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Rachel is an independent dance artist based in Wrexham, North Wales, and completed her First Class BA (hons) in Dance and Aerial Performance at Edge Hill University, in 2017. Rachel has a versatile career of facilitating, modelling and performing. Her experience as a performer spans across Theatre, TV and Film. Rachel has recently completed filming as a featured dancer for a new BBC One series, and has also featured within ITV2’s Time Wasters and several music videos. Live performances and tours include Lisa Simpson Inclusive Dance and the Lancashire tour of the quartet Migratory, Manchester’s flagship contemporary company, Company Chameleon, within Illuminate (2017) and The Shadow (2019), backing dancing for Disco Fever Live featuring Boney M and Jaki Graham, Chester Christmas Light Switch on with Cheshire Dance and Manchester Pride Parade in 2017 and 2019.
Rachel has a passion for teaching and choreography and is particularly eager to engage people with contemporary dance and theatre. Her current facilitating work includes assistant choreographer for a Sky Arts Documentary, associate tutor for Edge Hill University, community classes including elderly dance-fitness and primary school workshops, and taking dance into the new North Wales prison. Rachel is an advocate for the use of dance as an aid for mental and physical health development and has frequently worked with hard-to-reach groups including mental health units, prisons, vulnerable youth, and the isolated.
"I’ve been dancing my entire life but the power of movement and music still shocks and elates me on a weekly basis, either through my work or live performance. I feel like my job is to help as many people as possible to experience that too, and the endless benefits dance can bring."Rachel Gittins
At Cheshire Dance, we provide opportunities for older adults to live in the moment and to engage physically, socially and emotionally through movement and dance in community sessions across Cheshire West and Cheshire East.
Cheshire Dance works with educational settings to deliver school improvement plans and to enrich the current curriculum framework through quality dance practises that add real value.
Cheshire Dance works within the community and in education settings to enrich young lives through dance. Dance & Young People forms an integral part of the principle Cheshire Dance Programme.
Cheshire Dance works with schools and educational facilities to integrate the art form into learning. Dance in Education forms an integral part of the Cheshire Dance annual programme.
A Celebration of Dance in Cheshire and the Creative Case for Diversity, which brings together dancers of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to perform and share their passion for the art form.
Shining the Spotlight on the mental well being of young people in the town of Winsford, encouraging physical activity and engagement with peers,
An adventure through the arts; a free festival dance performances, live bands, percussion parades, creative workshops, a Cine Window installation, great food & drink… and a fantastic vibe!
Winsford u3a is part of an international organisation that provides lifelong learning, leisure and social activities to enrich the lives of members.
Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture. Cheshire Dance is a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England.
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Cheshire West and Chester Council is committed to celebrating diversity and promoting equality in everything it does, to improve the quality of life for everyone living, working and visiting Cheshire West and Chester.
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Movema celebrates diversity through dance, creating safe spaces for different communities to come together and learn about each other through high-quality arts experiences.
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