Introducing Rachel

My name is Rachel, I moved to Plymouth in July and have spent the last 2 months working as Project Coordinator for Plymouth Dance.

Before moving to Plymouth, I have been working in London for Rambert and The Place, working in dance education and participation, as well as being a theatre Duty Manager.  I have organised UK wide teacher training events and workshops to prepare students and teachers for the new GCSE and A Level Dance specification.

Above all, I believe in the benefit of dance and creative thinking to people, young or old, and believe every young person, and adult alike should be confident in their creative voice, and that dance should be fun and accessible for all.

As well as my project coordination work, I am a keen presenter and dance teacher.

I presented, and interviewed Rambert’s Artistic Director, Mark Baldwin, and Archivist, Arike Oke, for Rambert’s first Facebook Live broadcast, supporting the new A-Level Dance syllabus, as well as comparing many shows and live events across the country.

Now I am settled in Plymouth, I have had an exciting first 2 months teaching ballet and contemporary for Dance with Jodie dance school, based in Looe, and working as Tour and Education Officer for Exim Dance Company for their upcoming tour, feeling completely welcomed and engrossed in the dance community within this vibrant city!

I am so excited to be coordinating 2 projects for Plymouth Dance, first of all I will be taking over from Claire Summers as project coordinator for our Tea Dance with a Twist! events. Thanks to funding from Awards For All, we are delighted to announce that we will be running 8 more Tea Dances with a Twist! on the following dates:

12th November (Lower Guildhall)

10th December (Lower Guildhall)

18th February (Upper Guildhall)

11th March (Upper Guildhall)

8th April (Lower Guildhall)

24th June (Lower Guildhall)

15th July (Upper Guildhall)

12th August (Upper Guildhall)

In the coming weeks I will be speaking with our wonderful practitioners and volunteers to get ready for our first event in November, as well as spreading the word to as many people across Plymouth as possible about this wonderful events!

The second project I will be coordinating for Plymouth Dance, is Dance Companions.

This is a wonderful project where we create a club for people over 50, who would like to watch dance performances, accompanied by Dance Companions Volunteers and other members.

This club is free to join, and I will be working to make sure everyone is informed of opportunities to watch a range of dance performances across Plymouth. In the coming weeks I will be going out to theatres across Plymouth, to negotiate the best ticket deals possible for our volunteers, as well as identify which performances to invite our members to across the season. We will also arrange and book transport for our members if required.

I can’t wait to get stuck in to these wonderful projects. Above all, I believe in the benefit of dance and creative thinking to people, young or old, and believes every young person, and adult alike should be confident in their creative voice, and that dance should be fun and accessible for all.

If you have any questions, or would like to get involved with Tea Dance with a Twist! or Dance Companions, please contact rachel.banham@plymouthdance.org.uk