Biography: Rachel Piekarczyk BA, MA, FHEA: I am a dance and movement practitioner specialising in dance facilitation and embodied learning. Based between the midlands and north west of the UK, I have over fifteen years' experience working in contemporary dance and education, both nationally and internationally. I am an active researcher, facilitator, maker and performer of dance. I facilitate dance and movement learning experiences in a range of contexts including higher education, professional performance contexts, community settings and other educational environments. As well as delivering my own independent projects, I am a Creative Director at Bounce and Flow, which is a creativity and mindfulness group for adults and children and a performer with Reckless Sleepers, who are an internationally recognised contemporary performance company.
I am currently undertaking a PhD in the area of dance education at Manchester Metropolitan University, where I was a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader on the BA Hons Dance course between 2011 and 2019. I have published my research findings in several peer reviewed journals and symposiums including Research in Dance Education, Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices and Collaborative Action Research Network. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the External Examiner for the BA and MA Dance courses at Wolverhampton University, UK.
Values: Collaboration is at the heart of everything I do. I believe that everybody has the ability to dance and the right to access dance regardless of their background, age, experience or individual physicality. This is the value that underpins my practice, regardless of the context. My facilitating style is inclusive, generous and dialogic. My work is guided by an interest in enabling individuals to listen attentively to their bodies as a way of cultivating embodied presence, authentic movement responses, reflection and self awareness. I am particularly interested in developing methodologies for fostering reflection in body-based learning environments as well as exploring the relationship between dance, movement and wellbeing. My work is informed by an ongoing interest in somatic, improvisational and inter-disciplinary practices including yoga, mindfulness, Authentic Movement, Experiential Anatomy, Contact Improvisation and creative writing.
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