Autumn 2018

Looking forward to a very varied Autumn working with lots of different groups. I’m teaching Facilitating Dance Creation module to MA Choreography students at University of Lincoln, choreographing New Wortley Community Arts Project/ Interplay Theatre’s production of Oliver! and creating a dance/theatre/puppetry performance The Little Girl and the Winter Whirlwinds with Pyramid of Arts – performance at Seven Arts on 6th December 2018.

On Tuesdays I’m teaching Family Circus for 3-6 year olds with Leeds Children’s Circus and on Tuesday 30th October (half term) at 10am a Family Dance session for under 6s together with their parents at HLBC.

Open adult classes include Improvisation Exchange  in Leeds and in London Monday Night Improvisation at Independent Dance on 8th October and at London Contact Improvisation  on 3rd November.



Daliah Touré & Rachel Dean:Matinee Dance Performance Double Bill


Rachel Dean and Daliah Touré

Matinee Dance Performance Double Bill

Two performances by dance artist mothers and their children.

A Tapestry For My Sons is made of cinnamon, chocolate, copper, deep dye, light brown and white. Daliah Touré begins to tell this story through a duet with her son Idris.

In My Heart Now Goes Walking Round Outside My Body, Rachel Dean dives headlong into the moment by moment unfolding of life with her toddler Eliza. Original soundscore by Gareth S. Brown.

Saturday 9th June, 11am

Dance Studio Leeds, Mabgate Mills, Macaulay Street, Mill 6, LS9 7SW Leeds

Pay As You Feel, no need to book

Commoners Go Trespassing

Phil Moody and I made a music video for Commoners Choir

Commoners Go Trespassing

Upcoming classes

I’ve been enjoying a maternity break since my second daughter was born at the end of last year but it’s time for more dancing so here are some classes I’ll be teaching in the coming months:

Sunday 17 September, Leeds Contact Improvisation, NSCD

Wednesday 20 September, Raised, Integrated Dance Company, Yorkshire Dance.

Sunday 5 November, Improvisation Exchange Leeds, NSCD,

Monday 13 November, Independent Dance, London,

I will also be working with CoActive Wakefield on ‘Beyond Bounds’ an interactive installation dance performance exploring risk and freedom. The piece will be performed at Light Night Leeds on 5 and 6 October and Wakefield Cathedral on 25 November 2017.

Performing Parenthood – Digital Institute for Early Parenthood

Nativity, a dance film I made whilst pregnant is being screened in Performing Parenthood. The whole selection is available online until 31st March at

Performance at Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, 4th August

Rachel is performing as part of Precarious Assembly, an evening of performance and installation throughout the Whitworth Gallery, Manchester.

6pm Thursday 4th August. Free

Between Earth and Sky is a response to Elizabeth Price’s curated exhibition of reclining and recumbent bodies.

More info:

Together: A dance performance

I’ve been working with a fantastic group of parents and young children at Leeds City Museum. We are performing this Saturday 9th July, 3pm. Free, just turn up.

‘Together’ is a joyous dance performance created with and performed by very young children together with their parents/carers at Leeds City Museum. It is a celebration of movement, life and family.