Senior Lecturer and course leader in Dance at Leeds Metropolitan University, Rachel is a member of an innovative Performing Arts department that includes Experimental Theatre Practices, Live Art and the Northern Film School. Before moving to Yorkshire Rachel spent 20 years as a London based independent dance artist, collaborating and performing with over 20 different choreographers including La Ribot, Akram Khan and Wendy Houstoun to name but a few. She has been rehearsal director for several British dance companies, choreographed her own work and taught extensively. In 2002 she won the Jerwood Choreography Award with Ben Wright. Alongside her pedagogic practice Rachel maintains her profile as a practicing artist, most recently touring her solo ‘The Swimmer’ to several prestigious international festivals. She is currently working with Matthias Sperling, touring the duet Do Not Be Afraid.