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.

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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.

Spring 2016 news


Forthcoming open workshops are at Independent Dance (Monday 7th March), Templehof Contact Improvisation Festival (from 29 March to 3 April) and Improvisation Exchange (April 17th).  I am continuing to teach classes for adults with learning disabilities at Yorkshire Dance, Leaps and Bounds and Pyramid of Arts. In June/July I am leading Dance Together a creative project at Leeds City Museum for under 5s and their parents/carers. Details of all these can be found in separate posts below.


Daliah Toure and I are in residency at Yorkshire Dance together with our toddlers over the next few months. We wish to continue with a long-term project working together with our children, investigating how our dance practice can continue with them and be led by our interaction with them. We are committed to developing our practice with our children; understanding how we can integrate them intuitively into our studio research. The work is supported by our knowledge of experiential anatomy and developmental movement.

Philosophising Improvisation is research project between philosophers at the University of Leeds Aaron Meskin and Jade Fletcher and dance artists Rachel Dean, Marie Andersen and Daliah Toure. It is funded by Ignite! There is a sharing of our research at the University of Leeds on Sunday 28 February.


A screening of Nativity and Whilst I’m Waiting, two short films I made whilst pregnant. The films will be followed by a talk/discussion about my experience of maternity and artistic practice. Saturday 12th March, Union 105, Chapeltown Road, Leeds. More details at


Film Screening at NativityHub Leeds

A screening of two short films made by dance artist Rachel Dean whilst she was pregnant. The films will be followed by a chance to ask Rachel questions about her experience of maternity and artistic practice. 
Nativity (13 min) is a full-body collision with the enduring power of the myth and magic of the Virgin Mary. Movement, song and things that sparkle combine to create an irreverent and at times surprisingly devotional solo. Created with film-artist Lucy Barker.
A bag is packed, small clothes are laid out and a cot is built and waiting. What do you do now? Whilst I’m Waiting (4 min) is a short improvised dance film beautifully evoking the strength, im/patience and anticipation of the last few weeks of a first pregnancy. Music by Oliver Dover.
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Saturday 12th March, 7pm, Union 105, 105 Chapeltown Road, Leeds, LS7 3HY.

For more information and booking please call 0113 262 6633 or

Teaching at Templehof CI Festival

I am teaching an intensive at Templehof Festival in Germany 29 March – 3 April 2016

Journeying through Sensation
Particularly suitable for beginners, this Intensive is also for anyone wanting to deepen their knowledge of the foundation skills of Contact Improvisation. We will begin with attention to sensation, the means by which we gather information about our own body, our relationship with gravity and with other dancers. 
We will dance alone, in duets, trios and with the whole group. We will use a combination of specific scores, movement pathways and lots of dancing to introduce and develop skills such as listening, rolling, spiralling, modulating energy and release, pouring weight, offering support, following our impulses, self-responsibility and respect for self and others. There will be an emphasis on play, discovery and improvisation!

Dance Together – workshops at Leeds City Museum for under 5s and parents/carers

Dance Together

Tue 14th, 21st, 28th June
Tue 5th July, Fri 8th July
Saturday 9th July at 3pm

A Dance Project for under 5s together with their parents/carers. Weekly creative and playful sessions led by dance artist Rachel Dean leading up to a chance to perform in Leeds City Museum.

A public performance will take place on Sat 9th July 3pm for all your friends and family to watch! You will need to attend all the sessions to create the final piece which will be performed.

(Free. Booking required)

How to book:
Call 0113 2243726 or 2243732