FRONTLINEdance is an artist led company based in Stoke-on-Trent, placing disabled people and those with long-term health conditions at the core of our organisation as leaders, dancers, artists, and audiences.

In 2019 we produced our first City-Wide Arts Festival (FAF) that had audiences access needs at the centre, and that showcased the work of disabled artists of all art forms.

As makers we explore how we can create exciting, relevant and thought-provoking contemporary dance with d/DEAF, visually impaired, disabled, hospital patients, and neurodivergent audiences. We co-create across ages, backgrounds, and experiences, naturally integrating people together, reducing isolation, improving physical, mental and social health and well-being.

We continue to support emerging disabled artists and we offer consultation and support around inclusion, access and programming disabled artists both locally and nationally.

Our tried and tested methodology means we specialise in delivering accessible and fully inclusive dance sessions.

For those with neurological and other long-term health conditions such as Parkinson’s, Stroke, Cancer and MS we offer our Moving Together Programme. Inclusive meaningful dance, movement, and creativity sessions that improve the health and well-being of those who take part. It’s comprehensive, varied, evidence-based based and enjoyable. Family, friends, and carers are welcome too.

This specially devised programme moved into Haywood Community Hospital, to all its inpatients, where our work on Stroke, Neurology, Elderly Care Wards and Parkinson’s (outpatient unit) developed thanks to a grant from the Haywood Foundation.

Our Breakthrou’dance Programme (JUNIOR, YOUTH, ADULT & ADVANCE) is for everyone and provides physical, social, and mental health outcomes, freedom, expression, enjoyment, and the opportunity to develop friendships.

Moving Stories is our over 55’s contemporary dance company that meets at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery to create new work to perform site specifically.

Those who take part in our programmes unite in describing them as a ‘life-line’; that they find a sense of themselves, notice physical improvement, feel they are important, welcome, and valued. They share increased motivation, engagement, adherence, and tolerance to exercise, emphasise the importance of the social interaction, and increased energy and mood.

FRONTLINEdance also does one-off bespoke projects and performances, and welcomes commissions.

From the beginning, we’ve been choreographing our own work, making FRONTLINEdance one of the first integrated dance companies in the UK to do so.

FRONTLINEdance was co-founded by Rachael Lines and Michael King in 2000, and officially became a not-for-profit company Ltd by guarantee (no shareholders) in 2001.

We’re an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation, which means funding thanks to taxpayers play a huge part in supporting our work.  

Meet the team

Artistic Team - Past and Present

Rachael Lines Artistic Director

In 2001, Rachael set up FRONTLINEdance with Michael King and has since created, devised, fund-raised...

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Mike King Co-founder

Mike King co-founded FRONTLINEdance alongside Rachael. He started dancing in the Yorkshire Dales back in...

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Katie Albon Associate Dance Artist

Katie is a dance artist based in Birmingham. She graduated with a First Class BA...

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Charlotte Arnold Associate Dance Artist

Originally from Suffolk, Charlotte is a freelance dance artist based in Leeds, blending performing, teaching,...

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Kayleigh Price Associate Dance Artist

Originally from Manchester, Kayleigh trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and Verve ’14....

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Helen Yeomans Associate Dance Artist

Helen started dancing at the age of 3 doing ballet, jazz and tap but around...

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Amy Harrison Associate Dance Artist

Amy started dancing at the age of two at Jenny Brennan School of Dance, before...

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David Jowett Emerging Artist

David started Breakthrou’ in 2005. He is now part of the aDvANCE group and has...

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Greg Hall Composer and multi-instrumentalist

Greg is a composer and multi-instrumentalist who works in theatre, film, multi-media and band projects....

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Matt Byatt Support Worker & Emerging Artist

Matt describes himself as a disabled Performer who has hidden disabilities, who has been interested...

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Junction 15 Film makers www.junction15.com

Junction 15 are an Emmy award winning video production company with experienced and talented filmmakers...

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Kevin Jewell Past Performer

Kevin is a PGCE trained Secondary Dance teacher, workshop leader, performer and choreographer.  Since performing...

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Welly O'Brien Past Performer

Working in Integrated dance for over 17 years, Welly has performed and taught both Nationally...

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Mary Prestidge Past Performer

Mary’s professional dance career has spanned 5 decades. Originally an Olympic gymnast in the 1960’s,...

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Dave Toole OBE (1964-2020) Past Performer

Sadly, Dave passed away in October 2020. He was a dance legend, and FRONTLINEdance were...

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Paul Henshall Past Performer

Paul trained at Manchester Metropolitan School of Theatre and works in Theatre, Radio and TV....

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Office

Suzanne Frohlick Administrator

Suzanne studied at Brian Rogers ‘Performers’ Dance College, from the age of 16. She then...

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Charlotte Arnold Communications & Digital Support

Alongside her work as a freelance dance artist, Charlotte is also a talented project coordinator...

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Lucie Labadie Talent and Programme Development

Lucie has been an international dance artist for fifteen years; teaching making and performing. Originally from...

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Board

Marc Crank Director & Chair

I am an experienced Third Sector senior leadership and management professional with a career spanning...

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Rosemary Smith Director & Treasurer

Rosemary has worked as an accountant since leaving university but has specialised in the medical...

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Janet Jowett Director

Janet Jowett has been involved with FRONTLINEdance for the last 12 years as a parent...

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Helen Mulford Member

After studying Contemporary Dance at University Helen’s career began working as a freelance dance administrator...

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Patsy Corcoran Member

In Patsy’s advocacy role she has worked in partnership with FRONTLINEdance and seen first-hand the...

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Sophie Humphries      Member

Sophie has been working in participatory arts for 7 years, working with a wide range...

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Craig E Scott-Patrick Member

From a young age, Craig has had a passion for dance and theatre, training both...

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