FRONTLINEdance seeks to break down the barriers for people to engage in dance participation and performance, playing a positive role in integration and community cohesion.

We want the same access and progression routes into dance for disabled children and young people that exist for their non-disabled peers. Whilst striving for disabled dance artists to be viewed in the same professional light as mainstream dancers, choreographers and facilitators.


Under the Artistic Direction of Rachael Lines, UK based FRONTLINEdance is an integrated (disabled and non-disabled) dance company.

We exist to create a more visible culturally diverse society – positively celebrating disability and older age.

Our work is informed by and clearly contributes to key national and local agendas such as the ‘Creative Case for Diversity & Ageing Well’ – making a positive social impact. FRONTLINEdance is appreciated for its sensitive work specifically with disabled people, older people and people of all ages in healthcare settings, and in particular hospitals.

Integrating groups and people together is very important to us – it drives the company and its projects forward and excites us artistically. We do this with a focus on PERFORMANCE, HEALTH, and COMMUNITY working with a wide range of ages and ability, in, and from a diverse range of settings.

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.

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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Maiya Leeke Associate Dance Artist

Maiya is a semi-verbal, neuro-disabled Contemporary Dance Artist. Her practice has been informed by her...

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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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Vicci Riley Associate Dance Artist

Vicci is a performer, dance maker and creative facilitator. She trained at Trinity Laban and...

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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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Dr Melanie Brierley Associate Dance Artist

With her practice embedded in the arts in community health, Melanie works as a dance...

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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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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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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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Junction 15 Film makers

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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Paul Henshall Past Performer

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

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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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Suzanne Frohlick Administrator

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

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Rosemary Smith Treasurer

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

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Janet Jowett Director, Secretary

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

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Andrew Riley Director

Andrew Riley is a pragmatic and experienced business consultant, adviser, and trainer. He delivers in...

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Sophie Alder Director

Sophie has over 20 years of professional experience as a dancer and teacher working across...

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Yael Owen-McKenna Chair, Director

Yaël Owen-McKenna trained at the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance and her work invites...

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Rachel Piekarczyk Vice Chair, Director

Rachel Piekarczyk, is an academic dance practitioner specialising in dance facilitation, embodied learning and reflective...

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Mark Lewis Member

FRONTLINEdance welcomed Mark to join our voluntary board as a member in July 2021, as...

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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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Laura Cantliff Member

Laura is a dance artist, disability advocate and prolific coffee drinker currently based in Devon....

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Eleanor Babb Member

Eleanor has over ten years’ experience managing hospital arts programmes including participatory work with service...

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