Rachel Sparks has been dancing all her life and often wonders why everyone else hasn’t.
Put someone in front of her that says ‘ I can’t dance, I have two left feet’ and you’ll find Rachel beside herself with joy. Getting doubters to dance is her favourite thing and it’s what she does best.
After graduating from the University of Leeds with BA Honours in 2007, Rachel started teaching dance at a local schools. Whilst recovering from an injury she had to take time away from dancing but it made her realised how important dancing was to her and how much she wanted to share that with the world.
As someone passionate about making dance accessible to everyone, Rachel began teaching with Irreverent Dance in 2013 and continues to offer classes as their Latin and Ballroom teacher. Irreverent Dance are a body-positive, LGBT inclusive and accessible dance school for adult beginners.
When she’s not teaching Rachel likes to develop her performance and choreography with her dance partner Marie Eisenhardt and their teacher Lemington Ridley. Competing in same-sex dance competitions across Europe Marie and Rachel have become renowned for swapping the lead and follower roles mid-dance. Most recently they have worked with upcoming singer songwriter EnaFey and perform at LGBT venues and cabarets.
Launching her freelance teaching business in 2015 Rachel offers private lessons to couples who want to feel confident dancing together on their special day. She also teaches individuals who want to learn to dance but also want to feel more comfortable in their body. Specialising in Latin and Ballroom partner dancing Rachel will work with you to achieve the outcomes you desire at a pace that works for you.