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WELCOME

I'M RACHEL

I love to use dance to explore how we relate and communicate. I offer a variety of dance classes, private coaching and community events in and around London. 


Latin and Ballroom dancing is a style entrenched in traditional gender stereotypes - the man leads and the woman follows. Having trained to dance both roles, I’ve come to realise that anyone can lead and anyone can follow and in fact, we can learn a great deal about ourselves from understanding the dynamic between the two. Hence gender neutral partner dancing - the roles aren’t defined by your gender - simply that you take the lead or following role. 

When teaching I aim to facilitate a deeper understanding of how we connect or disconnect from ourselves and each other from moment to moment, not only in dance, but also in life. This occurs in body and mind - so developing awareness of how we dance with another person can lead to clearer communication and consideration for our partner.  Dance is after all, a non-verbal conversation between two people. 
 

The real magic of dancing with another person is in the deepening of connection that can occur... listening carefully... becoming sensitive to the silent conversation and letting go of the urge for perfection

Rachel Sparks

Two men dancing together on their wedding day. Smiling with friends and family around them

UPCOMING CLASSES & EVENTS

Bethnal Green, London

LGBTQ+ & Allies Latin & Ballroom Courses

Monday 21st Oct - 25th Nov 19.30-20.30 > Jive -  The Next Step

BOOK HERE

Bishopsgate Institute, Liverpool Street, London

Gender neutral Latin & Ballroom Courses

Wednesday 13th Nov - 11th Dec 19.00-20.30 > Slow Waltz for Absolute Beginners 5 wk course

BOOKING via Bishopsgate Institute

Notting Hill Gate, London

Family Friendly LGBTQ+ inclusive Festive Afternoon Tea Dance in aid of Stonewall Housing 

Sunday 22nd December  14.00 - 17.00 

BOOK HERE

ALL THE LATEST NEWS, EVENTS & OFFERS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX

Why same-sex dancers on Strictly would benefit us all.

19 Oct 2018

F**k Yeah Dance!

17 May 2018

My Dance Rebellion

11 May 2018

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MY SERVICES

LESSONS | CLASSES | EVENTS

PRIVATE LESSONS

LATIN & BALLROOM

@South East, East London & NW Kent

Dedicated time to focus on a particular dance style or for a special occasion. Learning at your pace to help you improve your dancing skills by creating a safe environment to learn.

WEDDING DANCE

FIRST DANCE CHOREOGRAPHY

@South East, East London & NW Kent

Feel confident and connected when you take to the floor for the first time with your new husband/wife. Choreographing unique first dances for LGBTQ+ and mixed sex couples.

PERSONAL COACHING

COMBINATION

@South East, East London & NW Kent

Combining partner dance and personal coaching to improve listening and communication. Gain a deeper understanding of how you relate to others in your professional/personal life.

TEA DANCES

SUNDAY AFTERNOONS

@ Notting Hill Gate, London

Friendly and relaxed events to enjoy social dancing, tea and cake for all levels, beginners and families welcome! LGBTQI+ inclusive and wheelchair accessible.

GROUP CLASSES

MONDAY NIGHTS

@ Bethnal Green, London

Weekly Latin and Ballroom classes for LGBTQI+ people and Allies providing a safe and encouraging environment with gender-neutral partnering.
 

F**K YEAH DANCE

MONTHLY WORKSHOPS

@ Elephant & Castle, London

Throw caution to the wind, let off steam and find your F**k Yeah Dance! Monthly workshops to guide you into moving more freely and having fun dancing with other people totally sober! 

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

Our first dance was so much more than we thought it could be, thanks to Rachel. We couldn't have asked for more in a dance teacher. We looked forward to our lessons and were amazed by the progress we made under Rachel's tuition. 

—  Rachel & Laurence - Spring 2018

Please contact me with any questions related to my services and events including general enquiries

hello@rachelsparksdance.co.uk  /  0787 500 1931

©2018 Stephen Ellis on behalf of RACHEL SPARKS

Photography by Henri T Art