.
In 2001, Rachael set up FRONTLINEdance with Michael King and has since delivered many projects and performance work, successfully gaining support from a range of funding bodies.She has choreographed; collaborated with musicians/film makers/fine artists; performed nationally; taught; delivered inset; created education packs; created and managed many projects and tours.
Delivering work as a workshop leader/facilitator has meant Rachael has been privileged to work with all ages and abilities in a wide range of settings and environments, including; nursery, primary, secondary & special schools (inc. delivery of INSET, teacher training & support) Pupil referral units, F.E units (incl. Specialist disability centres); universities, hospitals, mental health settings, residential respite units, community centres, Youth Services, Adult day centres and residential centres (older people).
Rachael has been working with disabled children and adults for over 15 years and combines this with motherhood loving both jobs!
“We were all very impressed with Rachael’s professional approach. She was enthusiastic, which influenced all of us. She was totally unfazed about working with profoundly disabled wheelchair users. She was natural and never patronising. We were amazed at was she enabled the participants to achieve. Everybody got something out of the workshops and we would like to have further sessions.
It was amazing to see the participant’s positive responses and the pleasure they had from dancing. OT at New Burton House, Stafford.
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