Rachel Dean is a contemporary dance artist and movement director based in Leeds who performs, teaches and choreographs. Her practice is grounded in Contact Improvisation and collaboration with other artists and art forms. 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 the difference that movement can make to people’s lives and teaches Contact Improvisation and creative dance in a wide range of contexts including dance undergraduates, open adult groups, parents and children, adults with learning disabilities and professional dancers. She works regularly with Yorkshire Dance, Independent Dance, Improvisation Exchange, Interplay Theatre, Pyramid of Arts, Mind the Gap, CoActive Wakefield, York St John University and Northern School of Contemporary Dance. She is Movement Director for Armley People’s Theatre.
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 Associate Lecturer at University of Lincoln.