Rachel Dean is a contemporary dance artist based in Leeds who performs, teaches and choreographs. She has a particular interest in Contact Improvisation and collaboration with other artists and art forms and is part of improvisation collective Mathilde. Her choreography has included Wolf, a solo Little Red Riding Hood, Love in Idleness, a Midsummer dance theatre performance which toured gardens and parks in Summer 2012, Nativity, a Christmas solo exploring the enduring power of the myth and magic of the Virgin Mary, The Train Pulled Out, The Light Pulled In, a site-specific work created in the National Railway Museum with undergraduates from York St John University and Entwined, a dance theatre piece performed by a dressmaker and a dancer.
She is passionate about sharing her love of dance and teaches Contact Improvisation and creative dance to various groups including dance undergraduates, open adult groups, adults with learning disabilities and professional dancers. She teaches regularly at Yorkshire Dance, Independent Dance, Improvisation Exchange, Mind the Gap, CoActive Wakefield, York St John University and Northern School of Contemporary Dance.
Rachel has an MA Creative Practice (Dance Professional Pathway) from Laban and Independent Dance and a BPA (Hons) from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. She is currently an Associate Lecturer at University of Lincoln.