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

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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George Fellows Performer

With no formal experience, George began his self-directed training in contemporary dance in 2013 (aged...

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Jordan Harapiak Performer

Jordan is a freelance dancer from Toronto Canada. She moved to London to pursue her training...

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Matilda Maginnis (Tilly) Performer

Tilly was a Birmingham Royal Ballet Associate and a member of Rutherford Dance Company Youth,...

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Kayleigh Price Performer

Kayleigh is from Manchester, a freelance professional dancer who takes enjoyment from working with different...

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Matt Byatt Emerging Artist

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

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Rhiannon Terry Intern and performer

In September 2018 Rhiannon joined the FRONTLINEdance team as our first ever intern, after two...

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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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Emily Hazeldine Workshop Leader

 Having begun her dance journey at age 4, Emily has gone on to graduate from...

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Daniel Allcock Breakthrou' aDvANCE Member

Dan is currently a member of Breakthrou' aDvANCE and is joining our dancers as part...

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Grace Routledge Breakthrou' aDvANCE Member

Grace, aged 28, joined Breakthrou’dance following a Performing Arts course at Derwin College and Stafford...

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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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Greg Hall Past 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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Clare Reynolds Past Performer

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

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Gloria Lowe Past Story Teller

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

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Emily Andrews Past Storyteller

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

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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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Junction 15 Film makers

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

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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 Past Performer

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

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Kerry Endsor Marketing

After completing a degree in marketing, Kerry started her career in the corporate sector working...

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Cheryl Platt Administrator

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

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Becci Wright Fundraiser

Becci has worked in grant fundraising and arts project management for the last ten years...

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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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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 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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