VISION

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.

MISSION

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

Rachael completed a degree in Dance whilst training at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance...

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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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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 www.junction15.com

Junction 15 are an Emmy award winning film production and internet

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Welly O'Brien Performer

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

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Mary Prestidge Performer

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

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Dave Toole Performer

International performer Dave, began dancing over twenty years ago after attending a dance workshop being...

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Clare Reynolds Performer

Trained at Trinity-Laban Conservatoire for Dance, Clare graduated in Dance Theatre in 2004. Her main...

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Gloria Lowe Story Teller

After gaining a BA in English Literature & Language at the University of Oxford, Gloria...

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Emily Andrews Storyteller

Emily Andrews is a performer, storyteller and maker living and working in Stoke-on-Trent. She works closely...

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Kevin Jewell Performer

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

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Paul Henshall Performer

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

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Office

Deborah Nicklin Company Development Manager

With a varied background across all art forms, Deborah started her career in theatre design...

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Cheryl Platt Administrator

Cheryl is a qualified and professional administrator, with over 25 years work experience

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Board

Zoe Papiernik Director, Chair

Zoe is a professional arts marketer having worked across art forms for the past 12...

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John Borthwick Director, Treasurer

John has worked as a Computer programmer, Data analyst, Project manager, Business analyst, Business and...

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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 Smith Director

Andrew was born in Stoke on Trent and educated at Newcastle High School and Cambridge,...

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Natasha Harley

I have been a member of FRONTLINEdance for over 4 years. I was in the...

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Matt Byatt

Matthew Byatt studied dance and drama at Stoke College and Staffs Uni to HND level...

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