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’ and has taken part in a Dance for Parkinson training course created by Dance Umbrella and lead by Marc Morris Dance (USA).
Since graduating, Rachael has worked as both a dancer and choreographer, specialising in integrated dance and dance and disability nationally. 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 created, devised, fund-raised and 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; created education packs; devised and managed many projects and tours. Rachael has managed and led FRONTLINEdance for over 16 years.
Rachael is driven by the people she works with and her son. Her son has a learning disability, scoliosis and a heart condition. This has enriched the work she devises for FRONTLINEdance and has informed its current Artistic practice. The reality (exclusion by peers and from activities, and the constant hoops one needs to jump through), makes her even more driven to change negative preconceptions of disability, whilst being able to use her love of the art and creativity of contemporary dance to do so.